Langhe comes from the French langue, meaning tongue, referring to the hills which have round tops and look like huge tongues. Most of these hills are covered with vineyards since the soil is particularly suitable to grape growing.
The soil is made up of calcareous and clayey marls and this composition varies from one slope to another. This is the reason why each vineyard yields a unique wine.
All of the wines produced in Piedmont are either DOC or DOCG (Appellation of Controlled Origin, Appellation of Controlled and Guaranteed Origin).
Wineries are usually small-sized family-run businesses, which have been handed over from generation to generation in the same family.
In the Langhe there is a smaller area which is made up of eleven towns, the county of Barolo, to the right of the river Tanaro and the town of Alba covering 1715 hectares with 1163 registered wineries.
La Morra is the most important of these eleven towns – one third of the total yearly production of Barolo comes from here.
Morra 3-Barolo 4-Novello
5-Monforte d'Alba 6-Serralunga d'Alba
7-Castiglione Falletto 8-Diano d'Alba
9-Grinzane Cavour 10-Roddi 11-Cherasco