1. Wine-themed gift calendar
What could be better than looking forward to Christmas with a wine-based advent calendar? 24 days, 24 different wines. A daily discovery of a range of wines taking in whites, reds, rosés and bubblies. You can find them all on-line, but if you really want to bowl someone over, just get hold of 24 bottles and label them with the days of December in the run-up to Christmas Eve. Some of the most celebrated Italian wines are produced in the Langhe, from Barbera thru Nebbiolo to the king of wines: Barolo. Start the countdown now, because Christmas is red and rosé, as well as white.
2. Dinner in the vineyard
Wine is not just a product. It is an out-and-out sensory experience. Living it means tuning in to everything that creates its context: from the environment to the people, from the vineyard to the cellar. A Dinner in the vineyard amidst the rows of vines of a producer of Barolo is an experience to savour and share. The perfect gift for someone you love, in an authentic, festive atmosphere. Why restrict yourself to a mundane invitation to dinner when you can treat them to a sensory journey in a discovery of the great wines of the Langhe? Good food and wine are always a much-appreciated gift.
3. Tasting set
A gift for connoisseurs who love to take delight in the accessories that accompany a tasting: a professional set to appreciate a wine at its best is an invaluable idea for a truly unforgettable present. And even more so if it is paired with an appropriate label for the occasion, maybe a Barolo Riserva: a wine of great structure that can take centre stage at any celebration. Because wine is always a pleasure, but with the help of the right accessories it can become an art. Giving the pleasure of wine in an elegant casket is a treat even the snootiest sommelier will approve of.
4. Mulled wine kit
For DIY fans, here is a last-minute gift idea. Mulled wine is the beverage par excellence of Christmas parties, and once you have the original recipe all you have to do is get the right ingredients: sugar, dehydrated orange, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, star anise and juniper berries… what’s missing? A bottle of red wine, of course. Go for a Barolo for someone who is particularly demanding; otherwise you can rely on an excellent Nebbiolo or a blushing Barbera. What kind of Christmas would it be without a glass of mulled wine?
5. Harvest festival
Why stop at a simple tasting of a wine when you can treat someone to the thrill of pressing the grapes themselves with their own feet? Autumn is the perfect season for organizing a Harvest festival in the heart of the Langhe, amidst the colours and fragrances of the winegrowing landscapes of Piedmont. Give an original, fun taste experience. Never run-of-the mill, a fully-blown safari though the vineyards is an opportunity for living country life to the full. A bona fide on-the-road workshop, on a discovery of varietals, crus and terroir.
6. Cellar on paper
Planning next season’s events is a real undertaking, what with wine fairs, festivals and tastings. This is the right time of year for giving a diary for keeping a tasting journal in which evaluations can be jotted down, one toast after another. A gift for true enthusiasts to review and remember their favourite wines of the year. A veritable cellar on paper, divided up into themed sections: sparkling wines, whites, rosés, reds, sweet wines, liqueurs. Because visiting a winery is an experience that needs to be remembered.
7. Adopt a row of vines
A bottle of wine is certainly a welcome present, but why not give the chance to grow, tend and produce your own wine? With long-distance Adoption of a row of vines in the vineyards of the Langhe, you will be making a gift of something precious and unique. Not just a simple glass of wine. The symbol of a magical, unrepeatable experience. By taking part in the initiative you will be contributing to protecting a unique area, and safeguarding the skilful work required to craft a genuine Barolo DOCG.