Written by Kerin O'Keefe

Riesling Rising in the Langhe

Although Piedmont’s ancient varieties steal the limelight, one outsider has shown impressive results in the Langhe: Riesling.

Piedmont’s white wines made with native grapes (think Gavi, made with Cortese, and varietal wines Arneis, Timorasso and Nascetta) have been getting a lot of attention lately, and rightly so. Quality has never been higher for these wines and the best across the board have demonstrated noteworthy aging potential. It’s worth mentioning that with the exception of Cortese, the other grapes mentioned above were on the verge of extinction just a generation ago.

Although Piedmont’s ancient varieties steal the limelight, one outsider has shown impressive results in the Langhe: Riesling.


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