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What is then that makes this wine so unique? Naturally the terrain, but certainly also the cold and temperate climate, with its particular atmospheric conditions; rain, sun, drought, fog, frost, dew, a bit of everything. Of course the skill of the wine producers also contributes to the unique quality of this nectar of Bacus, that even the French hold in high esteem. In 1966 it was
awarded the Doc status and in 1980 the Docg. Its initial rich red colour develops into garnet, and even takes on an orangey tone with age, it has delicate intense sensations with hints of violet, spices, vanilla and cinnamon. The Langa is also home to many other high quality wines including, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo d'Alba and Roero, also produced from the same Nebbiolo grape variety. Then there is the Dolcetto wine with its many different facets (Dolcetto d'Alba, Dolcetto di Diano d'Alba, Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi and Dolcetto di Dogliani). Not forgetting Barbera d'Alba, Moscato d'Asti and Asti Spumante. Wines apart, this evocative territory has inspired illustrious writers like Cesare Pavese, Beppe Fenoglio and Giovanni Arpino. The images and memories collected in their writings can also be discovered with the help of a little time and a lot of curiosity, by wandering the streets and soaking up the atmosphere of enchanting villages such as Barolo. The castle that dominates Barolo was home to the Falletti family, rich bankers from Alba, from 1325 up until 1864; the historic residence stands beside the 15th century Chiesa di San Donato. The castle was also home to Giulia Colbert di MaulÚvrier, the wife of
Carlo Tancredi Falletti, she is remembered for her extremely charitable nature, particularly towards children in need. In fact she was responsible for the foundation of the first children's hospital in Italy, which was opened in 1845 in Turin. She is also known for having promoted the production of high quality wines in the Barolo region. Wines that were good enough, as has already been mentioned, to meet the approval of King Carlo Alberto. In fact he liked the wines so much that he set about acquiring castles and other properties in the regions of Verduno, Roddi and Santa Vittoria, he was thus able to produce the much loved bottles of Barolo for himself. Barolo's castle has also been host to such distinguished guests as Silvio Pellico, who was entrusted with the care of the library. Barolo's castle is also home to the "Enoteca Regionale del Barolo". For more than twenty years now this enoteca has been a point of reference for tourists and all those interested in deepening their knowledge of the wines of the Langhe. The mayors of Barolo's various regions have always safeguarded the territory as well as having promoted the appreciation of quality, culture and tradition. In this region the love of wine and good food has been known to strengthen relationships. In short these Langhe offer the fascinating opportunity to meet and get to know people, to wander the trail of descriptions left by Pavese and Fenoglio. That lead to the discovery of: wine cellars, local produce (some on their way to extinction), historic residences and places to stay, only ever in the name of quality and hospitality.
At Langhe, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.