In 2014 another extraordinary destination was added by UNESCO to the World Heritage List, a delight for all connoisseurs and gourmets in Italy: the vineyards landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato that we suggest to visit during the harvest season, suitable for a wonderful trip in the heart of Piedmont.
The reason why the strict selectors of UNESCO inscribed Langhe area in the prestigious list is that this landscape was shaped by the work of men and its deep-rooted wine culture.
The scenario that the travelers can admire here is a “tableau vivant”: the protagonists are the rows of vines and villages scattered in the vast stretch of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, a tourist attraction recommended because it suitable for refined palates.
Don’t forget to mention the white truffle of Alba, the local gastronomic excellence celebrated in October and November with the Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba.
Why visit the Langhe
First of all is useful to know the extent of this area: the provinces of Cuneo and Asti enclose this ground wonderfully told by writers such as Cesare Pavese, Beppe Fenoglio and Giovanni Arpino, while the Monferrato is located between Asti and Alessandria, the Roero area is situated in the north-eastern province of Cuneo, overall 29 towns where the food and wine are a must for anyone who wants to discover something new about Italy.
You’ll enjoy a holiday in the Langhe also because is the homeland of Barolo, one of the most awarded wines in the world, produced by historical wineries such as estates Fontanafredda, belonged to the Savoy; furthermore, here there are beautiful and well-preserved castles.
For example, the Grinzane Cavour Castle, mansion of Camillo Benso Count of Cavour in the XIX century and now house of the first Regional Wine Shop in Piedmont; here there is also an ethnographic museum dedicated to the local winegrowing tradition.
The winning combination of castles, relaxing landscapes and enogastronomical excellences made Langhe a unique land, a destination which, however, not all Italians know.
Alba White Truffle tasting experience
From 11th October to 16th November will be held the 84th International Alba White Truffle Fair, an event that is dedicated not only the precious mushrooms used as a condiment for savory and sweet dishes but also to other delicacies that you can taste at the Truffle Market at Cortile della Maddalena in Alba, near Cuneo.
To get closer to the world of truffles you should know that these aren’t tubers as is commonly believed but mushrooms, they grow wild and you can’t cultivate truffles, so it is very important the truffle hunting with expert guides.
On Sunday 26th October, in fact, there will be the Truffle Dog Day, just to show what the truffle hunting is and reward the talent of the most talented dogs.
Those who wish to join a truffle hunting can book a guided tour with a hunter accompanied by a dog, the mock truffle hunt is available every day of the week if weather conditions are good; to book please call the number 0173/228190.
Among the many events of the festival we recommend the Alba Truffle Fair Show with show cooking and wine tastings of Barolo and Barbaresco, a great chance to appreciate these DOC wines with the help of sommeliers and winemakers.
During the Fair are scheduled concerts of classical and jazz music that will be the dreamy soundtrack for your enogastronomical journey in the heart of the Langhe.
This is the official website of the event: www.fieradeltartufo.org
If you wish to visit a place where excellence reigns, this area of Piedmont will certainly be amazing, explore the treasures of the Langhe in autumn!