Consortium of municipalities in a mountain area

Ten kilometers from Canelli are enough to be totally immersed in the Lange Astigiana; when the sky is clear, you can admire the chain of the Alps, up to the Rosa Massif and beyond, over the Langhe and Monferrato areas, the Ligurian Apennines and from the medieval Sighting Towers, dominantly built on the highest peaks locally called "bricchi", you can sometimes even see the sea.

"The landscape is admirable and generates suggestions and emotions thanks to the pureness
of its lines of its colors, and of the humanity living there"

The considerably high biodiversity is witnessed by the presence of several vegetable and animal species.


  The robiole di Roccaverano D.O.P. the cheese produced in the Langa Astigiana, on the hills close to Liguria, is the only historical Italian goats milk cheese made with raw milk. Moreover, so far the Roccaverano is the only cheese to have obtained the Protected Designation of Origin. It is a fresh, soft and compact cheese. Its scent is intense already after 15-20 days to become excellent after 30-40 days of ripening. The flowers, the herbs, and the bacterial flora of pastures can be so clearly identified in this cheese that, just like for wines, a map of the best varieties can be set out. The charm of this cheese is generated by this very strong and century-old link with the local territory. A link that leads back to wines and to the ideal coupling with the Forteto della Luja, Loazzolo d.o.c. vendemmia tardiva.
  The nocciola Piemonte igt (hazelnuf) can basically grow all over Piedmont, but it is only in this area that its cultivation and processing in the confectionery sector have a deeply rooted tradition and an acknowledged superior quality. The variety known as "Tonda Gentile delle Langhe" is considered the best in the world. Its nut is crunchy and fragrant, the color is clear and uniform, with no wooden scents that, on the contrary, characterize die other varieties, the fresh nut is less astringent, harder, with a stronger scent.
The Tonda Gentile delle Langhe hazelnut is used for superior quality confectionery: chocolate products, nougat, hazelnut cake, etc. The best wines to enhance this product are Moscato d'Asti dock Piasa San Maurizio and Piemonte Brachetto doc Forteto Pian dei Sogni.

The white Truffle "Tuber magnatum Pico" (in Piedmont "trifola") is collected in different areas of Piedmont, and especially in the Langhe, Monferrato, Roero and Tortonese.
The truffle is picked up in late summer, autumn and early winter, under oaks, willows, limes and poplars, in soils with relatively high humidity even in summer. Its bouquet of aromas, intense, and pleasant flavor make it the finest and most prized truffles.

(text taken from "The Notebooks of the Piedmont Region - Agriculture)