Monferrato: the most hidden and authentical side of Piedmont
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.
Typical food and specialties
Fresh pasta: Agnolotti
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Barbera is the most representative grape and wine of this land. Cheap, easy to drink and juicy, since centuries it fills the glasses of Piemontesi. Three DOCG wines of the region are made by almost 100% of this grape: Barbera D’Asti, Nizza and Barbera del Monferrato Superiore.
Monferrato and Piemonte are also synonymous of Grappa. Grappa is made by using the leftovers from wine production and it is a distilled spirit similar to whiskey, vodka or brandy.
Traditionally iIt has always been considered as an excellent digestif but nowadays it is beginning to appear in cocktails and long drinks
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
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Alessandro says: “Sono particolarmente legato al Monferrato perchè la mia famiglia è originaria di questo territorio. Per me è la zona più autentica e selvaggia del Piemonte, conserva ancora la sua vera identità storica e culturale. Partecipate alle fiere e alle sagre dei piccoli paesi del Monferrato per vivere questo spirito!”