The Langhe is Piemonte’s premier wine region where three important denominations are produced: Barolo DOCG, Barbaresco DOCG and Dogliani DOCG. Located in Cuneo Province, the Langhe is characterized by its undulating hills that follow the course of the Tanaro River from Mondovì to Alba.
Alba is considered the “capital” of the Langhe because of its location in both the Barolo DOCG and Barbaresco DOCG production zones. These prized wines are made from the indigenous Nebbiolo grape. Eleven municipalities in the hills to the southwest of Alba comprise the Barolo DOCG production zone. This area is referred to as the Langa di Barolo and it offers visitors stunning views of vine-covered hills, towers, castles and literally hundreds of wineries scattered throughout the countryside. The production zone for Barbaresco DOCG begins in San Rocco Seno d’Elvio (Alba) and it extends northeast to include the towns of Treiso, Neive and Barbaresco.
The hilly area between Mondovì and the town of Dogliani is the production zone for Dogliani DOCG which is made entirely from the indigenous Dolcetto grape. The production zone was formerly divided into two: Dolcetto di Dogliani and Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi, but in 2011 the two zones were unified and awarded DOCG status. In the tradition of the Langhe’s other fine wines, the name was changed from that of the grape, to that of the municipality, in this case Dogliani, where the denomination’s finest cru or quality vineyards are located.
Perhaps better known for its artisanal cheeses like Toma and Murazzano, the Alta Langa is also part of the production zone for a classic-method sparkling wine bearing the same name, Alta Langa DOCG. This area is one of several across southern Piemonte where Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes flourish at altitudes higher than 250 meters above sea level.