Wine: Piedmont's rising stars

Italy's Piedmont hills are like a rural Ireland laced with vines and producing spectacular wines, writes Tomás Clancy.

29th September, 2012
The Langhe Doc vineyards in Piedmont, Italy. Photo: Thinkstock

My heart is beating in my ears as I drive through Piedmont, even though I know that the safest place to be when lightning strikes is inside a car.

Home to Europe's most spectacular and most vicious forked lightening, the area is better known as the heart of Italy's spectacular trio of red wines: Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera D'Asti.

Situated over the Alpine foothills from Nice to the west and Italy's Ligurian coast to the...

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