The Monferrato region is its own denominated area within the provinces of Alessandria and Asti in the region of Piemonte, fiercely proud and independent from other regions of Italy. Monferrato truly is largely undiscovered compared to the regions of Tuscany, Umbria, Veneto etc, and has much to offer seasoned travellers with an interest in food and wine, nature, Italian history, architecture and some of the most splendid panoramas from the local hill towns and villages anywhere in Italy. Walking and cycling groups are particularly welcome and well accommodated for in the Monferrato. The cuisine of the Monferrato draws its inspirations from the closing mists of spring and autumn – think truffles, light red wines and wild boar!
The pleasing temperatures of July and August welcome the sea food offerings from nearby Genoa with newly-released, crisp white wines from the Monferrato. Mild winters, in full view of the snow-capped Alps and clear blue skies, capture images of open fires, the more robust red wines, roast veal, risottos and much more in an atmosphere of calm and hospitality. Wine is an important element of the cuisine of Piemonte. It has been produced here since the Romans ruled the area in the classical period and beyond. The wines of Piemonte today, Barolo, Barbaresco, Arneis and Gavi, are among the most well known internationally. Other Piemontese wines such as Barbera, Grignolino, Ruche, Freisa, are less known outside of the region but provide stunning examples of traditional and modern wine making techniques and are irresistible when taken with the food of the region.