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Piedmont is home to two of Italy’s most famous fine wine regions- Barolo and Barbaresco, both made with the native Nebbiolo grape. Located in the northwest corner of Italy, Piedmont borders France, Switzerland as well as the Italian regions of Liguria, Valle d’Aosta, Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna. Mountains surround Piedmont on three sides and protect the region from rain and winds coming from the north. The climate in Piedmont is moderate and continental, with cold winters and long dry summers that can be occasionally subject to hail and thunderstorms. However, the complex topography of the region, with hills ranging from 160 to 600 metres, supports many microclimates and localised weather conditions may regularly impact one vineyard and not others within the same municipality. Piedmont stands alone in being the only area in the world that provides the ideal conditions demanded by the Nebbiolo grape. Nebbiolo is king in the Langhe, where Barolo and Barbaresco are produced, but it also delivers excellent wines in other select areas, including Roero, Monferrato and Alto Piemonte. The region is also known for producing the most elegant and fine “Metodo Classico” sparkling wines made according to the traditional “méthode champenoise”, floral and fruity Arneis white wines from Roero, rich and complex Dolcetto based “Dogliani” and superb Barbera red wines from Alba and Asti.