Here, on the sunny terraces where figs grow and where rosemary pervades the air of Mediterranean scents you’ll find Loazzolo, a municipality in the Province of Asti in the Italian region Piedmont (Regione Piemonte), located about 60 kilometres southeast of Turin and about 25 kilometres south of Asti. Loazzolo borders the following municipalities: Bubbio, Canelli, Cessole, Cossano Belbo, Monastero Bormida, Roccaverano and Santo Stefano Belbo and is close to the most famous places in Piedmont like Alba, Barolo and Barbaresco. In 1703 Loazzolo became a part of the Savoia reign, and was given the status of marquisate. From this period the village followed the Piedmontese events, participating first in the war against Napoleon and then in the construction of the Unification of Italy. There are several Unesco world heritage sites nearby and the closest is the Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato.
Loazzolo is a small village built on the hills that once was called Lupatiolum (place of the wolves) by the inhabitants, who broke the slopes up to model the sole with stone platforms. Wolves no longer pass on winter nights in search of food in the stables of the farmhouses, but once they were a serious danger for the people of the hill and above all for the few inhabitants. Still in 1850 an edict by the young minister of agriculture Camillo Benso di Cavour rewarded the peasants with a silver shield for each killed head, a sign that the condition had not changed much from the Middle Ages onwards.
This land, 430 metres above sea level, kissed by the sun, perfectly exposed even if difficult to cultivate, hides the most precious treasure of the Langa Astigiana, an amber-colored nectar that contains in itself every flower, every herb, every scent, every breath of wind of this hill. The wine Loazzolo is a DOC which was established in 1992 and applies to golden-colored sweet wines based on Moscato Bianco, which can reach a high level of quality and complexity. All Loazzolo wines come from vineyards which overlook the Bormida river, 25 kilometers due south of Asti, and about half that distance due west of Acqui Terme. This is prime Piedmont vineyard territory, and some of the finest in all Italy. They called the village Loazzolo to underline the very close link between the town, its people and the most famous sweet wine of Italy, which does not fear comparisons with Chablis and Sauternes. You’ll find it on the tables of the best restaurants in New York and Oslo, Paris and Tokyo, London and Moscow and only half a dozen brave pioneers have attempted the production when no one believed in it.
This is the true reality, the true future of Loazzolo. A small village with beautiful old character, narrow streets surrounded by stone walls, the house of Ranaboldo, beautiful churches, walking routes and then the vineyards; vineyards as far as the eye can see, planted with muscat, of which only a very small percentage selected with care will become part of the precious Moscato Passito. Loazzolo is definitely to be seen and above all tasted.