Hilly stretches as far as the eye can see, on which ancient villages and castles are perched, a succession of gentle slopes planted with vines the rows of which make geometric shapes: this is the magnificent scenery of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, which has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The beautiful wine-growing areas of Piedmont, which with their landscapes shaped by of nature and man, have become part of the world heritage list.
These strips of land that extend into lively shapes, modulated by the changing of the seasons, represent the outstanding quality of the Piedmont landscape and its profound and living culture of wine. These areas produce wines of international quality and excellence, such as Barolo, Barbaresco, Asti Spumante and Barbera d'Asti, made thanks to a rich heritage of knowledge and techniques, based on the deep knowledge of the vines cultivated here for centuries (Nebbiolo, Moscato Bianco, Barbera).
The zone classified by UNESCO covers an area of over 10,000 hectares and includes numerous municipalities and six areas. Beginning with the Langa of Barolo, which extends south of Piedmont. It is in these lands that one of the world's finest wines is produced, the Barolo, a wine of great structure and longevity.
Another area is that of the hills of Barbaresco, which includes mainly Nebbiolo vineyards, which produce the long-aging red wine called Barbaresco. The area, which includes the villages of Barbaresco and Neive, is dominated by the medieval tower of Barbaresco, overlooking the river Tanaro.
The third area is that of Grinzane Cavour Castle, which is located in one of the most evocative spots of the Langa, 5 km from Alba, famous not only for wine, but also for the beautiful castle in which every year an auction is held for white truffles. auction is held every year for white truffles.
Canelli is another UNESCO World Heritage territory, mainly cultivating Moscato Bianco. This vine produces the aromatic sparkling wine Asti, one of the most exported Italian white wines abroad.
Returning to the lands classified by UNESCO is Nizza Monferrato, an area of dissemination and cultivation of the Barbera grape. The area also contains important examples of wine culture, including the Museum Bersano, and is characterized by the town of Nizza Monferrato, identified as the "capital" of Barbera, and outstanding example of a "villanova" medieval medieval.
The last territory became part of the World Heritage list is the Monferrato of Infernot. That is the area of the Basso Monferrato where there are the "infernot" - old, deep cellars dug several meters directly in a particular rock similar to the tuff (the Pietra da Cantoni). The original owners and builders of these wineries, although they did not have extensive knowledge of building or geology, were able to produce perfect works that are beautiful to visit.
Wonderful places that UNESCO describes as "An exceptional living testimony to the historical tradition of grape growing and winemaking processes, of a social context, and a rural economy based on the culture of wine." "The vineyards of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato", according to the official reason of inclusion, "are an outstanding example of man's interaction with his natural environment."