Di-(wine) Tour

Di-(wine) Tour

Barolo: a wine fit for a King

A panoramic tour in Langa of Barolo, immersed in a world of harmony and unspoiled nature, travelling along the roads and hilly paths amongst noble castles and vineyards, villages, tiny charming hamlets, gourmet restaurants and small local taverns, among the 11 hamlets that, according to the regulation, can produce the delicious nectar. Pavese wrote “Tre nasi son quel che ci vuole per bere il Barolo” (You need three noses to drink Barolo) in his “Il compagno” (The Comrade). It is a wine that belongs to a legendary dimension. The tour starts in Barolo, where the town and its wine are a single entity. The Enoteca Regionale del Barolo (Regional Barolo Wine Cellar) and the WiMu - Museo Etnografico Enologico (Ethnographic Oenology Museum) can be visited in the castle. Guests can also relax and sip a good glass of Barolo wine. After all, it doesn’t take much to feel like a King! The tour takes us to Verduno, a town that features one of the most spectacular views of the Langa territory. Pelaverga, a fragrant red wine exclusive to this area, is also made here. Only a few steps away and you’re at La Morra: in the small town square stands a monument to the Vignaiolo d’Italia (Winemaker of Italy) and a little bit further on there is the Cantina Comunale (Town Wine Cellar). It was inaugurated in 1973 by winemakers from La Morra and wine waiters, aspiring oenologists or simple fans cannot pass up the opportunity to make a stop. The hamlet of Annunziata (Church of the Annunciation) features a Romanesque-Baroque era complex, a former Benedictine monastery, now the Chiesa dell’Annunziata. Its cellar hosts the Museo Ratti dei Vini d'Alba (Ratti Museum of Wines from Alba).

Gavi: a tour about Art, History, Wine and Cuisine

Explore with us the beauties of Gavi, a village of medieval origin famous for its fortress and for its wine. In Roman times, Gavium was a very important village because of its strategical position. Thanks to the castle on the top of the hill, at that time, it was possible to control the ancient street connecting Genoa, Monferrato hills and Lombardia. The fortress became a true stronghold thanks to the military engineer Vincenzo Maculano, known as Fiurenzuolo, in 1625 and today it has the shape of a star with its six acute-angle bastions, connected by curtains. Gavi is far well known for its white wine Gavi DOCG, a white wine made from the Cortese grape, which has very old roots dating back to Neolithic period. Gavi wine became famous and loved throughout all of Europe thanks to a cultivator named Limunin. At the beginning this dry white wine was used as a blend for other wines, and just later Limunin discovered a filtration technique to keep the wine limpid and help its preservation. The tour includes the visit to some of the most prestigious wineries and, of course, you’ll have the chance to taste the wine too. At Gavi you have to taste also the “ravioli col tocco”, a homemade filled pasta protected by the presidium of the Chevaliers of Raviolo.

Enchanting Hamlets in the Lower Monferrato

The tour among the beautiful hills of Monferrato starts from Castagnole Monferrato. The village features several old buildings, houses and fine churches of the XV century and the remains of the ancient castle with its fortified walls. Castagnole is famous worldwide for Ruchè, a red wine produced with the grapes of a vine of ancient origins, which grows only in this area. The sundial of Ruché we’ll see in Castangole is the largest sundial in the world having wine as a subject, and at “Tenuta la Mercantile” we can find the largest winepress in Europe. The tour continues at a local winery, here we will visit the wine museum located inside the historic cellar. The cellar is part of a 17th Century castle, formed by ancient roof arches made of bricks stacked on earthen walls. Inside the museum, visitors can admire old tools used in the art of winemaking and an “infernot”, a spectacular hand-dug cave typical of the Monferrato region that was used to store wine bottles. At Castagnole Monferrato we can stop at the wine cooperative too, while travelling towards Portacomaro to see the 11th century Ricetto, a fortified borough enclosed by walls to protect homes, warehouses, barns and the most important buildings. The Lower Monferrato hills are rich in vineyards, woodland and enchanting historical hamlets such as Grana, with a wonderful panoramic view; Montemagno, a very evocative village that has retained its original medieval layout and the castle, among the most valuable of Asti; and last but not least Viarigi, with its Tower of Signals.

Barbera… the “lady” wine!

Tour among the wonderful wine-producing landscapes of Monferrato, nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage site. There are several museums about the history of wine production (Costigliole, Mombercelli, Nizza Monferrato) and many wineries producing Barbera del Monferrato, Dolcetto and Moscato d’Asti. At Vinchio we will visit to the open-air peasant Museum “Vinchio, and the Barbera Hills” which displays the complicated life cycle of wine grapes from planting to harvest, and the adventure of vine cultivation. The tour continues at Vinchio and Vaglio Serra winery, here the process of wine production will be explained and we’ll taste some of the best wines produced in the area too. The tour ends at Nizza Monferrato where we will visit the Regional Wine Shop and admire the main historical buildings walking down the streets of the city centre.

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Langhe Roero Monferrato
breathtaking landscapes

Langhe Roero and Monferrato

Turin and surroundings
regality and avant-garde

Turin and surroundings

Piemonte Gourmet
culinary excellence

Piemonte Gourmet

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Wines of Piedmont

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The architecture of Piedmont
among hamlets and cities

The architecture of Piedmont

castelli del piemonte
between history and legends

The charming castles of Piedmont