This week-end we discovered an amazingly beautiful place that is only 1 hour and 15 minutes from our house. Some good friends invited us to join them for a day of walks in the vineyards and lunch in the small antique town of Moleto (near Monferrato in Piemonte). This area is referred to as the Tuscany of Piedmont due to it’s rolling hills, old farmhouses and wonderful landscapes.
After driving through fog as thick as pea soup for about an hour (on the autostrada) we made our way up the hill on narrow curvy roads. As we approached the little borgo the sun broke through the haze and clouds and we enjoyed a day in the warm sun.
Moleto has a population of 18 and is in the process of being renovated and restored to it’s previous glory. We visited some of the old houses and the stone floors and ceiling frescoes are absolutey stunning. All of the houses have a maze of underground caves and grotte which were (and still are) used to age and store the wine produced in the area.
They have opened a great restaurant in Moleto which serves delicious local fare. We lunched in their outdoor courtyard under a surprisingly hot sun for the 3rd of March (sun umbrellas were needed). My mother, who is visiting from Canada, kept saying she felt like she was in the middle of a film set because everything was just so idealic. The food, the weather, the surroundings – the perfect Italian dream image.