A fortress immersed in the vineyards of the Langhe
For over a thousand years, the 11th-century Grinzane Cavour Castle has stood perched on a hill overlooking the wine-growing landscape of the Langhe. Over the centuries, it has been owned by several families of the Piedmont nobility, including Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour, who lived in the castle and was also mayor of the village of Grinzane.
Today, in its splendid historical rooms, it houses the Langhe Museum, Cavour family heirlooms and the Enoteca Regionale Piemontese Cavour, one of the oldest wineries in Italy. There, you can taste local products and sample wine, guided by a sommelier. There is also a space dedicated to the Alba White Truffle.
Walking through the rooms of the castle is a real journey through time, starting in the 16th century. Don’t miss the Hall of Masks, with its 1547 ceiling decorated with 156 masks depicting faces, allegoric figures and coats of arms. The 17th-century Rococo-style Room of the Frescoes is also splendid.
Outside the castle is In Vigna, an open-air museum dedicated to grapevine cultivation, winemaking and the wine traditions of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato, a UNESCO World Heritage site.