Particularly noteworthy among the area’s many tourist attractions are its numerous castles, including that of Grinzane Cavour. Built in the 13th century and currently home to the headquarters of the “Cavour Regional Enoteca”, the castle, in addition to stocking several of the region’s finest Doc and Docg wines, also hosts the interesting Langhe Museum. Other must-see venues include the Castle of Barolo and its surrounding town, which gives its name to the most famous Italian red wine and is thought to date back to medieval times.
The town of Barolo is also home to WiMu, a unique Wine Museum that takes visitors on an immersive journey through the history of viticulture via light, film and installations. The museum is set over three floors of the village’s stunning medieval castle, and the tour includes a visit to the building’s panoramic terrace and its ancient wine cellars.
After visiting the museum, stop in the village of La Morra, better known as “the terrace of the Langhe” thanks to its spectacular views and head to Massimo Camia’s starred restaurant for a fabulous gourmet meal. In addition to other specialties, the area is renowned for its famous three-lobed hazelnut, boasting the status of “Protected Geographical Indication” and used to make various sweet treats. If you want to purchase these tantalizing specialties and see how they’re made, visit Giovanni Cogno’s artisanal workshop.
An absolute must for lovers of medieval history and architecture is a visit to the Castle of Serralunga d’Alba, a beautifully preserved Gothic stronghold. After the long walk up to the castle, take a break and treat yourself to a delicious gourmet meal at the Da Guido restaurant located in the nature reserve of Fontanafredda.