Monferrato, a world heritage site
Sunday 22 June 2014, in Qatar, in Doha, the proclamation of “the wine landscapes of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero-Monferrato” which – Unesco World Heritage site. Are 29 municipalities involved in three provinces. These six are called “core zone”: the Langhe of Barolo and Grinzane Cavour Castle, hills of Barbaresco, Barbera and Nizza Monferrato, Canelli and Asti Spumante, Monferrato of Infernot. The Monferrato area chosen is described as “characterized by the diffusion of a singular type of architecture, l’infernot. The infernot are dug in a peculiar geological formation present only in the low Monferrato, the so-called Stone from Cantons and are used for home storage of bottles and are true works of art related to the “know how” popular.
The selected area includes the main quarries from which was extracted the stone material that also characterises the architecture of valuable deep sea villages. Closely linked are the territories of vineyard, historically linked to the cultivation of the Barbera grape is vinified here primarily as Barbera del Monferrato DOCG, and other minor vines still characterizing the Piedmontese grape heritage “.
The Monferrato area candidate corresponds to the municipalities of Rosignano Monferrato, Sala Monferrato, Cella Monte, Olivola, Ottiglio Monferrato and Frassinello Moleto fraction, Camagna Monferrato and Vignale Monferrato.
The Monferrato lands therefore has recognized the outstanding universal value already achieved by the Sacro Monte di Crea.