If you say Langhe you think of it, with its reassuring outlines and the colours that encompass it.
The Grinzane Cavour Castle, symbol of a land and its ingenious people, is the only single heritage of the UNESCO site of the Langhe-Roero and Monferrato Vineyard Landscapes. Camillo Benso came to the castle at the age of twenty-two, as a guest of his De Tonnerre aunt and uncle, to make up for the fact that he had been exempted from military service. There was a lot to do in those 230 hectares of vineyards and he did not shy away from it: he experimented with new winemaking techniques, became mayor and managed the fortunes of Grinzane for seventeen years. Then history called him: Italy had to be made and he was one of the absolute protagonists of the Risorgimento. Since his youth he was far-sighted and became actively involved in promoting local wines, and in 1844 the first glass bottle of Barolo was bottled in the castle cellars, marking the birth of the king of wines or the wine of kings.
Grinzane, an endless source of suggestions and memories.
Grinzane was a small medieval fief, which has since paid tribute to the great statesman by adding the name Cavour. Presumably built in the 13th century, the castle saw the alternation of various seigniories and underwent many changes before it came down to us as a noble residence. The alternation of different families led to the creation of some particularly evocative rooms, such as the splendid Sala delle Maschere ("Hall of Masks"), whose coffered ceiling is embellished with 157 painted panels with heraldic coats of arms, portraits and allegorical figures: a highly elegant setting that today hosts world-class events.
An exceptional centre for the promotion of viticulture, which celebrates history and educates people on drinking fine wines.
The Castle of Grinzane Cavour is located in a splendid setting overlooking the Langhe: it is surrounded by vineyards that are centres of research and experimentation, but also by an original open-air museum, the In Vigna Museum which, along a route free of architectural barriers, reveals all you need to know about vine cultivation. An installation that takes the visitor by the hand and takes him to the place where it all began, among the rows of vines that once belonged to Cavour, but which today tell about the vine cycle and the work of the vine-dresser, focusing on the farmer's work, fatigue and painstaking waiting. Visitors are guided through this journey into the art of good wine by 65 boards curated by historian Daniele Jalla and 110 illustrations designed by internationally renowned Asti illustrator Luigi Piccatto, one of the historic authors of Dylan Dog.
Regional wine shop, museum and much more.
A prestigious location for Piedmont's first Regional Wine Centre, as well as an ethnographic museum, the Langhe Museum, with its focus on the world of truffles and food and wine traditions. The tour allows visitors to enter the rooms and furnishings of Count Camillo Benso. It will be the Count himself who will guide you through the spaces in which he lived, telling you about those years, so full of tensions and expectations harbinger of an Italy he hoped for and which has come to us.
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