Piemonte is in Italy's northwest and borders Switzerland and France. True to the meaning of its name (foot of the mountain), Piemonte is a land of mountains. It is surrounded on three sides by the Alps, with the highest peaks and largest glaciers in Italy.
With a geography shaped by the Alps in the North and the Mediterranean to the South, Piemonte is the perfect environment to produce wines and has allowed their wines to develop their own unique character. With a regional viniculture focused primarily on reds, the region has become home to many noteworthy wines.
Piemonte is also the birthplace of the slow food movement. While the region's cuisine is not the most diverse of the country, it is widely considered as some of the best in Italy. Piemonte cuisine has come to be defined by hardy, yet simple dishes that are almost always complimented by a robust glass of red wine. Some of the food specialties the region is most famous for are it's cheeses, chocolates and of course, its renowned white truffles.