|THE BAROLO TOWNS
Piedmont, a land to savour
The Barolo towns should be visited at a relaxed, meditative pace.
Explore these understated roads that open up on either side between orderly,
geometric vineyards, with a sense of astonished amazement, and an enchantment that is constantly renewed.
This Guide describes the towns that belong to the "Colline di Langa e del Barolo" Association, all or part of whose territory is included in the Barolo DOCG production area.
Apart from the town centres themselves, tvhich reveal their past history, it is the landscape and the environrnent that amaze and charm whoever has an opportunity to visit these enchanted hills. There are eleven of these towns and the extension of the vineyards - approximately 3670 hectares (2009) of vineyards producing Barolo and other DOC and DOCG wines - might give the visitor the feeling that there is only one crop, were it not for the "splashes" of the hazelnut groves (another top quality product from the Langhe hills) that occasionally interrupt the endless vine rows. In the following pages we describe two of the many possible itineraries that allow visitors to discover (or rediscover) these hills. We have divided the hills conventionally into the "western hills" and the "eastern hills" of Barolo. The former include the towns of Roddi, Verduno, Cherasco (a sn'tall hilly strip of its vast territory), La Morra, Barolo and Novello; the latter, the towns of Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d'Alba, Serralunga d'Alba, Grinzane Cavour and Diano d'Alba.
Many excellent wines are produ,ced here in addition to this authentic masterpiece of Italian wine. To name just a few: Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba, which has now achieved its DOCG designation after a tenacious and intelligent process of quality refinement; Asti, also now DOCG, produced in Serralunga d'Alba in "spumante" and "Moscato d'Asti" versions; Verduno (or Verduno Pelaverga) produced in Verduno; and Nascetta, an interesting rereading of a white produced in the past from a vine native to the territory of Novello. Nor can we forget the excellent Barbera d'Alba and Dolcetto d'Alba DOC, which are produced all over the area.
The entire range of products that make the food and wine of this area so appealing and seductive revolves around these great wines.
What about the towns?
They are the crowning point of beautiful locations, set in an incomparable scenario. We can visit them together.
Umberto Soletti, editor
analysis: WINE MUSEUM
analysis: THE CUISINE OF THE LANGHE
analysis: THE TRUFFLE
analysis: PLAYING GOLF IN THE LANGHE
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