Wandering in Langa

Unmissable events at Vinum 2016

April 21, 2016

We’ve now reached the 40th edition of Vinum, the National Fair of wines in the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato which opens on the 23rd of April.

For two consecutive weekends, from 23 to 25 April and from 30 April to 1 May, the streets of Alba will be swarming with tourists, enthusiasts, gourmets and onlookers who will have a chance to taste the best wines produced from these hills.

There are numerous events designed to celebrate this important milestone! Let’s have a look at the main ones.

Tastings of wines and local products

Roero Arneis

Walking along the town center streets you’ll come across numerous tasting points which will give you a chance to sample the great Langhe, Roero and Monferrato wines.

And of course you’ll also find the prestigious Piedmont cheeses, paired with wines by the Ais Sommelier (Italian Sommelier Association) and by the Onaf (National Cheese Tasters Organization) tasters from the province of Cuneo.

In order to taste the wines, cheeses and other products like grappas you need to purchase a book of tastings tickets, which includes a glass, glass carrying pocket and discounts for the museum visits.

Furthermore, walking around town you’ll find numerous Street Food ëd Langa® stands, ideal to sample the territory’s delights, and the Mercato della Terra (Earth market) with its 0km products.

For those who prefer the tranquility and the convenience of a restaurant, you can visit this page which provides a small selection of restaurants in the Langhe.

Cultural events

On Friday April 22 the Alba Film Festival will be inaugurated. The Festival will be holding exhibitions and screenings at the Cortile della Maddalena, Beppe Fenoglio Auditorium, the adjoining Halls and the Coro.

Instead, if you’d like to discover the history of this ancient city and visit the Roman ruins we recommend you take the Underground Alba tour, a guided tour by a professional archeologist in the underground city. The tours are available by booking and cost 10€, from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.. Visit this page for bookings and info.

And finally, take advantage of this opportunity to visit an original itinerary dedicated to the works by Pinot Gallizio found throughout the town’s municipal open spaces. The tour lasts an hour and will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday April 24th and Sunday the 1st of May.

Vinum for the little ones

“Because wine isn’t just a grown-ups thing.” Play areas will be set up with handcrafted wooden toys that will allow children to learn while having fun.

Via the creation of their own vineyard, the transformation of grapes into wine, and right up to the bottling, they’ll learn to know and understand the entire wine cycle.

Walks and outdoor relaxation

On the 1st of May don’t miss out on the Barolo Langa treasure hunt; a tour by car while following clues and overcoming tests to earn the coveted award!

Or, immerse yourselves in the vineyards for a quiet stroll dedicated to Barolo, on the great wine trail; a tourist route on the historic hillsides.

Open wineries

This year too, during Vinum, there will be quite a few Open Wineries (content available only in Italian) that will be welcoming all those who wish to learn about the world of wine from the inside.

Close to Alba

In Barolo you’ll find the Cantina Francesco Borgogno (content available only in Italian) winery, a family-run company with a strong traditionalist character.

In Orto Smeraldo (content available only in Italian) di Guarene, aside from the Langhe wines, you can try the first Madernassa pear cider.

In Roero

The Moretti family looks forward to seeing you at Monteu Roero for a visit to the Bajaj company (content available only in Italian) where, in addition to the wines, you can try the jams, fruit juices and other products.

In Vezza d’Alba the Azienda Agricola Fabizio Battaglino (content available only in Italian) farm, which produces the great Roero wines, looks forward to seeing you.

Dogliani and surroundings

In the Dogliani area you’ll find the Cà Neuva (content available only in Italian) company, a typical Langa winery that produces traditional wines and Bricco del Cucù (content available only in Italian) owned by the Sciolla family, which will surprise you with their Dolcetto and Merlot wines.

This and much more is waiting for you

To discover all the Vinum 2016 program events visit this page (content available only in Italian).