Wandering in Langa

The Most Famous Wine Cellars of the Langhe Find Out Which Ones to Visit in 2023

February 24, 2023

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.

Ceretto Winery

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.

Acino - Cantina Ceretto

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

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.

Cantina, Poderi Luigi Einaudi

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.

L’Astemia Pentita

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.

L’Astemia Pentita

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!

  • Tenuta La Cova – Vigneti in Ca’ D’Gal

    The winery is located in Valdivilla, in Santo Stefano Belbo, and offers a special tasting experience to discover the versatility and evolutions of Moscato d’Asti DOCG

    Ca’ D’Gal was founded in 1989 by Alessandro Boido, who decided to produce Moscato d’Asti on land belonging to the family after a major trip to Northern Europe.

    The big bet was to give a new identity to Moscato d’Asti, trying to express the grape variety as best as possible and giving the wine the character and personality of a great white, capable of holding its own against the best sweet whites in Europe.

    Since 2023 the winery has undertaken a generational transition: Alessandro Boido is joined by Alessandro Varagnolo, a young agricultural entrepreneur who will help Ca’ D’Gal’s development both commercially and in production.

    The winery opens its doors to visitors by offering guided tours aimed at discovering the main characteristics, versatility and evolutions of Moscato.

    You can read more about Tenuta La Cova – Vigneti in Ca’ D’Gal here.

  • Negro Giuseppe

    The winery receives its guests preferably by appointment. Possibility of guided tasting, visit to the company and direct purchase.

    Founded in 1985 by the oenologist Giorgio Negro, the winery is located in Gallina, one of the most suitable areas for the production of typical Albese DOC and DOCG wines.

    The company name is a tribute to Giuseppe Negro, Giorgio’s father, who since the early 1950s personally led the vineyards producing a small amount of wine.

    Born from the careful renovation of a Langa farmhouse, the location offers a splendid view of the surrounding vineyards and the villages of Guarene, Govone, Barbaresco and Neive.

    The area is that of Barbaresco DOCG. A few hundred meters away is the historic center of Neive, whose village, for its historical and artistic heritage, is part of the circuit of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

    You can read more about Negro Giuseppe here.

  • Baldissero Vini

    Nella piccola Cantina situata a Treiso e condotta dal giovane produttore Marco Lo Russo si propongono vini DOC E DOCG tipici delle Langhe tra cui il Barbaresco DOCG. Possibilità di visita in Azienda ed acquisto diretto

    The Baldissero company is located in the southern part of the municipality of Treiso and is led by the young producer Marco Lo Russo.

    The name of the Winery pays homage to Guido Baldissero, Marco’s grandfather, a winemaker who, since the early 1950s, personally managed the vineyards by producing a small amount of wine.

    The 3.5 hectares of the historic vineyard are located right next to the Winery, a typical renovated Langa farmhouse, which is also the family home.

    A unique experience in a small reality Langa

    This is where Marco’s Winery can be found which, producing roughly 9,000 bottles per year, represents that niche of producers capable of providing an experience that is both refined and genuine.

    The wines produced are classified DOC and DOCG, typical of the Langhe. The easily recognizable label shows the map of the Treiso municipality and the location of the first vineyard acquired by Marco’s grandfather in 1953.

    Four types of vines are produced by Marco: Nebbiolo, Syrah, Barbera and Dolcetto, of which the winery can be considered an interpreter of its rebirth.

    You can read more about Baldissero Vini here.

  • Serio e Battista Borgogno

    The ‘Serio e Battista Borgogno’ winery is a great example of the evolution of these lands, which have been capable of transforming their peasant like nature into an asset of the utmost value. Like many others in the Langhe area, the Borgogno family have a long dynasty of farmers and…

    Serio e Battista Borgogno - panorama

    The ‘Serio e Battista Borgogno’ winery is a great example of the evolution of these lands, which have been capable of transforming their peasant like nature into an asset of the utmost value.

    Like many others in the Langhe area, the Borgogno family have a long dynasty of farmers and wine producers behind them, as well as historic vineyards, whose value today has significantly increased compared to their original price.

    What distinguishes this company from others is the ability to preserve that particularly genuine soul, full of love for the land, and the ability to grow with it. Here, after over 120 years of wine production in one of the finest Barolo crus, the Borgogno family sees their fifth generation of exclusive family management, a warm and friendly welcoming environment and a passionate production, in which every member of the family collaborates as best they can.

    Furthermore, for two generations now, an all-female management has been chosen: Anna and Paola Borgogno initially, and currently Federica Boffa and Emanuela Bolla.

    One shared objective: to enhance and safeguard the authenticity of the vintage and of the individual vineyards, with the maximum respect for the terroir and biodiversity.

    You can read more about Serio e Battista Borgogno here.