Beat the heat in the Langhe and Roero with the best pools hidden away in the rows of vineyards: Take a dip, revive your body and spirit, and indulge in some tasty treats
The climate of the Langhe and the Roero in the summer can reach blazing hot temperatures. It's the perfect weather for maturing grapes to turn rays of sunshine into bottles of wine, but it's decidedly muggy for visitors and inhabitants of the zone. There could be nothing better than a hideaway crystalline pool among the rows of vineyards. And here in the heart of wine country, don't expect sticky cocktails and stale potato chips served poolside, but wines and regional delicacies that will truly let you submerge yourself in the culture and cuisine of the area. The pools that we've chosen are all open to the public and set amongst the green vineyards of the Piemontese hills. Don't forget to call and reserve a spot if you plan swimming on the weekend, days when the relaxation and cool relief of a pool are especially sought after.
Ai Tardì - Diano d'Alba
This pool is situated on a terrace with a breathtaking view of the land stretching from the Langhe all the way to the Alps, if the day is clear. Other than the pool and postcard-perfect view, there is a good restaurant and hotel: the pool of the Tardì is part of a beautiful resort perched on the hill of Diano d'Alba, which is famous for its Dolcetto di Diano DOCG.
Wine Plus: The dining area has an amazing view with its expanse of large windows, and the nighttime illumination of the pool is beautiful.
Mon. - Fri. 10:00 am-7:00 pm / Sat. - Sun. 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Weekdays Adults €9.00 - Children €5.00
Weekends Adults €11.00 - Children €6.00
Via S. Sebastiano, 81- 12055 Diano d'Alba (CN)
Tel: +39 0173 69222
Tenuta Larenziana - Dogliani
The Pool of Tenuta Larenzania has been called an "oasis of relaxation" amid the vineyards and rolling green hills in the Barolo wine production zone. This azienda agricola has 36 spacious rooms, a restaurant, and an enoteca, or wine bar, for tasting local wines. Let the friendly staff take care of you while you leave your work behind for a day and relax with traditional food, a glass of wine, and the still, cool waters of Tenuta Larenziana's pool.
Wine Plus: Dine on traditional Piemontese food and enjoy a tasting of local wines in the in-house enoteca.
Every day from 9:00 am-7:00 pm
Adults €10.00 - Children €5.00
Borgata Piandeltroglio, 16 - 12063 Dogliani (CN)
Cascina Manzo - Dogliani
Take a dip in the basin of a valley where the hills and vineyards form a shallow bowl around the beautiful property and pool of Cascina Manzo in Dogliani. The farmhouse has recently been restructured, and today includes a restaurant with a varied selection of antipasto, first, and second Piemontese and seafood dishes, plus dessert. What caught our attention was the wood-fired pizza oven and list of over 150 different types of pizza! Just don't swim immediately after eating, Italian-style, the whole pizza.
Wine Plus: Surround yourself with nature - and pizza! - at this pool in Dogliani, with its restaurant and pizzeria offering 150 types of pizzas.
Sat. and Sun. 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Adults €10.00 - Children €5.00
B.ta Gombe, 28 - 12063 Dogliani (CN)
Hotel Victor - Narzole
Elegance and comfort, sports and nature: Hotel Narzole in the green hills of the Langhe has it all. Its large pool is set amid rows of vineyards not far from Alba and Barolo, the Castle of Novello and the vineyards of Barolo visible from the hotel. But don't just go for a swim; tennis courts and a soccer field are there for your entertainment, too! For those planning on pampering themselves for longer than a day, the hotel and its large restaurant offer comfortable rooms and high-quality, local food like Piemontese beef and homemade pasta.
Wine Plus: The large pool is perfect for cooling down after a tennis match or game of soccer
Every day from 10:00 am-7:00 pm
Weekdays Adults €9.50 - Children €7.00
Weekends Adults €13.50 - Children €10.00
Loc. Chiabotti, 10 - 12068 Narzole (CN)
Tel. +39 0173.776.345
Fattoria delle Vignole – Sommariva Perno
The Fattoria delle Vignole is an agriturismo, restaurant, and pool set in the green peace of the Roero just 15 km from Alba. The place has carved its own corner in nature in Sommariva Perno, its pool a fun curve of water in front of the farmhouse with its rooms and restaurant that serves Piemontese food and farmhouse products. Its Barbera and Arneis wines are produced on the property. Slides, sand, and games just two steps away from the pool make it easy for families to pass the whole day or more here.
