This area is home to some of the world's most valued vineyards: perhaps that's why the castle appears to keep watch over the endless rows of vines stretching out below.
The castle now houses the Enoteca Regionale del barolo and the Museo del Vino (Wine Museum) dedicated to Barolo, one of the finest wines in the world.
Besides being home to the excellent wine of the same name, Barolo is also the name of the medieval village that is regarded as the region's capital: while Alba is the commercial hub of the Langhe, both for its size and the importance of the white truffle, Barolo is its second nucleus. All around, atop the surrounding hills, stand other magnificent and important medieval villages like La Morra, Serralunga, Castiglione Falletto and Roddi.
Barolo is a land steeped in history: a history echoed in its wonderful monuments, the wrinkled faces of the old men and women who still farm this land and the gently rolling hills that cradle the village. The castle of Barolo embodies and amplifies this heritage.
The Barolo regional Enoteca
Strengthening the link between history, culture and tradition, the famous Barolo regional Enoteca, housed in the castle's wine cellars, represents the eleven municipalities in the Barolo wine district. The enoteca holds all the secrets associated with the production of one of the world's best wines, documenting its history and accomplishments.
Barolo became famous at the end of the last century, when the Marquise Juliette Colber sent 320 cart-loads as a surprise for King Charles Albert and his Court. Its fame has gone from strength to strength ever since.
The Wine Museum
WIMU, the Wine Museum was inaugurated in September 2010. This innovative museum housed in the castle is a far cry from the traditional museum setting. The idea is to get visitors involved and accompany them on a journey through the production, culture and traditions of wine.
The museum's designer and curator, François Confino, has conceived an exhibition that combines science and poetry.
The museum is structured as a descent into the depths of the culture of wine: it combines an evocative journey to explore the mysteries and legends associated with the 'fruit of Bacchus' with the physical sensation of entering the heart of the castle (also known as Falletti castle), as the museum tour starts on the third floor and leads into the basement.
Piazza Falletti, 1 - 12060 Barolo (CN)
From monday to sunday 10.30 - 18.30 (last admission 17.00)
December 26 and january 1, 14.00 - 18.30
Closed from the 9th to the 25th of December and from the 7th of January to 20th of March
FULL PRICE TICKET: Euros 8,00
REDUCED PRICE TICKET:
Euros 6,00 (Over 65)
euros 5,00: groups of 12 or more people, with reservation; students with lo studio card of the Province of Cuneo; holders of the +Eventi Card
euros 3,00: children from 6 to 14 years old; school
FREE ENTRANCE: children up to 5 years old; disabled people and those accompanying them; holders of Carta Musei Torino Piemonte
AUDIO GUIDE: euros 3,00 (in Italian, French, English, German)
In the case that you desire a guide, prices are as follows:
Groups (min. 12 people, max 25) must make a reservation
In Italian: euros 65,00
In any other language: euros 75,00
Individual visitors are invited to call ahead of time to verify the availability of a guide and specify the time of visit if it is a weekend or holiday: euros 5 adults, euros 2 for 6-14 years old.
tel. +39 0173 386697