A road along which wine dek discover the riches of the Monferrato: prestigious wines, a unique gastronomic tradition and a hospitality cured. Many are the paths proposed extending between Castles and Historic buildings “stroking” a unique and varied territory It deserves a careful and extensive consultation.
The Monferrato, hilly and mountainous land of the border between Piedmont and Liguria, It was crossed by history and has gathered the testimonies. The visitor curious and attentive offers many typical products, the most famous wines to small undiscovered specialties, a collection of different landscapes that love nature lovers, a high concentration of Castles and other historic buildings, a friendly and peaceful environment for a holiday or a short stay, many curious culture appointments, folklore, gastronomy, music, reenactment and oenology.
The strada del vino del Monferrato embraces four regions, each with its own characteristics, both productive and cultural geographic.
From Southwest clockwise are:
The Acqui Terme (from the town of Acqui Terme), characterized by numerous vineyards of Muscat and Brachetto, mainly North of the river Bormida, and tradition of cheese South, towards the Apennines; the historical roots of thermalism, still of the highest quality, are visible in the large number of historical relics of the Roman period.
To the South is the area Ovada (from Ovada), characterized by high hills, from many castles in the Middle Ages, from the vineyards of the Dolcetto They also give rise to extraordinary and scented grappas and chestnut woods on the slopes that, the southern borders, go up to the mountains.
Continuing eastwards to meet the Novi and Gavi, a very gentle hills of vineyards and Woods, crossed by the river Lemme and glamorized by the presence of the typical handicraft production and confectionery Gavi DOCG, the most famous Piedmontese dry white wine made from the grape variety Cortese.
Continuing northward through the plains of Tanaro and recapture the Hill amidst the vineyards of the Casalese, the boundaries of the Northeast is Casale Monferrato, baroque city and ancient capital of Monferrato.
The Casalese It is also known as Basso Monferrato (While the Alto Monferrato Acquese includes and Ovada) for the lower height of the hills, they are large and rounded: from here the mountains are farther away and the stages of hills on the southern bank of the Po River, that touches the Northern Territory: the last hills, some garnish of magnificent castles, You can admire the sinuous course of the river between poplar plantations and, over, the plain and the rice paddies of the vercellese. The Casalese region is characterized by a slightly warmer climate, for a landscape of particular sweetness and produces great red wines: Barbera d'Asti and Monferrato, Grignolino Monferrato Casalese, Monferrato Freisa.
When is a road in the crest of the Hill or mountain, the landscape changes often and opens up new visions; also the network of roads linking the countries of the region may suggest non-strenuous walks and relaxing; the distances between the various castles and historic villages are short and can stimulate appetite for those who want to learn about the numerous dining venues, Marquess of Montferrat.