Barolo Route: great wines, high quality dishes and castles
Barolo Route is located in Piedmont, in the region of Langhe and it is enclosed in the provinces of Cuneo and Asti, in a territory with towns, villages and unique panoramas.
In the heart of this land, Barolo wine was born, a high quality wine produced with Nebbiolo grapes through purity vinification. It is called “King of the wines, wine of the Kings” as it was appreciated by Luigi XIV and King Carlo Alberto. But also Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour was a lover of Barolo, so that it cultivated it personally in its farm in Grinzane Cavour. Barolo is a DOCG wine that, according to the code of conduct, need an aging of at least three years, two of which tale place in chestnut or durmast barrels. Among the places enclosed in the Barolo Route there is, naturally, Barolo. In this town, in the XIX century the noble and powerful Falletti family produced and named this wine with the name of the country where they were marquess. Other main places that produce Barolo DOCG are, the above-mentioned Grinzane Cavour, Serralunga d’Albaand Castiglione Falletto.
Not only Barolo
The beautiful region on the hills, crossed by the Barolo Route, is perfect to cultivate vineyards. Some places produce, besides Barolo, other great wines. Alba, the ancient and beautiful city that, with its 30.000 inhabitants is the most populated municipality of Piedmont and it boast another famous wine, obtained by Nebbiolo grapes: Barbaresco that here is a DOCG area. Another DOCG product of Alba is Moscato produced with grapes with the same name, Moscato is a wine with a straw yellow colour and a sweet taste, perfect for dessert. The Spumante version of Moscato is the famous Asti Spumante.
Barolo Route and the Great wines of Langa cross the area of Roero, famous for the production of Roero Arneis, a dry white wine produced from at least 85% of Arneis grapes, and the Roero Rosso, produced with the 95% of Nebbiolo grapes.
Barolo Route, not only wines
Barolo Route is located in a territory well appreciated by tourists and wine lovers. The food and wine tradition of this area, in fact, is worth mentioning. Here we can taste tajarin, thin tagliatelle with a percentage of egg yolk: 40 yolks for each chilo of flour. A wonderful recipe is tajarin with white truffle of Alba, another amazing product of this land. Worth mentioning is also Brasato with Barolo another prestigious dish where the notes of the wine mix together with the vegetables during the long cooking, producing aromas and great tastes really unique. Do not forget agnolotti del plin, where “plin” means the pinch that the women give to tortellino to seal pasta with the stuffing based on roasted meat. These and other specialties can be tasted in the numerous ristoranti and trattorie of this area. Here, often also the wine shops offer the possibility to taste typical dishes paired with the wines.
The tours across Barolo route can offer elements of great interest also under a historical and architectonic point of view. The area was active and populated already in the Medieval period. The proof is the numerous castles in the area. Pretty famous is the castle in Serralunga d’Alba, one of the best preserved that can be dated back to the XII century. In the amazing frame of Grinzane Castle is located the Enoteca Regionale Piemontese Cavour, whereas the castle of Verduno has a restaurant, an agriturismo and a wine shop.
Barolo Route, above all for the experts of history, art and food & wine, is a destination to not miss for an amazing holiday.