The wonderful white wines from Piedmont
Predominantly autochthonous grape varieties such as Cortese, from whose berries the Gavi is pressed, Roero Arneis, Nascetta, Favorita and Timorasso are grown here.
Chardonnay has also found its place here, it is widespread almost everywhere in Piedmont and is almost considered a native grape variety. Even Riesling has found its way into Piedmont, has been cultivated for a good decade and is gaining more and more popularity.
Probably the best-known white grape variety from Piedmont is called Moscato bianco, but it is also cultivated in other Italian regions. However, the name Moscato is usually associated with Piedmont, which is mainly due to the Asti Spumante.
In the 1970s, Europe was flooded with cheap and sweet sparkling wine, the Asti Spumante, which was mass-produced from the Moscato grape variety and became an absolute hit. Today the market has totally changed and these cheap Asti Spumante are still being made but are becoming less and less popular.
Instead, there is a bottle-fermented variant of the Asti Spumante, the Asti Spumante Metodo Classico, which has found a large fan base due to its quality.