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.
100 BC circa
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.
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.
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
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.
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’.
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.
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.