Land of the Great Piemonte wines
- Wine tastings are possible in all of the Wineries here in Serralunga and its surrounding areas, for the discovery of the Barolo Crus. Our staff is at your disposal to organize any winery visits in the area to discover the legacy of the vitivincolo. It is also possible to have guided visits and interesting wine related excursions at the many Regional Wine Bars.
Here are a few characteristics of the Wines of the Langhe
BAROLO d.o.c.g. - D.P.R. 1-7-1980 - (d.o.c. - D.P.R. 23-4-1966)
This wine wraps itself in the immensity of the Alba Langhe Hills and more precisely of the 11 communities in which Barolo is produced: Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte, Novello, Roddi, Serralunga d’Alba and Verduno. In tasting it you can definitely perceive the tastes of the earth, of the fine air, of the perfumes. The Barolo wine is made from the Nebbiolo grape that is of lesser quality of the Lampia, Michet e Rosè.
This wine has an aging period mandatory of three years, two of those years is spent in wooden barrels, the color is red granet with intensely orange reflections. The smell of the wine is composed of a characteristic perfume, intense and ethereal. The flavor is dry, full, austere and robust but velvety and harmonious, its minimum gradation is 13° and should be experienced at 20°C. It is a wine that has a lengthy life and should be appreciated from its fifth to eighth year. It is advised to uncork the bottle at least 2 hours before consuming. The Barolo wine of a good year can be defined as a wine of meditation. The “reserve” version qualifies for a period of aging wines not inferior of 5 years. Barolo Chinato is an aromatized wine and it exists to remember and appreciate the liquor China.
Historically, the wine boasts many passionate supporters such as the King Carlo Alberto of the Savoia house, The Count Camillo Benso di Cavour and Antonio Giolitti. In more recent years the promoting of this wine has been attributed to careful and famous wine makers at the Regional Piemontese Enoteca with seats in the Grinzane Cavour Castle and at the Enoteca of Barolo Castle where it is possible to visit even the rooms where the Marchesa Colbert lived and worked, she was the forerunner of the most recent “Women of Wine”. The perfect pairing with this type of wines are of course the typical Piedmont dishes such as stew, braised, risotto and along with different game and intensely flavored cheeses.
BARBARESCO d.o.c.g. - D.P.R. 1-7-1980 - (d.o.c. - D.P.R. 23-4-1966)
Obtained from the Nebbiolo grape which is cultivated in Alba (Frazione San Rocco Seno d’Elvio), Barbaresco, Neive and Treiso, it is a wine that has been recognized since the days of the Romans. From its presence in Piemonte, it is has been diffusely discussed since the XV century. The three varieties Lampia, Michet and Rosè are bunches of grapes that are characterized for their medium dimensions of bunches, their berries are pruinose, a dark purple color, almost gray, with the pulp so juicy and sweet. The Barbaresco wine is subjected to an obligatory aging period of two years, one of which is spent in the wooden barrel, preferably Oak or Chestnut. The result is an excellent wine, color is red garnet with reflections of orange. The perfume is intense and ethereal.
The taste is dry, full bodied, robust, austere like pure velvet. Barbaresco has a minimum alcohol level of 12.5° and is best experienced between the third and fourth year of its imbottlement. For the reserve bottle you should wait to experience it once it is aged four years, even if the best years are between the fifth and tenth year. The first historical news regarding Barbaresco wine references back to the story of Domenico Cavazza found in a book written in 1907. Infact it is written that in November 6, 1799, the General Von Melas ordered a large amount of Barbaresco to celebrate the victory of Austria in a battle against the French army. The vine that gives Barbaresco their name are the Nebbiolo grapes and for the longest time it was known as “Nebbiolo di Barbaresco”.
NEBBIOLO D'ALBA d.o.c. -
The legend that gives its name the origin of Nebbiolo tells of a monk that cultivated his own garden close to the poor hut he lived in. He also cared for a small vineyard that gave him the little wine that he consumed. One morning he awoke to find his garden along with his vineyard wrapped in a thick fog. He took this occurrence as a warning from God and he quickly gave up cultivating in order to dedicate himself to prayer. When it was time for the harvest the fog lifted, however it left deposits on the grapes that made them shine in the sun like jewels. The truth is, there are people who connect the name of the vineyard to that typical fog and in the period of the harvest it salutes the cold mornings.
