Roero Wine Tour 1
The cru where the Arneis wine was born
Mountain bike and hiking tours through the geographical indications of the Roero and Roero Arneis DOCG wines – also called “cru” – among the historical vineyards and wineries associated to the Roero Producers’ Consortium. Four easy ring paths and a huge itinerary divided in different stops to explore the wine hills located on the left side of the Tanaro river, in the north part of the city of Alba by walking, mountain bike or e-bike. A wine heritage that fits in a landscape which is rich in biodiversity, among historical villages, castles and rural ciabot.
It is an itinerary that winds entirely through the council of Canale and crosses a lot of its most famous cru, among which there is the Renesio cru, such as an ancient toponym from which the folksy term “Arneis” was originated, that then meant to indicate the Arneis DOCG’s vineyards and wine.
Going up from the residential area of Canale and from its medieval civic tower towards the Cappuccini’s convent, walkers come across the Renesio cru, which is the cradle of the Roero Arneis and to which are related its own declinations: Renesio Montorone, Renesio Valbellina and Renesio Incisa. Following this path, walkers get to the Granmadre, which has its homonymous rural chapel, to then enter the Loreto cru, next to the small village called “Madonna di Loreto”, which consists of a bunch of houses that are overlooked by the homonymous church built at the end of the fifteenth century. Once here, they go through the Curiano and Mompellini crus, to then come down through the Mompissano , Oesio and San Vittore crus, on which the homonymous parish church rises, the last remain of the original village of Canale.
The ring path, at the Mompissano cru’s hight, can be extended to the Canale’s vineyards that are part of the san Defendente, Rabini and Montorino crus and border in direction of San Damiano d’Asti’s castle, to close-up the ring path back in Canale. The soil is the typical one of the Roero territory, which is characterized by the so-called “sabbie d’Asti” (Asti’s sand) in which the percentage of clay and silt are less than the one of the sand, which can reach percentages close to 50-60%. This composition makes the ground way lighter, waterproof and very oxygenated: that’s why the wines produced in this area are very well structured and full of flavors. These fields are positioned as if they would form a sort of amphitheater fully immersed in vineyards, which are exposed facing the south (with clear air excursions blowing towards the south-east and even more towards the south-west), with a great contribution from the solar radiation.
TRAIL AUDIO GUIDE: to make use of the audio guide with integrated gpx track, you can download the free app Izi.Travel on your smartphone and activate the geolocation: in this way an automatic narration will be activated in the points of interest telling stories and curiosities.
Audio guide pre-viewable also on browser by clicking here.
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Point of interest along the way