All wine roads lead to Neive

Paesaggio del Comune di  Neive (CN)

Neive is a small village among the most beautiful in Italy, located in the Cuneo district at the crossroads of the Langhe main wine routes. Gentle rolling hills covered with vineyards and mansions that house the wineries in the area, are the setting for this postcard jewel.

To admire all of its charm, climb to the highest point in the old town for a beautiful view of the surrounding vineyards. The old town is ring-wrapped around the ancient castle of Neive, of which only a square tower is left today. During the Middle Ages some Benedictine monks settled near the castle and built the monastery of Santa Maria del Piano. Still today Neive hosts its Romanesque tower and the adjacent sacristy.

You will read Neive’s medieval plant through elegant brick buildings, cobblestone streets and red-roofed houses. But the town core is Piazza Italia, an eighteenth-century drawing room dominated by a white building with arches, pilasters and the flashy coat of arms under the clock: that’s the Town Hall.

Something else you should see in Neive is the oldest house in the village, Casa Cotto, which dates from the thirteenth century. It once was a stronghold belonging to a wealthy family of bankers. Today it still has valuable ceilings, fireplaces and antique roman bricks that were discovered during the restoration of the archivolt door. The same rich history can be found in the nearby Clock Tower built in 1224 under the rule of the town of Asti. Some other lovely treasures to see in Neive are the two sixteenth-century chapels of San Rocco and San Sebastiano, Casa Bongioanni, which is worth a visit for its precious frescoes and stucco, Saints Peter and Paul parish church and that of the Brotherhood of St. Michael.

Torre Orologio a Neive

In this land of great wines, the wineries are real places of excellence both due to the quality of their production and to the impressive buildings that house them. One example is the eighteenth-century residence of the Counts of Castelborgo: intense balsamic scents emanate from its cellar, and the antique furnishings are enriched by exquisite decorations. The residence has a magnificent garden whose monumental entrance, characterized by arches with double columns and a wrought iron gate with the Castelborgo coat of arms, was designed by architect Giovanni Antonio Borgese from Neive. Just in the building that bears his name because it was his home, and now houses the offices of the City, you will find the Bottega dei Quattro Vini, that in the old cellars of the building (‘infernot’ in the local dialect) allows the visitor to enjoy the production of the finest local wines.

We are talking about quality and reputation of wines such as Barbera d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbaresco and Moscato d’Asti. The shop was founded in 1983 by a group of winemakers from Neive to represent this location and its most authentic production in the world, and still today it is their meeting point.

Wine glasses are accompanied by delicacies to be tasted while enjoying the view on the Langhe: a sweet-tasting and Barbaresco flavored salami, for instance,  is produced in Neive,  in addition to Piemonte hazelnuts PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) unique for their very fine flavor and aroma, and to the well-known Alba truffle.

Cantine di CanelliLovers of good wine and good food can complete their gastronomic tour of the area at Cantine Canelli, nearby.

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