Not even France has succeeded with its Champagne. Hills covered with vineyards of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, in Piemonte, are a World Heritage and they are the 50th Italian site to get into the UNESCO’s list of the most beautiful places of the planet and the first to be awarded for the culture of wine and vines.
Writers Pavese and Fenoglio talked about these hills, which are full of castles and ancient wine cellars made from several generations of men. Each year their grapes become Barolo, Barbaresco and Asti Spumante wines.
These are some of the most famous wines in the world. The amazing harmony of hills, the architecture in stone and the culture of the wine are very interesting scenery for all hikers who want to explore, by bike or on walk, these really colorful and fragrant hills full of quiet paths and lanes in every season.
There are also orchards and vegetable gardens, mushrooms, hazelnuts and rare truffles. A network of roads connects the center of Langhe and Roero, from the most famous (Alba, Bra, Barolo, Cherasco, Cortemilia, Grinzane Cavour and Dogliani) to smaller towns, with a multitude of itineraries designed for cycling and trekking.
The mythological birth places such as Coppi and Girardengo as well as the city of Piemonte are very important places for cycling races like Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. This year, in May, the Italian team did the timed race from Barbaresco to Barolo along Langhe vineyards.
With more than 300 trails among mountains, plains and hills, cycling is very popular in the Barolo hillsides. There is a connection between wine and sport, traditions on the table and by bike. After Unesco recognized it, they project cycling at every latitude of the map.
The best territories in the "club of the beautiful places in the world" are: Langa of the Barolo, Castle of Grinzane Cavour, Hills of Barbaresco, Roero, Nizza and Barbera, Canelli and the Asti spumante, Monferrato of the Internotti. An area that embraces provinces, 10.789 hectares and 29 communities.
After 10 years of work and passion by the director Daniele Manzone (the Association Strada del Barolo and great wines of Langa) and others, they were finally recognized.
Today, "the Barolo road of the great wines of Langa" is not just a landmark that brings producers and tourist facilities together but it’s also a proposal for a trip for those who love wine, good food and a way to travel: such as guided tours in the most important cellars, trekking among vines, easy cycling between villages and castles, glasses and plates from Langhe to understand a piece of the history of Piemonte and the character of people.
Travel, taste, enjoy and...Raise your glass!