Following a very successful exhibition in 2017, the second edition of Taste Alto Piemonte, dedicated to the wines of North Piedmont, took place on Saturday 24th and on Sunday 25th of March 2018, in the suggestive “Castello di Novara”.
Here, the winemakers of the four provinces of Biella, Vercelli, Novara, and Verbano-Cusio–Ossola, got together to present not only the most remarkable wines of Alto Piemonte but also the culinary excellences of this magnificent territory. A land full of great potential.
The event was a moment of detailed study, deep involvement and discovery, thanks to which our land was presented and its traditions were revealed and appreciated to the fullest.
This year the setting for the event was larger than the previous edition. The ground floor was reserved to host the 50 wineries enrolled in the exhibition.
The lower level was assigned to Alto Piemonte culinary products where about 20 artisan food experts presented their products. Meanwhile, some very detailed meetings and seminars, held by “AIS Piemonte” and open only to a limited group of people took place on the top floor.
During the fair, the participants had the possibility of tasting over 150 different wines from Alto Piemonte. They were able to discover the special wines born from this gentle land where the breezes of Monte Rosa caress the precious, antique vineyards, and where the Supervulcano of Valsesia imploded and spread out underground hundreds of millions of years ago.
The awards ceremony of the contest “Calice d’Oro dell’Alto Piemonte” opened the event on Sunday morning. The aim of the competition was to actively promote and to enhance the wine production in Alto Piemonte. The prize for the first category (Colline Novaresi, Coste della Sesia e Valli Ossolane DOC whitewine) was assigned to Vigneti Valle Roncati of Briona for Colline Novaresi Doc Bianco “Particella 40” 2016 .
As to the second category (Colline Novaresi, Coste della Sesia e Valli Ossolane DOC red and rosè) the prize went to “Il Roccolo di Mezzomerico” for its exceptional wine “Colline Novaresi Doc Nebbiolo Vendemmia Tardiva “Valentina” 2011.
Lastly, the prize for the third category (Nebbioli to be aged) the winner was Rovellotti Viticoltori from Ghemme for its wine Ghemme Docg Riserva “Costa Del Salmino” 2009.
Following this path of rediscovery, a process which has gradually been taking place over the last 20 years, it can be said that Alto Piemonte is an ever-increasing tangible fact and it is indeed developing in a favorable manner. Something that has been sought for, for such a long time.
All of this has happened thanks not only to the enthusiasm and to the teamwork among producers and institutions but also to another factor: e-commerce.
The new e-commerce websites have played, and are still playing, an important role in promoting local wine and food. They have created wonderful opportunities to arouse awareness in these products not only throughout Italy but also abroad.
I feel that e-commerce could be an excellent opportunity for small wineries and new wine labels to make themselves known, especially when they are not yet represented by important distributors. E-commerce is a really wonderful chance to portray the tasteful and unexpected wines of Alto Piemonte throughout the world.
A special “Bravo!” to all our producers who joined Taste Alto Piemonte for rolling up their sleeves every day in the effort to promote our land and our products. Alto Piemonte has the chance to be finally recognized worldwide as a region of excellence and tradition, therefore it is up to all of us to work together and achieve this common goal.
To conclude, thanks to the Consorzio di Tutela Nebbioli Alto Piemonte for organizing and managing this wonderful event!
Photo by courtesy of Consorzio Tutela Nebbioli Alto Piemonte – Taste Alto Piemonte