The Langhe – which in the local dialect means “strips of land” – are a green sea of hills furrowed with creeks and streams that stretch from the Tanaro River to the Bormida River, as far as the Ligurian Appennines.
It’s an extreme landscape, made famous by well-known writers such as Fenoglio and Pavese, who wrote about the area as the place where their heart belonged. Once known as “the lost area”, now the Langhe region is home to the Alba white truffle, a renowned delicacy among the finest food lovers.
Many areas within the Langhe take their name from well-known foods or wines: the Barolo Langa, the Barbaresco Langa, the hazelnut Langa, or the Alta Langa with its pastures and cheeses. This area offers an variety of different landscapes, an ancient history that welcomes visitors to its towers and castles and a rich paradise of flavours and aromas.
From the Tanaro River plateau, the Monferrato area slopes down towards Asti, one of the best-preserved medieval cities of Italy. Once known as the marquisate of Aleramo – the Marquis that gave life to Monferrato – it is now renowned for its extended vineyards, which turn into a river of multicolored foliage each autumn. The rows of Asti Spumante and Moscato DOCG vines create a natural divide between historical villages and natural reserves, a paradise on earth for hikers. Castles, manors, abbeys and countryside villages make up a disjointed heritage that waits to be unveiled, right on top of the hills of the Alto Monferrato and the Ligurian Appennines.
The Roero area stretches over the hills flanking the left bank of the Tanaro River, which marks the border between the areas of Langhe and Roero and flows through the provinces of Torino and Asti. The people, the agricultural land and the small historical villages all live side by side with an extreme landscape made up of deep vegetation and harsh hills. The name of the area comes from the noble Roero family of the nearby city of Asti, who owned most of its castles and lands. A 32-km long fracture splits the soft, hilly landscape of the Roero area: the Rocche, a peculiar geological phenomenon dating back to centuries ago. Standing on their rocky spurs are several small villages. Over the centuries, the territory has grown to become a busy area with a strong commercial penchant, and extremely open to welcome guests.