After having told you about two of the culinary stages (Osteria La Bocca Buona @ Bra and La Bossolasca farmhouse @ Santo Stefano Belbo) and of our accommodation atAgriturismo Cà San Ponzio during the blog tour with Italy Different, discovering Langhe and Roero I think it is right to give some useful information for those who are in those areas and ... want to fill the time between a meal and a drink.
The first tip is to move. On foot, by bike, by motorbike or by car, as you prefer, but the important thing is to enjoy the "up-and-down" along hilly roads and paths that offer a glimpse or a different panorama at every meter, then which way better to dispose of the post binge fat based on "plin" ravioli? I have already told you about the routes organized by Cesare Pavese Foundation of Santo Stefano Belbo, these are precisely developed in the area near the town and I think it is an excellent thing to combine the relaxation of a walk with the pleasure of discovering something more about the Turin writer.
In these parts it is difficult to find something that completely disregards good food, in fact one of the events not to be missed is the Alba Earth Market, which occupies Piazza Pertinace every Saturday morning. Here you can find 0 km products, fruit and vegetables, jars of jam or sauces suitable for every dish, biscuits and the inevitable hazelnuts, cold cuts, goat cheeses, ostrich eggs and of course wine. Each counter is a discovery and you will find yourself spending hours here, the producers are very proud of everything they offer and for this reason they are always happy to explain and fulfill any curiosity.
In Barolo, on the other hand, a village that gives its name to the famous red wine, you can find two small "gems" not to be missed if you are in the area: WiMu, a very special wine museum designed by François Confino (the creator of the Turin Cinema Museum so to speak!), which occupies the rooms of the Falletti Castle, and the Corkscrew Museum, not far away, where a collection of 500 corkscrews of various shapes and sizes is exhibited, some of them really curious.
While we are talking about the town of Barolo, it seems right to point out a place to make some purchases to take home or even just to satisfy a bit of gluttony, at n. 46 in via Roma there is a very simple and spartan little shop where you can buy them traditional biscuits, fresh and delicious like those with Barolo Chinato, the Langhe biscuit, the brut ma bun and various other sweet and savory delicacies.
Finally, between Langhe and Roero you cannot refrain from tasting one of the many wineries in the area. We were lucky enough to be welcomed in the beautiful Cantine Ceretto in the Monsordo Bernardina Estate in Alba, after a visit walking among the barrels we were able to taste three cheeses accompanied by three wines, in front of a beautiful window overlooking the vineyards, which also overlooks the so-called "acino", a panoramic elevated point where you can sip a good glass of wine. In this winery you can do tastings and seminars from 15 €.