A Newly Named UNESCO World Heritage Site
In 2014 the Italian Wine Region of Piedmont was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. Covering 5 distinct wine-growing areas in the southern part of Piedmont between the Ligurian Apennines and the Po River, the designation includes not just the wine making process but the growth and the processes relating to the history of this region as well. Island Trader Vacations invites you to come with us as we take a closer look at this beautiful and historic region and what makes it what it is today.
It is said that vine pollen which will illustrate that viticulture was present in the region, has been found dating back as early as the 5th century BC to the Celts and the Etruscans. Even Pliny the Elder mentions that the Piedmont region was one of the most favorable wine growing regions in Italy. According to UNESCO, the vineyard landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, the winegrowing areas, the castle, their names and association illustrate the long relationship with man to the region. The rich history, many historic sites including castles, churches, farms, vineyards and the towns themselves all illustrate a balance between man and nature and the authentic and ancient art of winemaking.
This designation made the vineyards of Piedmont the 50th World Heritage site in Italy. The actual designation includes:
Grinzane Cavour Castle – believed to date back to the late 14th century, the castle includes a massive tower thought to be the oldest section and many other additional areas which were constructed later by various lords who owned the castle. By far the most important of these owners was Cavour who not only restored the castle in the mid-19th century but also improved the vine cultivations of the area.
Langhe hills of Barolo – considered the heart of the Piedmont, the Langhe Hills are located near the town of Barolo. One of the most infamous of all Borolo wine producers is the Historical estate of Fontanafredda known around the world for its varieties.
Barbaresco hills – located near to the village of Babaresco, the Barbaresco wine of the region is known for a its “intense and velvety” flavor. Aside from the wine, don’t miss the famous Barbaresco Tower and the village of Neive.
Nizza Monferrato – noted for its Barbera production, this is a commune in the province of Asti just 37 miles from Turin. First founded in 1225, the town is famous for many historic sites and of course its Barbera d’Asti whose production is restricted to only 18 local municipalities.
Canelli – known for its Asti Spumante sparkling wine, this larger commune is home to over 10,000 inhabitants and is situated on a bend in the river Belbo near the border of Langhe. Believed to be the birthplace of the Asti, wine is the main reason for travel to this destination for thousands.
Monferrato – characterized by soft hilles and mountains, Monferrato was noted by UNESCO for its “infernots” or distinctive underground wine cellars. The region is most noted for its red and sparkling wines.
If you love wine, viticulture and wine tours, the Piedmont is a region which cannot be missed. Find out what you have been missing in this one-of-a-kind destination for travel.