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Barolo & Barbaresco now UNESCO heritage sites

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Above: The vineyard-covered hills where Barolo and Barbaresco are made have been designated as a UNESCO Heritage site. Tony Vallone will be serving some of his favorite wines from the region tomorrow night.

It was announced over the weekend: the Langhe Hills, where Barolo and Barbaresco are made, are now official UNESCO Heritage sites (in case you’re not familiar with the UNESCO Heritage program, click here for the Wikipedia entry).

Here’s the UNESCO entry, which appeared last week on its website:

The Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato

Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato covers five distinct wine-growing areas with outstanding landscapes and the Castle of Cavour, an emblematic name both in the development of vineyards and in Italian history. It is located in the southern part of Piedmont, between the Po River and the Ligurian Appenines, and encompasses the whole range of technical and economic processes relating to the winegrowing and wine making that has characterized the region for centuries. Vine pollen has been found in the area dating from the 5th century BC, when Piedmont was a place of contact and trade between the Etruscans and the Celts; Etruscan and Celtic words, particularly wine-related ones, are still found in the local dialect. During the Roman Empire, Pliny the Elder mentions the Piedmont region as being one of the most favourable for growing vines in ancient Italy; Strabo mentions its barrels.

Tony will be pouring five of his favorite wines from the region tomorrow evening.

And Italian wine expert and Houston Press wine writer Jeremy Parzen, Ph.D. will be on hand to talk about the wines.

Limited availability



a four-course menu
celebrating the foods & wines of Piedmont
one of Italy’s great food meccas
$125 per person

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