Crossing the wine landscapes of Lower Piedmont, 3 days in the magic of the lands of wine and Slow Food
It is a fantastic itinerary, with completely different landscapes even if very close and united by the same wonderful harmony between the environment and the peasant civilization. A small taste that you could also savor in a day, but we guarantee that you would lose the essence and breathtaking beauty of certain views and certain flavors. We therefore offer you a slow itinerary of 3 days, returning to sleep in Turin or with an overnight stay in the center of the region so as not to miss even a moment of these unique lands in the world.
Langhe-Roero and Monferrato and the thought runs along rolling hills covered with vineyards that give different tones of color at any time of the year and day. Small villages surrounded by fields, churches and medieval castles, scents of wine, truffles and chestnuts. A feeling of tranquility mixed with beauty, because the territory between the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo is really a microcosm of different environments where man and nature have been going hand in hand for centuries and it is for this harmony that the region formed by 29 countries and six wine landscapes has deserved the recognition of UNESCO Heritage in 2014.
What we’ll do:
- Day 1 – The Langhe and Roero, Slow Food, Bra cheeses and Barolo
- Day 2 – The Truffle of Alba, the magic of Barbaresco and the Castle of Grinzane Cavour
- Day 3 – Monferrato, Asti and the Infernot
First day: Langhe-Roero and Barolo
Starting from Turin we divide our excursions according to the wine landscapes starting from the Langa del Barolo and Pollenzo, home of the University of Gastronomic Sciences, a unique jewel in the world, where students from all over the planet meet and confront the philosophy of Slow Food, local productions, defense of territories and diversity. Born from the collaboration between Slow Food and the regions of Emilia Romagna and Piedmont, the university, which occupies the beautiful castle of Pollenzo, surrounded by the highest peaks of the Alps, is today the reference point for the protection and development and diversification of local productions. Small productions, sometimes very small but that allow Italy to have such wonderfully different landscapes and landscapes and a gastronomic quality on a local basis that has no equal in the world. Slow Food has reached more than 100,000 members worldwide and defends food, promoting respect for producers and the environment.
But the first visit will be to one of the most important centers of Roero and the food and wine culture of Piedmont, Bra. The city is famous for sheep’s cheese, but its center is also worth a visit. Among the streets of Bra, there are important testimonies of the Piedmontese Baroque with palaces and churches of great value. Bra is the founder of Slow Food, Carlo Petrini.
Thanks to this association Bra for four days every two years becomes the capital of cheese, with Cheese (https://cheese.slowfood.it/), an event that takes place in the streets of the city and which sees the participation of about 300 exhibitors from 23 different countries.
But let’s come to us, after a taste of cheese in one of the many dairies in the area, we move to nearby Pollenzo to visit the Village and the Castle of Pollenzo, home of the University of Gastronomic Sciences. A spectacular place where, after the guided tour we can have lunch tasting the products of the territory.
In the afternoon we will still walk the beautiful hills of Barolo and its enchanted villages up to “Barolo”, and its castle-Enoteca, where we can taste the most precious and famous of the products of this region.
Here we can end the first day of visit, returning to Turin (an hour) or staying overnight in one of the beautiful farmhouses in the area and so savor a typical dinner at “Barolo” and cheeses from the Langhe.
Second day: fairytale landscapes, Truffle and Barbaresco.
After a good and slow breakfast we resume our journey to discover the beauties of Piedmont from Alba, one of the most important cities of the Langhe, owes its fame to the Truffle of which it is the capital. The historic center of Alba is medieval and circular in shape, it is nice to walk among the picturesque towers and houses-forts and then come across the large churches, the Duomo and especially San Domenico, one of the most beautiful Romanesque-Gothic monuments in Northern Italy. After that you can not taste the white truffle, product for which Alba becomes every year the world center of trade in this tuber that can reach unpronounceable figures, defined by the Romans as the food of the gods.
But normally a truffle lunch in these areas has reasonable figures and we take advantage of it with pleasure.
