The Langhe and Roero area is made up of about a hundred towns, most of them very small and perched on hilltops surrounded by vineyards and hazelnut plantations and dotted with castles and wineries. The Michelin star studded area is certainly a gastronomic cornerstones with some of the most renowned products and wines in the country being produced here. Larger towns include the elegant Alba, capital of the Langhe, and of the precious white truffle. Every October the town is a hive of gastronomic activity with the yearly Truffle Fair. Nearby Bra is where the Slow Food movement started and still thrives today. A vine covered countrysides and unspoiled panoramas separate Bra from Cuneo, another small gem not to be missed. Not surprisingly you will find the University of Gastronomic Science in Pollenzo just a stone’s throw away. One of the most spectacular universities in Italy, the University attracts students from all over the world, experts, buyers and sellers for workshops, conferences and food related events all year round. Then move onto the town of Cortemilia famous for the hazelnut tarte, do try Giuseppe Cannobbio’s family run establishment, la Corte di Cannobio serving haute patisserie, and a small inn upstairs for a very friendly family stay.
For an unforgettable gastronomic experience, try Guido’s where chef Ugo Alciati has just inaugurated his spectacular new eatery inside Villa Contessa Rosa, King Vittorio Emanuele’s homestead in the Piedmont countryside. The building is on the Fontanafredda Winery complex in Serralunga d’Alba in the heart of the Langhe, just one of a number of farms belonging to Oscar Farinetti, the Eataly magnate.
Not surprisingly some of the most interesting italian wines on the market are produced in the Langhe and Roero area – DOC and DOCG certificated Barolo the King of Wines, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto to name but a few.
If it is five star luxury that you are after, there are several alternatives in the area, like the Relais San Maurizio, a former monastery dating back to the 16th century in Santo Stefano Belbo, but keep in mind that the entire region is scattered with small family run Bed & Breakfasts and very welcoming guesthouses where you generally get good service and value throughout.