On the North West tip of Italy is the Piedmont region, protected by the Alps on three sides. Bordering France and Switzerland, this diverse region has been producing wine for centuries. Summertime temperatures are like those of Bordeaux although due to the region’s proximity to and protection from the Alps, the rainfall is much lower and Piedmont’s winters are milder. Barolo, Barbaresco and Nebbiolo grapes all thrive here and are best known in the region. We recommend any of the wines from the Gaja producer in the Langhe region, such as Gaja Sito Moresco 2011 for a well-balanced, full-bodied wine.