Sightseeing Tours of Turin Alba Langhe

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Alba - Scuola Enologica
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The gorgeous city of Alba is well known around the world as the centre of the UNESCO Human Heritage area of Langhe; however its wines and white truffles are probably even more famous!

The first settlements in the area were founded by the Celtics and Ligurians. Alba today is located exactly where once was built a Roman city. During the Roman period the town went through a period of prosperity and peace; unfortunately during the centuries that followed the end of the Roman Empire Alba was sacked numerous times. Only when the city passed under the control of the Savoy family at the beginning of the 17th century peace was brought back. 

Luckily it is still possible to admire few well preserved roman buildings and parts of the roman walls erected to protect the city.

Visiting the town centre there are many beautiful churches worth a visit.

The Duomo built following the Romanesque style during the 12th century has gone through many renovations. Only the campanile was never restyled. The Church of San Domenico is considered by many the most beautiful one in town. The Church of San Giovanni Battista has many lovely paintings.

Gorgeous are also the Bishop’s Palace and the Palazzo Comunale.

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Alba has a very strong economy, thanks to the presence in the territory of many successful business. Around the world the city is mostly famous for its wine production. Some of the finest Italian’s wines come from this area. This small town can count on almost 300 wineries!

The wines product in the area are: Barbera, Dolcetto, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, Barolo and Moscato.

Food lovers visit this town all year round not only for the incredible choice of wines but also for its delicious and exquisite white truffles!

When exploring this lovely city visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a gorgeous historical centre, to taste some of the most renowned Italian’s wines and to indulge in a delicious cuisine!

Alba’s White Truffle

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Among truffles the White Truffle is considered the most precious and exquisite! Because of its value, both economical and gastronomical, it is often compared to diamonds!

It’s possible to find the White Truffle in several areas around Italy, France and on the Istrian Peninsula; however it is found mostly in the Langhe and Montferrat regions especially around the city of Alba and Asti. The truffles discovered in this area are the most precious ones on the market.

A good size white truffle can weight around 500 grams, even though usually they are smaller. The flesh is either pale cream or light brown.

The white truffle market in Alba is the most important one in the world. Every year truffle lovers come to visit the town to enjoy tastings and events related to this precious truffle. The busiest period is between October and mid-November when the White Truffle Fair takes place. This is the oldest white truffle fair in the world and it offers a wide range of entertainment to its visitors like concerts, tastings and also a white truffle walk.

The main event of the fair is the Worldwide Auction Sale of the White Truffles of Alba hosted every year in the Castle of Grinzane. Because of the popularity of the fair the auction is connected via satellite to other cities around the world!

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Alba’s white truffle is becoming a status symbol and its value is growing very quickly. In 2001 it was sold for $2000–$4500 per kilogram; only few years later in 2009 it was sold for $14,203.50 per kilogram! However the team that organizes the Alba fair refuse to let it become an elite event so they decided to donate a big part of the earnings from the auctions to charity.

Visiting Alba during the fair period visitors will enjoy the Food and Wine Exhibition, Alba Qualità; here it is possible to taste the typical and mouth-watering products and dishes of the region as well as its famous and precious wines!


Barbaresco - Nebbiolo Vineyard
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The charming little village of Barbaresco is located in the famous hilly area of the Langhe, region known all around the world for its incredible production of exquisite wines.

Barbaresco offers few attractions like a characteristic medieval tower or the ex-Church of San Donato and numerous vineyards, located right outside the city centre.

The Medieval Tower is considered the symbol of the city. Built during the 11th century it was part of a bigger fortified complex, with other two smaller towers and a little castle. The complex was erected in order to defend the population from the barbarian invasions, which sadly were very frequent in the area after the fall of the Roman Empire. However the city was theatre of many battles and two of the towers and the castle were completely destroyed by the end of the 17th century. The remaining tower is the perfect location from where enjoy a breath-taking view over the lovely Barbaresco’s countryside.

The charming ex-Church of San Donato is another interesting building to explore. Once one of the village churches today it houses the Barbaresco Regional Enoteca Wine Shop where it is possible to find more than 100 local wine labels.

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The wine production in this area started during the Roman dominion and today it is still a fundamental part of the local economy. More than half of the Barbaresco’s territory is dedicated to the cultivation of the Nebbiolo Grape.

Barbaresco is the most renowned wine product in the area; it is often referred as the Barolo’s younger brother because the aging period is shorter. Produced form Nebbiolo grapes, it ages 3 years before being ready for the market.

Other wines produced in the area are: Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba, Langhe Chardonnay and Langhe Rosso.


Barolo - View
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The lovely tiny village of Barolo is located in Piedmont in one of the most famous Italian wine areas: the Langhe Region. The town is well known for its numerous vineyards and its incredible production of the finest red wines in the market! Every years wine lovers from all around the world visit the region in order to enjoy its exquisite wines!

The best way to explore Barolo is walking around enjoying its lovely little streets and typical buildings. Gorgeous is the ancient Castello Faletti built during the 10th century. The castle was initially erected in order to protect the village from the attacks and sacks during the barbarian invasions period. Unfortunately today is only possible to see a part of the original building; during the 16th century in fact the castle was heavily damaged and later rebuilt. It is located right in the centre of Barolo and offers to its visitors many attractions like a museum and an enoteca.

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Visiting the museum it is possible to discover the history of the village and its surroundings, while the enoteca has a huge collection of local wines. Few can resist the opportunity of tasting some of the best Italian red wines!

A visit to Barolo wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting in one of the many vineyards located just outside the village.

Vino Barolo

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Barolo is a red DOCG wine produced in Piedmont; it is made 100% from Nebbiolo grapes and it is probably one of the most famous Italian wines!

To protect the authenticity of this expensive wine there are many rules to regulate its production.  First of all the Barolo’s vineyards have to be located on hillsides; the wine needs to age a minimum of 38 months, of which at least 18 months in wood barrels. To call it a Riserva the process need to be longer, minimum 5 years.

Originally the Barolo’s winemakers adopted very strict procedures. The fermenting wine stayed in contact with the grape skins for 3 weeks, and then the wine was aged in wood for years. The result was a wine so rich in tannin that in order to be drinkable it was needed to wait around 10 years.

When the wine started to became very popular many producers decided to cut the fermentation times and introduced few changes in order to produce a fruitier wine more appealing for an international audiences.

The so called “Barolo Wars” started in 1970 between the producers who refused to change their methods and the ones who embraced the new ones.

In 1980 the entire region gained DOCG status. The area is fairly vast so it is possible to find differences between the Barolos produced due to the different soils, expositions and altitudes.

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The Nebbiolo grape is traditionally harvested in October.

Barolo is a rich and full bodied wine, lightly colored with a complex aroma.

Sometimes the old Barolo is used to create an aromatic after-dinner digestif: the Barolo Chinato.

The wine is aromatized with the bark of the cinchona tree and ingredients like vanilla, cinnamon or coriander are added. Every producer has his own special recipe!

Due to the Barolo’s full taste when paired with food it is always better to prefer rich dishes. Meat plates, risotto or heavy pastas are usually the best choices!