The Langa of Barolo
The Langa of Barolo
The area is located in the extreme North – Western edge of the Langhe hill system, boasting an extension of 3,051 hectares of territories which are the fulcrum of the production of Barolo wine. There are nine municipal areas in all that can make use of the qualities necessary for the cultivation of the Nebbiolo grape, from which, following a long period of refining in barrique, Barolo wine is obtained whose particularity has earned it a reputation now at an international level. . The municipalities of the “Langa del Barolo” are: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Diano d’Alba, La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Novello and Serralunga d’Alba. The international value of Barolo wine is not tied exclusively to the uniqueness of its production cycle but also derives from a long historical tradition that earned it, during the nineteenth century, the title of ambassador of the Royal House of Savoy in the courts of Europe.
The landscape that characterizes the “Langa del Barolo” is a predominantly monocultural landscape, the vineyards extend continuously on the slopes of the hills, interspersed here and there with medieval villages from which imposing castles often rise. The combination that arises from the “vineyard – castle” combination helps to make this landscape unique and the defensive architectures become icons of an incomparable hilly landscape. There are numerous places connected to the production of Barolo, examples of which are the historic wineries, whose foundation dates back to a time now far away, which laid the foundations for the creation of a product so unique in its being. The possessions of the Fontanafredda estate, that belonged to the Royal House of Savoy, and the properties of the Falletti family of Barolo are mentioned.
The area includes the territories historically favorable to the cultivation of the Nebbiolo grape, from which the long-aging red wine called Barolo is produced, one of the Piedmontese wine products with a consolidated international prestige.
In the area there are numerous places of wine relating to the entire production chain of Barolo, among which stand out wineries of historical foundation that have contributed to the birth and development of this wine, such as the properties of the Falletti family of Barolo and the estates of Fontanafredda which belonged to the Royal House of Savoy.
These are the words that Don Domenico Massé wrote about Barolo in 1928:
“Because the Marquis Falletti were the founders of that kind of wine, now called Barolo, at the beginning of the nineteenth century, who produced it with the maximum care in their widespread properties of Barolo (…). Who, after the Marquis, contributed very much to the reputation of Barolo was Count Camillo of Cavour. He called Count Odart in its castle of Grinzane to produce the very famous Barolo which he served at his diplomatic lunches in which it constituted the delight and the admiration of gourmets. Later on, also the Count of Mirafiori got into the competition and produced Barolo in his estate of Fontanafredda (…). And the same did the well-known winery Calissano of Alba.” (from “The country of Barolo”, Don Domenico Massé, Pia Società San Paolo of Alba, 1928).