The Langa, which means “narrow strip of land”, is an area of wine hills and valleys between the River Tanaro and the Ligurian Apennines: thousands of hectares of vineyards and, all around, horizons capped by medieval hilltop villages with towers and castles at altitudes of up to 950 metres above sea level. The heart and soul of the area is the small town of Alba, famous all over the world for its white truffle, Tuber Magnatum Pico.
The land here is ideal for the production of noble red wines with the Nebbiolo grape: meaning Barolo and Barbaresco. Other lesser-known reds, such as Dogliani, made with the Dolcetto grape, Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba, Barbera d’Alba and Nebbiolo d’Alba are also growing in popularity. Last but not least, rare and recherché grape varieties give rise to niche wines, such as the scented Verduno Pelaverga, that are making Piedmontese winegrowing and its micro-denominations all the more unique.
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VINEYARD LANDSCAPE OF PIEDMONT: LANGHE – ROERO AND MONFERRATO