Wines from Langhe: Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, and Barolo
A journey among the most prestigious wines from Langhe
Lively villages, steep hillsides, prominent vineyards. The Langhe region is worldwide renowned for the local food and wine tradition and the beautiful panoramas adorned with vineyards. The region is divided into Langa Astigiana, Alta Langa, and Bassa Langa. In the southern part of the province of Asti, Langa Astigiana is home to Barbera d’Asti and the sweet Moscato d’Asti. Alta Langa is located close to Liguria and is appreciated worldwide for its precious traditional-method sparkling wines.
Bassa Langa is located in Southern Piedmont, between the Belbo and Tanaro rivers. The most planted area is near the town of Alba; to the west, there are the famous hills of Barolo and to the east those of the equally renowned Barbaresco. Since Piedmontese red wines are successfully exported all over the world, Langhe became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014. Today Langhe is a Made in Italy symbol with a long and fascinating story.
A good Piedmontese wine tasting needs to include at least a wine made of Nebbiolo, a black grape variety able to generate wines with light color and great structure. The history of this red wine has its roots in ancient times, presumably in pre-Roman times. In the 1st century AD, the writer Columella mentioned the Nebbiolo grape in De re rustica, his work on agronomy.
With an alcohol content of about 14 / 14.5 °, it is a great Italian wine for roasts. However, it also pairs fabulously with risotto, lentil soups, and dishes based on mushrooms or truffles.
BarbarescoBarbaresco is a unique Piedmontese wine because of its harmonic and dry structure. Made of Nebbiolo grapes and subjected to aging periods of at least 26 months (of which 9 in wooden barrels), Barbaresco owes its fame to the popular diffusion dating back to the second half of the nineteenth century. Unlike Barolo – whose production was often destined for the aristocracy of Northern Italy – Barbaresco had been part of a peasant heritage that lasted centuries, before being bottled and marketed in 1894 by Domino Gavazza.
Known as the «king of wines and wine of kings», Barolo is the Nebbiolo-based wine par excellence. In conjunction with the specific microclimatic conditions of the territories south of Alba, this wine stands out for the long ripening of the grapes, often lasting until the first weeks of November. As a result, bunches get blue shades, often greyish due to the seeds present inside.
Barolo takes its name from the Piedmontese municipality of the same name and stands out for its deep adherence to local winemaking tradition. Its dry flavor gives softness and, at the same time, roughness on the palate. To preserve its iconic taste and bouquet, this Piedmontese wine ages for at least 38 months, 18 of which in special wooden barrels. Complex and enveloping, it goes well with braised and roasted meat, long-aged cheeses, and truffle-based dishes.
Batù Barbaresco DOCG
Batù Barbaresco is a full-bodied, smooth, and dry wine, which can age for up to 20 years. The color is a ruby red tending to garnet, particularly intense and bright. The bouquet is ample, ethereal, and spicy, with notes of wild rose, wild berry jam, hay, cloves, and geranium. With its explosive yet gentle mouthful, this Piedmontese wine is excellent in combination with risotto with white truffle, or braised beef with Barbaresco.
Priore Barolo DOCG
Priore Barolo is a classy and elegant wine. The bouquet is multifaceted and enveloping, with notes of withered flowers, raspberries, dried cherries, black currants, and spices. The wine also shows an earthy side with mineral notes of iron ore, rust, smoky tar, and dried lavender. It manifests precision and finesse. We recommend pairing this Piedmontese wine with braised boar, tajarin pasta with white truffle, or risotto with Bra sausage, pumpkin, and Castelmagno cheese.