Piemonte, in the northwestern corner of the Italian Peninsula, is arguably Italy's more prolific wine region. It sits at the foot of the Western Alps and produces the largest number of best-known, noble and prize-winning wines. This landlocked, mountainous region is predominantly suited to the production of high quality strong reds, cultivated from the distinguished Nebbiolo grape, the base for the famed Barolo, Barbaresco and Gattinara, among others. Its name derives from the word nebbia, or fog, both because of the velvety, whitish coating that covers its berries, and the fact that it grows in an area where, at ripening time in September, heavy morning fog is a given and the humidity that it provides gives the grapes an ideal habitat. Another distinguished characteristic of Piemonte is that most of its wines are produced on family estates made up of relatively small parcels of land.