Monferrato is characterized by gentle hills in the area of Lower Monferrato around San Damiano d’Asti and, further away, by steeper hills in the area of Nizza Monferrato, Canelli and Valle Belbo. It is well-known for its wine-growing history and the wonderful castles distributed in the territory.
Langhe has limestone hills which suggest “tongues” (in piedmontese “lenga”) and it is the reason for their name. Different from Monferrato, where the agriculture is quite varied, with vineyards, hazel groves and fruit trees, the region of Langhe is a tapestry of vineyards, which create a delightful, dreamy landscape, especially in the areas of Barolo, La Morra, Barbaresco and Novello.
Roero has hills with steep slopes, which characterise its amazing landscape. But it is mainly the land of great wines from the left bank of Tanaro. The sandy, friable, ochre-coloured soil is very suitable for the many grapevines growing, which become quality DOCG and DOC wines. The Roero area is well-known for the “Roche”, very steep limestone slopes with deep canyons. These hills are covered in grand, centuries-old woods, managed according to ancient and wise traditions. Important products such as the Roero chestnut and hazelnut come from these woods and the wine is ever-present.
Terre Alfieri is a narrower geographic area, at the boundary between Monferrato and Roero, where the production of quality wine is very important, with DOC such as “Terre Alfieri Nebbiolo” and “Terre Alfieri Arneis”. These lands are named such from the feudal family which in the past owned this area and from which were born famous politicians, men of letters and artists.