Vinchio Town Hall
• State: Italy
• Region: Piedmont
• Province: Asti
• Coordinates: Lat. 44° 48' 43'' N | Long. 8° 19' 19'' E
• Altitude: 269 meters above sea level
• Surface area: 9.29 km²
• Neighboring municipalities: Belveglio, