Bacchus amat colles (Bacchus loves the hills) is certainly the sentence that best denotes the great wine tradition of the Piacentino district, a land of wines from time immemorial. Its Doc Colli Piacentini involves the four valleys Tidone, Trebbia, Nure and d'Arda, rich in wine and gastronomic traditions as well as interesting historical findings and suggestive landscapes.
Val Nure is a central valley of the province dotted with castles ands ruins. Grazzano Visconti is certainly one of the most well known villages of the entire province for its very singular medieval architecture and for its enchanting 14th century castle. Numerous wine estates can be seen when mounting the ridge of the hills until one arrives in the heart of Val Nure at Ponte Dell'Olio, a village that still keeps a three-towered kiln, testimony of the traditional brick industry. Besides the classic Valnure and Gutturnio wines, the surrounding hills are known also for the production of Cabernet, Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Pinot noir. Visitors here notoriously enjoy the traditional dishes, with its salami, coppa (Italian sausage) and bacon from Piacenza, real stars of Emilian cuisine.
Finally it is certainly worthwhile to visit Bettola, a village formed by two settlements that have developed on the right and the left sides of the Nure stream, and that was the capital between the 15th century and Napoleonic times of the Magnificent Community of Val Nure.