Though not as famous as Barolo, the pretty village of POLLENZO, situated just south of the Alba–Bra road, merits a visit. The buildings at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele 13 are of particular note: once home to the Agenzia di Pollenzo, King Carlo Alberto’s headquarters for viticultural trials, they have been acquired by the Slow Food association and now contain the University of Gastronomic Sciences and the Banca del Vino (wbancadelvino.it), as well as a hotel and restaurant. Stored in the Savoy wine cellars, the Wine Bank is precisely what you’d imagine: it stores wines from all over Italy, a vault of the best vintages, as many producers do not keep reserves of their more age-worthy wine. Professional sommeliers guide you through the wine-tasting sessions, which are not solely focused on local produce. It’s an essential stopping-point for all wine lovers.