Castle Grinzane Cavour, located a mere 5 km from Alba, is one of the most recognizable and iconic landmarks in Langhe. The hilltop structure is one of the most visited of Piemonte’s over 1,600 castles, and is home to Ristorante Marc Lanteri and another icon of the region, the Alba White Truffle Auction.
The fortified castle was erected around a central tower with origins in the first half of the 11th century. It dominates the hilltop town of Grinzane Cavour, one of the 11 villages of the Barolo denomination.
The village name pays tribute to Italian statesman and its mayor for 17 years from 1932 until 1849, Camillo Benso, Count of Cavour. The Count was one of the most important architects of the Risorgimento, the political and social movement that lead to the unification of Italy in the 19th century. Cavour not only spearheaded changes in the social and political landscape of Italy, but was also a trailblazer in viticulture. During his residence at Grinzane, Cavour made important improvements in winemaking techniques and vineyard cultivation, contributing to the fine wine we know today as Barolo.
To commemorate the first centenary of the Unification of Italy, a complete restoration of the castle began in 1960, allowing for today’s visitors to experience the cherished structure in all its original glory. In June 2014, Castello Grinzane Cavour received the prestigious title of UNESCO World Heritage Site together with the Vineyard Landscape of Langhe, Roero and Monferrato.