Alessandro Masnaghetti revolutionized our knowledge of Barolo with Barolo MGA, The Barolo Great Vineyard Encyclopedia. This now-classic book brought us out of the dark ages in terms of our knowledge and understanding of this greatest of Italian wines.
Barolo is a powerhouse wine in some communes but also more delicate in others (La Morra is the most delicate and Serralunga the most powerful). Recent technological and viticultural advances are remaking Barolo into a wine that is more consistent balanced. View the Barolo DOCG area on Google Maps. The database of the Italian wine. Prior to 2008, wine lovers could only dream of having maps to guide them through the complex web of vineyards in Barolo, Barbaresco and Tuscany. Such maps didn’t exist. But thanks Alessandro's tireless work, we now have a series of breathtakingly detailed maps to guide and inform us.
He followed with two more landmark works: Barbaresco MGA, The Barbaresco Great Vineyard Encyclopedia (published 2016) and Barolo MGA Vol. II: Vintages, Recent History, Rarities and Much More (published early 2018).
But the original Barolo MGA, The Barolo Great Vineyard Encyclopedia was arguably Alessandro’s greatest accomplishment, and the work that has done so much to elevate the world’s understanding of Barolo. As a compendium of what we know of the vineyards, growers and wines, it has become the go-to book for those of us with a passion for Barolo.
We sold nearly 1,000 copies in just the first year of publication. And we were sold sold out for nearly two years, turning down literally hundreds of further requests for copies. But in the meantime, Alessandro was hard at work on revised edition, which he released in 2019.
Even bigger and better than the original, it is a whopping 464 pages in length (56 more than the 1st edition). And not only have all the maps been updated for 2019, so have the listings of wines and wineries. Production figures are current as of the 2017 harvest.
by Diana Zahuranec
Strada del Barolo and the Great Wines of the Langhe
The hills, forests, and mountains of Piedmont are scattered with charming towns, each one with its unique history, local wine, and delicious cuisine. For a traveler, choosing where to begin or what your next destination is can be challenging. This is especially true because many villages retain an authentic aura of their nearly untouched state, which is exactly what many travelers seek – but it takes the towns off the visiting tourists radar. Luckily, for the wine traveler, Piedmont’s Wine Roads (Strade del Vino) are here to help allowing you to go on your very own Piedmont wine tour.
Barolo Wine Region Map
Over the past dozen years, local non-profit groups, wine consortia, and the Region of Piedmont have created exactly the right tool needed to help travelers navigate the vineyards, towns, and wineries of Piedmont. Piedmont’s Wine Roads connect these places with trails and roads to hike, bike, or drive. Of the dozen or so Strade del Vino, one of the most well-known is the Strada del Baroloe Grandi Vini di Langa (Wine Road of Barolo and Great Wines of the Langhe).
Barolo in the distance – photo by Strada del Barolo
The Barolo Wine Road connects 18 different towns:
Alba, Barolo, Castiglione Falletto, Cherasco, Diano d’Alba, Dogliani, Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monchiero, Monforte d’Alba, Montelupo Albese, Novello, Roddi, Roddino, Rodello, Serralunga d’Alba, Sinio, and Verduno.
If you follow it by foot, start in any one of these towns and find the sign (Strada del Barolo, Strada dei Grandi Vini di Langa); it should be clearly visible. If not, stop by the local Tourism Office and ask them to point the way. The trails pass through vineyards, wineries, and towns, presenting this UNESCO territory in its best light. Telugu tv serials actress hot navel photos.
Keep an eye out for the wines produced in this famed viticultural region. The most famous are Barbera, Nebbiolo, and Barolo known as the “King of Wines”. But, don’t miss out on the lesser-known bottles, often of good quality, from native grapes and hard to find beyond Piedmont’s borders: Verduno Pelaverga, Langhe Favorita, the little-known Nascetta, and Arneis.
Still, 18 towns is a lot to choose from! Whichever you pick, leave your anxieties behind; every town will delight you with historical sites, beautiful architecture, fantastic dining options, excellent wines, and the hospitality of locals. You’re in Piedmont, after all.
Here are suggestions for destinations that stand out along one of Piedmont’s Wine Roads, the Strada del Barolo e Grandi Vini di Langa:
Barolo Vineyards Map
Walk up to the highest point of town to a grassy piazza and enjoy the great lookout. If you stop by the bar (cafè) beforehand, located immediately before the piazza, buy a bottle of Verduno Pelaverga. This red wine is known for its strawberry and floral notes and an unexpected hit of white pepper. The round table in the lookout piazza was installed especially for tasting and viewing purposes.
This Barolo-producing town has several excellent gourmet specialty shops and inviting eateries serving Piedmontese cuisine. It also has a great view in Piazza Castello to admire the vineyard-covered hills: we suggest in the early morning to capture the mist or alternatively at sunset – simply breathtaking!
Barolo Castle and Wine Museum photo by langheroero.it
This is the capital of the noble wine of the same name, and it cannot be missed. A lot is squeezed into this one tiny town, including a Corkscrew Museum and, next to it, the majestic Barolo Castle that houses the Regional Enoteca and Barolo’s Wine Museum – WiMu.
Bonus: the single vineyards of Barolo wine producing areas are distinguished as menzioni, the Piedmontese term for “cru” – designating land that is unique terroir unto itself. Serious wine lovers will recognize the names of Ginestra, Cannubi, and Bussia, among others. Using the official maps, while walking along the Strada dei Vini in the Barolo zone it is possible to actually pinpoint which menzione your favorite wine comes from.
Find the pdf of the maps on Langhe Vini (“Le Menzioni Geographiche Aggiuntive”)
or the brand-new app is available on Apple and Android (called Barolo Official Map):
Like the Barolo zone, Diano has plots of vineyards representing unique terroir, only these are called sorì. Stop by Diano to taste wines in the Cantina Comunale, and enjoy choosing among 160 labels by 43 different producers.
Serralunga d’Alba castle photo by castellilangheroero.it
Barolo Wine Map Poster
This tall castle will catch your eye immediately. For an intriguing history lesson that ends in a 360° view over Barolo and Langhe territory, take the tour, available in English. If your guide is Massimiliano, you’re in for a treat! He knows his history and castle facts down pat and is a great storyteller.
Moving on to special culinary delights, try the snails of Cherasco, the white truffles in Alba, or Piedmontese specialties that can be found in any of these towns: fresh tajarin or agnolotti pasta, carne cruda (beef tartare), or a rich bunet (rich chocolate and amaretti pudding) for dessert …
….and that’s just the beginning!
Discover more about Piedmont’s wine roads and Piedmont wines here:
All photos by Diana Zahuranec
Barolo Wine Map Pdf
Diana Zahuranec is passionate about Piedmont’ wines and gastronomy and formerly wrote for Wine Pass Italy, a project to promote Piedmont’s wines.
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