Near the Italian wine city of Alba lies....

by James
(Cape Town)

Andrew, thank you very much for your advice on where to visit near Alba and which wine estates to visit. I took your advice and everywhere was superb.


I particularly loved Neive which you suggested we visit and we stayed at the The delightful Villa Lauri - also recommended by you.

In order to say a small thank you for your help I would like to share a little on Neive with you...

Near the Italian wine city of Alba lies one of the most beautiful villages in all of Italy. A tiny little hamlet surrounded by tumbling hills covered with vineyards of the glorious grapes of the Langhe.

The village is known as Neive, it is a place where of a summer evening the piazzas and courtyards are filled with villagers catching up on the days gossip while children run free laughing and chasing each other through the cobbled streets.

Weekday mornings in Neive are quieter, this is when the old folks of the town are about, shopping at the small local stores where everybody has known each other since childhood.

Here everybody has time to chat, old men lean on walking sticks for hours on end while they recount stories of decades past, nearly all of the stories have been heard before by the listeners but everybody here always has the time to hear them again.

Just outside Neive is one of the loveliest little family wine estates of the Langhe, the Cascina Saria. Do make a point of visiting - if you need details on how to visit - which is by appointment only. Please contact Andrew - I am sure he would be happy to help:-)

Andrew's reply:

I would be more than happy to help if anyone would like to visit Cascina Saria.

Neive is featured on my wife's site on the Veneto as one of the most beautiful towns in Italy.

As wine cities in Italy go Alba is a great base but I always suggest people spend a few days in nearby villages or the countryside. Neive is a great choice for this. Some other good places to stay in the Langhe are these.

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