The white Alba Truffle

Truffle and Tajarin      copyright 2017, Clay McLachlan

Truffle and Tajarin    copyright 2017, Clay McLachlan

Truffles are the kings of local cuisine, whose character is that of an autumn cuisine. It has strong scents and intense tastes, that are easily matched with great wines. And, over all, truffles: a season’s smell.

In Alba it is traditionally eaten raw, sliced with an appropriate tool: it’s exquisite on hot food and light sauces; ideal with fonduta, tajarin and risotto; excellent over raw meat and mushroom salads. But gourmets love it also with simply cooked eggs.

Those are all dishes that let the gourmets taste all the truffle’s wonders; many have argued, therefore, about which is the beat kind of truffle: the smooth, regular one that grows in the Roero, or the knobbly, knotty one that grows in the Langhe.

A kind of cooking that deeply involves all the senses, also thanks to the much talked about aphrodisiac vortues of this mushroom. Truffles, those “cite pugnà ‘d bej seugn” (little handfuls of sweet dreams), are said to have been made to warm people up.




During the World Heritage Committee meeting in Doha, Qatar, in June, 2014, Langhe's Viticulture Landscapes were recognized as an integral part of the World Heritage, attributing the exceptional universal value to the Piedmontese cultural landscape.

The Langhe enrollment in the World Heritage List and recognized by UNESCO allows Piedmont to highlight the beauties, landscapes and historical and cultural values f the whole world.

The Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Franceschini expressed words of pride and praise for this important acknowledgment by the UNESCO Committee in creating new Italian sites on the World Heritage List; a recognition obtained from our wine landscapes as "an outstanding living testimony to the historical tradition of vine cultivation, winemaking processes, a social, rural environment and an economic fabric based on wine culture." A testimony to the profound link between the land, the constructed heritage of our settlements, and our agricultural activity that have transformed the landscape.  It is a unique landscape, a happy result of the thousand-year collaboration that man and nature have been able to undertake in this unique territory.

A result of the exceptional universal value that you see, feel and try.  Already this particular land does not hide its treasures and so everyone who decides to cross it will soon discover the peculiarities of this UNESCO site. The Langhe landscapes are in fact characterized by hills and castles, small towns clinging to these undulating waves of land and vineyards which are capable of producing some of the best wines in the world.  There is a long cultural tradition, linking people to wine for more than two-thousand years, that continues to characterize the life and choices of the communities that live here.  A land of strong traditions, capable of being a model for the future.


Link Siti Internet:
Centro del Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO:
Ufficio Patrimonio Mondiale UNESCO – MiBAC:
Commissione nazionale italiana UNESCO:
Associazione dei Paesaggi Vitivinicoli del Piemonte

Link alla notizia:
Regione Piemonte: I paesaggi vitivinicoli di Langhe-Roero e Monferrato sono Patrimonio dell'umanità