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In the southern part of Piedmont, a carpet of green hills, carved by rows of vines and dotted with ancient villages, guards an invaluable treasure: the Langhe. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these lands encompass a mosaic of unique experiences.

Here, the journey becomes a voyage through history, wine and food culture, and nature—a odyssey that unveils the authentic character and cultural richness of this magnificent region. From vineyards that produce globally renowned wines to deeply rooted culinary traditions, the Langhe awaits discovery and appreciation, revealing hidden stories and treasures at every step.

The Langhe region is divided into three distinct parts: the Lower Langhe, known for its low-altitude vineyards and the famous white truffles of Alba; the Upper Langhe, which rises in altitude with woods and hazelnut groves; and the Langa Astigiana, lesser-known but no less captivating, boasting typical products like the Robiola di Roccaverano cheese.

Discovering the Langhe: characteristics of the territory

In the Langhe, travel becomes a continuous discovery across the folds of a territory that is a true viticultural fabric, nestled between the provinces of Asti and Cuneo. Here, the municipalities unfold, each narrating its own uniqueness through landscapes and architectures.

Wine serves as the spokesperson for a deeply rooted agricultural tradition, witnessed by vineyards that stretch across hills carefully shaped by vintners. The variety of grapes, meticulously cultivated, is the expression of a distinctive microclimate and terroir, bestowing unique organoleptic characteristics upon the wines.

Beyond wine, the Langhe are renowned for the Alba white truffle, a true treasure of local gastronomy that attracts tourists and connoisseurs each year, eager to experience truffle hunting with the trifolau (truffle hunters) or to savor it at fairs and local markets. Hazelnuts are no less important: the Langhe and Roero territory is known for the production of Piedmont PGI Hazelnut, a principal ingredient in internationally acclaimed sweets and chocolates.

Contemporary art finds a new home among the vine rows: many wineries, besides being production sites, have transformed into exhibition spaces where artworks engage with the natural environment, creating a unique blend of scenic beauty and intellectual stimulation.

The villages to visit in the Langhe

Vistas of millennia-old history alternate with vineyards in the Langhe, a land where every village is an architectural and cultural gem. Scattered across rolling hills, they tell tales of nobility and peasant simplicity, of wars and peace, of art and laboring the land. Life flows slowly in these places, yet every corner reveals clear signs of vitality that rejuvenates with the seasons, celebrations, and the constant care of the landscape.

Here are some of the most beautiful villages in the Langhe.

  • La Morra: La Morra is a natural balcony offering extensive panoramas up to the Alps. Its historic center unfolds as a weave of narrow streets and squares, with the Church of the Confraternity of San Sebastiano standing as an example of religious architecture. A walk leads to the palace of the Marquises of Barolo, an ancient noble residence, now the heart of one of the most renowned wineries in the area.
  • Verduno: a few minutes’ journey leads to Verduno, a village immersed in greenery where the rare Pelaverga Piccolo grape variety is cultivated. The Belvedere Park serves as an open window to the Barolo Langa, an invitation to relax among nature and history, while the Castle of Verduno blends architectural elegance with viticultural passion.
  • Barolo: Barolo is a gem nestled in the territory, birthplace of the world-renowned wine of the same name. The WiMu (Barolo Wine Museum), located in the Falletti Castle of Barolo, celebrates wine culture in a museum that narrates the story of wine through a sensory and interactive journey. The village’s wineries are equally welcoming, featuring a selection of over 100 local producers.
  • Serralunga d’Alba: the castle of Serralunga d’Alba towers over the village, offering splendid panoramic views. It’s possible to dive into local history with guided tours that tell of the nobility dating back to the 1300s.
  • Barbaresco: the village of Barbaresco is a winemaking sanctuary, home to the famous Gaja winery. The Barbaresco Tower offers a privileged observation point, from which enchanting views can be enjoyed.
  • Neive: a historic center with typical Italian charm, featuring the Clock Tower and cobblestone streets that invite leisurely strolls.
  • Grinzane Cavour: the connection with Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, is tangible in the Grinzane Cavour Castle, now home to the Langhe Museum and the site of the Cavour Piedmontese Regional Wine Cellar and a historic restaurant.
  • Castiglione Falletto: this village is a perfect vantage point for photography enthusiasts, thanks to its breathtaking view of Serralunga d’Alba. The Church of San Lorenzo and the Chapel of the Battuti are just some examples of the religious heritage that dots the region.
  • Monforte d’Alba: colorful and lively, Monforte d’Alba is famous for the Horszowski Auditorium, a natural amphitheater where concerts by internationally renowned artists are held in a magical atmosphere under the stars.
  • Santo Stefano Belbo: the birthplace of Cesare Pavese preserves the memory of the writer at the Cesare Pavese Foundation and his birth house. It is possible to follow in Pavese’s footsteps in the places that inspired The Moon and the Bonfires.
  • Roddi: famous for the Truffle Dog University, it is a unique place where dogs are trained to search for the prized fungus.

Every village in the Langhe has its own character; a blend of tradition and innovation that makes the visit unforgettable, a plunge into local history that intertwines with the daily practices of exceptional wine and food culture. These ancient villages are places of life, of culture, where every stone, every street, every building has a story to tell.

Visiting them means entering into an intimate dialogue with the past and present, experiencing firsthand what makes the Langhe a crucible of Italian wonders: genuine hospitality, landscapes that nourish the soul, and a gastronomic heritage capable of satisfying even the most demanding palate.