We have had history of the Nebbiolo grape since 1268, the year that we found documentation at the Castle of Rivoli. Along with Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo is the triad of best products obtained from the Nebbiolo grape coming from the territory of Alba. Along with the Savoia family, who were lovers of both good food and wine, considered Nebbiolo to be one of their preferred wines and it is known that they served it as a thin instrument of approach in Diplomatic camps. When tasting the wine, it is presented as a ruby red color full of reflections. After its aging period, the perfume is characteristic, tenuous and delicate that remembers the purple which accentuates and perfects with aging, taste that is dry, pleasantly sweet, full bodied, rightfully tannic and young, velvety and harmonious. Time ago, ancient wine makers produced a pleasant Nebbiolo Spumante Red which had a natural fermentation right in the bottle.
BARBERA D'ALBA d.o.c. - D.P.R. 27-5-1970
Barbera d’Alba is obtained from the sole grape Barbera and must be aged for at least a year before it can be consumed. The color is ruby red, it is a young and intense wine, that tends to age as a garnet red. The perfume is winey, intense but also delicate. Its taste is dry, full bodied, with an acidity that is strong, lightly tannic, but as it ages it becomes more harmonious. The alcohol grade is a minimum of 11.5°.
The Barbera wine is best appreciated during its second and third year. There is also a Superior Barbera wine that diversifies itself from the first, the aging process required is two years. One year required in the wooden barrel made of either Oak or Chestnut. This Superior wine is best tasted in its fourth or fifth year. It should be served at a temperature of 18°.
On this vine which is spread in various Regions of Italy, offers very little in way of History. The first news is that from the 700’s , more precisely 1799 in an “Istruzione letta dal Conte Nuvolone” on the cultivation of the vine and its process. The Barbera vineyard is very adaptable and is cultivated on terrain that offers conditions that are microclimatic. It is a wine that is endowed with vegetative vigor, very generous in its production.
DOLCETTO D'ALBA d.o.c. - D.P.R. 6-7-1974
We must clear the air of misunderstandings; this is not a sweet wine, rather sweet is the grape that it originates from, because the Provenance grape gives a low acidity that cannot exalt the already noteworthy sweetness given from a discreet content of sugar. Because of these characteristics the Dolcetto wine has been considered an everyday wine for a long time now. It recalls a breeding method that is not very expansive, generally the wine is cultivated by the Guyot ad Archetto system with only one head of 6-8 gems of fruit. The Dolcetto d’Alba wine is based on 100% Dolcetto grape, its color is ruby red.
The scent is personal, it is winey but pleasant with hints of violet. In the taste is revealed a dry, harmonious but pleasantly bitterness with a moderation of acidity with a full body. Its alcohol content is a minimum of 11.5° and is best tasted between its first and second year. The Dolcetto wine should be served at 16°. The Superior wine is subjected to an aging period of one year and has to have an alcohol content of 12.5°.
This wine does not create any difficulty in the pairing of beverages because of its nature it is well paired with all types of foods, including the preparation of fish dishes. With this vine, the flowering occurs at the end of June and the maturing period where it can be picked is from the middle to late September. This vine prefers terrain that is rich in limestone, dry but well exposed, it fears the clayey soil where it is easy to leak out the early berries.
- Discover the paths of the Langhe through its vineyards and hilly villages: the paths of Serralunga , the seven paths of Monforte, the road to Barolo and many, many more. Kilometres of roads and paths on the discovery of the famous Barolo crus famous all over the world: by foot, mountain bike and by quad. Find your Adventure!
- For the Art and Culture Lovers, Serralunga and its neighboring towns offer splendid Castles rich in history and ethnographic Museums.
