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Il belvedere di Grinzane Cavour

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.

To symbolize the continuity between the castle, the panoramic point and the terroir is the Cavour vineyard, which wraps around the hill, and it is today a place of research and experimentation of the Umberto I Oenological School of Alba. The vineyard on the slopes of the castle presents one of the largest collections of indigenous minor and rare vines in Europe, which form a rich heritage of diversity, object of study and protection. The linearity of the rows placed in turn and the central path that crosses them leads us to an imaginary large amphitheatre, which shelters from the wind and damp currents. A sensation deriving from this landscape is the sense of tranquillity, intimacy, and domesticity. The continuous lines of the valley floor also constitute a very marked visual sign.