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, this tour will take you to the right place! You will discover the north-western corner of Italy where extends the region Piedmont, a land of delicious food and full-bodied, worldwide famous red wines.
You will 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, here, have a look at its characteristic three towers, while on both sides of your road you will see in endless rows of vineyards. Past Monforte d'Alba, finally, you will reach the village of Barolo (pic n°1).
This tiny town which population is only around 750 people 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 these villages are located in the geographic area called The Langhe which it is also home to other great, fine Italian wines like Dolcetto, Barbera, Barbaresco, Roero, Nebbiolo, and Moscato wines.
Have a stop in Barolo village, and visit the WiMu, which is a wine museum located inside the Castle Falletti. Do not miss a wine tasting experience of some of these famous local wines! Barolo, in some way, is a scenic village, from the Castle you can enjoy a beautiful view of the many vineyards below.
In the whole area around Barolo, there are many wine cellars (pic n°5) offering various wine tasting programs. Definitely, you should try some of them!
If you like good foods as well, we suggest stopping in one of the renowned restaurants in the area
Some of the local dishes you should not miss:
- '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)
- Panna cotta;
- Marron glacés (candied chestnuts);
Try also some good cheese as the local production is also important.
More: Barolo, the king of wines, a great worldwide famous red wine
Starting and ending points: Alba
Length: Km 55
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)