The Rocche: natural monuments of the Langhe

In the Langhe region, the landscape is a continuous discovery: among the wonders to be appreciated, the rocche stand out. Geological formations, natural monuments that bear witness to the time and history that has unfolded throughout their surroundings. Silent and imposing, these structures of earth and rock blend with the surrounding vineyards, in a continuous dialogue between the force of nature and human labor.

Often, they serve as the backdrop to local legends and stories passed down from generation to generation, as is the case with the Rocche dei Sette Fratelli (Rocche of the Seven Brothers).

The Rocche dei Sette Fratelli

The Rocche dei Sette Fratelli can be described as a natural amphitheater between the municipalities of Treiso, San Rocco Seno d’Elvio, and Trezzo Tinella. The area, formed by the erosive action of water on marl soils, becomes a habitat for foxes, wild boars, and a variety of plants, including broom, juniper, and Scots pine. The Rocche are easily accessible from Treiso, via winding roads through Nebbiolo and Moscato vineyards.

The name of the Rocche originates from an ancient legend, according to which seven brothers were swallowed up in a chasm for having defied the heavens. The place was the scene of struggles during the Italian liberation, narrated by Beppe Fenoglio in his novel Una questione privata. Treiso, mentioned in his writings, appears as the last partisan stronghold before Alba.

Which vineyards to visit in the Langhe

The Langhe are a paradise for wine lovers, and it’s easy to see why: they are home to some of Italy’s best wineries, including:

  • Ceretto: a renowned winery located in Alba, it is the meeting point between the art of architecture and winemaking. Each Ceretto wine, be it a Barolo or a Barbera, is the result of a philosophy that inextricably links quality to visual and sensory beauty. The winery itself is a design masterpiece, where enthusiasts can participate in guided tours and tastings.
  • Pio Cesare: founded in 1881, this historic winery specializes in Barolo and Barbaresco. Pio Cesare preserves the winemaking tradition passed down from generation to generation. With its cellars carved into the rocks beneath the city of Alba, it offers themed tastings in an environment that exudes history and a passion for wine.
  • Marziano Abbona: in San Giuseppe, Marziano Abbona winery proudly carries on the family legacy, producing wines that are an authentic expression of the territory.
  • Cantina Sordo: located in Castiglione Falletto, Cantina Sordo is known for its commitment to environmental sustainability. Visitors can explore the vineyard’s biodiversity and the environmentally respectful approach that guides the winery’s production philosophy.
  • Podere Luigi Einaudi: founded by the future President of Italy, Luigi Einaudi, the winery’s history is intertwined with that of the country. Here, the production of high-quality wines is a legacy continued with rigor and passion, in an environment that combines tradition and modernity.
  • Marchesi di Barolo: its roots go back to 1842. The Marchesi di Barolo winery is the guardian of the traditions that have made Barolo wine great. Located in the village of Barolo, it is here that the story of the “King of Wines” took shape. Through guided tours, guests can embark on a journey through time, discovering how the intuition and dedication of Giulia Colbert Falletti di Barolo contributed to the creation of what is today recognized as one of the best wines in the world.
  • Vajra: founded in 1972 by Aldo Vajra, the winery is born from the perfect balance between innovation and adherence to traditional winemaking principles. Despite being one of the younger wineries of the Langhe, it has quickly earned a place of honor thanks to its constant commitment. Famous for its gentle winemaking methods, which allow for the production of authentic and distinctive wines.
  • Livia Fontana: a family-run winery in La Morra, it exemplifies how a personal touch can completely transform the wine experience. Visitors are welcomed as family members and introduced to winemaking traditions through intimate tastings that narrate the story and passion behind each bottle.
  • Vietti: in the picturesque village of Castiglione Falletto stands the Vietti winery. Founded in the late 19th century, the winery harmonizes tradition, innovation, and a profound respect for the terroir. Its unending quest for quality is woven with a devotion to tradition and a keen eye for thoughtful experimentation and innovation.
  • Enrico Serafino: from the ambitious vision of Enrico Serafino, who left Canavese region for the fertile lands of Canale in 1878, a story of passion and dedication to winemaking was born. Since then, and for over 145 harvests, the company has produced grapes from Barolo, Langa, Roero, and Monferrato. The Krause Gentile family, guardians of the Serafino legacy, has refreshed the founder’s original commitment while preserving the values and goals of the estate unchanged. They maintain its historic artisanal spirit, respect for future generations, and attention to detail that have distinguished it since its inception.

Casa di Langa: a jewel among the Langhe

Nestled within the wine regions of the Alta Langa stands Casa di Langa, a place where the pleasure of tradition merges with an eco-friendly approach and the use of local resources. Here, hospitality finds a new dimension.

The dishes at Fàula Ristorante celebrate the riches of local cuisine, employing products grown right outside, in the biodynamic garden and greenhouse.

The experiences awaiting guests at Casa di Langa are diverse and carefully selected. Whether one wishes to uncover the secrets of winemaking at the Wine Academy; explore the enthusiasm for Piedmontese cuisine; or opt for a rejuvenation of spirit and body at the Lelòse Spa; every moment spent here transforms into a treasure trove of memories.

The staff at Casa di Langa is always available to organize personalized excursions: from truffle hunting among ancient trees to panoramic views offered by hot-air balloon rides over the vineyards.

A stay at Casa di Langa is a journey in itself, where every detail is thoughtfully considered to combine modern comforts with local tradition, in a fusion of aesthetics, taste, and environmental responsibility.

We invite you to experience the refined simplicity of life in the Langhe, in a place where your stay becomes a precious episode in the narrative of this slice of Italy.

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