A route that is sweet, sometimes sparkling, always fruity and pleasant all year round. This could not be any different because we are in Canelli and the itinerary we are presenting is the second one along the Astesana Wine Route: a journey through the vineyards which provide the generous grapes used to produce the most famous wines of this area, Moscato d'Asti and Asti Spumante.
A loop trail along asphalted roads through the Moscato hills, starting from the centre of Canelli, where you will find a car park in the square dedicated to the memory of Carlo Gancia, a well-respected and much loved name here. It was this young oenologist from a small village who, in 1848 and in the midst of the revolutionary uprisings that changed Europe, went to Reims to study sparkling wine production methods and who, on his return, launched new wine-making techniques, laying the foundations for the Asti sparkling wine industry.
You proceed towards Piazza Cavour and reach Via G.B. Giuliani from Via Alfieri, passing by the historic Bosca wineries to your left, and just beyond the Cantine Contratto, two of the four wineries where you can visit the enchanting Underground Cathedrals: kilometres of tunnels and galleries dug out of the tufa rock, amidst silence and perfect temperatures and where. for centuries, the wines that will later enhance the tables all over the world have been refined.
Along Via Giuliani you will also find the tourist office and the Enoteca Regionale (Regional Wine Shop), and if you wish you can make a stop to learn more about these places. Proceed uphill onto Via Giuliani, as you climb the landscape gradually opens up and you will enjoy a splendid view of the surrounding vineyards and hills. Once you reach a crossroads in the Santa Libera region, after about 4.5 km, turn left to reach the Contini tower, which once marked the boundaries of the Canelli area. Take a break here to enjoy the panorama that opens up before your eyes: 360° of sky and vineyards extending as far as the Alps and the Ligurian Apennines.
You are half way there. Rejoin the asphalted road and at the crossroads continue straight onto Strada Santa Libera to reach Regione Sant'Antonio Abate. Once past the homonymous little church, you cross Provincial Road SP 41, which you immediately leave to turn slightly to the left to join the road that leads to Regione Aie and begin a gentle descent towards Canelli. Here you will return along Via Castello, which runs alongside the Gancia manor, before continuing along Via Villanuova and descending through the cobblestones and historic buildings of the village for a final panoramic stop to enjoy one of the landmarks of this little town.
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Point of interest along the way
Piazza Carlo Gancia
Piazza Carlo Gancia