2019 #Piemonte | Barololand, Langhe
Updated: Jan 8
This is what you see first, when you arrive to Barololand in September. Just climb up onto Castiglione Falletto hill and catch up a cool breeze, crystal silence and breathtaking beauty of these endless green hills.
This place is a meditation and a love from the first sight. Welcome to Barolo.
Wherever you turn your head, awesome vineyards' and villages' landscapes are openining to you immediately. Nature is just bombarding your eyes and brain with enourmous quantity of beauty, it doesn't want to wait till the moment when you will explore some details, no, it's a deep diving on a highest possible speed. In the begining it seems you are really jumping into a painting of an artist, who did his job so realistically that it looks unbelievable, it can't exist in real life. But in fact it does.
Actually you just need time to get used to it, you better spend some time all alone to this place, to integrate your mind and energy, to become a part of this absolutely terrific landscape.
I've arrived in the morning, first having an appointment at Paolo Scavino estate, and luckily after that I've had a couple of hours for lazy lunch before my next appointment. Of course, I used that chance for a deep diving into #Barololand fengshui in a great restaurant, right on the top of Monforte d'Alba hill, dining at the terrace with this incredible view to La Morra... by the way, here are my personal recommendations about where to eat in Langhe area.
When after lunch I was ready...
...I had to do THAT road down. I have no idea how many degrees is this slope, but for the first time it was a bit scary as it's almost vertical and simply straight, no curves like in normal serpentine drive. After doing a couple of next following hills like this, I've got used and became a pro, driving relaxed and just enjoying stunning views around.
Iconic view for real wine geeks and #Barolo lovers.
And this is how the whole Barololand looks on the official map of the area.
As I lived right in Barolo town, so I used a chance in the first evening also to walk around to discover this magical place closer.
There is no clear evidence about the beginnings of Barolo. In pre-historic and later eras, the area was certainly inhabited by Celtic-Ligurian tribes, subdued later by the Romans, as well as by the Romans themselves, but it seems that the first real settlements here took place in the late Middle Ages. The name Barolo most likely seems to be the Celtic bas reul, or low-lying place. In 1200 the village is listed in the "Rigestum Comunis Albe" as Villa Barogly, and again in 1600 under the two names Barrolo and Barollo.
Nowadays Barolo is a teeny tiny quiet, calm and amazingly picturesque village in Langhe, Piemonte region, having only 800 habitants...
...and receiving thousands of travellers from all over the world every year. Guess why?
Wine is a religion here, it's a kind of cult, deep passion and sybaritic lifestyle of whole Barololand, not only Barolo town itself, but a whole #Langhe zone.
Barolo town is located just in the middle of Barolo #wine production area, right in the heart of Langhe hills, so #vineyards are everywhere around at 360, they pops-up in an every little space between buildings.
Oh yes, and there is a Museum of corkscrews here.
Castello Falletti began it's history in the 10th century, when Berengarius 1st allowed his local vassal to build a fortress as protection against the frequent raids of the Hungarians and later of the Saracens. Dated to the 13th century the first written evidence is a deed by the lords of Marcenasco, granting the property to the commune of Alba. Then in turn it was transferred the fortress a few years later to the Falletti, who restructured it into a permanent residence for a branch of the family.
In 1544 the fortress was ruined by the French governor of Cherasco during the lengthy hostilities of that period. That rebuilt 16th-century structure remained unchanged until the 1864 death of Juliette Colbert, the last Marchesa Falletti.
On the Marchesa's death, the Opera Pia Barolo assumed ownership and converted it into the Collegio Barolo. They've carried out a significant restructuring, completely changing the appearance. The Commune of Barolo purchased the #castello in 1970. In the following years, the structure was restored with the cellars, house the Enoteca Regionale del Barolo and the Museo Etnografico-Enologico, along with art and photography exhibitions.
Two churches, Chiesa di Barolo (right) and Chiesa di Sant Agostino (left) are located just facing each other in the small courtyard of Castello.
Be sure you will find an #enoteca and winebar at every corner, even behind the church wall.
This is Barolo, baby.
Walking through super narrow streets, looking at the hills around, it's starting to seem that time is just stopped here, so much calm and quiet is the place.
Another day, Sunday, when a local market operates on central piazza di Barolo.
It is no secret that Piemonte is one of the most famous gourmet places and foodies' paradises in the world. After wine, food is second religion here.
Cheese, truffles, jams, olive oil evertything is local, produced right in the area, you can taste and buy. The market opens every Sunday till 18.00.
Cheese with truffle... packed in my luggage to travel back home with me.
Barolo is definitely a must do trip, at least once in your life, but I'm sure you will be willing to come back again... I've already bought my return ticket.
Right now, while writing this article, I'm planning my next trip.
Even though you don't drink #wine that much, but you will enjoy the place anyways.
Getting deeper into this stunning nature, great history and culture, amazing medieval architecture, knowing super nice local people, enjoying perfect food and one of the best wines in the world #Barolo...
...you will love it.