Wine Plus: The Barbera and Arneis wines are produced directly on the property - true house wine!
Every day from 10:00 - midnight
Adults and children: €6.00 (€8.00 with beach umbrella)
Località Vignole, 8 - 12040 Sommariva Perno (CN)
Tel. +39 339.781.1134
La Madernassa Resort – Guarene
La Madernassa is an exclusive resort of charme immersed in the green hills of the Roero, famous for Arneis wine and, locally, the Madernassa Pear. In this splendid structure in nature, leave your daily to-do list behind and allow yourself one or two days of pure relax and comfort. Other than the pool with its basin made of stone, its wooden solarium, and lovely surrounding park, La Madernassa is also an osteria of high-level cuisine, perfect for tasting traditional Piemontese flavors.
Wine Plus: La Madernassa is an angle of pure relax and charme just 5 minutes from Alba with high quality cuisine.
Every day from 10:00 am-7:00 pm - Reservations required for the weekend
Weekdays €10.00 - Weekends €20.00
Località Lora, 2 - Guarene (CN)
Tel. +39 0173.611.716 - Cell: +39 335.143.0810
ZONE OF BAROLO
Le Ginestre - Monforte
When the sun starts beating down in Monforte d'Alba, the temperatures don't let up. In fact, the zone of Barolo is famous for its blazing summer heat that matures Nebbiolo grapes to make some of the world's most prized wine. Jump into this refreshing pool with a scenic panorama of vineyard-covered hills all around. In the trattoria, you have your pick whatever your tastes are, including fish, pizza, panini, and traditional Piemontese food.
Wine Plus: You might feel like you're in Palm Beach, but the drinks are better here.
Every day 9:30 am - 7:30 pm
Adults €9.00 (€12.00 with beach chair) – Children €6.00 (€9.00 with beach chair)
Via Ginestre, 2 -12065 - Monforte d' Alba (CN)
Tel. +39 0173 78684
Is there anything better than chilling in the pool between the leaves of the King of wines, gazing at the Barolo Castle in all its glory, and pitying the poor folks of the sweltering Alba plains who are sweating under the hot sun? We don't think so. The pool at the Hotel Brezza is a magic bowl of blue, still waters amidst the vines of Nebbiolo and the red roofs of Barolo.
Wine Plus: Coming out from the pool, head to the Regional Enoteca to taste wines from over 195 producers of Barolo.
Every day from 10:00 am - 19:00 pm. Reservations recommended during weekends and holidays
Weekdays Adults €10.00 - Children €6.00
Weekends Adults €12.00 - Children €8.00
Via Lomondo, 2 - 12060 Barolo (CN)
Tel. +39 348 6162821
www.hotelbarolo.it - info@ hotelbarolo.it
Langhe – Bergolo
Imagine yourself on the top of the hills of the Langhe in a farmhouse built entirely of stone, just a few kilometers from the hazelnut groves of Cortemilia and light years from the bottle-necked traffic of Alba. What else do you need? Take a dip in the pool, risen above its surroundings, and enjoy the refreshing waters and peace that will calm your daytime worries. We recommend stopping by the osteria, which serves great food and is open both lunch and dinner.
Wine Plus: Bergolo is a beautiful setting of forest and stone not to be missed.
Every day from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Loc. Valdea 1 – 12074 Bergolo (CN)
www.langhet.com - info.langhet.com
Tel. + 39 333 63.99.022
Pool Oasi – Bossolasco
Bossolasco is the door to the Alta Langa, the greenest and most wild part of Piemonte wine zones. Before being engulfed by the surrounding forest and the delicacies hidden within (you should definitely head over to Murazzano to taste the tume cheeses, and to Cortemilia for the delicate hazlenut cake), cool down in the waters of the Oasi - the Oasis. This pool is particularly recommended for blazing hot days, because the high altitude of Bossolasco makes the waters especially cool and refreshing.
Wine Plus: This pool regenerates your body and invigorates your mind.
Every day from 10:00 am - 6:30 pm
Weekdays: Adults €8.00 – Children €7.00
Weekends Adults €10.00 - Children €8.00
C.so Travaglio, 24 - 12060 Bossolasco (CN)