Discovering the Langhe for the first time

Sometimes the last thing you get to visit is actually standing right next to you. You chase what’s on the other side of the world, when you finally realise there are gems sitting 3.5 hours driving away.

This is kind of what happened with this wine region in Piedmont, Italy, stretching from Alba down to Liguria. It was about time to thick this off our list and see with our own eyes.

We spent a special weekend between hilly hamlets, sunny skies, and villages that are more known to international tourism, than they are to Italians.

We went to the Langhe just before the grape harvest, when Autumn is on the doorsteps and leaves are starting to turn orange and red, and you start feeling the urge of wrapping up in a blanket in front of a fireplace.

We stayed in lovely guesthouse All’Ombra del Castello in Cigliè, with beautiful view and a warm welcome by the owners that have a farm there.

We visited the village of Barolo, La Morra, and Grinzane Cavour. The following day, on our way back home, we stopped in Alba for the Truffle Fair.

As you drive on the road taking you to Barolo you find yourself among beautiful hills covered in vineyards and hazelnut trees: it’s wine (and food) paradise all over. You can find here some very important Reds: Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera etc.

In Barolo we went to the Wine Museum sited in Falletti Castle. In the same building there is also the Enoteca Regionale del Barolo, offering some of the best wines in the region.

If you’d like to visit cellars and do tastings in high season, book in advance. The major producers were all booked up when we got there. Same thing for restaurants in Barolo, they tend to get packed.

We decided in turn to take a stroll on the hills. On a sunny day it’s actually a great idea to bring trekking shoes and take a walk along the Strade del Barolo, footpaths on the hills connecting Barolo to the nearby villages.

La Morra is also a very characteristic spot with beautiful view over the other villages. We walked around the central roads, came across many wine shops, and tasted locally sourced hazelnut ice-cream.

In the evening we went to Mondovi and had dinner in this popular-between-locals restaurant, Trattoria Croce d’Oro, that served unforgettable rustic food, fine wines, and was included of free entertainment: it’s picturesque owner. He took care of us, and the other guests, for the entire evening making it quite a memorable one.

The following day we briefly stopped in Alba for the Truffle Fair though unfortunately on a Monday it was closed, but we nonetheless headed back home with a smile on our faces.

 

 

 

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