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UNESCO Recognition of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato Wine Landscapes

Tourist Attraction/Activity Star Rating (out of 5) Brief Description
Langhe-Roero and Monferrato Wine Landscapes ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its picturesque vineyard landscapes and significant contribution to wine culture.
Gastronomy in Langhe and Roero ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Indulge in traditional Italian dishes, PDO cheeses, and fine wines. Don’t miss the Alba white truffle, Tuber magnatum Pico.
Medieval Villages, Castles, and Museums ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Explore the rich history and culture from Alba to Bra, Alta Langa to Bassa Langa, filled with medieval villages, castles, and museums.
Outdoor Activities ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Hike or cycle through the scenic landscapes of Langhe and Roero for a more active holiday.
Vinum Cooking Class ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Learn traditional Italian cooking in a captivating setting. Great for culinary enthusiasts.
Year-Round Events and Festivals ⭐⭐⭐⭐ Attend well-known events such as the International Alba White Truffle Fair, Vinum in Alba, or the Alba Jazz Festival.
Vineyard Dominated Landscape ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Admire the stunning vineyard landscapes that produce some of the world’s finest wines.
Piedmonttravelguide.com ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ Book winery visits and interact with Wine Tellers for a unique wine culture experience.

The Langhe, Roero, and Monferrato Wine Landscapes have received international recognition, adding further allure to these destinations. In June 2014, the World Heritage Committee, meeting in Doha, Qatar, inscribed these regions onto the UNESCO World Heritage List. This distinction acknowledges the unique value that the Piedmontese cultural landscape brings to the world and further validates the region’s appeal to tourists from around the globe.

Recommended Attractions:

  1. Langhe-Roero and Monferrato Wine Landscapes (5 stars): As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, these vineyard landscapes are a must-visit for their significant contribution to the global wine culture and breathtaking views.
  2. Gastronomy in Langhe and Roero (5 stars): The rich traditional dishes, PDO cheeses, and fine wines of the region make this an unforgettable culinary journey. The Alba white truffle, Tuber magnatum Pico, is a specialty not to be missed.
  3. Piemonte on Wine (5 stars): This service not only facilitates winery visits but also provides unique interactions with Wine Tellers, making the subject of wine accessible and enjoyable to both connoisseurs and novice wine enthusiasts.

Tourist Attractions: From Gastronomy to Outdoor Activities

Visitors to Langhe and Roero can expect an array of experiences that go beyond the usual tourist activities. The areas offer a diversified range of tourist pursuits including exploring the rich culture and history, immersing oneself in the stunning natural landscapes, appreciating the works of art, and engaging in outdoor activities. The appeal of these regions has steadily grown, attracting a significant number of visitors, particularly from foreign markets.

A Taste of the Langhe and Roero: Gastronomy and Fine Wines

True to Italian tradition, gastronomy takes center stage in the tourist experience in Langhe and Roero. Visitors can look forward to savoring the rich dishes of Langhe tradition, including numerous antipasti, fresh egg pastas like tajarin and “plin” ravioli, raw Fassone beef, PDO cheeses, and desserts featuring PGI Piedmont hazelnuts. The gastronomic experience is elevated by the fine wines that the region is famed for and the celebrated Alba white truffle, Tuber magnatum Pico.

Exploring the Region: Medieval Villages, Castles, and Museums

From Alba, the capital of the Langhe, to the Baroque town of Bra, the birthplace of the Slow Food movement, and from the wild Alta Langa with its forests, hazelnut groves, and diverse cheeses, to the Bassa Langa and its incredible wines, the region promises an enriching journey. Each corner of the region boasts attractions including medieval hill-top villages, traditional foods, events, castles, and museums.

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There’s a wealth of activities for tourists to partake in. History and wine enthusiasts can visit Barolo’s castle, which is home to the wine museum WiMu, or the Grinzane Cavour castle. The latter is the location of the Regional Enoteca, the International Truffle Auction, and a Michelin-starred restaurant. For outdoor lovers, there are options for hiking and cycling through the scenic landscapes. Culinary explorers can learn traditional Italian cooking at schools like the one at Castello di Roddi, and the Magic Museum in Cherasco offers an enchanting experience for both adults and children.

Year-Round Events and Festivals

The area also hosts events of national and international repute. Examples include the International Alba White Truffle Fair, Vinum in Alba, Slow Food’s Cheese in Bra, the Alba Music Festival, Alba Jazz Festival, and Monforteinjazz at Monforte d’Alba. Furthermore, the Magical Christmas Village in Govone extends the tourist season beyond the Truffle Fair, offering visitors the chance to appreciate the region and its excellent food and wine during the winter season.

The Vineyard Dominated Landscape

The local landscapes are notably dominated by the vineyards that beautifully drape the hills. These vineyards are the sources of the grapes used to produce some of the world’s finest wines. From the noble Barolo and Barbaresco to the younger Barbera and sparkling Moscato, these vineyards make the Langhe and Roero regions an essential part of the global enological heritage.

Piemonte on Wine: A Unique Experience for Wine Lovers

Unique Experience for Wine Lovers
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For wine culture enthusiasts, there’s Piemonte on Wine, a call center that facilitates booking winery visits. Beyond providing essential services, Piemonte on Wine also employs Wine Tellers. These experts are adept at sharing their knowledge about viticulture and enology, making the subject accessible and enjoyable to both connoisseurs and novice wine enthusiasts through stories and games.

Vibrant Local Traditions and Literary Heritage

The undulating hills of the Langhe and Roero can be places of deep silence, but also of sudden explosions of vitality: village festivals always feature music for dancing, the traditional ball game of pallapugno is still played, and in the summer the hilltops blaze with the propitiatory bonfires known as falò. On the 4th of August, the hills of Santo Stefano Belbo, birthplace of Cesare Pavese and his most famous novel, La Luna e i Falò (The Moon and the Bonfires), are lit up by dozens of fires. The area is also home to other luminaries of 20th-century Italian literature, including Beppe Fenoglio and Giovanni Arpino.


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