Piedmont has developed a reputation as a place that puts food and wine first, especially in the southern part of the region where its fertile land is a breeding ground for wine production, namely the Langhe. The most famous towns include La Morra, Alba, Neive, Monforte d'Alba, Canale d'Alba and Barolo to name a few.
This area is composed of three smaller areas called Langhe, Roero and Monferrato with the cultural city of Alba as its capital at the heart. For convenience, we refer to the entire territory as 'Langhe'. You surely can realise your dream of the 'La Dolce Vita' here! The landscape is exceptional, with rolling vineyards, charming medieval towns and well-preserved fortresses on hilltops.
You can choose from our collection of hand-picked holiday accommodation including self catering apartments and hotels in charming locations in towns in the Langhe Wine District. Feel free to ask our experienced travel experts for advice on the best places to stay, or have a look through the catalogue and choose whatever suits you best.
In 2014, it finally happened: The Langhe wine district was included on UNESCO's prestigious list of world heritage. It is primarily about Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera and Asti Spumante, all of which must also be said to have gained their fame in our latitudes.
Some of Italy's best and most prestigious red wines are grown in the Langhe area. Barolo is not without reason called the Wine of Kings. It is grown in 11 municipalities around Alba and is made from Nebbiolo grapes. Barbaresco is also made from the Nebbiolo grapes and dates back to Roman times. Both of these wines can be quite costly, but fortunately Piemonte also offers many other good reds at reasonable prices.
Piedmont however, is much more than just good red wine. The region is most famous for its production of white wine: made from the Arneis-grape known as 'Roero Arneis', which is grown north of the Tanaro River in the Roero area or Langhe Arneis. Roero Arneis is the most prized of these two and produced by Villa Cornarea near Canale.
A good wine should of course be accompanied by an elaborate meal. Langhe is one of the areas in Italy which has the highest concentration of the prestigious Michelin restaurants, so there are plenty of opportunities to indulge yourselves. Typical regional dishes include rabbit or polenta or what are known as Lumache di Cherasco (a kind of fried escargots) - of course accompanied by a Barolo or Barbaresco. Langhe is also known for the world famous hazelnut creme Nutella, which was invented in Alba just after the second World War II. It was confectioner Pietro Ferrero, who because of the expensive and rationed cocoa beans, decided to mix some of the local hazelnuts in its cocoa mass - with great success.
There are many historic cities in the Langhe region, which seem almost like pearls scattered around the landscape. They all have special characteristics: Bra, culturally rich and famous for the culture of Slow Food; Asti, for its sparkling wine and the famous horse race, "Il Palio", La Morra, with its beautiful scenery and great wine production, and the terraced city 'Monforte d'Alba', Barolo, with its monumental castle and its famous grape known throughout the world; Barbaresco, with the tower "Torre di Bricco" which is 36 metres high, was completed under the Normans and is now a landmark; Cherasco, with its snails and the white arch of Madonna del Rosario and eventually Alba, with its Festival of the truffle, shopping streets, the medieval towers and the impressive Cathedral of San Lorenzo.
Many castles and fortresses have been constructed over the centuries since the middle ages to defend the inhabitants of Langhe. Many of the castles can still be visited today. Some of them house museums and wine bars.
- Castello di Barolo: This beautiful castle was built in 1600 and can be admired from afar. Inside the castle is an interesting wine museum, and there is an entrance fee. It is closed on Thursdays.
- Castello di Grinzane Cavour: The medieval castle "Castello Grinzane Cavour" houses a collection of the regional wines of Piedmont. You pay admission and it's closed on Tuesdays.
- Castello di Serralunga d'Alba: The castle consists of three asymmetrical towers dating back to the year 1340 (approximately). It stands tall and majestic in the highest point of the city. Admission is free
- Castello di Govone: The baroque Govone, or more precisely, "Il Castello Reale di Carlo Felice di Casa Savoia" has been a member of the prestigious list of cultural heritage under UNESCO protection since 1997. There is an admission fee.
The nearest airport is Torino to the north of the Langhe, approx. 100 km away from Barolo. Then there is Genoa airport on the west coast in Liguria, this would make for an interesting drive cross country, and finally Milan airports both Milano Linate - approx 160 km from La Morra, and Milano Malpensa approx. 180 km from La Morra. We recommend having a hire car to give you the most freedom to get around the region at your leisure.
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