Piedmont

At the foothills of the Alps mountain range lays the most exquisite culinary region of Italy.

Piemontese speak of food and wine passionately with a dash of a French accent, no wonder it is the home of the ‘Slow Food’ revolution! The food is all about local, seasonal and fresh, basically the opposite of ‘fast food’ which swept the world and threatened to extinct the traditional local cuisine.

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Barolo and Barbaresco are two famous wine villages in the world. Some may say it is where the most impressive Italian wines come from. These monumental wines age for decades in wine cellars all over the world. It is not often that you would see such a rare unification of extraordinary lucrative wines while the winery owner in a worn out overall working in the vineyard. The have a saying in Piemonte that the best compost is the owner’s footprints.

Alba- Once or twice a week the town of Alba is clouded by a sweet and nutty overcast from the Nutella factory up on the hill. On Saturdays the old city center becomes a bustling market filled with local fresh fruits and vegetable and irresistible truffle mushrooms in all shapes and forms and fashion.

“If there is a heaven it looks like this” said a friend who studied in Piemonte. The Villages surrounding Alba: Barolo, Barbaresco and others are simply mesmerizing. Not once did visitors fall in love and decide to leave their lives behind and settle down here.

The tension between tradition and advancement is well felt here. The most famous story is about a man name Elio Altare who decided to rebel the local tradition and bring modern French techniques. One the changes he brought was the use of oak barriques of 228 liters instead of the vast local traditional ones. In a symbolic and a dramatic act, he sawed his father’s barrels and used only the small ones he brought from France. The new wines were highly praised, received international recognition and fortune to the region. Another outcome of the change brought by young Elio was that his father would not speak to him till the day he died.

This story is even more moving when heard from the mouth of Sylvia, Elio’s daughter, who is a young rebel herself.

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