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 now belong to the Slow Food association and house the University of Gastronomic Sciences and the Banca del Vino (, as well as a hotel and restaurant. Stored in the Savoy wine cellars, the Wine Bank keeps wines from all over Italy – a vault of the best vintages. Professional sommeliers guide you through the wine-tasting sessions, and it’s an essential stopping-point for all wine lovers.

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