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The Area

In June 2014 the Langhe region became a Unesco World Heritage site, the 50th in Italy out of 98 Unesco sites worldwide. This area, which is often referred to as “The vineyard landscape of Piemonte,” is the principal wine producing area in Italy.

The wine culture has helped to shape the landscape over many centuries giving it its unique appearance and outstanding beauty and is a fine example of nature and man working together in perfect harmony.

As a whole the Langhe region is widely unspoilt due to few industries and therefore little pollution, where hunting and shooting are banned in order to protect the wild species of the area.

We are located in the picturesque province of Cuneo, in a small village known as “Gorzegno.” The nearest town is a 10 minute drive to the old Roman town of “Cortemilia”.

“Cortemilia is known as ‘The Capital of hazelnuts’. Its locally produced hazelnuts are used in the famous ‘Ferrero’ chocolates as well as the ‘Nutella’ products.

The city of Alba is also renowned for its white truffles (hosting a yearly truffle festival). Its also well known for it’s wines and tipical local gastonomy.

The town of Pollenzo is famous for birthing the Slow food movement.

There is a long history of pilgrimage trails in the area and legend claims that the former Franciscan monastery in Cortemilia was built by St. Francis of Assisi.

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