The Order of Knights of the Truffle and Wines of Alba is headquartered in the prestigious Grinzane Cavour Castle, one of the finest examples of mediaeval Langa architecture. This imposing residence is inextricably linked to the history of Italy, as one of the main architects of the country’s Unification – Count Camillo Benso di Cavour (who was also village mayor) – lived here between 1832 and 1849. Before his arrival the Castle and its estates were in a state of neglect and produced very little, low quality wine, but thanks to Cavour today they can be considered the “birthplace” of Barolo wine. Indeed, the 1844 was the first vintage of Barolo to be bottled in this area.
Grinzane Cavour Castle is also home to the Enoteca Regionale Piemontese Cavour, a Michelin-starred Restaurant, and a museum dedicated to the history of the culture of wine and Alba cuisine which is housed in several rooms.
Also based in the Castle are O.N.A.F. (the National Association of Cheese Tasters), the Wine and Health Observatory, U.G.I.V.I. (the Association of Vine and Wine Jurists) and the Radici Foundation (for the safeguarding of the legacy of the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato), and since 1999 it has hosted the Alba White Truffle World Auction.