Monferrato is one of the most important viticultural Italian regions, first of all because of its red wines and spumante.
Its territory is mostly hilly, and it is located mainly in the provinces of Alessandria and Asti.
The continental dry climate, characterized by scorching summers and frequent droughts, and by very cold winters, added to the particular hydrogeological conformation of the soil, creates a very favourable environment for viticulture, which in fact dominates the whole territory. Wine here is not only an element of economic prosperity, but a true and deep-rooted symbol of Monferrato’s culture and tradition. The incredible width of local wine varieties bears witness to this.
Monferrato’s economy runs also on agriculture (hazelnuts, fruits, cereals), animal farming and meat and cheese production, gastronomy (truffles, ravioli, bagna caoda, etc…) and tourism, which is now increasing.
On the 22nd of June 2014, the 38th UNESCO’S committee session, officially declared the wine-producing landscapes of Monferrato, Langhe and Roero humanity’s world heritage.