The name Langhe is actually plural – from la langa, meaning an elongated hill. One of the many that ripple out from Alba and the Tanaro River, through much of the Cuneo and Asti provinces, south of Turin. The etymology is uncertain: some believe the name derives from Germanic roots meaning “long,” others from Piedmont’s dialect meaning “tongue.” From any give hilltop in La Morra, Monforte d’Alba, and more, you get a 360-degree view of undulating vineyards and woodland, medieval castles and turrets and a sea of langhe all around you. The Langhe is known for some of the finest wine vistas in the world, and is home to some of the finest wines and of course delicacies: Barolo, Barbaresco, Nebbiolo d’Alba, Dolcetto d’Alba, Dolcetto di Dogliani, Barbera d’Alba, Barbera d’Asti, Arneis, Moscato, and white truffles, hazelnuts, great cheese like Toma d’Alba and Robiola di Roccaverano. Here you can visit any number of breathtaking towns, such as La Morra, Alba, Grinzane Cavour, Serralunga, Castiglione Falletto, Monforte d’Alba, Dogliani, and you will know why Langhe could only be plural: a multiplicity of flavors and sensations, architectural treasures and gourmet pleasures, places you can bottle and sip and gaze at day after day, hill after Langhe hill.