In the last days we have been spending time walking and exploring the countryside of the Langhe – the hills of Barbaresco, Alta Langa and Barolo. The region is a World Heritage Site and besides its outstanding natural beauty, this landscape is the source of excellent wines and delicacies such as tajarin, agnolotti del plin, cheese, hazelnuts, chocolate and truffles. This is a land of farmers.
The soil on the hillsides is a mix of clay and marl. In the last days it has been raining heavily which makes is almost impossible to walk in the vineyards. A very good excuse to explore the local food shops, wine cellars and restaurants. The summer season has not started yet and people have time for a chat.
We paid a visit to the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Bra exploring the possibilities for collaboration. Slow food and sustainable development are at the heart of the courses and research the university offers and their students work on a range of innovative projects locally and around the world.
On today’s to do list is a spot of shopping at the Bottega Alimentare LOCAL in Bra, a project set up by some of the students. All produce is source locally in the Piemonte.
For the university please see http://www.unisg.it
Details for the shop http://www.bottegalocal.org