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Collector’s guide: The rise of Piedmont

A run of good vintages makes it a great time to explore the land of Barolo and Barbaresco - not to mention Piedmont Nebbiolo in general - so here is some inspiration if you're considering where to start.

Small production and rising acclaim have caused price spikes for the top echelon of Nebbiolo wines from Piedmont, but there are so many options further down the ladder – not least due to a run of good vintages, including an exceptional Barolo 2016 crop.

From digging into lesser-known Barolo crus to unearthing fresh winemaking talent and getting to grips with up-and-coming areas like Alto Piemonte, it’s impossible do full justice to the options in one single article.

But, we’ve created an introductory guide to provide inspiration for collectors looking to get into Piedmont.

Collecting Piedmont wines

Growing numbers of savvy collectors recognise the value, diversity and investment potential to be found in Piedmont’s hills, particularly following a run of good vintages for Nebbiolo.

Exceptional Nebbiolo 2016 wines have set pulses racing among Piedmont lovers and the new-release Barolos are already being placed in the company of greats, such as 2010, 2006 or 2001.

But that’s not the whole story, because 2016 is the third very good-to-great vintage in four years, closely followed by the lauded class of 2010.

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Report by Chris Mercer for Decanter Premium. A freelance journalist and former editor of Decanter.com, Chris has written about the global fine wine market for more than a decade


Please note that this report has been published purely for informational purposes and does not constitute financial or investment advice.The report includes Wine-Searcher monthly global average retail prices in US$ to provide a consistent point of comparison, as well as data and opinion from other trade sources. All of this information is subject to change, and the prices and availability of wines cited will vary between countries, currencies and retailers. Decanter and the editorial team behind this report do not accept liability for the ongoing accuracy of its contents. Seek independent and professional advice where necessary and be aware that wine investment is unregulated in several markets. Please be aware that prices can go down as well as up.

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