In the decades after World War II, life in rural southern Piedmont was tough, and many locals went to Argentina, the United States, or to work in the factories of Turin. But today, this Unesco-listed Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty “rivals the Chianti hills as a showcase for the good life,” Lee Marshall said in Conde Nast Traveler. One reason for the transformation was the rise of the local wine industry in the 1980s. Today, the Barolo and Barbaresco vineyards produce some of the “finest” red wines in Italy. The region’s gastronomic scene has followed suit: there are now 22 Michelin stars spread across 20 restaurants in the Alba countryside, and more recently tourist accommodation has also improved. The ‘stylish’ Relais San Maurizio Resort and Spa led the way when it opened in 2002, and last year saw two other major openings – the ‘alpine chic’ Casa di Langa and Nordelaia, ‘a boutique stay in a cool converted farmhouse “.
Alba is enchanting, with its “combative” skyline full of medieval towers and its abundance of “boutiques, wine bars and delis”. Nearby Bra is the headquarters of the Slow Food movement: it was founded here in the 1980s to “defend local food culture”. It has a lot of “flowery charm”. And for wine and art lovers, there’s plenty to see nearby, including Ceretto Winery (with a diaphanous, domed tasting room reminiscent of “a Bond villain’s lair” and a wayside chapel transformed into a colorful “site-specific installation.” became ” the artist Sol LeWitt and David Tremlett in 1999).
https://www.theweek.co.uk/arts-life/travel/956174/italy-food-travel-southern-piedmont Food and wine tours in Italy: live it in southern Piedmont