Continuing along the banks of the Tanaro River (which divides the Roero from the Langhe), we cross the hills of Barbaresco where Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo are produced, 4 splendid wines and a medieval village, Barbaresco precisely, a very small town of 600 inhabitants but with wonderful gastronomic traditions. From its tower the gaze sweeps over all the hills of Barbaresco from the Tanaro, to Asti, to the majestic necklace of mountains that surround it.
Among the streets of the small village everything seems to have stopped at that historical period, where small squares, the church and the corners tell of stories and shops lost in time and recall scenes and atmospheres of a distant period characterized by important commercial exchanges, thanks to the agricultural products and viticulture that have always distinguished this area.
The vineyards surrounding the village characterize, in fact, the surrounding scenery and determine the conformation of the landscape.
Entering the alleys and getting lost in history, gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in fairytale places in which to lull ourselves, without the hassle of passing time. In perfect relaxation and in a timeless context, we can enter the characteristic village walking without a goal and peeking through the houses towards the enchanting landscape of the Langhe, whose view is favored by the location of the place, which is located on a hill in the middle of the hills.
This second exciting day we close it in Grinzane Cavour, in the mighty castle that houses the Enoteca Regionale del Piemonte, savoring its best wines.
Return again to Turin (an hour) or in the same farm or hotel of the previous night.
Third day dedicated to Monferrato, its wonderful infernot and the Asti region.
First stop of the day in Canelli, a Piedmontese town capital of sparkling wines and home to the Underground Cathedrals that we will visit. These are the ancient cellars of the historic companies of Canelli. The soil below the city is the perfect habitat for the processing and aging of wines: limestone tuff, in fact, is an excellent thermal insulator, capable of maintaining a constant temperature between 12 and 14 degrees. Like real underground naves, the cathedrals of Canelli are covered with exposed bricks, articulated in long tunnels or stanzoni with vaults and pillars, at a depth that can reach 30 meters for a total extension that exceeds 18 kilometers. They began to be built in the sixteenth century and until the nineteenth they continued to expand, this process took place with pickaxes and chisels as the company took on larger dimensions, historic cellars dug underground, become World Heritage Sites.
We continue north and after a few kilometers we enter Nizza Monferrato, a city of food and wine excellence, there are many products both related to food and drink of excellent quality so as to enjoy primates and fame both in Italy and abroad. Do not miss the opportunity to taste these products in a small but interesting tour in the many taverns, restaurants and clubs of the city, concentrated in the wonderful historic center. Every third Sunday of the month there is the market of agricultural and local products, a real explosion of smells and flavors in which in addition to buying the products you can eat accompanied by good wine.
The last stop of our day is the land of infernot, small underground chambers, dug by hand in the Pietra da Cantoni, a sandstone typical of Monferrato Casalese, which originated from the marine sediments of when, millions of years ago, the territory was covered by the sea. A peculiar feature of the Infernot is the absence of light and natural aeration, which allow these environments to maintain a constant temperature and humidity throughout the year. They are therefore optimal environments for the storage of bottled wine and were used to preserve other foods as well. Most of the Infernot originated in the nineteenth century and represents a continuation of the cellar.
There are different types of Infernot: single-chamber, multi-camera or corridor. They have different finishes: smoothed, with natural split or with visible pickaxe. The housing of the bottles varies: niches, steps or continuous floors. Some are embellished with decorations, others are accompanied by a table also dug into the stone.
Each Infernot represents a unique work, an artifact that represents the material and immaterial heritage of Monferrato Casalese.
Eight beautiful urban centers and just over a hundred wineries, we will visit the most artistic and the most “good”. Savoring wines and products of this magical territory that is monferrato.
Finish our journey through the hills, vineyards, castles, fairytale scenery, ancient flavors, precious flavors and an atmosphere of the past. It ends where we started, on the banks of the Po’, the great Italian river that tells stories, and you can be sure, there will be many stories to tell along the way!
- What is included:
- Transport by private transport
- The organization of visits.
- Accompaniment throughout the period.
- The guided visits
- Three tastings
- 24-hour assistance throughout the tour
- What is not included:
- Everything not explicitly included in the program
- Lunches and dinners
- Personal expenses.