4. Piedmont, Italy
Mountainous Piedmont’s name means “foot of the mountain” and its scenery is breathtaking. Italy’s second-largest wine region, its famous vineyards are’s set against a backdrop of the majestic Alps. Bordering Switzerland and France. Piedmont’s vineyard-covered landscapes are part of a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s an outstanding living example of European winegrowing and winemaking traditions. Home to celebrated red wines like Barolo and Barbaresco, Piedmont’s also a foodie heaven. Many a gourmet has ventured here in search of Piedmont’s famous, rare white truffles. In addition to white truffles, Piedmont produces notable white wines such as light-bodied Gavi, full-bodied Arneis and refreshing Moscato d’Asti. It will come as no surprise that this area near the Alps is also a favorite among skiers.