Flowering Season in Barolo

Yes, the vineyards are gorgeous. But there are other sites to see in the Langhe. And smack-dab in the middle of the springtime is one of the best times to see them. From May 11-20 I was in Alba and the surrounding areas for Nebbiolo Prima, a journalists’ tasting of all the new release Barolo, Barbaresco, and Roero wines. But when I could tear myself away from (either) the endless blind tastings (or accidental nap time), I got outside.

top of my run

During a run from Barolo to Monforte, I afforded myself many breaks to shoot some photos. The wildflowers were going crazy and I couldn’t help myself!

red poppies

wildflowers

fiori selvatici

wildflowers in Barolo

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Wild poppies among the Nebbiolo

Of course, it was also flowering time for the vines!

Buds near La Volta

buds of ArborinaDuring the entire time I was there, except for the last two days, clear skies allowed amazing views of both the Langhe hills and the Alps.

panorama of the vineyards of Barolo, taken near La Volta cru

The sheer magnificence of these mountains, framing the lush green hillside vineyards, is enough to take your breath away.

Mont Monviso from Barbaresco Vineayrds

Mont Monviso above Alba

In the coming weeks I will give you my Nebbiolo Prima update! I’ll cover my impressions of the the 2010 Barolo, 2011 Barbaresco and Roero wines, as well as the Riservas! It’s a big mix, including some new finds, surprises, and a few reinforcements. See you soon!

 

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