BTB on a MTB - Variant 2A
Variant of the Leg 2, with a brief detour till the hamlet of San Rocco Seno d’Elvio, in the heart of the Langa del Barolo.
From Cascina Basso, there’s a nice variation that can be done by following the road that heads downhill, then turning left. This will take you into the cool valley of the Seno d’Elvio river (the name of which is a reference to the Roman emperor Publius Helvius Pertinax Augustus, who reigned for just 90 days, but left an indelible mark).
San Rocco Seno d’Elvio is the only area of Alba that is authorized to produce Barbaresco wines, but this is also the location of one of the Langhe’s historic wine cellars, Bricco del Drago, where the “Grand Master” De Giacomi launched a series of early, but admirable initiatives on which no small part of the fortunes of these hills are based. One example is the miraculous “Nonna Genia’s Classic Langhe Cookbook”, the bible of local cuisine that has been translated, from the Italian, into many other languages. Bricco del Drago also includes a private wine museum, which features the oldestwine bottle with a “Barbaresco” label (1870).
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Point of interest along the way