“So this country, where I was born, I believed for a long time that it was the whole world. Now that I’ve really seen the world and know that it’s made up of many small towns, I don’t know if I was so wrong as a boy…”
The Doglianese hills are the southernmost part of the western Langa. They are bordered by the Tanaro River to the west, bordering the Barolo production area to the north, and the Alta Langa to the south and east. Because of their border position and higher average altitude they have the privilege of a unique panorama, like a balcony overlooking the plain and the arc of the Alps on one side and the Langa del Barolo on the other.
In this part of the Langa, the lack of growth from the 1960s to the 1980s has preserved many sides of the past: from the character of the people, sometimes a bit diffident and reserved, to the cuisine, poor in raw materials, but very rich in quality and imagination.
We find in the villages of these hills festivals and fairs at many times of the year, celebrating products of agriculture and tradition: from the Cisrà (chickpea soup) to the Puciu (medlars), from the majestic Bue Grasso to the Tume di pecora (sheep’s cheese).
Any time of year is good to visit the Langa hills of Dogliano: in winter you will encounter an unusual landscape, with vineyards often covered by snow, sleepy villages that seem to be from another time, recipes with an ancient flavor: soups, bagne caode and chestnuts. In other seasons, triumphs of color, unique flavors and scents.
Deciding to spend a vacation in the Doglianese is a celebration of rediscovering the times, ways, tastes and sensations of another time.
You have to take your time to enjoy the landscapes that change at every turn, the alternation of vineyards and woods, the hills that slope down toward the Tanaro River that separates them from the plain, the arc of the Alps that serves as a majestic backdrop. Small villages towering over the hills, topped by towers or medieval castles, sometimes abandoned.