The Langhe are a large area located between the provinces of Asti and Cuneo, on the left side of the Tanaro river. Since 2014 the Laghe are recognised in the UNESCO World Heritage list and it is a special place for the food and wine tourism, thanks to the high quantity of important vineyards which are famous all over the world, but the Langhe area offers also wonderful natural landscapes and an important artistic and cultural heritage.
This area of Piedmont is called “Provincia Granda” and it includes the Bassa Langa, with the city of Alba that divides the area of Barbaresco (Barbaresco, Neiva and Treiso) from Barolo (Barolo, Serralunga, La Morra, Monforte, Grinzane Cavour, Verduno,…) and the Alta Langa, which borders with Liguria, and it is famous for the PGI Piedmont Hazelnut and cheeses (Robiola di Roccaverano, Murazzano and sheep milk toma).
The ladscape of the Langhe is one of the most fascinating in the region. Here you can have a rest, immersed in the nature, admiring the beauty of the vineyard hills and among the ancient boroughs dominated by ancient castles. In Barolo you can visit the Wine Museum, WI MU, which is hosted in the local castle, where you will be immersed in a journey through the history of wine through the cinema, music, literature and art. It is a nice tribute to the castle and to the historical people who lived here.
One of the best way to discover and explore the territory is the sport: in this area you can have a walk, ride a bike or a motorbike. The Langhe are the right place for the trekking lovers, who can enjoy nice trips among the vineyards and ancient boroughs, between nature and art. For all the bike lovers the Langhe offer many different kind of paths, you can also ride a horse, reserve a carriage or enjoy a flight with an hot-air balloon, play tennis, golf and more…If you love literature you will like the signalled paths to discover the places described by Pavese and Fenoglio. For the most adventurous tourists there is a 8 hectares park, adjoining the Tanaro river, which offers many activities: adventurous paths with suspended bridges among the trees, pic-nic areas and playground for kids.
Food and Wine
The Langhe food and wine tradition represents a real tourist attraction. All the products of this land are synonym of excellence and many of them are recognised and protected by the protected denomination origin mark. Among the local excellences you can find: the white truffle of Alba, the Gentle Round Hazelnut and the PDO cheese. The food and wine tradition is simple, but very tasting and the recipes have been handed down by the farmers tradition; you can taste many delicious starters (raw meat, sliced beef with tuna sauce, Russian salad…), handmade fresh pasta (tajarin and
ravioli al “plin”), or meat recipes (braised beef, mixed fry, hare with cooked with wine etc) and hazelnut cakes, pudding and eggnog.
In the Langhe you can have a lunch in many starred restaurants, which perfectly reflect the food tradition of the region.
Every year many tourists visit the Langhe for the wineries and the wine shops, not only to have a taste experience or to buy prestigious bottles of Barolo and Barbaresco, but also to discovers the secrets and the history of the wine companies.
There are many other important wines produced in this area, for example the Dogliani and the Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba , the Barbera d’Alba, the Nebbiolo d’Alba and some rare and particular labels such as the spiced Verduno Pelaverga.