Itinerary: Alba, Barolo, red wines, truffles, Piedmont
The scenic wine road from Alba to Barolo in Piedmont
If you love excellent wine and good food, you have got to the right place! This corner of Italy is the region of Piedmont, land of delicious food and full-bodied, worldwide famous red wines.
You can start out on this wine tour from Alba, a charming town, renowned for its World Truffle Fair and Market. During this festival visitors from all over the world come here and buy these white diamonds of Alba. Prices are just similar to those of the real gems!
Do not miss at least one of the many delicious dishes topped with grated truffle (pic n°3).
From here take the direction to Grinzane Cavour, a small village developed around the castle that was home to Count Camillo Benso, who has personally followed the first experiments to improve the techniques of production of red wines in Piedmont. Currently, the Castle hosts the first "Enoteca Regionale del Piemonte", one of the most comprehensive ethnographic museums of the wine tradition in Piedmont. The vineyard at the foot of the castle is a research and experimentation center.
Keep on going down the provincial road towards the villages of Sorano and Serralunga d'Alba, have also a look at its characteristic three towers, you will see in both of sides endless rows of vineyards. Past Monforte d'Alba, finally, you will have reached the village of Barolo (pic n°1).
This tiny town which population is only around 750 is a worldwide famous place, thanks to its high-quality marvelous red wine named after the village itself: Barolo!
Barolo Wine (pic n°2) is described as the "King of Wines" and the "Wine of Kings". It is also mentioned as the first Italian wine that was able to compete with the great French red wines of Bordeaux. The Barolo Wine, highly protected by the strict rules of the DOCG, and only Nebbiolo grapes can be used to produce it.
The production area of Barolo wine includes the villages of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Dogliani, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monchiero, Monforte, Montelupo, Novello, Roddi, Roddino, Rodello, Serralunga, Sinio and Verduno Diano d'Alba.
All this area is called The Langhe and it is also home to other great, fine Italian wines like Dolcetto, Barbera, Barbaresco, Roero, Nebbiolo and Moscato wines.
In Barolo village, you can have a stop at the WiMu, which is a wine museum and located inside the Castle Falletti. You can even have a taste of some of these famous local wines. Barolo, in some way, is a scenic village, from the Castle you can enjoy a beautiful view over the many vineyards below.
In all this area around you will find many wine cellars (pic n°5) offering various wine tasting programs.
And, at the end of the day when you will be looking for a restaurant, you will find some excellent "ristoranti" here. Some of the local dishes are:
- Fritto misto piemontese (a selection of meat, sausage, liver, saveloy, meal, amaretto and apple breaded and fried);
- Brasato al Barolo (beef marinated in red wine);
- Piedmont agnolotti with truffle;
- Gnocchi alla bava, (potato dumplings garnished with Grana Padano and Fontina cheeses with melted butter), or the equally famous
- Panna cotta;
- Marron glacés (candied chestnuts);
Cheese production is also important.
Some pics of this tour:
Panoramic view of Barolo (pic n°1); Bottles of Barolo Wine (pic n°2); A traditional dish of Langhe (pic n°3); A glass of Barolo wine (pic n°4); Barolo Cellar (pic n°5); The surrounding area of Barolo (pic n°6); Two glasses of Barolo wine (central pic)