Wine runs in the veins of Langhe. This heart-capturing part of Piedmont is interlaced with grape-laden vineyards and hilltop-hugging towns, where little has changed in hundreds of years. Taste the region’s beloved barolo and asti in an enoteca. See the prized produce at the autumn truffle fairs. And embrace the Slow Food movement: in Langhe, the pace of life is wonderfully laid-back.
One of the world’s greatest wine regions, speckled with tiny towns and towering castles.
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When you sip wine in Langhe, you’re tasting history. This wine-growing region and its wine-making heritage proudly features on UNESCO’s World Heritage list. And it’s here that many of Italy’s finest reds are produced, including barolo and barbaresco. The best way to get to know these grapes is by visiting the cellars – cantina communale – peppered throughout the hilltop towns.
There may be gold in some hills, but in Langhe, the treasure is white truffles. You can enjoy delicious dishes and festivals celebrating this prized ingredient across the region, year-round. But devotees should visit in autumn when Alba hosts the truffle fair, and the air around every agriturismo is heavy with the scent of truffle.
Beautifully preserved piazzas and centuries-old clock towers are hallmarks of historical Langhe. Go hilltop hopping to experience life in its towns and villages – now, and then. Grinzane Cavour is home to an impressive castle, while medieval Neive has not one but two towers. Take the funicular railway to explore Mondovi’s ancient quarter. Or slow right down in Bra and take in Bernini’s Chiesa di San Andrea in all its glory.
Walk off an Italian-sized lunch of truffle pasta and full-bodied red by following the Barolo Trail, and admire panoramic views of the vineyards.
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