One of the best experiences to get to know a territory in depth is undoubtedly that of a visit to a wine cellar: in it, in fact, you find a fascinating world in which it is wonderful to immerse oneself not only to listen to the different voices that are part of it but also to learn about its history.
The nobility of wine is just that: is never a detached, abstract object that can be judged by drinking a glass, or two or three, of a bottle that comes from a place where we have never been.Mario Soldati
The Langhe, in Piedmont, are one of the most renowned wine regions in the world and are endowed with a landscape over which hectares and hectares of vine rows stand out, and there are numerous wine cellars to visit in the region, each with its own peculiarity.
Here are the four most famous ones to visit.
The Ceretto winery, one of the most famous in the Langhe, was founded in 1936 by Riccardo Ceretto. The famous ‘Acino’ grape, an architectural masterpiece with a futuristic aftertaste, stands out on their estate and already offers a first taste of their philosophy.
The winery has pioneered the use of sustainable and organic viticulture techniques and produces some of the best wines in the region.
A visit to the winery includes a tasting of their fine wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto and Moscato d’Asti. The winery also offers a culinary experience, with traditional Piedmontese dishes accompanied by a selection of wines.
For those who love contamination.
Coppo Winery is a world-renowned winery located in the town of Canelli, in the Asti area, and was one of the first in Italy to bottle wine under its own brand name.
Founded in 1892, the winery covers 27 hectares of vineyards and its main nucleus is in Monferrato.
Its peculiarity, however, is hidden inside: in its basements there are, a series of ancient tunnels dug by hand into the tuff, called “infernot,” which are so striking that they became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014 and have allowed the wine to be perfectly preserved.
For those who never cease to be amazed.
Marchesi di Barolo Winery
The Marchesi di Barolo winery is one of the oldest and most prestigious in the region, founded in 1807 by the Marchesi Falletti family. Located in the heart of the area’s flagship wine, for six generations the company has produced some of the Langhe’s most celebrated wines, including Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera d’Alba and Dolcetto.
The visit includes a tasting of their wines and a tour of the historic underground cellars, where the wines are aged in oak barrels.
Here you can still admire the five barrels of the Marchesa Giulia Falletti Colbert and the collection of rare bottles of Barolo Riserva from the late 19th century.
For those who love tradition.
Poderi Luigi Einaudi
Poderi Luigi Einaudi is a farm founded in 1897 by the President of the Italian Republic, Luigi Einaudi, in the heart of the Langhe, in Dogliani.
The company started out as a wine estate, but in the following years has expanded to become a full-fledged farm, also growing cereals, hazelnuts and other crops, comprising 13 farms of around 70 hectares.
In 1998, Poderi Luigi Einaudi obtained ‘Organic Farm‘ certification for the production of wine, olives and hazelnuts.
Today, Poderi Luigi Einaudi is run by the fourth generation of the Einaudi family and produces a wide range of wines, including the famous Barolo, but also Barbera, Langhe Nebbiolo and other white wines such as Roero Arneis.
For those who live history with an eye to the future.
Curiously evocative in name, the winery was founded in 2007 by Sandra Vezza, the ‘repentant teetotaler‘ herself.
The company’s architecture is characterized externally by two large stacked blocks reproducing two wine crates and surrounded by the rows of vines of its production.
Not only externally but also internally it is capable of impressing: large multicoloured murals, Gufram design pieces like an unconventional pop dream combined with the quality of the wines with original labels for whites and reds such as Barbera, Nebbiolo, Nascetta and Dolcetto.
The company is committed to environmental sustainability and uses organic and biodynamic farming techniques to cultivate its vineyards. It is also dedicated to the preservation and recovery of native grape varieties in the area.
For those who love contemporary art.
Not Just Big Names
However, there are not only well-known companies such as those listed: it is also extremely enriching to visit small local producers who will give you a welcome that is perhaps less ‘prestigious’, but certainly more familiar and genuine. Here are some suggestions!
