Monferrato: a mosaic of colour recognized by Unesco.
Exactly 3 years ago in Doha, Quatar, the wine-growing landscape of Monferrato, together with those of Langhe and Roero, became the 50th Italian sites acknowledged as Unesco World Heritage Sites. In the extension of hills from the lower Monferrato that stretches to the south, we find the 6 “core zones” of the site involving 3 provinces and 29 municipalities:
- Nizza Monferrato and the Barbera: one of Barbera d’Asti’s capitols. This is a small village at the crossroads of the south of Asti province, where Barbera vines are ever cultivated.
- The Monferrato of Infernot: the charm of these underground cellars carved into the rocks to preserve the wines.
- Canelli and the Asti Spumante: here the Italian spumante was born in beautiful wineries known as underground cathedrals a few km from Asti.
- The Barolo Langa
- The Castle of Grinzane Cavour
- The Barbaresco hills.
Unesco acknowledgment came at the end of a long, more than ten year process where the cultural value of the Piedmontese wine-growing region as well as the deep relationship between the man and the territory around emerged. Starting from the first witnesses of the 5th century A.C., the local population has molded the space around where the slopes embrace castles, hamlets, churches and cellars.
More precisely, the Commission affirmed its choice saying that the Piedmontese vine growers represent an important example of the interaction with surrounding nature, a real international benchmark for their ability to create the best possible adaptation between the vineyards and the climate characters.
Three of the Unesco core zones are in the Barbera d’Asti area, a confirmation of the relationship between our winemakers and the autoctone vineyards of Monferrato. These are cultivated on the back of the hills around the hamlets as Nizza Monferrato, and preserved in the Infernot, beautiful cellars carved by hand in the subsoil.
This region has a century of history where man could build the whole landscape around the vine, finding in it his source of livelihood. It’s thanks to the vine that the Monferrato hills have improved, coloring themselves of places and culture.
The Monferrato is mosaic of colors and tastes where the wine is the historical glue, of whom witnesses are lost in the centuries.