Frutti del Piemonte

Fruits of the Piedmont

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The decision to paint some of the most representative fruits of the Piedmont was definitely not random; in effect I live at the core of a very suitable place for their cultivation, thanks to the perfect soil and climate conditions. The botanical paintings presented here are a tribute to this precious heritage.

This Italian region is almost exclusively identified with the production of excellent red wines, but it is often forgotten that in Piedmont are also produced remarkable white wines and renowned sparkling wines .
Names such as Nebbiolo, Vespolina, Barolo, Barbera are just few examples of wines and grapes which evoke in every passionate thoughts related to wine of high quality and excellence. Yet the heritage of Piedmont is also rich in wine and white grapes pleasant and aromatic, such as Moscato, Arneis, Cortese and Erbaluce, just to mention some of the most famous grapes.
Gentle hillsides of Piedmont are covered with neat rows, on which vigorous tendrils cling all summer; then the warm autumn sun illuminates the branches laden with ripe, fragrant and sumptuous bunches: they peek out among the leaves that start to turn golden and amaranth.
Wise and assiduous care turn them into fine wines, to satisfy eyes and taste of the finest connoisseurs.

The apple and the pear have always played a very important part in human life, too.
The fruits depicted belong to a study dedicated to the large variety of apples and pears existing especially in Valsesia, in northern Piedmont.
In the past these areas were characterized by an agricultural scene in which fruits tree were plentiful. Unfortunately, by the fifties and sixties, intensive industrial fruit production took over and consumers preferred limited varieties with the best taste and appearance to a larger variety of less perfect fruits. As a result the local production was neglected.
However in the last fifteen years interest in older varieties and the pursuit of genuineness has increased. Therefore, groups of people keen on apples and pears have picked up and listed historic and local cultivar, in order to safeguard this important genetic property, because the identity of a territory is also preserved thanks to the flavours and fragrances of the past epoch.

 

Lidia Vanzetti