The Langhe Hills are only a short drive south-east from Turin, and are easy to reach for a long weekend break or indulgent weeks vacation. The area is surrounded by the Alps mountain range and the Po valley which is renowned for it’s rice growing plains.
The rolling hills are dotted with villages, hamlets and castles that date back to medieval times and conjure up images of nobility and splendour.
1. The Wine
The hills of the Langhe are the lands of noble vineyards producing wines of great quality and diversity. The Nebbiolo grape being the protagonist in Barolo and Barberesco wines. Alongside Barbera and Dolcetto d’Alba, Le Langhe boasts a vast number of wineries which are for the most part vineyards that have been family run for many generations. The winemakers of this region take great pride in their land and the yields that are harvested each year.
As the summer temperatures start to cool and the leaves start turning all shades of yellow, burnt orange and brown you can be sure that autumn is here and the highly awaited Alba International White Truffle fair is drawing near. October through mid – November is white truffle season. When truffle hunters gather with their dogs on the hunt for the costly tuber that will be sold at a price that is determined daily at the International Truffle Fair. Taste this lavish delight at a local trattoria or restaurant where it is served in thin shavings over pasta, eggs or risotto.
Truffles aside, Le Langhe is foodie heaven, with a culture of cuisine this region boasts a number of luxury Michelin rated restaurants as well as family run trattorias that pride themselves in traditional seasonal recipes using local produce such as cow and goats cheese, beef braised in wine and a variety desserts made with it’s prestigious hazelnuts.
There is no better place to go for a bit of relaxation accompanied by excellent food and wine than Le Langhe.