Talking about wines in the Langhe is like talking about the backbone of the territory. Vineyards, grapes, and wine have become integral to these areas.

But it was not always like that! Not so many years ago, vineyard work was considered the same as the poorest peasant work and made of sacrifices at the mercy of the whims of time and the economic decisions of the ones who bought the harvest. In the 1980s, and therefore in a relatively short period, there was an awareness of the value of what was being produced and the possibility of making excellent products to be offered to national and foreign markets.

Do you know the story of the Barolo Boys? They even made a documentary. I invite you to watch it; here is a short presentation, already very explanatory: Barolo boys, the film.

But the vineyards have not only contributed to increasing the production of the splendid cellars, old and new, that you can find in the Langhe. Vineyards have become an integral part of the beauty of these areas.

But let’s talk about the red and white wines of the Langhe. I will leave you my guide with my favorites!

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Langhe Barolo

Red Wines of Langhe: An Important History


the king of kings. Made from Nebbiolo grapes from the territories of the communes of Barolo, Castiglione Falletto and Serralunga d’Alba and part of the territories of the communes of La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, Roddi, Verduno, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Novello and Grinzane Cavour in the province of Cuneo.

Barolo requires aging of at least four years and 18 months in wood casks. It is an essential but not tricky wine. With wine tasting, it is possible to discover the facets that the soil, the aging, and the care of the producer can give to this outstanding wine. To accompany robust meat and game dishes but also to be enjoyed with mature cheeses such as Castelmagno. SLOW as a wine! It invites you to taste it slowly because it transmits its history.


contends the wand with its brother Barolo. Barbaresco is also produced with Nebbiolo grapes in the territories of Barbaresco, Neive, Treiso, and the part of the hamlet “San Rocco,” which was already part of the municipality of Barbaresco and aggregated to the city of Alba. Aged for at least three years. A more gentle wine but with character. It is gaining ground in the world of connoisseurs, and some wineries are sold even before being bottled. This is also to be considered as a SLOW wine. This is also a wine that I like to define as “conscious.” Every sip reminds you how much its producer understood and loved it!


is the oldest indigenous black grape variety of Piedmont, one of Italy’s most noble and precious. The name comes from the fact that the harvest takes place in late autumn when morning and evening fogs are frequent on the hills of the Langhe. It is a solid and robust wine, rich in alcohol, that often expresses its characteristics at its best after a slow aging. Depending on the cultivation area, Nebbiolo gives origin to a series of great red wines which take different names in the various territories. A wine loved for its versatility.


Barbera is not only in Monferrato! This vine of very ancient origin has had more and more success in the last years; it has proved capable of offering both excellent young wines and wines of average longevity and good structure which resist time and confirm the most original characters of a land and a vine of particular prestige. It is a wine very loved by foreigners as well.


The wine of the peasant par excellence, some imagine it as sweet because of its name, whereas it is a genuine wine that tastes of grapes, suitable for the daily table, but of quality. Dolcetto is one of the most typical autochthonous Piedmontese vines and is cultivated in varying degrees almost everywhere in the region. It is one of the red wines I appreciate the most! For this reason, I would not define it in any way: it is the wine I learned to understand before all the others.


neglected for a long time, has found the interest of some local winemakers around the seventies. Today it is enjoying success thanks to the increasing attention paid to indigenous grape varieties and because it offers a particularly original wine with a distinctive spicy aroma. The grapes have crunchy berries and are excellent for eating. In the Langhe region, Pelaverga is cultivated in a small area between Roddi and Verduno.


White sparkling Wines in Langhe

Langhe White Wines: a surprise!


Piedmont is the homeland of great red wines, but we also have other essential grape varieties, such as Moscato Bianco, which occupies 22% of the surface planted with vines. It would be one of the typical wines of the Langhe, even if it were once considered “the wine of children” because it has a very low vol. alc., so our grandparents used to give us two fingers of it on special occasions. Have a look at the travel ideas for families in the Langhe


Nascetta is also a semi-aromatic white grape variety produced exclusively in the municipality of Novello. Its scents of white flowers and citrus aromas make it excellent in combination with appetizers and white meats. Hite wine of the Langhe is not very well known nowadays but was already mentioned in the 19th century. It has been surpassed by the great wines of the Piedmontese Langhe in the past years, but in 2002 it was awarded DOC status.


Yes! We have sparkling wines in Langhe as well! DOCG of 2011 was born to produce Classic Method sparkling wines using international grapes such as chardonnay and pinot noir. These sparkling wines are usually drunk as an aperitif or during special occasions. Alta Langa is very different from Bassa Langa (commonly called Langa/Langhe) because it has higher altitudes and, consequently, ideal temperature ranges for these grape varieties. The production of Alta Langa is growing so much that many wineries are buying land to plant these grapes.


Among Langhe wines, there are also international ones to be mentioned. Of course, we all know a vine is not the same everywhere; according to where it grows, it takes on particular scents.

In Langhe DOC Sauvignon, you can find fresh scents of cut grass, peach, grapefruit, and passion fruit. Lychee. It is usually an aperitif wine, but it also goes well with vegetables.


It is an excellent Langhe white wine with intense and floral aromas. Even if Chardonnay is not precisely the Langhe wine, it finds a suitable habitat to give the wine intense aromas in this area. Together with Merlot, they are the most cultivated international vines in the world because they have a solid ability to adapt. There is also a curious legend about Chardonnay. I will tell you: “Carlo Magno, having a long beard and an easy elbow, always used to stain himself with red wine. One day his wife, annoyed, urged him to cultivate white berried grapes on his land, including Chardonnay”.

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