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The Wine Book about Piedmont - first edition (V1)

Background

When I visited Piedmont for the first time some 15-20 years ago, it was just planned as an overnight stop returning from vacation on the Mediterranean and it was actually more out of curiosity.The names Barolo and Barbaresco were indeed known to me but I had never tasted the wines. I was always told that these wines are somewhat difficult and marked by a lot of tannin. We went to Barolo and booked rooms in Brezza, which is both a hotel and a restaurant. At first we were impressed by the beautiful and hilly landscape and of Barolo as a nice little village. For dinner, we had a table booked at the Restaurant. We then decided to eat typical local specialties. This of course was Vitello Tonnato as appetizer and then there was a Brasato al Barolo as main dish and for dessert a Torta Nocciole. As wine of course, a Barolo of the house - Brezza vineyards are located on the Cannubi hill and making spectacular Barolos!
What a surprise! A great wine! Why do people say it is 'difficult? The wine was indeed strong but with great bouquet, beautiful finish and complex structure.I then decided that this was not the last time that we drink a Barolo! In addition, the tasteful food too! And then all the very nice people here. What more do you want?
The next day we enjoyed the unique landscape before we drove back home. What an experience!
Now it was clear - I have to return to Piedmont but first collect more information about Piedmont. After this first visit we often went down to Piedmont and have learned to know many people, including the Hotel Barbabuc and the owner signora Beccaria Manzone and the truffle hunter Ezio Costa.
One day, I then thought, I have to write a book about the winemakers, the wines and the local delicacies. As a result of my experiencies I have inspired many people to visit Piedmont including my Danish friend Jörgen Hansson. He has now founded a company in Denmark importing wines and delicacies from Piedmont and also arranges wine tours to Piedmont.

Piedmont - Viticulture and Wine Growers

Book Content - Version 1

When I planned the book, I also wanted to give my enthusiasm for photography a chance planning the visits to the winemakers in Piedmont. Not only the wonderful landscape but also the winemakers and the wine cellars were certainly interesting for photographing. When I started in 1999, the camera equipment was analog, i.e. Hasselblad and Leica - shortly thereafter came the first professional digital cameras. Almost all the images in the first edition were taken with the Hasselblad and of course in black/white - I still find this very interesting
. But I was interested not only in the taste of the wines or the rating but more of the people who are 'behind the wine', how they think and work, how they produce such good wines. So I divided the book content into four sections: the person or family of the real estate and their unique characteristics, the vineyards and their uniqueness, the wine cellar where it all comes together and finally the wines themselves. All starting with the thought process up until the final product.
For version 1, I have visited about 25 wineries and recorded the interviews on audio tape. In addition, I made the interviews with signora Beccaria and Ezio Costa. I met Ezio at a street festival in Novello in Hotel Barbabuc, where he visited signora Beccaria. The book I had designed back then was bi-lingual. How much work actually was behind it I noticed when working with the second edition. A year quickly passed ...

Wine Growers and Wine

In the very beginning, I chose a few famous winemakers for the interviews but in the course of the interviews, I was repeatedly advised by winemakers to visit winemakers they suggested. This is how the selection of the winemakers was then finally done and how the structure of the book has been created. The focus was then wineries in Barolo area and in the Barbaresco area. The time that I spent for the interviews and the experience will forever remain in memory. Always surrounded by nice people, sometimes I was invited for lunch after the interview or invited to a local trattoria, great food and of course a variety of different wines. In retrospect, I thought about how it was driving the car afterwards ...
Nice winery, good food, good wine, good mood and I could go like this. I never tasted a bad wine here – they are all good and there is always a good wine for somebody since happily enough we all have different tastes.

Wine Growers in the first edition

The following wine growers were interviewed in the first edition: Elio Altare, Bricco Maiolica, Piero Busso, Ca´ Viola, Domenico Clerico, Aldo Conterno, Giacomo Conterno, Coppo, Giovanni Corino, Ruggeri Corsini, Luigi Einaudi, Piero Gatti, Attilio Ghisolfi, Elio Grasso, Silvio Grasso, Malvirà, Giovanni Manzone, Moccagatta, Giuseppe Nada, Paitin, Pecchenino, Pellisero, Renato Ratti, Bruno Rocca, Paolo Scavino, Fratelli Seghesio, La Spinetta, Castello di Verduno, Eraldo Viberti, Ezio Costa, Signora Beccaria, Castelmagno - the diamond cheese

The updated eBook Version 1

The first version I still find very interesting and hence I decided to rework some of the text to reflect the changes of the winemakers and reflect the new wine cellars. The images remained as originally taken. Some winemakers unfortunately died over the last years - but they have left a strong memory behind for me. When I visited Giovanni Conterno and took some photos of him, he said: 'You shoud not take pictures of me because I am only here for a short time but the vineyards and the wines remain'- he was a great winemaker.

Piedmont


  1. Red Wines

    Famous red wines like Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Grignolino, Freisa, Nebbiolo

  2. White Wines

    Famous White Wines like Arneis, Favority, Rossese, Nas-Cetta, Moscato d'Asti

  3. Specialties

    Here some examples: Truffles, Torrone, Hazelnuts, Plin, Castelmagno, handgemachte Grissini

  4. Where to stay over night

    Some suggestions: Tra Arte&Cerche in Monchiero, Le Viole in Vergne,

  5. Truffles

    A famous hunter for truffles: Ezio Costa, Tra Arte&Cerche in Monchiero