Nestled in the northwestern corner of Italy, Piedmont is the land of castles, vineyards and romantic hills shrouded in mist.

The Alps hover over this lovely region, as the name implies (Piemonte means “at the foot of the mountains”) and the valleys and mountains, coupled with its proximity to the sea, contribute to the area’s noted fog cover, which descends over the land in the autumn.

Summers are extremely hot, but winters can be extremely cold, with low rainfall due to the “rain shadow” effect of the Alps. Vineyards are typically planted on hillsides at altitudes between 150 and 400 meters.