The landscape is much more diverse than that of the nearby Langhe: vegetable gardens, deciduous and chestnut woods, orchards, small lakes and, above all, the Rocche, massive chasms that, all of a sudden, interrupt the landscape, creating rock strongholds and canyons that can be a hundred meters deep.
A landscape biodiversity that Roero expresses in a series of local and internationally renowned agri-food specialties, which not only include wines, but also extraordinary produce: fruit, vegetables, truffles and honey.
Here are the main local delicacies that you shouldn't miss during a visit to Roero.
Many of these products are present in the gastronomic selection of the Enoteca Regionale del Roero, an essential destination to get to know this extraordinary land.
The great wines
Roero is a land of wines. And among all wines, Roero Docg and Roero Arneis Docg stand out. The former is a red wine made with Nebbiolo grapes: full-bodied, well-structured and long-living, it preserves the typical aromas and flavors of sandy and calcareous soil. Roero Arneis, on the other hand, is one of the most important whites of Piedmont obtained from Arneis grapes, which give freshness and elegantly fruity notes, with a typically bitter finish. On the Roero hills, there can also be found Favorita, Barbera d'Alba, Nebbiolo d'Alba, Dolcetto d'Alba and the Langhe appellation which, curiously, also incorporate these hills and under whose label local and international vines can be vinified, as long as they are grown in area.
The peaches of Roero
The cultivation of peaches spread in Roero to replace the rows affected by phylloxera at the end of the twentieth century, with considerable commercial success. From the varietal point of view, cultivars with hairy skin and yellow flesh prevail, but white-fleshed peaches are also excellent. Throughout the territory, there is a massive effort to recover and enhance ancient varieties once grown in this area.
Madernassa, the delicious local pear
The Madernassa pear is experiencing a moment of revival and enhancement thanks to the eponymous Consortium, which rightly proposes it among the local delicacies. The name derives from the locality of Madernassa, where, according to the legend, the first seed of this cultivar fell. The Madernassa pear has thin skin, a very crunchy pulp and sour taste. Its compactness makes it excellent in all recipes that require cooking.
In 2003, Roero inaugurated the Strada del Miele (Honey Road), the seal of a centuries-old tradition which, especially after the war, underwent acceleration and specialization. Today, there are dozens of Roero beekeepers who produce honey of the highest quality, in an uncontaminated nature. The local honey is mainly from dandelion, chestnut, cherry and acacia, but Roero forest honeydew is also available.
The Piedmont Hazelnut PGI
The Piedmont Hazelnut PGI is grown on the slopes of the Roero and is an undisputed delicacy. It guarantees excellent yields and fruits with a delicate and persistent flavor, loved by high-level pastry-making for the creation of cakes, creams, crumbs and ice cream.
The black summer truffle and the white truffle
The wonderful woods of Roero, especially in the area of Sommariva Bosco, are rich in truffles, like all the hills of the Langhe. In summer, the tuber aestivum, also called “scorzone” is harvested here; while the 21st of September marks the beginning of the season of the Tuber magnatum Pico, the white Truffle referred to as the “diamond of the earth”, the most prized truffle in the world for which Alba a