The fourth edition of Grandi Langhe DOC and DOCG, confirmed for 28th and 29th January 2019, is already an established event for Italian and international operators within the wine industry. Not just because of the number of wines that will be presented, thanks to the introduction of DOC (controlled designation of origin) wines, but also because it offers an opportunity to taste the new vintages of Barolo (2015), Barbaresco (2016) and Roero (2016).
The event involves more than 250 wineries, 1500 wines that will be presented for tasting, buyers, sommeliers, wine bar operators and wine professionals from all over the world.
This edition also heralds a few changes: namely the location, time of year and duration. Grandi Langhe will be hosted in Alba, the capital of wine and white truffles, chosen for its role as an important point of reference and the beating heart of a region where for centuries viticulture has played a leading role in the economy. Another change introduced by the wine consortiums, Consorzio di Tutela Barolo Barbaresco Alba Langhe e Dogliani and Consorzio del Roero, is to bring the event forward to January, giving industry professionals and journalists (who have exclusive access) the opportunity to be the first to taste the new vintages directly in the areas where they were produced and before the start of the year’s great international exhibitions.
A genuine preview, which thanks to the unique location and the fact that all of the wines will be present on both days, means participants no longer have to choose, so they won’t have to miss any of this new “48 hour” event.
The exhibition spaces in Alba will be grouped together based on the town of origin of the various wineries: a geographical division that will enable participants to appreciate the extensive product variety, fruit of the hard work performed on the hills of the Langhe by local men and women. It also offers an opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the geographic mentions (MGA) of Barolo, Barbaresco, Roero and Diano and discover other wines from the area.
As in 2013, a number of different types and labels will be offered for tasting and, above all, participants will have the chance to talk directly to the producers, the people who are best placed to give a first hand account of the origin, passion and tradition poured into every single bottle produced in the land of wine: the Grandi Langhe.