Casa Da Cristina
Holiday House @ La Morra
Piëmonte - Italia
"The vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato" used to produce Barolo and Barbaresco DOCG wines in Italy's Piedmont region have been granted UNESCO World Heritage status in June 2014.
The hills of La Morra are situated in the heart of the Langhe, in a wonderful position: five hundred meters above sea level, with the view sweeping over the plains of Cuneo and Turin as far as the beautiful landscape of the Alps, from the Maritimes to the Monviso.
To have the most beautiful view of the amphiteater of the Barolo vineyards, you need to come to La Morra.
Between 30 and 35 procent of all Barolo wines -one of the best wines in the world, the king of the wines and the wines of the kings- are produced in La Morra, one of the 11 villages that can produce Barolo with 86 producers of Barolo wines. A long lived wine, with excellent structure which pairs well with main courses of red meat and cheeses. It's made from the Nebbiolo vine species, which is cultivated in a limited zone.
The other wines coming from the Nebbiolo vine are the Nebbiolo d'Alba DOCG and the Langhe Nebbiolo, which particularly enhance second courses. The amply favoured Barbera d'Alba is excellent with tajarin and agnelotti pastas. The dolcetto d'Alba is a young wine with goes well with a whole meal. Completing the range there is the sparkling or rosato Langhe Freisa and the Verduno Pelaverga.
Among the white wines the Langhe chardonnay stands out. Behalve of this many producers can present you their excellent white moscato d'Asti, favorita, cortese, nascetta and arneis. Others possess also vineyards in the region of Barbaresco and Monferrato. New is the Moscato d'Asti dry. Excellent are the Alta Langhe metodo classico e Alta Roero metodo classico, delicious sparkling wines of high quality.
Very special is the Barolo Chinato, an aromatic Barolo-based liqueur, locally produced since around the end of the 19th Century. It is prepared using aged Barolo into which are infused the aromatic bark of the China Calissaya tree, together with various flowers found only in the Piedmontese Alpine area. It is a fortified wine for sipping in a meditative way, together with sweets or chocolate. Finally let's not forget the wide product range of Grappa's, a distillation of the local wine grape varieties.
In automn all producers present their wines at the weekly degustation sessions on Saturday at the Cantine Comunale.
La Morra is the ideal starting place for walking, biking or motor tourism.
There are 7 walking trails starting in La Morra.
For example the 'La Morra - Barolo Trail' winds for 11,5 km around the village, among the most famous and historic Barolo vineyards and crus. It can be covered either by foot or on mountain bike.
You can bring your own bikes or you can rent (e)bikes at the local renting station.
The Langhe Region boasts an important gastronomic tradition. It has roots in both the peasant and bourgeoisie ways of life. The meeting of these two worlds has led to the excellent cuisine that we know today. The ingredients for typical Langhe dishes come mostly from the hills and the surrounding lands, nevertheless ingredients coming from the Aosta Valley and Liguria also have great importance. Thanks to this geographic blending the great traditional recipes were created, including 'Bagna Caoda', made from a base of garlic and anchovies and Fondue made with Fontina cheese.
Another product of excellence is the white truffle of Alba. The men who search for these precious mushrooms are called 'Trifolau'. They explore the countryside by night with their dogs. White truffles are served with fried eggs, on the local 'tajarin'' pasta or 'vitello crudo battuto al coltello', veal tartar. During the international truffle fair in Alba in October and November people of all over the world visit the region to savor and buy the white truffle or the cheaper black truffle that are found also during the summer.
Other specialities range from hors d'oeuvre to desserts : "vitello tonnato", veal with tuna sauce, "lingua in salza", tongue with sauce, "acciughe al verde", anchovies al verde,"trippa in umido", stewed tripe,'agnoletti del plin" -pasta named for the way they are closed with a pinch-, "bollito misto con salse" -mixed boiled meat with sauce-, "brasato al Barolo" -breased meat with Barolo-,"lepre in civet" -wild hare in civet-, "fagiano in salmi, jugged pheasant.....
To finish, delicious desserts : hazelnut cake, stuffed peaches,"bonet", "panna cotta" -cooked cream-,"timballo di pere Martino", pears. At the conclusion of a delicious meal a glass of Barolo Chinato is suggested.
The great cheeses also deserve mentioning. They are classified DOP (denominazione d'origine protetta) and there are eight of them: Castelmagno, Raschera, Bra, Murazzano, Toma piemontese, Robiola di Roccaverano, Gorgonzola and Grana Padano. In addition, the Piedmont is rich in many other types of cheeses; among them the Robiola and the Toma di Langa.
Among the Langa products we can't forget the "tonda gentile", hazelnut, classified since 1993 as IGP (Indicazione Geografica Protetta) under the name Piedmont hazelnut. It is a main ingredient in numerous confections, like the "Baci di Cherasco", chocolates filled with hazelnuts.
Cherasco, a beautiful little town nearby is famous also for the "lumache",escargots.
Bra on the other hand is the cradle of the "Slow Food Motion" and has its "Universita del Gusto",university of gastronomy.
It's not difficult to find a good restaurant in Piedmont. It has at this moment 40 Michelin star restaurants, 7 nearby La Morra, but there are plenty of other "ristoranti","trattorie","osterie" where the regional specialities are served accompanied with excellent wines.
The village, La Morra, has a grocery, 3 bakeries, 2 caterers, a butcher, several wine shops, the 'cantina comunale' and of course a large collection of wine cellars. There is the little monday morning market and during the weekends there is a small market of regional products (cheese, truffles, nuts, honey...) nearby the tourist office.
In the nearby cities (Alba, Bra..) and their surroundings you find large supermarkets where you find everything you need. Their weekly markets are bigger and give you a large assortment of beverage and clothes.
Alba, Bra, Cuneo,Mondovi and of course Turin and Milan are great places tot spend some shopping time.
If you prefer Outlet then there is Mondovicino and the new Torino Outlet village.
Keep an eye on the events calender for special markets of wine, cheese, gastronomy, art and antiques markets... all over the region
Many golfers from Northern Europe have already found the many attractive and challenging golf courses in Piedmont where there are more than 30 golf clubs.
Golf in Piedmont is an experience as the golf courses are built in lovely surroundings overlooking the beautiful area.
For example nearby (7 km) you can find the prestige
'Golf Club Cherasco' with 18 holes, a beautiful club house, an excellent restaurant and even an outside swimming pool that can be used after your golfing activities.
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