In a Country the Ancient Greek's called "Oentrua" (land of vines) Alba is located in the foothills of the Alps in the province of Cuneo, Piedmont, Italy. It is considered the capital of the hilly area of Langhe, and is famous for the white truffle, Peach and Barbera grape. The winemaking region of the Piedmont bares a resemblance to Bordeaux. Both are similar in latitude, summertime temperatures and rainfall. The area of the Piedmont is affected by its sub-alpine location and vineyards are typically planted on the hillsides. Barbera is grown on warm south facing slopes.Famous for its capacity to create warmth and engender vigor; Barbera was hailed by the officers of the Savoyard army as a "sincere companion." It was said that it encouraged a level-headed attitude at the most difficult moments in a hard-fought battle.