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ALBERGO DELL'AGENZIA

The hotel, the Albergo dell’Agenzia di Pollenzo, is part of the neo-Gothic architectural complex built by Carlo Alberto of Savoy as the hub of agricultural research and production in Piedmont. Situated at the heart of the Langhe and Roero hills, the Agenzia combines refined architecture with landscapes of rare beauty, recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site deserving of protection for the generations of the future. In this unique setting, the Albergo offers guests elegant ambiences for celebrating special occasions, organizing business events and enjoying long stays or one-day visits.

HISTORY

  • 100 BC circa

    ROMAN POLLENZO

    Founded in Roman times, the community of Pollentia reached the peak of its economic development between the first and third centuries AD. It was endowed with monumental buildings such as a theater and an amphitheater—traces of which can be seen walking round the village—as well as temples and an aqueduct. In the parkland outside the hotel, it’s also possible to see a triumphal tower and a section of an old Roman road, while the remains of a funeral monument are visible inside the Wine Bank.

  • 1762

    THE HOUSE OF SAVOY

    Pollenzo was purchased by the Savoy royal family who, in the following half century, redeveloped the area substantially, converting most of the Roman ruins and the medieval street plan.

  • 1832

    THE ORIGINS OF THE PROJECT

    Carlo Alberto of Savoy bought Pollenzo Castle and surrounds, and developed a ferme modèl to experiment with techniques for cereal and wine production and cattle breeding.

  • 1835 - 1850

    THE COMPLETION OF THE PROJECT

    The Savoy family’s futuristic project took shape. The estate underwent deep transformation with, among other things, the redirecting of the course of the River Tanaro and the building of 14 farms, the Agenzia, the tower and the neo-Gothic church of San Vittore, which now houses the fine 16-century wood choir stalls from Staffarda Abbey.

  • 1838 - 1844

    THE FOUNDATIONS OF PIEDMONTESE WINEMAKING

    Paolo Francesco Staglieno, the royal enologist, laid the bases for the modern-style vinification of Piedmontese red wines in the cellars of the Agenzia.

  • 1997 - 2004

    RESTORATION

    After decades of neglect and in the wake of the flood of 1994, the whole Agenzia complex was restored and a hub created for the development of the culture of food and wine quality. Confirmation of the estate’s historical and artistic value came in 1997, when it and Pollenzo Castle were included among the Savoy residences recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

  • 2014

    LANDSCAPES UNDER PROTECTION

    The hills of the Langhe and Roero districts that embrace the Agenzia of Pollenzo are also recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for the exceptional universal value of Piedmont’s “’scenic’ rural and wine landscape’.

PHILOSOPHY

The hotel, the Albergo dell’Agenzia, came into being at the heart of the area the Savoys chose as a “laboratory” and hub of their kingdom’s food production. Its long history has drawn on the experience of Slow Food and combines the pursuit of agrifood excellence with the need to protect and valorize a unique context, the Langhe and Roero hills. We wish to give our guests the opportunity to enjoy the very best the area has to offer.

A PARK IN A SAVOY RESIDENCE

The Agenzia is surrounded by more than two hectares of parkland. Here guests can relax among the luxuriant rose beds, head out through the meadows, and stroll along the avenues. The park was originally designed and laid out on behalf of the Savoy royal family by the famous German landscape gardener Xavier Kurten between 1834 and 1840. Carlo Alberto’s commission to Kurten was to produce a garden in the English romantic style that would fit in with the neo-Gothic architecture of the overall complex.

From the hotel, the eye wanders across the rolling meadows and over the hilltop town of Cherasco to the Western Alps. To walk in the park and the village is to travel back through history: opposite the Agenzia, the Torrione, a tower built in Roman times, stands as a testimony to Pollenzo’s glorious past as an important center around which the urbanization of southern Piedmont developed.


WINE BANK

An unforgettable experience among 100,000 bottles and more of the world’s greatest wines under the stone vaults of the Agenzia’s cellars.

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UNIVERSITY OF GASTRONOMIC SCIENCES

Young people from all over the world come to Pollenzo every year to discover flavors, gastronomic excellence and the best production techniques.

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UNIVERSITÀ DI SCIENZE GASTRONOMICHE

SLOW FOOD

It was here, among the hills in the heart of rural Piedmont, that the story of Slow Food, the association that puts “good, clean and fair” food at the center of the cultural debate, began. And it was from an idea of Slow Food’s that the project to restore the entire Pollenzo complex was born.