Visiting Piemonte– traditional food and wine

Piemonte wineyards, ©Megan Mallen/Flickr

Piemonte wineyards, ©Megan Mallen/Flickr

Visit the least Italian regions of Italy, Valle d’Aosta and Piemonte, located in the northwestern region of the country next to the Swiss and French Alps. Until the 19th century the residents of Piemonte used French as their first language and even today, their dialect reflects its influence.

On the other hand Valle d’Aosta is a bilingual region which is full of Swiss emigrants who speak a German based dialect. Visit these wonderful Italian regions and taste the best Italian wines next to a delicious traditionally Italian meal.

Piemonte – at the foot of the mountains

Literally the word piemonte means “at the foot of the mounatins”. This region is one of the wealthiest regions of Italy which is famous for its fine wines and delicious food. Also this region is the home to Olivetti and Fiat.

Piemonte, Italy, ©Megan Mallen/Flickr

Piemonte, Italy, ©Megan Mallen/Flickr

Gastronomy

In these regions the French had their influence not only on the dialect but also the cooking as well. Of you decide to visit you will meet such dishes like fondue or white truffle but you will also find traditional ones as well such as risotto and pasta. The mix of mushrooms, garlic, chestnuts, butter, cream and anchovies make a perfect fondue. We recommend you to try Agnolotti, which is pasta filled with mushrooms, vegetables or meat.

Agnolotti Pasta, ©Jeremy Jenum/Flickr

Agnolotti Pasta, ©Jeremy Jenum/Flickr

Also have a taste of boiled meat, braised in wine. Let’s not forget about cheese and of course desert. Among the most delicious deserts we can mention spumoni piemontese, a rum flavored mousse made of mascarpone cheese. Pastries such as lingue di gatto or baci di dama are also delightful.

Vintage wines

Come and have a taste of the traditional wines of Monferrato and Le Langhe from where Barbera, Nebbiolo and Barolo come. It is well known that the older the wine is, the better its taste will be. The fine red wines of Barolo are among the best thus the can be quite expensive. You can also try everyday wines such as Dolcetto d’Alba which is mad of dolcetto grape.

Piemonte wineyards, ©Megan Mallen/Flickr

Piemonte wineyards, ©Megan Mallen/Flickr

The famous sweet and sparkling wine, Asti, can be found here also. And last but not least we should mention Cinzano and Martini & Rossi, which are fusion wines produced in Turin. The fusion contains about 13 wild herbs which grow in the mountains. Try Punt e Mes, meaning point and a half which is a traditional wine with half-a-part sweet to one part bitter.

 

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