Where to Stay, Eat, and Shop in Piemonte (updated)

Piemonte is located two hours by car southwest of Milano, a one hour drive from Torino, and only slightly more than three hours from Geneva International Airports, making it very accessible.

Hotels

Corte Gondina. Located in La Morra you’ll look long and hard to find a more perfect “basecamp” for a wine trip. Bruno Viberti, his wife, and the staff will probably become your friends for life. www.cortegondina.it

Literally on the top of the hill in Monforte d’Alba, Villa Beccaris offers a great atmosphere. Supreme views, exquisite grounds, and immaculate service. www.villabeccaris.it/

Still in Monforte d’Alba, Le Case della Saracca, you’ll get modern comfort in the medieval part of the village. Open log fire places and candle lights wherever you go, means you have to book early to get one of the (only) 6 rooms.

(new)  A winery basically, with some very modern rooms, the Art Suites – Rocche Costemagna.  But, it is the view that makes you want to stay here. All of the Langhe, right in front of you.

Eat

Piemontese are as passionate about their food, as they are about their wines. It’s hard to go wrong choosing between the many Osterias, Trattorias, and Ristorante, but as everywhere else some are just that little much better than the others. Remember to book table(s), as they tend to fill up quickly.

(new)  I’ll put the new ones up top here.  Not because they are necessarily better than those below, but they are definitely worth your attention.  More e Macine is to Piemonte what Babbo is to New York City.  It for nothing else, go for the tiramisu (and some would say, the panna cotta).

Serralunga, home of Vigna Rionda and other great vineyards, is also home to Centro Storico.  Perhaps the best mature Champagne list east of Champagne, and in general a cool place to go for both lunch and dinner.

Osteria del Vignaiolo, 0173 50335, in Santa Maria, great little osteria , local food, attentive staff, deep wine list. It’s as typical of a Piemonte Osteria as can be, and ranks up there with the best.

Nearby, down the hill from La Morra, you’ll find a wine lover favorite, Ristorante Bovio (+39 173 590303) Eat outside on the terrace, or inside in elegant atmosphere. Go here for a culinary experience of Piemontese cuisine but remember to work out the next day as the courses are many and the portions in line with Piemontese hospitality.

Ristorante le Torri, (+39 173 62849) is a traditional and elegant restaurant with beautiful view on the hills of Castiglione Falletto. They have a great selection of wines from Castiglione Falletto’s producers, and if you like what you taste, you are stone throw from some of the best wineries in the world.

Located in the medieval historic part of Monforte d’Alba, Osteria la Saracca, (+39 173 78922), the architecture and ambience of the wine bar/restaurant is much like the hotel (above), which is to say, amazing.

A personal favorite is Ristorante Fior di Sale. Located in Dogliani, it is hard to find, but impossible to forget. A modern taste of tradition, from cooks seeking perfection.

Staying on modern, Osteria la libera, 0173 293155, in Alba city center, is modern styled interior, with traditional and local grub.  If you have heard rumors regarding their demise, do not believe them.

If Michelin guides your palate, there’s enough to go around, with Risorante Tornavento (+39 173 638352) in Treiso (unbeatable location), Ristorante all’Enoteca (+39 173 9595857) in Canale, and Ristorante Locanda nel Borgo Antico, (+39 173 56355) serving local cuisine in the center of Nebbiolo-land, the town of Barolo.

Shop

Most wineries have a stack of their own wines for you to buy after the tasting/tour. If not, most wines are available at the local village Cantinas (e.g. Cantina Communale La Morra), at more or less same price as the wineries. Multiple wine shops also exist, in most towns, with the Enoteca Fracchia & Berchialla a good bet for finding the best of the Langhe wines.

Do

Hug the cedar tree (for everlasting love)  http://bit.ly/11W8Xeu

Visit the Chapel (not so much religious as it is art – and wine)  http://bit.ly/15a32qX

La Morra

 

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