Barolo is at the heart of the Piemonte region. It's a town of 750 It was settled during the Middle Ages.
Here's a view of Barolo from a hill nearby.
It looks like many other of the small villages in Pidemont.
For lunch we ate at Brezza, which is located on the outskirts of Barolo.
Next, we move on to a beef carpaccio with a tuna cream spread.
Next up is a marinated raw mushroom salad.
Followed by a homemade pasta with a beef ragu.
For dessert, it's a homemade stracciatella ice cream with a tradtional style flan.
Here they've racked bottles in a riddling rack for aging.
Many of Brezza's wines are aged in large casks as well as barrels.
Next stop is the Vajra vineyard.
Lunch is a fixed price of €45 per person, which includes wine with each course. Everything is served family style.
Grapes were being harvested on the day we arrived at Vajra.
Here are the grape skins after they've been pressed for the juice. They'll be used to make......
Here they are taking the juice from the steel fermentation tanks and recirculating it back into the tank at the top.
Here are the paddles that are in each tank to keep the grape juice agistated.
The Vajra winery is noted for its use of stained glass throughout the winery.
A painting by Massimo Martinelli, owner of Renato Ratti winery hangs right above the cellar at Vajra.
A view of the aging barrels at Vajra.
The green glass items in the top of each barrel alert the winemaker when it is time to top off the barrel as evaporation occurs.
Here's a list of the wines we'll be tasting today.