We are now well into Autumn here in Monforte. The temperature has dropped from high 20s to single digits, there is snow on the peaks of the Alps and the days are getting shorter.
In addition, the hills have changed from a lush green and are now covered by a patchwork of rich golds and vibrant reds as the leaves on the vineyards and hazelnut groves welcome the new season.
For the farmers, Vintage has finished, the Hazelnut harvest is over and the fields are now fallowed in preparation for winter. As much of the bustle of the summer harvest is now over, everyone has a little more time on their hands and in the Langhe this means ‘Fiere e Sagre’ (fairs and festivals).
Each little village has its own Fiera with a specific focus – Castagne (Chestnuts) in Bossolasco; Trippa (Tripe) in Dogliani; Mongolfieri (Hot Air Balloons – crazy ones where they hang a seat from the balloon and strap a gas cylinder to the pilot!) in Barolo, and the month-long ‘Fiera Internazionale del Tartufo Bianco’ (White Truffle Festival) in Alba.
We thought we would share some photos of the changing landscape and of a few Fiere, to give you a sense of what life is like at the moment.