Family-run winery in Treiso, now in its third generation and particularly renowned for its Barbaresco.
Agricola Molino is located in Treiso, near San Rocco Seno d’Elvio, an area of great Barbaresco, just 7 km from Alba.
The company’s history began in the 1950s, when Virginio Molino, originally from San Damiano d’Asti, moved to Turin to market fruit and vegetables even though his passion led him to make wine in a facility near the big city.
In the 1980s he moved with his 3 sons to Elvio Pertinace where he began production of the classic Piedmont wines of the Langhe and then bought in 1991 with his 3 sons Tommaso, Franco, and Dario, a winemaking room and a small plot of land in Treiso.
Today the proudly family-run winery has grown considerably in production, the type of wines produced and the services offered, opening up to hospitality.
This is also happening thanks to the involvement of the younger generation-Marco, Francesca and Alessandro Molino.
Two brothers, one family, a shared dream: Federico and Mattia produce the traditional wines of the Langhe with passion and sustainability
Hidden in the hills between Mango, Treiso and Neive, the town enjoys an incredible view over the vineyards and a finely restored historic center, which make it an interesting tourist destination.
Here, in the 1950s, grandfather Cesare in his twenties with a few coins in his pocket planted his first vineyards, without particular demands or ambitions.
A family, a house, two brothers, a story, some quarrels, a dream that becomes concrete.
The charm of the vineyard began to involve him more and more, leading him over the years to buy more land and also attracting his son Claudio, with a now vivid goal: to bottle wines with the family surname, Bongioanni.
To achieve this result are Federico and Mattia, the two sons of Claudio, who in 2018 decide to join forces and realize the family dream, transforming a grape producing company into a fully-fledged winery.
Una cantina rustica in Alta Langa, in cui grazie a un profondo rispetto della terra si producono vini di qualità e prodotti tipici.
The small family-run winery Ca ‘D Michel in Cossano Belbo brings the mind to the realities of the past, before the tourism boom.
It is immediately evident how the driving force of the producer is the love for nature in a broad sense: “not only wine“, the phrase often repeated on the company’s social networks, which among photos of the well-kept vegetable garden and uncontaminated greenery proves that here they produce with passion, not to satisfy the market demand.
The production of Valter and Samanta now has 8 labels (including a Moscato grappa) which include all the great classics of the area, each renamed with a purely Piedmontese name: we have for example Barbera d’Alba Desbéla, Dolcetto Bausana and Moscato d’Asti Asinèl d’Or.
We suggest a visit to Ca ‘D Michel to immerse yourself in the peasant world of the Langhe “without filters”, where authenticity is synonymous with quality and the wines have nothing to hide.
The Bel Sit Winery company located in Castagnole delle Lanze directs its production to the Barbera d’Asti DOCG wine within the territory that best represents it
Andrea and Gianpiero Scavino belong to a family of winemakers.
In 1996 they inherited from their father Giancarlo the share of the agricultural company I Vignaioli di Santo Stefano: a historic company for the production of Moscato d’Asti DOCG, located on the hills of Santo Stefano Belbo.
In 2019 they bought the entire Bel Sit property, choosing to invest in Barbera d’Asti and in the territory of Castagnole delle Lanze, home of this historic wine.
It is said that it was in this company that the production of Barbera di Castagnole delle Lanze named after the municipality began.
Defined as legendary by Cesare Pavese and generous by Giosuè Carducci, Barbera has gone through moments of alternating fortune.
Today it is presented as a product of excellence, able to obtain the appreciation of critics and connoisseurs and able to share the table with the great reds.
The estate also includes several hectares of Moscato and Cortese.
The winery is located halfway up an amphitheater-shaped hill facing south-west, in an excellent position for the production of quality wines.
The perfect exposure allows to obtain complete maturation and consequently particularly complex but still fine and elegant wines.