Appears in

Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

  • About

Langhe, plural of Langa, name given to the hills to the north and south of the city of Alba in the province of Cuneo in piemonte on the right bank of the River Tanaro. The soils, composed of clay marls, are the classic ones for the nebbiolo grape, and produce the Langhe’s most famous wines barolo and barbaresco, although they can also yield barbera, dolcetto, and moscato of excellent quality. The hills gradually rise to the south of Monforte d’Alba, creating a climatic limit to the cultivation of Nebbiolo, and to the south of Dogliani up to 600 m/1,970 ft. The area is increasingly important for the production of traditional method sparkling wines based on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir under the docg Alta Langa.