The Roero - Piedmont’s hidden gem
The Langhe. Everyone that knows Piedmont knows all about the Langhe. It has the best wines in the world, incredible food that doesn’t cost the Earth, the local people are welcoming and friendly and it’s not overrun with tourists.
But then there’s a little part not so far away from the famous towns of Barolo and Alba called the Roero, or the Roero-Langhe. It was formed about 40 years ago and was previously part of the Monferrato. It’s not a big area, it stretches from Alba up to Montà d’Alba and includes towns such as Vezza, Monteu Roero, Canale, Sommeriva and Bra. If you overlook this area you’re missing something amazing. I live in the Roero, so I know.
First of all, don’t overlook the wines of this beautiful little place. Visit Casetta in Vezza d’Alba. No one gives you such generous tasters and the hard-working owner will happily join in with you. Most of the other producers charge €10-€15 per person now so check first. Personally, I wont pay to try a wine and feel obliged to buy it. Also, try Maccagno in Canale d'Alba - the best Barbera we've tasted!
Be sure to mention us as you visit these great wineries!
Then there are plenty of great places to eat. Try Canale. It has several great restaurants or just over the Roero border is the Garibaldi in Cisterna d’Asti. The food is amazing. The area is famous for honey, peaches and hazelnuts. Every year in Canale there’s a weekend festival dedicated just to the delicious peaches they grow in the area.
Now there’s the landscape to explore. Running right through the Roero is Le Rocche. This is an ancient valley cut by the sea that once covered the area. Vineyard workers are always finding sea shells in the vines! (Negro has a nice collection). It’s a beautiful place to walk and explore.
What about buying a house here?
Well, you options are limited. Most houses are joined with neighbours so it’s hard to find independent homes. But they do come up. Also, vineyards are very sought-after and any that do sell are snapped up very quickly as local people realise this area is only going to increase in value.
Here are links to a couple of properties we have at the moment:
What about the future? Well, tourism is growing rapidly. La Stampa reported last week that the area is working hard to further promote tourism. Accommodation businesses are doing very well and the area is getting 30,000 visitors a year and this is increasing.
So, the next time you visit Piedmont be sure to put the Roero on your itinerary!