Piedmont is located in Northwest Italy and is cupped by the Alps which encircles its northern and western sides and has the Apennines to the South which is where you’ll find the quality wine production in Piedmont. The low coastal hills divide Piedmont from its long thin neighbour Liguria and the Mediterranean beyond. This region has been described as the “Burgundy” of Italy which has a focus on quality and has many smaller family run wineries. Around 40% of wine production in Piedmont is at DOC and DOCG level, with more DOCs and DOCGs than any other Italian region. Piedmont is challenged only by Veneto and Tuscany for the top spot among Italian wine regions. Nebbiolo an important grape variety in this region along with Barbera, Dolcetto, Muscato and Chardonnay.