barolo italy alps mountains of piedmont

SOMETIMES I BEGIN TO WONDER HOW THIS IS POSSIBLE

Take Italy.  Beautiful, hot summers in Piedmont region. Swinging landscape, lots of sunlight, Etruscan hills and volcanic mountains. Prime conditions for a first class wine.

Barolo Piemonte
Barolo Piemonte

In stark contrast to this one will see Barolo s – and as such – Piedmont s winters.
A few miles really further to the West one will enter the massive Alpine region with the city of Cuneo providing a glimpse to the snow capped peaks in winter.

A marvel of beauty to watch. Snow, ice, cold temperatures – a death sentence to any normal grapevine. Yet, mysteriously, here, it creates a special blend between the hills.

The hills are of spectacular scenery. We shot hundreds of pictures, but only a few have been posted so far.

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BAROLO-PIEDMONT-VINEYARDS-ITALY

Three days after the shoot on November 17, 2017, and after crossing it s mountain range at roughly 2200 m altitude via Col de Tende, snow covered the mountains.

Snow is nothing new to me – coming from a snow country like Austria – yet here – in the South of France I was thinking with shivers about the snow.
There was good reason for this. The roads leading up to the Col de Tende – mountain pass between Italy and France – were narrow, winding – and risky to drive even in summer.

Never the less we made it just before the heavy snow fall that engulfed Piemonte in November. So much surprised was I when a instagram friend posted her snow pictures from LIMONE ( up the mountains, and famous ski resort ), few days later after our crossing.

The scenery is breath takingto say the least. If not for the wine – a bottle can set you back 40-50 Euros – you should enjoy the beauty of the landscape at least.

I consider – apart from Tuscany – this to be the prime area for wines – globally. Perhaps with the exception of a good Corbieres, or a Cote d’Or from the region of St Saphorin. Then again, it will depend on one s taste mainly.

So, with a last shot from Col de Tende we are leaving this for today.

Enjoy your travels

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col-de-tende

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