Discovering Neive in Piedmont, area of Barbaresco
Among the hills covered with vineyards around Neive wind the marked and equipped trails of the Dolcetto and Barbaresco, to be covered on foot, by bicycle and on horseback.
The biggest fun here is the neck for wines: do you know the movie Sideways?
We are in the Langhe, in one of the most famous wine districts of the world, and more precisely in the Barbaresco area, which touches four centers: in addition to Neive and Barbaresco, also Treiso and Alba, both famous also for the white truffle.
Alba with its medieval towers can be the starting point for an intoxicating on the road among rolling hills, small villages and wineries.
The road climbs up to La Morra (513 m), one of the most panoramic points of the Bassa Langa, with a beautiful historic center of medieval origin.
From La Morra continue up and down through splendid vineyards to reach Barolo (415 m), dominated by the square shape of the Falletti castle (10th century) which houses a rich regional wine cellar.
We are in the heart of Nebbiolo, the grape variety from which Barolo and Barbaresco derive and which bears in its name the late-autumn atmosphere that soaks the hills with fine mist during the harvest. Leaving Barolo we continue along the provincial road which always offers appreciable views of the surrounding hills up to Monforte (480 m).
From here we descend to Dogliani (295 m), known for the Dolcetto. And it is always for the hills designed by the vineyards that you go up to Serralunga (414 m), an uninterrupted succession of crus that make the fans of Barolo dream. A few kilometers and we are in Castiglione Falletto (350 m), an ancient village perched on the top of a hill. From here the gaze sweeps over the landscapes of the Bassa Langa so loved by Cesare Pavese: “A vineyard rises on the back of a hill until it reaches the sky, it is a familiar sight …”.
We reach Grinzane Cavour with the famous regional wine bar set up in a church, and to the sacredness of wine we dedicate the last stop that takes us back to Barbaresco (271 m). Here we are again in Neive, on the hills described by Fenoglio and today famous for the Moscato, to be tasted in the regional wine shop housed in the seventeenth-century castle of Mango (521 m).