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It’s Harvest Time in Piedmont!
Sunday, November 28, 2021
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Central Time
Presented in English
Explore the hilly area called the Langhe with Piermaria and Sentieri Italiani! The Langhe, located in the southern part of Piedmont, is famous all over the world because of its red wine, Barolo, the king of wines and the wine of kings.
The origin of this wine is definitely connected to the Risorgimento of Italy. In fact, one of the fathers of Barolo was Camillo Benso, Conte di Cavour, the architect of 1861’s unification of Italy. He lived in the Grinzane Cavour Castle and was among the first in the area to start making this wine.
The whole territory is an amazing expanse of strips of land, from north to south, that is totally covered in vineyards. The region has been a very important UNESCO World Heritage site since 2014.
We will visit some of the small villages of this area, up to the highest point (at 513 meters) of the lower Langhe (Bassa Langa) which is the town of La Morra. Then we’ll visit the very heart of these hills — Barolo, which gives its name to the producing area as well as to the wine. It has an imposing castle that was the property of a marquis and his family who also greatly contributed to making this wine famous.
We’ll tour some of the other tiny villages among the 11 that are authorized to produce Barolo from Nebbiolo grapes. We’ll see how the harvest takes place, have a look at a wine cellar with botti and barriques for aging the wine. Then we’ll listen to interviews with people from the villages who will show us how they produce their regional specialties as well as some of the typical food products of the Langhe.
Meet Our Guide
My name is Piermaria. I was born near Turin and grew up in Piedmont in the north of Italy. I studied English, French, German and Spanish at a language school for interpreters in Turin. I then worked for many years as an interpreter and translator and also taught languages in private companies, schools and vocational training courses.
In 2009, I decided to become a professional tour guide in the Piedmont region and I’ve been working as a tour guide ever since. In recent years I have also started taking people on hiking tours in the wonderful landscape of the wine region where I live.
I really love my job. Thanks to it, I can live most of my passions together at the same time. I’m curious and always willing to learn and discover something new. I’m a people person and passionate about art, travel, culture and nature. I also appreciate good cuisine — I’m a foodie and in Piedmont, we are never short of excellent wine and food!
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