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Delicious Piedmont, Italy

Oberto Gili Sardines and caramelized red peppers with <em>bagna cauda</em> gelato.

Photo: Oberto Gili

For centuries, the undulating, vine-covered hills of the Langhe, a strip in the southern Piedmont region, existed as a place out of time. Nobody came, almost nobody left. But these days, acclaim for some of the new local bottlings—made from the nebbiolo grape, which itself is named for the area’s trademark morning fog—is attracting wine pilgrims from all over. Centuries-old villas have been converted into hotels, and the dining scene, which now includes a number of Michelin-starred establishments, is thriving.

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Inspired by: Taste the Flavors of Piedmont — by Matt Lee, Published Aug. 2006

Hotels (6)

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    L’Antico Asilo

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    Villa Tiboldi

    In 1996, winemakers Roberto and Patrizia Damonte bought a dilapidated 18th-century villa near Alba, in Italy’s Piedmont region. By 2003, they’d tra

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    Marchesi Alfieri

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    Hotel Castello di Sinio

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    Castello di Verduno

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    Relais San Maurizio

    Presiding over a cedar- and grapevine-studded hilltop in Italy’s Piedmont region, this monastery hotel has a Caudalie Vinotherapie spa and a restau

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Restaurants (12)

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Activities (6)

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    La Spinetta

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    Pio Cesare Azienda Agricola

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    Tartufi Ponzio

    This shoebox-sized shop has an extensive selection of outstanding sauces, vinegars, and oils, many of which are made with the shop's winter stock-i

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    I Piaceri del Gusto

    This wine store's deep selection of books (in many languages) on Piedmontese wine and food complements a cellar of excellent, hard-to-find bottles.

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    Il Bacco

    This charming enoteca is presided over by a bookish couple and their cat, that offers all the best labels of Barolo and the better vintages.

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    Enoteca Regionale del Barolo

    Onne of the Piedmont's most impressive enotecas: a long, vaulted brick chamber in a grand, turreted castle where sommeliers in black tie and long b

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    Piedmont, Rivoli, Alba, Treiso, Pollenzo

    The hilltop vines of Italy’s Langhe region, in the heart of Piedmont, produce some of the most spectacular wines anywhere.

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    Turin

    There is a great deal more to Turin than the staid, gray image it presents. It is the center of Italian contemporary art; it has some of the best, and certainly the most innovative, cooking in Ital

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