The Monferrato area, recently added to the Unesco World Heritage list, is a many-faceted territory. Amid the landscapes and products, little-known and precious treasures are just waiting to be discovered. The Monferrato area occupies a fertile triangle of terrain between Asti, Alessandria and its historical capital, Casale Monferrato.Vineyards fan out in all directions interspersed with castles and celebrated restaurants.
Asti is the Capital of Monferrato. In this historical city takes place the Palio of Asti, an exhilarating bare-back horse race dating back to the 13th Century, the most ancient in Italy features a splendid historical procession which winds through the historical town centre with more than 1200 people representing the districts and neighbourhoods over the medieval history of Asti.
In Monferrato are very typical the so called “infernot”: old, deep cellars dug several meters directly in a particular rock similar to the tuff. The original owners and builders of these wineries, although they did not have extensive knowledge of building or geology, were able to produce perfect works that are beautiful to visit.
The vineyard landscape of Monferrato, along with the “underground cathedrals” (the historical wine cellars) of Canelli, were recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage site
“One of the best ways to explore these rolling hills is with a nice horse ride!”
“A ride on the wild Monferrato’s roads between a winery and a farmhouse, go away from the inhabited centers, stop the car where you can and lose yourself in the little paths that lead you through the vineyards!”
“Find the right castle to sleep in, and forget the time spent with the inhabitants of the area enjoying the coolness of an infernòt (one of the local cellars dug into the rock or tuff) by drinking wine and eating bread and salami.”
“I’m particularly attached to Monferrato because my family is from this area. For me it is the most authentic and wild area of Piedmont, it still preserves its true historical and cultural identity. Take part in fairs and festivals in the small villages of Monferrato to experience this spirit! “