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Walking – There are hundreds of walking trails through the vines linking villages, vineyards and restaurants. Whether you want to walk for an hour or for several days, there is something to suit every taste. Why not walk into Novello for lunch, then continue on to a local winery, before strolling into Barolo for a coffee or an aperitivo?
Cycling – The Langhe is a cyclist’s paradise. Steep vineyard tracks and woodland provide challenges for mountain bikers, while miles of deserted, winding roads with breathtaking views await road cyclists. There are also Electric Bikes available from nearby Itaway Langhe if you aren’t feeling quite so energetic. We can help you plan routes and advise on where to head.
Wine Tasting – There are hundreds of tiny wineries where you will be welcomed with open arms by the producers and invited to sit around their table as they open bottles for you to taste. It’s a wonderful and unique experience. We have spent the past few years getting to know as many producers as possible (it’s been tough…) so if you would like help planning tastings, just let us know. We can also arrange for a local wine producer to come to the house to conduct a private tasting for you.
Truffle Hunting – Every autumn, the sound of dogs barking as they search for white truffles can be heard echoing through the early morning fog. We know a trifolau and his dog who can take you on a search. There is nothing like the excitement of following a dog through the trees and watching him uncover a white truffle. There is also nothing like shaving that very same white truffle that you helped dig up over a fried egg or a plate of pasta a couple of hours later!
Cookery Classes – What better way to get to know the Langhe than to learn to cook some of the area’s best-known dishes? Great for children and adults alike, you can go to a local market with a chef, pick out some fresh ingredients, cook them up and then eat the results!
Golf – Barolo Golf (currently closed) is just 100 metres from your door. It is a challenging nine-hole course with wonderful views. Thanks to double tees, it can also be played as an 18-hole. Further afield there are well-known courses in Cherasco, Turin and Fubine. We have several sets of clubs for our guests to use.
Hot Air Ballooning – What better way to see the Langhe’s beautiful UNESCO landscape than from a hot air balloon. They often take off from Barolo Golf and fly right over the house.
The Italian Riviera – Drive south for just over an hour and you will find the Ligurian coast with its beautiful beaches, beautiful towns and beautiful people.
Museums – You don’t have to go all the way to Turin for culture… in Barolo you will find WiMu (The Museum of Wine) and the fascinating Corkscrew Museum. Cherasco has a Museum of Magic, Bra has a Toy Museum and Pollenzo is home to the Slow Food University.
Turin – Just an hour from Villa Ribota is the wonderful city of Turin. You can spend hours just wandering the streets, but some of the city’s unmissable attractions include The Museum of Cinema, The Egyptian Museum and The Automobile Museum. If you’re here on the second Sunday of the month, the Gran Balon flea market is also a wonderful day out.
For the kids – If you can drag the children away from the swimming pool for long enough there is plenty here to keep them happy… from cookery classes to chocolate tastings, children’s farms to adventure playgrounds, there is something to suit every young taste! Please ask us for more details.
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Dozens of events take place every weekend throughout spring, summer and autumn, below is just a small selection, followed by a calendar which we update regularly. If you would like more information, please contact us…
International White Truffle Fair Every autumn, Alba is taken over by white truffles. You can see, smell, taste and buy the ‘white gold’ in every form imaginable. There are food and wine tastings, exhibitions, music and, of course, the truffle market. Aficionados flock to this unique event but it’s also a great chance for everyone to learn about and buy their own truffles. It takes place every weekend from mid-October to mid-November.
Antique Markets Five Sundays a year, the small town of Cherasco (the Italian capital of snails and the home of Baci chocolates!) hosts one of the country’s best antiques markets. If that’s not enough for you, you can always head to Turin where the Gran Balon, the daddy of all antiques markets, takes place on the second Sunday of every month.
Collisioni Each year in mid-July, music lovers flock to Barolo for Collisioni, a festival of music and literature. Authors, songwriters, politicians and personalities take part in discussions, while music rings out from stages set up around the town. It is a truly unique event in a truly unique location. Headliners this year include Robbie Williams and Placebo.
If you like walking, eating or drinking, Mangialonga is not to be missed… it’s a 4km walk through the vineyards of La Morra with stops every now and then for local dishes and wine. Every wine made in La Morra is available for you to try, including hundreds of Barolos. A fun, lively event, it takes place every year on the last Sunday in August. Many local towns hold similar events, so please let us know if you would like more information.
