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Langhe is a region in Cuneo Province of Piedmont. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, home to a number of world famous wine producing regions, including Barolo and Barbaresco and consists of hills. The area is well known also for its cheeses and truffles, especially the white truffles of Alba.


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See also: Wine tourism#Italy

The region is particularly interesting from the perspective of wine tourism because they make wine like this nowhere else in the world. The difficult but noble nebbiolo grape is used in Langhe to make two of the best wines in the world, Barbaresco and Barolo, "the king of wines and the wine of kings". There have been attempts to export the grape, but so far the resulting wine has failed to reach the quality of the nebbiolo wines of Langhe.

Other interesting red wines include barbera and the simpler dolcetto. White wines are not as famous, but among others arneis and chardonnay are produced. There are also unusual local varieties such as freisa, used to make a lightly sparkling red wine, and grignolino. The moscato grape is used to make above all a low-alcohol dessert wine.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest airports are in Milan and Torino.

Get around[edit]

The best way to enjoy the landscape and tour around the villages and vineyards is by car.

See[edit][add listing]

There are few important sights. But as the region is hilly, it offers some great views. Good places to admire them are La Morra and the castle in Grinzane Cavour (housing the regional wine cellar and a restaurant).

Do[edit][add listing]

If you are really interested in wine, it pays off to go visit a producer for a tour and a tasting. Like everywhere, visiting wineries in the Langhe is like visiting a working farm. It is a good idea to call ahead before you show up, but it may be possible to taste wine without an appointment at some wineries.

  • Azienda Agricola Vigna Rionda (Massolino), Piazza Cappellano 8, Serralunga d'Alba, +39 0173 613138 (fax: +39 017 361 3949), [1].  edit
  • Cavallotto Fratelli, Via Alba-Monforte, Bricco Boschis, Castiglione Falletto, +39 017 362 814, [2]. Many classic Langhe wines made in a traditional style: Barolo, Barbera and Dolcetto among others. Unique in that they have all the vines planted in one place, resulting in a beautiful vista.  edit
  • Giribaldi (winery), Via della Fontana. Rodello (5 minutes from Alba), +39 017 361 7000, [3]. 10:00-18:00. One of the most beautiful tasting rooms in Langhe looking over the Alps: Wine Tasting of Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo d'Alba, Barbera d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba, Alta Langa, Langhe Favorita, Langhe Arneis, Langhe Chardonnay.  edit
  • La Spinetta, Via Carzello 1, Grinzane Cavour, +39 0173 262291, [4]. A modern producer famous for its Pin blend and its Barolo.  edit
  • Pio Cesare Azienda Agricola, Via Cesare Balbo 6, Alba, +39 017 344 0386 (fax: +39 017 336 3680), [5].  edit

Eat[edit][add listing]

Like any other region in Italy, you'll find many typical dishes and products. Langhe are known for wine, cheeses, hazelnuts, white truffles and cured meats, but you will easily find products from other parts of Piedmont. Try not to miss the risotto and brasato made with Barolo wine.

Drink[edit][add listing]

Wine, of course. Langhe produce some of the best Italian wines such as Barolo, Barbera, Nebbiolo as well as some great grappa.

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