Wine, History and Truffles
The best of Piedmont is certainly the hilly region the Langhe, set between the Alps and the Apennine mountains. Hills covered with vineyards as far as you can see, because this is the region of the famous Barolo wines. Walking during the day in this stunning landscape of vineyard, hazelnut and oak forests, visiting small characteristic villages and large castles, doesn’t it sound like visiting paradise. In the evening enjoying a good glass of wine combined with the Langhe cheeses and truffle dishes.
The walking tour starts in Alba and the first days you will walk amongst the vineyards of the Nebbiolo grapes. On top of the hills, you pass small villages and impressive castles. The last part of the tour brings you to the wildest part of the Langhe where the finest hazelnuts in Europe grow. The landscape is varied: forests, deep valleys and hazelnut cultivations. The tour ends in the small town of Cortemilia.
Throughout the trip, there are plenty of good opportunities to taste not only the excellent local food but also to discover the taste of many famous wines of this stunning region.
The daily program of the 8-day tour
Alba, capital of the Langhe, is famous for its white truffles, chocolate and for its impressive high towers (14th and 15th century) Alba is very much at the forefront of eno-gastronomy: do not miss the pleasure of a delicious dinner and the chance to sample the great wines of this area like Barolo, Barberesco or Barbera.
Accommodation: **** star hotel
Overnight with breakfast in Alba
After breakfast, you have a short transfer by taxi to the starting point of the walk, the Grinzane Fortress, which houses the “Cavour” Regional Enoteca, a prestigious showcase for the very best Piedmontese wines and grappa’s. You cross Gallo d’Alba and walking through the vineyards of La Morra you will reach Barolo with not one castle but two castles, the Castello Falletti and the Castello della Volta.
Overnight with breakfast in Barolo
Walking time: 3 hrs 30; Distance: 13 km / 8 miles; Ascent & Descent: +404m – 331m
Today you are walking mostly amongst the vineyards of nebbiolo grapes, from which excellent wines are made; you reach Novello with its impressive castle. You continue your walk until Monforte, where you can relax and enjoy a glass of wine on the lively square meeting point of the inhabitants and tourist.
Overnight with breakfast in Monforte; Walking time: 2 hrs 30 min; Distance: 9 km / 5,6 miles; Ascent & Descent: +273m -131m
Overnight with breakfast in Monforte; Walking time: 4 hrs; Distance: 14 km / 8,7 miles; Ascent & Descent: +460m – 315m
The route of today will lead you to small picturesque villages of this area, like Serrallunga, Sinio, Roddino and last but not least Cissone. Of course, also today, the vineyards make part of your walk, but also you will see the first nut trees and some woodland. It is certainly worthwhile to make a stop in Serralunga to visit the castle and to taste some …again excellent wine.
Overnight with breakfast in Cissone
Walking time: 4 hrs 30 min; Distance: 16 km / 9,9 miles; Ascent & Descent: +746m -600m
Today you can have a day of rest and enjoy some relax or make a short ring walk in the surrounding hills of this enchanting small town.
Overnight with breakfast in Cissone; Walking time: 2 hrs 30 min; Distance: 7 km / 4,3 miles; Ascent & Descent: + 292m -200m
Today you walk in the area of the High Langa, famous for its hazelnuts and the landscape is dominated by the hazelnut forests. You will cross the valley of Belbo and can make a stop to visit the church of Cerretto Langhe. The walk ends in Cravanzana.
Overnight with breakfast in Cravanzana; Walking time: 5 hrs; Distance: 17 km / 10,6 miles; Ascent & Descent:+ 521m – 590m
From Cravanzana a nice downhill walk will bring you to the tower Torre Bormida, where you will cross the river bearing the same name. A steep climb will bring you to Bergolo, one of the smallest characteristic municipalities of this area. Crossing the woods, you will reach Cortemilia, from Roman origins.
Overnight with breakfast in Cortemilia; Walking time: 3 hrs 30 min; Distance: 12 km / 7,5 miles; Ascent & Descent: +407m -717m
After breakfast ends your food & wine discovery tour through the Langhe
Moderate level walking tour: In general the walks are easy to moderate with some more demanding sections, where a moderate – good physical condition and walking experience is required. The walks are along uneven footpaths, mule tracks, small gravel and quiet asphalted roads.
Average daily distances:
between 7 km / 4,3 mi – 17 km / 10,7 mi
Total 74 km / 46 mi
Daily from March until end of October
2 or more people (solo traveller on request).
START / FINISH:
Alba / Cortemilia