They are places of deep beauty, which produce some of the most prestigious wines in the world: Barolo and Barbaresco, Moscato and Arneis, Dolcetto and Barbera. Then there are the hills of Cavesano, also famous for the production of famous wines.
These lands give wine lovers great products, but offer alongside sights of rare beauty. The Piedmont Region has proposed the “Wine Landscapes typical the Piedmont (Langhe, Monferrato, Roero) as candidates to enter part of the World Heritage List of the UNESCO, which protects and enhances the recognition sites of exceptional importance, both natural and cultural.
Here are the main hilly regions:
Langhe: which include the provinces of Cuneo and Asti. Their name comes from the local dialect “Langhe”, which indicates the sharp ridges of the hills. The landscape is largely composed by the vast stretches of vineyards: Langhe in fact belongs to one of the wine districts of Piedmont, along with the Monferrato and Roero. Here there are the are vineyards of Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato and Nebbiolo. If you’re here, you can see also the castles and forts of the families of the Middle Ages.
Canavese: the Canavese is the northern part of the province of Turin. It consists of wooded hills and fertile plains under cultivation, on which you can see the red roofs of charming villages, on whose background there’s snow for most of the year. This region is also rich in lakes: the most famous are those of Candia and Viverone. Even here there are lots of medieval castles, some of which are transformed into sumptuous Baroque residences (like the castle of garlic or Masino). The Canavese is one of the main zones of production of Piedmontese wines, such as Nebbiolo and one of the few white wines of Piedmont, Erbaluce.
Roero: it includes the provinces of Cuneo and Asti and is characterized by a sandy soil that allows not only the production of wines such as red or white wine Roero Favorita, but also excellent agricultural products, like peaches or strawberries. Even in these lands there are numerous castles, witnesses of the feudal past, which in modern times were transformed into elegant residences of the nobles of the court of Savoy.
Monferrato: Monferrato lies in the provinces of Asti and Alessandria. The soil here is sandy and the hills are partly cultivated and partly wooded.
The region participated as Marquess of Monferrato medieval struggles. Only later in the eighteenth century, the region was included in the kingdom of Savoy. Together with the Langhe and Roero, Monferrato is part of one of the two districts of Piedmontese wines.
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