Places of Interest

Vinchio and Nizza Monferrato and Asti

Vinchio is situated in a region between Lange and Monferrato to the South of Asti, where the land is predominantly covered in beautifully manicured vineyards. There are many small farms here, which produce some of the best ‘Barbera’ wines of the region. Many deliver their grapes to the local community ‘Cantina’, where it is made into some award winning wines.

Some of their products have achieved Gold, Silver and Bronze medals from the ‘Decanter world wine awards’ e.g. Insynthesis, Vigne Vechie. The Cantina is open daily for tastings and every Saturday morning this is accompanied by a free breakfast of delicious cheese and salami. View the wines here. Vinchio is also famous for Asparagus, which grows in the national Park ‘Reserva della val Sarmassa’.

Nizza Monferrato is a charming small town, with some excellent shops selling delicious freshly made pasta, award winning meats and cheeses and a wide variety of wines (especially Barbera). There is a weekly market on a Friday morning and also an Antique market on the third Sunday of each month.

Asti is the home to the famous Palio (the oldest medieval horserace in Italy), which takes place during the 3rd week in September. This area is world famous for its high quality white wines, especially Cortese, Piemonte Chardonnay, Moscato di Asti and, of course, Asti Spumante DOCG. It also hosts the international wine festival Douja d’or. The area around Asti is also renowned for its cheeses, such as the robiola of Roccaverano and Robiola di Cocconato. The typical dishes of the territory are agnolotti, Monferrato-style potato gnocchi, ciotola di trifulau (cheese fondue with polenta with a sprinkling of truffles), Piedmont-style boiled meats, and, of course, bagna cauda. The local desserts include amaretti (amond macaroons) from Mombaruzzo, canestrelli and hazelnut cakes.