The landscape of the central hills of Piedmont has been recognised by Unesco as a cultural landscape of exceptional beauty, characterised by an ancient historical tradition linked to the cultivation of vines and a real “wine culture”, deeply rooted in the community.
Viticultural Landscapes of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato is a serial site consisting of six components. Four components have been selected on the basis of the peculiar link between vine variety, terroir and winemaking technique and refer to wine productions of recognised quality in the international arena, “La Langa del Barolo”, “Le colline del Barbaresco”, “Nizza Monferrato e il Barbera” e “Canelli e l’Asti spumante”. Two components have been selected because they represent places of wine of particular value: “Il Monferrato degli infernot”, characterised by the presence of a singular type of vernacular architecture, the infernot, dug into the canton stone that geologically characterises the area, and “Il Castello di Grinzane Cavour”, an important testimony to the history of Piedmontese viticulture.
In the heart of Monferrato, of which Casale was the capital under the Paleologi and then the Gonzagas, lies the Jewish Community of Casale Monferrato. In the folds of this identity evolution, in the intangible and material culture it has produced, lies the Jewish culture of the territory, with its local dialects, its wines and culinary recipes characterised by typical ingredients and tastes.