A Rose for a Vineyard

The Piedmont areas of The Langhe, Roero and Monferrato are famous wine growing areas. Any wine producer will tell you the wine is not made in the cantina but in the vineyards, it is of course, the most valuable part of the process.

Something you will notice almost immediately when travelling through these regions is that many of the vineyards, whether they are Monferrato Dolcetto, Barolo Nebbiolo or Moscato have the occasional rose bush at the end of a row of vines, usually close to the road. What are they for? In memory of a much missed owner or vinedresser? No, a nice thought, but their purpose is far more functional. Think of the canary in the coal mine. Before modern technology, the only way coal miners knew if deadly gases were building up was to have with them a canary in a cage - if the bird died they knew they had to move fast and get out. The rose has a similar function for the vines. Disease is not uncommon and roses are far more sensitive to disease than vines so the rose is watched carefully. The first sign of illness in the flower and the vineyard owner can move quick to try to remedy the situation before the vines suffer.

The vineyards represent a huge investment of work and care and it is the humble rose that keeps watch over their health!

Richard Edwards of Langhe Property (Piemonte Property) Italy
Property consultant

Richard Edwards

+39 346 1214077

I was born in London with a family line from all over the place, including Italy. I've been married to Urszula for 25 years. We met purely by accident at the Berlin wall in 1990, six months after it came down. I established Piemonte Property 11 years ago, then, when Alex joined, we renamed our agency Langhe Property.

I've been working in local real estate since 2006, have a vast experience in the market and the area so can help you with every twist and turn.

We'll take you viewing and will help with whatever you need for your trip and beyond.

It's also my job to update the website, find and photograph houses and find solutions for you.

Interests: Cars and motorcycles and Vespas, visiting wine producers, playing guitar, travelling and walking our white Golden Retriever, George.


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Langhe villa with incredible view

Langhe villa with stunning views

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