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A JOURNEY THROUGH CULTURE AND NATURE

In the heart of Piedmont, the Langhe represent one of the most fascinating destinations in Italy, believe me! So much so that they have been recognized as a part of the world heritage by UNESCO. This recognition, obtained together with Roero and Monferrato, celebrates not only the extraordinary landscape beauty of these hills but also the winemaking tradition that here has deep and ancient roots. Today we will take you on the discovery of the UNESCO Heritage of the Langhe exploring its history, its culture, and the initiatives that contribute to preserving this incredibly fascinating territory!

THE UNESCO CANDIDACY

A recognition of universal value, the designation of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato as UNESCO World Heritage took place in 2014 and was an important acknowledgment for Italy and for Piedmont in particular. This area was awarded for its cultural landscape which reflects the agricultural practices, the vine cultivation techniques, and the wine production that have developed over the centuries. The landscape of the Langhe, with its vineyards as far as the eye can see, the ancient hamlets, castles, and historical cellars, is considered an example of the interaction between humans and nature. If you have more than a weekend available, these are the must-sees! …because the Langhe offers experiences that go beyond the simple wine and food visit.

THE CASTLES AND HISTORIC VILLAGES

Castles like that of Grinzane Cavour or Serralunga d’Alba tell centuries of Piedmontese history. The villages, with their stone houses and ancient cellars, offer a glimpse into rural life that has remained authentic over time. Unlike other areas, this is a region so tied to the land that it has succeeded and, indeed, insists on keeping the territory authentic. You won’t see highways, but simple country roads for miles. Here everything is made to “slow down”, to satisfy the sight, to “not rush” and absorb the scents and colors.

THE VINEYARDS

The hills are covered with rows of Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, among others, which give life to world-famous wines like Barolo and Barbaresco.
Walking among these vineyards is a unique experience for charm and sensations and will allow you to understand the deep connection between the territory and wine production. Listen to the winemakers, their passion, their hard work! When you open and taste one of those bottles of wine, all this will be felt and become part of you.

THE UNDERGROUND CATHEDRALS OF CANELLI

These ancient cellars carved out of tuff are true cathedrals of wine, places where Barolo, Moscato d’Asti, and other prestigious wines age in wooden barrels, in a world-unique environment. If you visit them, remember the phrase “carved in the tuff”…a hand-made work, hundreds of years ago, by determined and tireless men.

THE ROLE OF THE COMMUNITY AND CONSERVATION INITIATIVES

The local community plays a fundamental role in the conservation of the Langhe landscape. Farmers, winemakers, and residents are the guardians of this land, committed to protecting biodiversity and promoting sustainable agricultural practices. You will find an impeccable, orderly, and clean landscape. This also demonstrates the love and care the “Langhetti” have for their home. Initiatives like the harvest, open to visitors, become opportunities to convey the value of work in the vineyard and the importance of conserving the landscape.

RESPONSIBLE AND SUSTAINABLE VISIT

Visit the Langhe respecting its UNESCO Heritage, adopting a sustainable and conscious approach. It is essential to respect nature, the places of production, and the local communities, favoring experiences that encourage responsible and quality tourism.

Treat this land with the respect of its inhabitants and you will take home a small added value that will sneak into your habits! Every choice can contribute to the conservation of this heritage: from tastings in cellars that adopt sustainable practices, to choosing accommodations and restaurants that
value local products.

Visiting this land can become an opportunity to reflect on the importance of respect and conservation for the generations that will follow us. But don’t be fooled! Respecting tradition does not mean remaining anchored to the past in a nostalgic way: in this corner of Piedmont, tradition blends with innovation; incredibly, you will find a people truly attentive to updating, to the creation of amazing architectural structures up to date but that will still make you feel in an ancient era.