SOMETIMES I WONDER HOW SO MUCH BEAUTY 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.
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 – death sentence to any regular 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.
Three days after the shoot on November 17, 2017, and after crossing its 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 a 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 snowfall that engulfed Piemonte in November. So much surprised was I when an Instagram friend posted her snow pictures from LIMONE ( up against the mountains, and famous ski resort ), a few days later after our crossing.
The scenery is breathtaking – to say the least. If not for the wine – a bottle can set you back 40-100 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 the last shot from Col de Tende we are leaving this for today.