Carla Capalbo finds the moody landscape of rolling vineyards a picturesque backdrop to the Barolo, truffles, pasta and other regional delights on offer here. Read her Langhe travel guide, first published in Decanter's September 2011 issue.
Langhe: Six of the best wineries to visit
Take a look at Decanter’s pick of the best six wineries to visit while in Langhe in Peidmont.
All wineries require visits to be made by prior appointment.
☆ Albino Rocca, Barbaresco
Angelo Rocca has become a central figure in the Barbaresco landscape. His welcoming estate produces some of the top wines in this prestigious appellation. roccaaalbino.com
☆ Bartolo Mascarello, Barolo
The late Bartolo Mascarello was a winemaking legend in Italy and beyond – one of the founding fathers of modern Barolo. His daughter, Maria Teresa, now runs the family estate, producing some of Italy’s most iconic wines in large wooden casks. Tel: +39 0173 56125
☆ GD Vajra, Vergne, Barolo
Aldo and Milena Vajra are two of Langhe’s most hospitable winemakers. They aim to reduce the use of tractors and chemicals, and increase reliance on natural yeasts. It results in wines of finesse and character. gdvajra.it
☆ Fratelli Barale, Barolo
A traditional, familyrun winery that had been producing elegant Barolo, Barbaresco and Arneis since 1870, located in the town centre. baralefratelli.it
☆ La Spinetta, Campè, Grinzane Cavour
The Rivetti family is among Piedmont’s superstar producers and owns two wineries in the region, making fabulous Barolo and Barbaresco, most with the iconic Albrecht Dürer rhinos and lions on the labels. la-spinetta.com
>☆ Poderi Einaudi, Dogliani
The historic estate of former Italian president and economist, Luigi Einaudi, is now run by his grandchildren. Its boasts a vaulted cellar, fine wines and views of the hills, as well as a 10room agriturismo. poderieinaudi.com