We are in La Morra, a town of the Langa of the Barolo core area of the UNESCO site of Langhe Roero and Monferrato, in the first Belvedere UNESCO financed by Piedmont Region. The landscape of the “Langa del Barolo” is characterized by a nearly monocultural agrarian mosaic, with vineyard plots as far as the eye can see, and by the presence of medieval villages strongly characterized by the presence of imposing castles. Furthermore, an element of exceptional importance from a perceptive point of view is the relationship with the Alps, which, on clear days, form an extraordinary backdrop to the hills planted with vines.
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We are in Moleto, in the Monferrato of Infernot, the sixth component of the UNESCO site of the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont. The area includes eight high-altitude urban centres, including Ottiglio, characterized by the widespread use of “Pietra da Cantoni”, a sandstone present only in this portion of territory. These structures, located below the common houses and used for the storage of bottles, constitute true works of art born from the peasant tradition and the expertise of master roadmen, thus becoming the testimony of that “know-how” of a past tradition handed down through these artifacts to the present day. The main grape variety of this area remains Barbera, vinified mainly as Barbera del Monferrato different from Barbera d’Asti for the different winemaking techniques with which the two red wines are obtained.
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In this territory of the fifth component of the UNESCO site “Canelli and Asti Spumante”, thanks to a continuous improvement of the cultivation and processing techniques of the Moscato Bianco grape, the history of the great Italian sparkling wines was started. Territory that makes the landscape that surrounds it unmistakable, thanks to the expanses of vineyards cared for and shaped over the years by the work of the farmers. The city of Canelli is a milestone of this component due to the fundamental role it played in the evolution of Asti Spumante.
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The component of the UNESCO SITE “Nizza Monferrato and Barbera” is in the Alto Monferrato and here we are in Vinchio, part of its core area. The area, located in the Province of Asti, was selected within the territory of the Barbera vine, a variety cultivated for over 500 years in the Piedmont area, enclosing within its perimeter the most significant portion of the production, cultural and landscape system of Barbera d’Asti DOCG.
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We are in Neive, a town in the heart of the Barbaresco Hills, the third component of the UNESCO site of Langhe Roero and Monferrato. The Barbaresco Hills are in the Langhe area, to the orographic right of the Tanaro river. The component is characterized by the presence of intensive and specialized viticulture which represents the distinctive matrix of the landscape. The selected area represents the heart of the Barbaresco DOCG production area, which is produced 100% from the Nebbiolo grape.
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Here we are at the Castle of Grinzane Cavour, the second component of the core zone of the UNESCO site of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, which represents a material testimony of extreme importance for the history of Piedmontese viticulture. The Castle, sentinel of the village of Grinzane Cavour, rises from a knoll from the ridge between the municipality of Diano d’Alba and the valley of the Talloria river near Gallo d’Alba. Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, who was the owner of the castle, oversaw the experiments on the quality of the wines that later became the major Piedmontese red wines.
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