Barolo Viola, like the nuances of the finest red wines, is a loop trail of about 56 km running between the Wine Langa and the Alta Langa. It also joins the Barolo Rosso trail for a brief stretch. The starting point is Barolo, with its castle, and then on to the villages of the Langa, which are kept like jewels, auditoriums in which to enjoy music in the open air, and low-traffic roads dotted with farmhouses. Next, the trail continues towards the upper lands, where the first watchtowers can be spotted, and returns through the vineyards to Castiglione Falletto. In Albaretto della Torre it joins the Alta Langa Verde trail.
While it is the colour of many flowers and the hue drawn by the very last sunset ray, it is also the nuance you can read when observing a fine red wine, such as those of Langhe Monferrato Roero. So let yourself be amazed by the landscape harmonies of this trail, ready to help you discover the most charming horizons amidst the hills of the Wine Langa and Alta Langa.
Starting point is Barolo, which, nestled on its plateau, you will then leave, while keeping your back to the castle famous for being home to one of the most prestigious museums dedicated to wine. The trail develops along low-traffic roads, dotted here and there with hard-working farmhouses where time flows to the rhythm of the seasons, but it is also a series of manors and fortresses that speak to you of stories that are both remote and intriguing.
Next, you reach Castiglione Falletto, easily recognisable by its medieval castle whose tall, imposing and massive central tower is visible from all the neighbouring villages. You will soon be in Serralunga d'Alba and, here too, let yourself be charmed by the sleek lines of its manor house whose architecture, unique on these hills, is reminiscent of French donjons.
The next stage sees you proceeding over the hard-working and evocative hills of Sinio, with its characteristic old town featuring a rare urban conformation known as "heraldic shield". Once you are in Albaretto della Torre, if you wish, you can take a junction that will join the Alta Langa Verde trail, or you can continue on and reach Roddino, a small village on whose hills the first pastures typical of the Alta Langa landscape begin to appear. Journeys to the fringes of the lands that fall within the Barolo specification: Dolcetto production is predominant on these slopes, and alternates with fine Nebbiolo.
Just one final effort and you are in Monforte d'Alba, a charming village where the landscape often merges with music. Here, in fact, in a natural basin where the charming Horszowski Auditorium is located, concerts by internationally renowned artists are often hosted.
A slight detour and you reach Monchiero located where the winding Tanaro river widens into the valley. If you go back and turn left, you get to Novello which, from its 471 metres above sea level, provides a breathtaking view of the Alps. Shortly after Novello you can decide whether to join the Barolo Rosso trail, which runs parallel to the Viola for a stretch, or to return to the starting point.
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Point of interest along the way
Via Silvio Pellico
Via Silvio Pellico