The most difficult part of exploring the Barolo wine region is deciding where to stop. So, to make your life easier and inspire your next adventure, Catriona Rowntree shares a few ideas from her own recent Barolo adventure.
I am so grateful to Marco of Landmade for helping plan my recent Italian adventure and thought I’d share some of the ideas Marco gave me on exploring the Barolo region.
We began in Verduno where our hotel, or agritourismo Cà del re was based. It’s here I discovered the beautiful Italian word Belvedere, meaning a beautiful park, with a glorious outlook over the region, high on top of a town. More to come on that soon!
We then headed to Pollenzo to see the Slow Food Headquarters, University of Gastronomic Sciences and Wine Bank (the latter is open on Sunday as well). Pollenzo is less than five kilometres from Verduno.
Since its beginnings, Slow Food has grown into a global movement involving millions of people in more than 160 countries, working to ensure everyone has access to GOOD, CLEAN AND FAIR FOOD. It’s based on a belief that food is tied to many other aspects of life, and through our food choices we can collectively influence how food is cultivated, produced and distributed, and change the world as a result.
After exploring the Slow Food movement, you may want to head into the wonderful UNESCO hills. I’d recommend taking this very scenic route through the Barolo wine growing area: La Morra-Barolo-Castiglione Falletto-Monforte-Serralunga. Here the link to Google maps in case.
La Morra boasts a beautiful Belvedere, and is the perfect spot for a quick stroll, although it can be a bit touristy at times. Now onto one of my favourite places, Renza’s terrace in Castiglione Falletto. I warmly recommend you stop here for some drinks and snacks. If you make it to meet Renza, please give her a warm hug from me! Next on the list, time for a good coffee or ice cream ‘in piazza’ in lovely Monforte. By the way if you stop here and it’s not too hot you might decide to walk through the romantic narrow streets of the old town up to the ‘auditorium’ and ‘big bench’.
Afterwards the stretch of road leading from Monforte to Serralunga is simply breathtaking.
Heavens, what time is it now? Good question uh? 🙂
Well, no matter what time it is, if you still have some energy, head to Alba (approx. 15 minutes drive from Serralunga) for an aperitivo in Piazza Ferrero. Why?
“Perché un aperitivo è sempre una buona idea!”
Don’t worry too much about deciding where to stop, I’m sure your mind and heart will tell you the best thing to do!