The Langhe is a hilly area in the province of Cuneo in the Piemonte region of northern Italy. The hills are covered in vineyards with medieval hill towns and ancient castles perched atop their peaks. The scenery is gorgeous, but what really attracts visitors is the outstanding wine and food. These areas in fact produce wines of international quality and excellence - such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Asti Spumante and Barbera d'Asti but also the kingdom of other typical products, many of these protected and guaranteed by strict regulations in order to ensure quality, authenticity and regularity over time. First of all the White Truffle of Alba, a refined tuber, equivalent of taste and luxury all over the world, the Round Delicate-flavoured Hazelnut, in Italian Nocciola Tonda Gentile, one of the best quality hazelnuts in the world and main ingredient of many handmade sweets of the local tradition, the Dop cheeses, and also the handmade pasta, the cold cuts and the sauces, which are the base of the extraordinary recipes of the Langhe. The gastronomy of these areas is robust and tasty, but simple and genuine at the same time, because it depends on the products of a territory which differ with the changing of the seasons.
The Langhe are also the land of castles and ancient villages, from Alba, the city of 100 towers, to Pollenzo and its castle, in the past the royal residence requested by King Carlo Alberto and now the location of Italy’s first School of Gastronomic Sciences. From Pollenzo to the Castello at Serralunga d’Alba that overshadows one of the most beautiful and historically intact villages of the Langhe, the Castello Grinzane di Cavour that rises above the vineyards of Camillo Benso, the man who first transformed this location into a production centre for the marvelous wines of the area, the Castello di Barolo protected by an amphitheatre of hills. This castle is subject to constant transformation and as of autumn 2009 will host the Museo del Vino (Wine museum) designed by François Confino, creator of the scenography at Torino’s Museo del Cinema. the Castello di Govone, one of the loveliest residences in Piemonte, to its park and much more that is waiting to be discovered. Along with Monferrato and Roero, the Langhe was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 for its cultural landscapes and winemaking traditions that go back hundreds of years.
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