Degusta La Morra
For one Sunday afternoon in September, La Morra’s winemakers line the main street offering tastings of all their wines. Buy a wine glass and you can taste as many as you like. It’s a unique opportunity to talk to so many winemakers in one place, as well as to be able to try so many Barolos.
Organised by Slow Food, Cheese is a festival of, you guessed it, cheese, which takes place every two years in mid-September. For four days, Bra becomes one giant cheese market, with cheeses from around the world available to taste and buy. It’s a real cheese lovers pilgrimage, but don’t worry if cheese isn’t really you’re thing as there is a also wine, craft beer and pizza!
| LANGHE EVENTS CALENDAR 2017 |
Vinum – Late April.
The best of the best of Piemontese wine will be on show at the “Grande Enoteca di Langhe e Roero”. A great opportunity to taste the new vintages alongside local foods.
Cheese – Bra, 15 – 18 September.
The world’s biggest and greatest festival dedicated to artisanal cheese celebrates its 20th birthday. Organised by Slow Food, this biennial festival is a real pilgrimage for cheese fans the world over!
Io Barolo, La Nuit – Roddi, 27 May.
A presentation of the 2013 vintage of Barolo from 6.30 pm in the Castle of Roddi. Live music, local food, guided visits around the castle and, of course, tastings of the new vintage.
Porte Disne – Monta, May 28.
A 9km wine and gastronomic walk through the hills and forts, winding from Montà to Canale, harking back to the age-old custom of taking a basket of lunch out to family members working in vineyards.
Barbera Festival – Castagnole delle Lanze 27 to 30 April (TBC).
The 39th annual celebration of all things Barbera. Expect concerts, street performers, local food and of course countless opportunities to taste some Barbera!
Monfortin Jazz – Monforte d’Alba, 9th July to 6th August.
A series of concerts held in Monforte d’Alba’s wonderful open air amphitheatre. This year’s acts are yet to be aannouced, but last year’s festival saw performances from Paulo Conte, Gregory Porter and Ute Lemper.
Collisioni – Barolo, 14 to 18 July (with extra performances taking place in the following weeks).
A music and literature festival which takes over the whole of Barolo. Besides live music on every corner and headlining performances from the likes of Robbie Williams, Placebo and The Offspring, there are talks, panel discussions, exhibitions and wine tastings.
Mangialonga – La Morra, 27 August.
Eno-gastronomic walk of 4km through the Barolo vineyards which surround La Morra. Price: 50 €.
Degusta La Morra – La Morra, early September (tbc)
La Morra’s main street turns into one giant wine tasting… buy a glass and you can wander up and down chatting to the producers and tasting as much wine as you like. A truly unique opportunity to try so many great La Morra Barolos and chat to all the producers.
Festa della Pelaverga – Verduno. early September (tbc)
A huge party, wine tasting and food event in Verduno, with live music and as much Pelaverga as anyone could hope for!
Palio d’Asti – Asti, 17 September.
A week-long Medieval festival that culminates in a horse race around Asti’s main piazza, Piazza Alfieri. It has been run each year since the 13th century.
Alba Wine Festival – Alba, 24th September (TBC).
Wine festival with tastings galore in the historical centre of Alba from 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm.
Palio degli Asini – Alba, 1 October.
The traditional opening event of the White Truffle Festival, this is a hilarious response to Asti’s more traditional Palio, as Alba’s various neighbourhoods compete on donkey-back for a year’s worth of bragging rights.
International White Truffle Fair – Alba, weekends October and November (exact dates TBC).
A celebration of all things white truffle… you can see, buy, smell and taste white truffles in every form imaginable. Alba comes to life every weekend in this period, with live music, food and wine tastings, exhibitions, fairs… you name it, it will be happening in Alba!
Truffle Bachanal and Medieval Fair – Alba, October 14-15 (TBC)
On the night of October 15, Alba is transformed into a medieval town. Visitors are welcomed by torchlight to sample the flavours and aromas of days gone by, with music, roaming characters, and a cast of thousands in period costume. The following day, the Mediaeval Fair brings the Middle Ages back to life with games, music and dancing. There is also the chance to taste the wines and food of the Langhe in both modern and mediaeval guises.
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