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Northwest Italy - Wine Map of Northwest Italy

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Wines from Giuseppe Mascarello and Bruno Giacosa, Piemonte

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Vineyards and medieval castle in Barolo, Piemonte

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Hillside vineyards in Valtellina, Lombardia

Wine Map of Northwest Italy

The terraced patchworks of Valle d’Aosta’s and Lombardia’s DOC(G)s are some of Italy’s most northern viticultural outposts. Farther south, across the broad valley of the Po River, is the famous winegrowing region of the Langhe, including the powerhouses of Barolo and Barbaresco. Their end marks the start of the Alpi Liguri and the northern boundary of the maritime influence responsible for the breezy flavors of Liguria’s whites. To the east, the fertile plains of Emilia are dominated by Lambrusco vines.


Northwest Italy: Areas & top producers

Valle d’Aosta

Institut Agricole Régional


Piemonte

Angelo Gaja

Braida

Bricco Rocche

Bruno Giacosa

Cascina La Barbatella

Cà Viola

Domenico Clerico

Elio Altare

Enzo Boglietti

Ferrando

Giacomo Conterno

Giuseppe Mascarello

La Spinetta

La Zerba

Luciano Sandrone

Matteo Correggia

Orsolani

Paolo Scavino

Pecchenino

Vigneti Massa


Liguria

Bruna

Walter de Batté


Lombardia

Bellavista

Cà dei Frati

Cà del Bosco

Cavalleri

Mazzolino

Nino Negri

Tenuta Roveglia

Triacca

Uberti


Emilia

La Stoppa

La Tosa


Perfect case: Northwest Italy

Terroir at a glance

Latitude:

44–46.5°N.


Altitude:

Varies considerably from the Colli Piacentini to Valle d’Aosta (100–900 m).


Topography:

Vineyards in the northwest use the hills and mountains to best effect. Valle d’Aosta has the steepest slopes of all; Piemonte and Lombardia’s northern vineyards are sited in the foothills of the Alps and face south, overlooking the broad valley of the Po River. Lower altitude and the southern exposure here ensure an ideal mesoclimate for grape growing.


Soil:

Calcareous marl, clay, sand, gravel, limestone and glacial moraine.


Climate:

Climate plays a decisive role in shaping the quality of each vintage in the northwest of Italy, where annual variation can be significant. In Valle d’Aosta and Lombardia, the climate ranges from marginal to cool continental. Farther south, the Mediterranean influence is felt with earlier budbreak and cooler evenings. The Langhe often enjoys a true Indian summer.


Temperature:

July average is 72°F (22°C).


Rainfall:

Annual average is 850 mm.


Viticultural hazards:

Mildew; hail; underripeness caused by fog; cool, cloudy weather; rain during September and October.

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