The land of Dolcetto

Dolcetto is the most popular grape variety in Piemonte that gives wine of the same name. Although it’s spread all over the region, originally it was cultivated near Dogliani town, situated on the west part of the Langhe. Till today it plays a significant role in the local economy, like in case of a small village called Clavesana, where is located a big winery. This cooperative collects over 350 families of grape cultivators living and working on high hills looking on Tanaro river and Monviso pick.

The Langhe, Piedmont, Italy
the plain and the Monviso pick view

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Springtime in the Langhe

After a rainy and cold spring, finally sunny weather arrived. In one beautiful day when the air was clear and the sky perfectly blue I took my camera and went for a tour in Langhe area. I wanted to immortalize fantastic pictures that were at my fingertips. And here you can see the result of my short expedition.

Castello della Volta, Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
the castle della Volta from vineyards perspective

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Langhe under the snow

Snowing in Piedmont is not unusual phenomenon, but it never makes me happy. Few weeks ago after an intensive downfall I took a short tour in Alba area and landscape emerging from a white cover was amazing! Let’s have a look at pictures below. First Barolo and its castles: Castello Falletti di Barolo and Castello della Volta (unfortunately ruined).

Castello Falletti di Barolo, Piedmont, Italy
Castello Falletti di Barolo

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La Befana and Christmas markets

In Italy the symbol of the Day of the Holy Three Kings is an old lady called la Befana. On the eve of January 6th this characteristic creature on a broomstick, looking more like a witch than a kind grandmother, visits the children to fill their socks with candies (if they had been good) or  lump of coal (if they had been bad).

la Befena in shop window (Alba)
la Befena in shop window (Alba)

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North – South

In the north of Piedmont the landscape is delimited by white picks of Alps, the moraine hills variegated by water mirrors. Whereas the south is characteristic by romantic heights that slowly transform into mountains creating a natural border with Liguria and jealously protecting access to the sea. Piedmont is admired by remarkable and diverse landscape and in autumn colorful leaves, vineyards, old castle look amazingly against a background of blue sky. Actually, you can see for yourself! Let’s have a look on the photos below, starting from the north – Canavese region.

 castello di Mazze’ on Candia lake (Canavese region), north of Piedmont
castello di Mazze’ on Candia lake (Canavese region), north of Piedmont

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