Cascina Langa was founded as an agricultural farm hundreds of years ago. Over time the land was divided and sold, but now the surrounding hills have been reunited into a single property. Since 1999 the hills have been lush with hazelnut trees, vegetable gardens and orchards, all cultivated organically from seeds. Today the landscape of the high Langhe is back to the way it was compared to centuries ago. Here the landscape is authentic.
Cascina langa translated into english means farmhouse of the Langa. Today the property organically produces the world’s top rated hazelnuts and is a center for food, agriculture, wine, music, art and landscape. This property has significant historical importance.
During World War II, the farmhouse served as a northern headquarters and refuge for the partisan fighters of la RESISTENZA, the resistance fighters. The most famous inhabitant of the cascina during this time was poet, writer and translator Beppe Fenoglio. Today, some of Beppe’s poetry can still be seen etched into the stone columns of the building. Because of the dramatic landscape, the high vantage point allowed the resistance fighters to view the movements of the fascists and Nazis from Alba to Asti. The “staffette”, women acting as messengers for the resistance, would travel to the front lines on bicycles armed with handguns, passing sandwiches, supplies and intel about enemy movements to the fighters. Cascina Langa and the region never fell into Nazi or fascist control and were integral in assisting the Allies in forcing the germans from Italy.
"He who has never been in Langa Cascina means that of the Langhe he can not speak (...) If it's fate that I return to bourgeois and make honest money (...) we'll spend three months of every year there ... otherwise there I will come alone, on foot, once a year, on a winter day, and I will seek to feel the cold again, to make things roughly like the steps and thoughts that I must have made an equal winter day 44 -45 ... every winter I will come there, like an anniversary, until I'll be so old and tired to doubt for a moment that one day, in these parts, I had walked and fought. And this will tell me that next winter I will not go back to touch the walls of the old Langa and recognize what was the den of the wolf ... "
Beppe Fenoglio / Partisans Notes
Alba writer, Cascina Langa where he spent his exile in the winter of 1944-45.
Headquarters of the partisan fighters, WWII, of the famous Commander North.
Refuge of the partisan fighters.
The story in the literary memory
"They left. With the darkness and the most employed caution it took an hour to get to see the crest. In suddenness like a mirage, maximum and haunted, appeared the great lonely farmhouse on the crest, with the lights and cracks of its battered crumbs. They went in a little more and then exploded the voice of the she wolf ".
It was November, it is now April. And yet, after seventy years - two in the afternoon of a fake spring - the fog seems never to have dissolved since then. The seven hundred meters of the Cascina di Langa in Benevello and Trezzo Tinella welcome you into what Paolo Conte could call a glass of water and aniseed. A white sheet hides the Alps, the hazelnut groves and vineyards, which on those thousands and thousands of fresh steam drops - before becoming the flavor in a glass - they feed. There is no trace of either of the Tanaro valley or the Bormida valley, stretched out on either side of that ridge, so valuable because it allowed us to observe the movements both on the side of Alba and Asti ...