Country houses and properties for renovation, period houses, winegrowing estates and prestigious vineyards
Have you ever dreamed of working, living or simply spending a holiday in a place that’s really tailored to your needs? A place that looks immediately restful, a place that’s welcoming, where the food is delicious and you are surrounded by nature and culture, hills and mountains, woods and rivers and an array of colours that change dramatically from season to season. A place where, every you time you go away, you inevitably leave a little piece of your heart behind.
A place that you can seriously consider for the purchase of a country house, a property to renovate, or a country guesthouse, perhaps with annexed vineyards and working winegrowing estate, so you can make your own wine to offer you guests.
If you are thinking about it, our offer can go beyond your every expectation: not just simple properties to renovate, but also the sale of country houses that are ready to move into immediately, of fabulous period houses, country guesthouses and winegrowing estates that are already working or waiting to be launched, as well as perfectly productive prestigious vineyards: there’s a reason why we chose “Langhe” as our name, and it’s because we wanted to focus our efforts and specialise particularly on this area.
We’re talking about a place where people have lived for thousands of years, where man has made his home, maintaining and protecting its particular natural features.
We’re talking about a place that has recently earned itself a place on the UNESCO World Heritage List: 22 June 2014 – a memorable date for Langhe and Monferrato.
Following a lengthy procedure begun way back in 2003, the vineyard landscape of these well-known hill areas, along with the neighbouring Roero district, has become part of the World Heritage List. For the first time, UNESCO has acknowledged an Italian vineyard landscape as unique in the world, with exceptional rural and cultural qualities that make it worthy of recognition as world heritage.
The wonderful wine landscapes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato are the international pride and joy of Piedmont and have become UNESCO World Heritage as “…a remarkable living testimony to the historical winegrowing tradition, winemaking processes, a social and rural context, and an economic structure based on the culture of wine”.
Hills stretching as far as the eye can see, ancient villages and castles perched on the hilltops, a succession of gentle slopes cultivated with vines the rows of which create high-precision geometrical effects: these are the magnificent landscapes of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato. Splendid winegrowing areas of Piedmont which, with their landscapes moulded by the combined action of man and nature, form an outstanding example of human integration with the environment. They stretch endlessly to create a dynamic profile which changes with the changing of the seasons, and represent the exceptional quality of the Piedmontese landscape and its deep-rooted and lively wine culture.
Langhe-Roero and Monferrato form a vast hill area in Southern Piedmont, administratively shared by the provinces of Alessandria, Asti and Cuneo, protected in the South by the Maritime Alps – with peaks soaring above 2600 metres, like the Marguareis and the Mongioie), between the Rover Po, in the north, and its tributary, the Bormida, in the south-east, crossed by the other great tributary, the River Tanaro, which, due to its length, if not flow capacity, could have contested the Po for the “title” of main river.
Just scroll through the photos on our website to get an idea of the restful sensations that characterise the area, along with man’s hard work:
- ● a sense of relaxation immediately fills the soul and body when you see these rounded, gently rolling hills, scattered with country houses, properties to renovate, period houses and castles, perfectly integrated and in harmony with the landscape;
- ● the work is immediately visible in the tidy vineyards cultivated with internationally famous and highly prestigious grape varieties – Barolo, Nebbiolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto, Moscato and Barbera, to name but a few.
And then, on particularly clear days, the magnificent view of the Alps, to the south (the aforementioned Marguareis and Mongioie, standing over 2600 metres tall), west (the majestic Monviso, over 3800 metres), and north (the massif of Monte Rosa, over 4600 metres); and by night, an infinite starry sky, with no city lights to cause a disturbance.
Alba with its truffles, Barolo and Barbaresco with the prestigious wines that bear their name, Grinzane Cavour with its castle and its link with Camillo Benso Conte di Cavour, Head of the Piedmontese Government who, with king Vittorio Emanuele II of Savoy, was behind the Unification of Italy.
These are just some of the 29 municipalities included in the area proclaimed World Heritage, and of the 100 that make up the entire area, which can also boast very interesting Ancient Roman ruins in the town of Acqui Terme in Alto Monferrato. Then there’s Serralunga D’Alba castle, with its breath-taking view, and Sant’Evasio Cathedral in Casale Monferrato.
…and of course, the hospitality and excellent food and wine of Piedmont.
The names Langhe, Roero and Monferrato are synonymous with the culture of hospitality, superb food and outstanding wines: a symphony of flavours.
The king of Piedmontese gastronomy is the rare and precious Alba White Truffle. Then there are traditional antipasti such as “carne cruda all’albese” or “bagna caôda”, a strongly flavoured warm dip made with anchovies, garlic and oil, served with a wide selection of cooked and raw vegetables. These are followed by traditional pasta dishes, like tajarin and agnolotti, and the finest European rice. And by main courses featuring the internationally acclaimed Piedmontese Fassone beef, either roast or boiled. And last, but by no means least, the desserts, mostly made with chocolate and hazelnuts. The flavours of Piedmont are capable of satisfying even the most demanding palates.
Along with typical dishes, made with hundreds of protected, certified and guaranteed products, are Piedmont’s great wines, from Barolo, king of the 10 DOCG wines, through to Asti Spumante, king of international exports.
In Piedmont, a guest is a king, and the food and wine culture has produced authentic philosophies, such as the Slow Food movement, which, from near Alba, has literally conquered the world, and technical organisations like the University of Gastronomic Science in Pollenzo, internationally unique in the world of higher academic training.
Contact us now and we’ll take you on a journey through the incredible range of residential and business properties on our books.