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Langhe Wine Region, Italy

The Special Wine Region in Piedmont

Piedmont (otherwise known as Piemonte) are well known for its high-quality wine, and of all the wines that are being produced in this world famous Italian wine region, those that are produced in the sub-region called ‘Langhe’ is of great importance.

This is mainly because; ‘Langhe’ is the territorial denomination that is purely based on the careful choice of grapes in its vineyards.

For instance, let’s consider the famous wine grape variety ‘Nebbiolo’.

Langhe Wine Region, Italy

The Special Wine Region in Piedmont

Piedmont (otherwise known as Piemonte) are well known for its high-quality wine, and of all the wines that are being produced in this world famous Italian wine region, those that are produced in the sub-region called ‘Langhe’ is of great importance.

This is mainly because; ‘Langhe’ is the territorial denomination that is purely based on the careful choice of grapes in its vineyards.

For instance, let’s consider the famous wine grape variety ‘Nebbiolo’.

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The Nebbiolo vineyards in Langhe are producing grapes for ‘Langhe Nebbiolo Doc’ that is separated from all others.

Furthermore, they are subjected to wine production process in a way that is unique from others.

Thus, the wines from Langhe are very special to the wine lovers from across the globe – let’s see more about the wines from the Langhe Wine Region

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Langhe Wine Region – A Brief Introduction

Langhe, which is a hilly sub-region of Piedmont, is located to the east of the ‘River Tanaro’ in the province of Cuneo.

Langhe represents the DOC appellation of Piedmont which was created in the year 1994.

Since the creation of this DOC, these wines have gained a significant amount of reputation mainly for the innovations in the viticulture as mentioned above.

The Langhe wines are also becoming more popular for the use of international grape varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc.

We can say that the creativity of the Langhe’s winemakers has led to the development of next generation quality wines that can be compared with the other world famous wines like Super Tuscans.

Knowing the Wines of Langhe

In general, the Langhe DOC wine can be reds, rosés, whites, blends, or even varietals.

They can be still, semi-sparkling, early release types, or dry. Yes, there are quite a lot of collections.

This special sub-region of Piedmont is home to the prestigious Italian wines like:

  • Barolo
  • Barbaresco
  • Asti
  • Dogliani

Barolo Wines

Of these wines Barolo is the traditional type of Italian wine which is made from Nebbiolo as its principal grape variety.

For earning the name ‘Barolo’, the wine must be aged for a minimum of 38 months.

Of the 38 months, 18 months will represent the aging in barrels.

Barbaresco Wines

Barbaresco is again made using 100% Nebbiolo grapes and will be subjected to aging for a period of two years.

Asti Wines

Asti represents the sparkling white wines that are produced using Moscato grape variety.

This is semi-sweet wine with an alcohol content of around 9%.

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Dogliani Wines

Lastly, Dogliani is a red wine variety that is made using Dolcetto grape variety.

These wines would have an alcohol content of around 11.5% or even more.

Other Langhe DOC

All the other wines in Langhe that are not conformed to the production criteria of these Italian wines will come under the Langhe DOC.

We can find that this DOC is covering much larger area than many other wine regions and is known to have more relaxed restrictions with regards to the wine production.

Thus, Langhe DOC is allowing its winemakers to try new varieties, as well as techniques that don’t come under the other DOCs.

I would say that the most fruitful effect of these relaxed restrictions in Langhe DOC is the ‘Langhe Chardonnay’ that is currently produced here.

Some of the wines that are produced in this sub-region are found to have their own sub-labels depending upon grape varieties and the vineyards.

An example for this is ‘Langhe Nascetta del Commune di Novello’ that indicates the white Nascetta wines from the Novello.

Langhe – Major Grape Varieties

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