SERRALUNGA D’ALBA CASTLE
Tel. +39.0173.613358 (custode)
Day of Closure: Monday
Daily Hours: 10.00 -12.00 and 14.00 – 17.00 (End of October to the end of March) 9.00-12.00/ 14.00 - 18.00 (Summer hours from April to the end of October)
Tel. +39.0173.56277, Fax +39.0173.560512
Day of Closure: Thursday
Daily Hours: 10.00 – 12.30 / 15.00 – 18.30
Guided Visits: 10.00 – 12.00 / 15.00 – 18.30
CASTIGLIONE FALLETTO CASTLE
Tel. +39.0173.62824 +39.011.593107 (Conti Vassallo), Fax +39.0173.62907
Other information: Private Residence
MAGLIANO ALFIERI CASTLE
Tel. +39.0173.66117-+39.335.5652312 (Sig.Sacchetto),
Fax +39.0173.66574 (Municipio)
Daily Hours: 11.00- 12.30 / 15.00 – 18.00
Tel. +39.0141.89291, Fax +39.0141.839914
Day of Closure: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
Daily Hours: Friday to Sunday 10.00 – 19.00
Tel. +39.0172.427050 , Fax +39.489674 - 427055
Day of Closure: Monday and the month of January and February
Daily Hours: from Tuesday to Friday 15.00 – 18.30 , Saturday and Sunday 9.30 – 12.30 / 15.00 – 19.00 From October to December from Wednesday to Sunday 9.30 – 12.30 / 14.30 – 18.30
REALE DI CARLO FELICE DI CASA SAVIOA – GOVONE CASTLE
Tel. +39.0173.58103 , Fax +39.0173.58558
Daily Hours: 10.00 – 12.00 / 15.00 – 18.00 July & August 10.00 – 12.00 / 16.00 – 19.00
Entrance Fee: Free of Charge (except October to December)
GRINZANE CAVOUR CASTLE
Tel. +39.0173.262159, Fax +39.0173.231343
Day of Closure: Tuesday
Daily Hours: From November to March 9.30 – 18.00 9.30 – 19.00 from April to October - Always open from September 1 – 15 November
Tel. +39.011.3797602, Fax +39.011.3797601
Daily Hours: Open Sunday’s 14.00 – 19.00 in the occasion of exhibitions
REALE DI GUARENE CASTLE
Tel. +39.0173.611900 - +39.338.4141407, Fax +39.0173.611127
Daily Hours: 10.00 – 12.00 / 14.30 – 18.00
- The city of Alba hosts the Alba Film Festival, along with the Alba Winter Jazz and Summer Jazz Festival. Opening the Season with interesting Musical and Cinematic engagements.
For more Information: www.albajazz.com - www.albafilmfestival.com
For the Jazz lovers, join us in Monforte in Jazz which is a special Summer night with a calendar full of Events held in our own Horszowsky Auditorium right in the centre of Monforte. Info: www.monfortearte.net
- In the town of Cherasco, a small Roman village just a few kilometers from Serralunga offers a vast calendar of renowned Antique markets in the summer. Collect antique novels, toys etc.
For more Information: www.cherasco2000.com
- The annual engagement for the National Truffle Fair of Alba, is the largest event in the month of October, even the Truffle market is on and open to visitors from all over the world. Internally of the Autumn kermis there are many appointments including the Palio of the Donkeys, the Alba Art Show that celebrates the Pont Neuf Wrapped Exhibition, Paris 1975 – 1985, Sundays are the Fair, the Festival of Wine and the Fair of the International Herbs, the Bacchanal of Truffles and the Recalls of the Village.
Calendar of Events: www.fieradeltartufo.org
- During the summer months commences the hunt for the black Truffle called the “Scorzone Estivo”, a dark tuber, thick and scarcely perfumed when compared to the true White Truffle of Alba or Trifola Bianca as it is known in dialect. It is gathered in mid September , but its true maturity occurs at the end of October - November when its perfume pervades the air when it is found.
Up until that time it is born and begins to grow underground and only with the aid of very crafty dogs along with their owners are these tubers unearthed and brought to the limelight to end up on the tables of very fortunate people who appreciate it all over the world.
The emotion of Truffle hunting is great…. The hunt for truffles can be seen firsthand if one wishes, you can accompany the Truffle hunter and his dog amongst the woods in the hunt for these valuable treasures. You never know, you may just find one!