The Langa of Barbaresco
A very small area that produces one of the most famous and coveted red wines in the world, a garden straight out of a fairytale, villages and hamlets perched on ridges overlooking the distant mountains.
The itinerary starts in Alba (see Alba, Urban Itineraries), the "parlor" of the hills, rich in history, culture and typical products to be tasted. Its elegant shops, markets, cafés, pastry shops, towers and many churches, including the Duomo with its 16th-century choir, are a must-see.
You climb up to the Tre Stelle ridge, one of the most iconic views in the whole Langhe, before reaching, in a crescendo of most noble wineries, the village of Barbaresco, archetype of any village, with its unique street and the extraordinary Visconti Tower overlooking the view and the village. In the tower you will find a multimedia museum, a sensory analysis room and a breathtaking panoramic terrace. It is impossible not to stop at the Enoteca Regionale del Barbaresco (Barabresco Regional Wine Centre), in the small confraternity, where this wine actually has its own temple.
From Barbaresco you reach Neive, known as the “village of the squires” for its beautiful houses, noble palaces, the Bottega dei Quattro Vini (Local Wine Shop), the Castle of the Counts of Castelbourg and the Clock Tower, now restored and open to the public. The "women and hills" of Romano Levi, the "grappaiol’angelico" who designed poetry labels, are almost anywhere: the Casa della Donna Selvatica (Wild Women’s House Museum) remembers him with a sense of fondness and nostalgia. But Neive is also the birthplace of Dante Giacosa, the designer of the legendary Fiat 500!
From Neive, passing through Coazzolo, you can cross over to Castagnole Lanze (see itinerary Monferrato of Costigliole d'Asti), a village that is practically Neive's twin, but it is famous for its Barbera wine; or, you can enter the valley of Trezzo Tinella and, from here, climb up to Treiso, amidst stone terraces and a hill that already reveals the geography of the Alta Langa (see itinerary Alta Langa of the Belbo).
The ridge leading to Treiso is breathtaking: mountains in the background, panoramic balconies, the Rocca dei Sette Fratelli (Rock of the Seven Brothers) with its mysterious legend. Treiso was often mentioned by Fenoglio in his works; today it is very fashionable thanks to the Bottega del Vino (Local Wine Shop), à la page restaurants and centuries-old trattorias. From Treiso you go down towards the small hamlet of San Rocco Seno d'Elvio in a bucolic countryside setting, and finally climb up the last hill of Madonna di Como and return to Alba (see Alba, Urban Itineraries).
Texts by Pietro Giovannini
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