Here we are in Barolo, the capital of the exquisite “wine of kings” appreciated all over the world that made the history of Langhe and Piedmont.

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In Italy it is often said that good things come in small packages (in Italian, literally small barrels contain good wine), just as in the smallest villages you can discover the most beautiful and fascinating stories that define the soul of our culture. Leave with us: today we will take you discovering Barolo, a small town inhabited just by a few hundred people in the heart of Langhe where originated the legendary red wine which is appreciated worldwide as the wine of kings, a real excellence produced only in this region within the hills of Piedmont acknowledged as a World Heritage Site for its extraordinary culture related to this red gold made from Nebbiolo grapes.

If you want to sip a glass of the fabulous wine of kings, perhaps in the shadow of a majestic and elegant castle full of history that stands out over the green landscape of the hills and vineyards of Langhe, you definitely must visit Barolo. Find out how to easily reach this enchanting village during your trip to Piedmont starting from Turin: read carefully until the end, we have thought of some ideas to make your trip a fantastic experience!

Barolo and its wine of kings that made history of Langhe and Piedmont

Barolo Langhe Piedmont

Welcome to Barolo, in the province of Cuneo, where with every sip of the precious wine of kings the wonder of Italian food and wine tradition is preserved and enclosed within a magical historical setting in Langhe’s panorama. The fascinating history of Barolo is firmly intertwined with the renowned Falletti family, among the most noble in Piedmont, which around the middle of the thirteenth century became the owner of the local castle and large lands around this picturesque village, immediately identifying the potential of the Nebbiolo grapes grown in these hills for the production of high quality wines. But the history of the wine of kings, in reality, originate much more recently, precisely in the mid-nineteenth century.

It was Marchioness Giulia Falletti (original name Juliette Colbert de Maulévrier), wife of the last Marquis of Barolo, Carlo Tancredi, who played a crucial role in shaping the future of a real brand of excellence in the wine sector. Her deep knowledge in the wine field and her determination in creating a fine variety of wines produced in the territory led to the introduction of innovative winemaking methods with the construction of underground cellars, perfect for letting the wine age in a controlled way with an ideal environment. The outcome is an elegant wine of exceptional quality and characterized by specific characteristics: garnet red color with orange reflections, intense and complex scent that mixes fruity, floral and spicy notes, full-bodied, enveloping and balanced taste.

In 1864, upon the Marquise's death, the denomination we all know was officially associated with this extraordinary quality of wine in her memory. Barolo wine soon became a symbol of wines excellence, acquiring an important and prestigious following, so much that it was even nicknamed the wine of kings: and it’s not absolutely a coincidence, given that the first and most famous admirer of this red gold from the Langhe was king Carlo Alberto of Savoy, followed by other famous names of nineteenth century politics like his successor Vittorio Emanuele II, Camillo Benso of Cavour and even Napoleon III of France.

How to purchase your Barolo wine bottle

Barolo wine of kings

On left, Barolo's glasses on the fascinating background of Falletti Castle; on right, a bunch of Nebbiolo grapes.

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Falletti Castle and WiMu, the museum dedicated to Barolo’s wine of kings

Falletti Castle WiMu Barolo wine museum

Let's moving on in our journey to discover Barolo, finally getting to the heart of its most beautiful attractions. Naturally, the choice can only be the majestic Falletti Castle, an ancient bulwark and symbol of this beautiful village in the Langhe. A place with a unique and unmistakable charm, where every single brick tells to tourists about the greatness of its history and of the persons who have lived here, among which the figure of the scholar Silvio Pellico stands out, one of the most iconic authors of Italian Romanticism and curator of the internal library. The building, which houses the Barolo Regional Wine Cellar into its historical cellars, is also part of the projects called Castelli Doc and Castelli Aperti, very interesting cultural initiatives promoted by the Piedmont region and its provinces to enhance its enormous artistic, literary and historical heritage.

Falletti Castle also houses the WiMu, the Barolo museum dedicated to the wine of kings, one of the most important and innovative of its kind. The museum is made up of 25 rooms on multiple levels full of engaging and interactive exhibitions that bring to light the bond connecting art and science that has always characterized enology, obviously with a focus on the flagship of local wine production. The museum is also issued with multimedia technologies that allow new generations of enthusiasts to discover and approach the culture of wine, a pillar of the culture, history and economy of Piedmont. Falletti Castle and WiMu represent one of the most evocative locations to explore the taste of wine tours in Italy: an experience that celebrates Barolo as a wine and above all as the territorial heritage of Langhe.

Corkscrew museum in Barolo

Corkscrew museum Barolo

If you haven't had enough of talking, seeing (and drinking) wine yet, we suggest you also drop by the curious corkscrew museum in Barolo, housed inside of an ancient cellar just outside the Falletti Castle. In this exhibition space you will be able to discover all the secrets of one of the most iconic tools in the world of wine by admiring a collection of 500 samples made starting from the seventeenth century: a real dive into the most authentic history of Barolo and the Langhe region.

The colourful Barolo chapel

Colourful Barolo chapel

Have you ever seen such a small and colorful church? Then don't miss the opportunity to see by yourself the weird and suggestive Barolo (or Brunate) chapel just north of the burg of Barolo, in a rural area halfway to La Morra. This building, originally conceived as a place of worship but never consecrated, was recovered in 1999 transforming it into a real masterpiece of modern art thanks to the work of the artists Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett: not surprisingly, today this unusual place in the landscape of Langhe attracts many tourists curious to visit it and, above all, take the coolest picture to post on Instagram! Are you looking for more adventures to experience in Piedmont? Check them out here!

Beef braised in Barolo wine: check out this Langhe’s delicacy

Beef braised in Barolo wine

Perhaps the time has come to eat something, maybe by visiting one of the best restaurants in Piedmont. And what could be better than the local specialty par excellence? We are obviously talking about beef braised in Barolo wine, a traditional dish that combines the richness of braised meat and the delicacy of the wine of kings.

Prepared exclusively with beef meat, the braised is cooked over low heat for many hours marinating in an aromatic sauce that intesifies the notes of the wine of kings by mixing with the juices released by the meat and vegetables and by adding the finest spices: perfect for making the meat tender and succulent, with a depth of flavor bestowed by its majesty, Barolo. The dish is usually accompanied by mashed potatoes or polenta, but also fresh vegetables for a lighter variant.

How to get to Barolo from Turin: check out itineraries in Piedmont

How to get to Barolo from Turin

If you are traveling to Piedmont and want to visit this hidden gem in Langhe, surely Turin is the perfect starting point for getting around by car - while enjoying the fantastic scenery! The travel itinerary by car is comfortable and fast, lasting one hour for about 70km drive south along the A6 highway towards Savona; it is then necessary to take the A33 Asti-Cuneo highway at the Marene exit, then proceeding on the SP12 and SP3 following the indications to reach the town of Barolo.

Are you planning to stop for a while in Turin and its surroundings? Discover our ideas to better enjoy the Piedmontese capital in just three days or even in a weekend. And don't forget the most beautiful attractions of the city, book them easily with us:

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