“Waves of beauty”: Sunday tribute to the wine villages of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato

“Waves of beauty”: Sunday tribute to the wine villages of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato

CORNER CHRONICLE – As a “specific Unesco site”, the Enoteca Regionale Piemontese Cavour is committed to giving content and keeping alive the attention to the recognition that on June 22, 2014 included the vineyard landscapes of the Langhe -Roero and Monferrato among the patrimonies of humanity.

Among the various initiatives, the Tribute stands out: “Langhe-Roero and Monferrato: Waves of beauty and cultivated geometries in landscapes and wine villages”, now in its 7th edition and scheduled for Sunday May 15 at 10:30 a.m. at the Château de Grinzane Cavour, headquarters of the Piedmontese Regional Wine Shop Cavour.

The tribute “Langhe-Roero and Monferrato: Waves of beauty and cultivated geometries in landscapes and wine-growing villages” aims to enhance the work and the architects behind the wine-growing beauty recognized as a World Heritage Site. Also to stimulate the positive feeling of emulation among the winegrowers, useful for reinforcing the tension towards respect for the landscape and towards beauty.

In this perspective, the slopes are rewarded and not the individual vineyards, to give the idea of ​​a beauty built by the work of several winegrowers; the mayors of the respective municipalities are also rewarded, to make local administrators aware of the challenges of landscape protection; the hilly slopes of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato indicated by the respective protection consortia are assigned. In its international section, the tribute honors the most beautiful or most significant wine-growing landscapes in the world. And, together with the winegrowers, he pays homage to the respective municipal administrations, to convey the idea that the agricultural landscape is a shared beauty, the result of the care of several hands.

The 1st edition of the Tribute (2014) was dedicated to all the winegrowers of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato to highlight that UNESCO recognition has rewarded a beauty and a civilization built over the centuries by generations and generations winegrowers and farmers. The 2nd edition (2015) nevertheless wanted to insist on the values ​​of the wine-growing civilization of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato, paying homage to the Argentine landscapes and the wine-growing villages of Mendoza, built by our ancestors who emigrated there between the end of 19th and early 20th centuries. The 3rd edition (2016) opened up to confrontation with one of the most mature and prestigious vineyards in the world: Burgundy, also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its Climats. The guests of the tribute were Aubert De Villaine (who as President brought the application of the Climats to the recognition of UNESCO) and Guillaume d’Angerville (current President of the Climats of UNESCO). The 4th edition (2017) hosted the UNESCO wine landscape of Hungarian Tòkaj, a territory of great historical traditions, recently reborn in ambition and quality after the dark years of massive Soviet domination. The tribute was dedicated to the hero of this revival, winemaker Istvan Szepsy, a true international legend for the tenacity, vision and force with which he brought Tòkaj wines back to imperial splendor and international limelight. . . The 5th edition (2018) paid tribute to GEORGIA, the cradle of viticulture and the civilization of wine in amphora (Qvevri), UNESCO cultural heritage since November 2013. Thanks to qualified interventions, on the one hand, the origins of viticulture have been traced (recent archaeological discoveries date the Georgian wine civilization to 8 thousand years ago), while on the other hand the most modern scientific studies on the genetic heritage of the vine and its applications in terms of culture and winemaking were illustrated. The guests were David Maghradze and Giorgi Samanishvili, guardians, academics and disseminators of the genetic heritage of Georgian vines at the NATIONAL WINE AGENCY OF GEORGIA. The 6th edition (2019) paid tribute to the landscapes and wine-growing civilization of the Moselle and the Palatinate. In particular, the wine-growing hillsides of Kastanienbusch in the municipality of Birkweiler for the Pfalz and those considered to be the most vertical in the world of Bremmer Calmont for the Moselle were given pride of place. The main authorities of the wine sector of the Moselle and the Palatinate were present at the event (Tina Kiefer-Hechtmann vice president of Pfalzwein).

The 7th edition, in line with dramatic news, wants to reflect on the values ​​and messages of a border viticulture that has known the absurdity of wars and devastation. The homage goes to Collio, a wonderful wine region straddling the Italian and Slovenian borders, full of medieval villages and green hills of vineyards, which produce excellent wines. The white berry grapes are born from the perfect combination of soil, sun and wind which over the millennia has given life to flysch or ponca, the soil made of marls and sandstone of Eocene origin rich in minerals whose taste is found, unequivocally, in the wines produced. The guest of the Tribute will be Damijan Podversic, soul and heart of a land as beautiful as it is tormented by history. A winegrower who, in the excellence of his wines, perfectly expresses the character of border viticulture: stubborn, united, marked by a sacred respect for Mother Earth.

But above all, the Tribute has a proud local soul, firmly rooted in the hills of Langhe-Roero and Monferrato and founded on the conviction that recognition by UNESCO is a starting point and not a definitive goal; it is the exclusive merit of those who work and govern these hills; it is a beautiful painting that needs an equally beautiful frame.

Hence the recognition of winegrowers and municipal administrations who together take care of the most beautiful wine-growing hillsides of Barolo (Ravera di Barolo and Novello), Barbaresco (Rabajà di Barbaresco), Roero (Valmaggiore di Vezza d’Alba) , from Moscato d’Asti (Sant’Antonio / Santa Libera di Canelli), Diano d’Alba (Sörì del Bric Majolica di Diano d’Alba), Nizza (Location Mandolone di Nizza Monferrato), Barbera d’Asti (Bricco delle Geese di Penango), Ruchè (Monterovere di Scurzolengo), Timorasso (Terre di Libarna Valborbera di Cantalupo Ligure) and Alta Langa (Cappelletto di Trezzo Tinella).

At the end, thanks will be given to the foreign workers who are responsible for taking care of our precious vines. A tribute that is meant to be a message of fraternity and a stimulus for better integration. The aperitif with the fine wines of Collio will be the occasion for an exchange of greetings and friendship.

“This event – comments robert bodritopresident of the Piedmontese Regional Oenotheque Cavour – it has been very successful because it rewards and encourages winemakers to take care of the landscape, recognizes the important contribution of foreign workers and allows us to compare ourselves to other excellent wineries in the world”.

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