Grandi Langhe + Nebbiolo Prima 2017. The new programme
The Langhe region is welcoming wine professionals. To fully understand this famous wine region and its excellent wines, the third edition of Grandi Langhe DOCG is offering the press, operators and traders, three packed days – 2nd, 3rd and 4th April – following the tried and tested formula of the event. “It is a real wine tour of the Langhe, with lunches, dinners and organised trips,” explains Orlando Pecchenino, president of the Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani, which organises the biennial event together with the Consorzio del Roero and (from this year) the Albeisa Association.
An increasing number of participants
The number of wineries taking part has increased – almost 250 this year, each one bringing 3 wines to taste – and that’s not all. “In 2015 we recorded an attendance of about 300, but the turnout and interest shown by the sector for Grandi Langhe DOCG is growing with every edition,” Pecchenino continues. “Most of the professionals taking part in Grandi Langhe DOCG are from abroad, especially from Asia, the USA and Canada, but also from central and northern Europe. Foreign visitors make up about 70% of the total.” Click here to register
Grandi Langhe meets Nebbiolo Prima 2017
The great development with this third edition is the collaboration with the Albeisa association and its prominent event, Nebbiolo Prima 2017, which adds to the programme of Grandi Langhe DOCG. It is an agreement that aims to optimize resources, communication and visibility, to better meet the requirements of traders and the press. “We have also devised this new formula to lighten the workload and to give tasters more freedom,” says the president of Albeisa, Alberto Cordero di Montezemolo.
The vintages in preview
About 60 journalists will be taking part in the preview of the most recent vintages of Nebbiolo DOCG – Barolo 2013 and Riserva 2011, Barbaresco 2014 and Riserva 2012, Roero 2014 and Riserva 2013 – by invitation only. “It will be a very technical tasting, divided by designation, municipality and vineyard, where the 250 wineries taking part this year will present just one wine,” Cordero di Montezemolo points out. Nebbiolo Prima 2017 will take place in the morning at the Conference Centre in Alba. There will be the same wineries but with a different formula for Grandi Langhe DOCG: “In the afternoon the press can find out more about a type of wine or a winery by going to the tasting stand and talking directly to the producer,” explains the president of the Albeisa association.
Focus: wine and territory
The strength of this event lies in the combination of wine and territory. The three-day programme stops off in some of the most famous places of origin, among castles and historical houses where the producers will present their best DOCG wines. 2nd April is dedicated to tasting Barolo in the Municipality of La Morra and at the Castle of Barolo (see photo); then 4th April in Monforte d’Alba, with Dogliani DOCG and, at the Castle of Grinzane Cavour, Diano d’Alba DOCG.
The only white taking part
On 3rd April the wine to taste will be Barbaresco in Neive, while the recently-restored Castle of Guarene will host Roero and Roero Arneis producers, “the only white wine taking part in the event,” explains Francesco Monchiero, president of the Consorzio di tutela del Roero. “We are encouraging the wineries in the territory to bring both types for tasting. The common thinking is still that Langhe is only a region for producing red wines: we must put paid to this stereotype. And the market agrees with us.”
Photo: the Castle of Barolo