Alba opens its spring season by reaffirming its top tier place in the Langhe’s capital of food culture and wine. In this Langhe city, which sits minutes away from great wine-producing cities like Barolo, Barbaresco, and La Morra, a series of extraordinary culinary and wine events, guided tours, and festivals will be held until the weather warms into summer.
Vinum, the most important wine event of the springtime in Piemonte, is definitely one to mark on your calendar. Several exhibitions will be carried on for several months, including one of the artist Pinot Gallizzio, in honor of the 50th anniversary of his passing in 1964; and the Ancient Egypt “Past in a Glass” exhibit, a fascinating historical trip in time through an oenological lens of perspective. As for guided tours, don’t miss out on the Alba Underground and more; if you’re looking for adventure, participate in the treasure hunt through the hills of Barolo; and for a scrumptious meal, the first days of July will be dedicated to Star Chefs in the Piazza.
Let’s take a closer look at the events of the season:
Alba gathers the vast viticultural production of the Langhe and Roero in one, single event that takes place over 8 days of festivals, tastings, workshops, and more from April 25-27 and May 1-4. Come to taste the great wines of the region and a huge, delicious selection of the best food the territory has to offer. The heart of the festival lies within Palazza Mostre e Congressi, which will have tastings every day from 11-8. But this year, for its 38th edition, Vinum will also expand to the rest of the city with several events and festivals, including Roero Arneis tasting in Piazza Garibaldi; Asti Spumante and Moscato d’Asti in Piazza Savone; and spumante metodo classic Alta Langa in several locations, available for purchase at a special price. And then there’s Street Food, cheese, hazelnuts and desserts made from it, and more. The workshops on Barbaresco and Barolo will be guided by Giancarlo Montaldo and Alessandro Masnaghetti in Palazzo Mostre e Congressi (3:00-6:00).
Entrance is free, but you may want to buy the ticket pack for €15 that includes:
- Wine glass and holder
- 10 wine tastings: 7 great reds of the Langhe and Roero, 2 whites of Piemonte, and 1 wine from Asti
- Discount of €2 on the aperitivi, which includes Alta Langa DOCG metodo classico
- Discount of €1 on entrance ticket to the exhibition "Wines of Ancient Egypt: The Past in a Glass"
- Discount of €1.50 for the film projection of "E fu sera e fu mattina" ("It was evening and it was morning") - Cine4 Citiplex Alba.
Or, you may want to consider buying the €7 wine tasting ticket for 5 (unspecified) wine tastings.
For members of: AIS, Go Wine, ONAV, Slow Food, ONAF, Barolo and Barbaresco Consortia, Alta Langa metodo classico, and Asti: show your membership card at the front desk for a €3 discount. Tickets and ticket packets available at the Palazzo Mostre, Congressi (in Piazza Medford), and Piazza Savona.
When: April 25-27 and May 1-4 from 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
For those who are passionate about local foods and supporting local farmers at km0, the Earth Market of Alba is held, in collaboration with Slow Food, in Piazza Pertinace (aka San Giovanni) in the center of Alba. We suggest you head over there early to get the choicest, freshest products.
April 25-27 and May 1-4
Piazza Elvio Pertinace, beginning at 11:00 am
Alba has never been more open to visitors wanting to explore on their own two feet. Alba Underground is a tour that takes visitors through the Ancient Roman ruins of the city, and promises to be a particularly interesting tour. Another one is May We Present Alba (April 6, May 4 and 17, June 15), a guided tour through the most historically important parts of the city; and Alba Panoramica, which takes tourists up to the Duomo belltower (April 25 and 27, May 4 and 11).
Alba Sotterranea (Alba Underground)
April 25-27 and May 1-4
When: 10:00 am and 3:00 pm (in case of high popularity, there will be another time offered)
Reservations are strongly advised: +39 339 7349949 - +39 342 6433395
April 25 and 27, May 4 and 11
When: 10:30 am and 3:00 pm
May We Present Alba
April 6, May 4 and 17, June 15
When: 11:00, 3:30, 5:00 (duration: 1h20m)
Price: €6 adults, €3 children, free up to 6 years of age
Tel. 3391014635 – 3491573506
Wine of Ancient Egypt: the past in a glass (Il vino nell’Antico Egitto. Il passato nel bicchiere) is an innovative archaeological display that tells the story of Ancient Egypt from antiquity to the Roman epoch through wine. The display, curated by Egyptologist Sabina Malgora, shows the strong connection that formed between ancient Egyptian culture from 2686 BC to the Italian peninsula, using wine as a lens for perspective. The theme is expanded upon in various aspects, including the cultivation of vines, the harvest, amphorae, vinification, aging, and even commercialization. The theme is also developed along a religious path, delving deeper into the significant symbols and its divinity in being connected by funerary arrangements and ceremony, as seen in the tomb of Nakht TT52 from the Theban necropolis Sheikh Abd el-Qurna.
Where: Church of S. Domenico, Alba – Cuneo
Date: March 22-May 19, 2014
Opening hours: Tues.-Fri. 2:30-6:30 (mornings open upon reservation) / Sat. 10-10, Sun. 10-7
Entire € 5 - Schools, over 70, under 14 € 4 – Under 6 free
If you have just a day to visit the Langhe, we suggest you take advantage of this tour: the Treasure Hunt is made for tourists here for a regrettably short amount of time. The association Turismo in Langa has created a tour that lets you explore the most beautiful places along the Barolo Road and the Great Wines of the Langhe Road. Each stop offers tastings and surprises especially created for wine and food lovers and their families.
Cost: €40 per car (min. 2, max. 5 per car) or €25 for motorcycle (min. 1, max. 2 people per motorcycle).
From June 6-8, a program focused on the aesthetics, consumption, products, territory, sustainability, art, and more of food and wine is planned. The schedule is as of yet undefined: we’ll keep you updated as the event draws near!
With all this great wine on the table, who are we to deny the pleasure of drinking artisanal beer? This festival is dedicated to artisanal beer from the Cuneo territory, and will take place July 3-6 at the Cortile della Maddalena in Alba, with tastings, workshops, and a mega TV screen to watch the World Cup in soccer.
Great starred chefs of the territory will return for this event again this year in the historical center of Alba, in collaboration with Go Wine, in Piazza Duomo July 6-7. Get ready for a delicious, top-quality, creative menu.
VINUM 2014 MAP
Translated by Diana Zahuranec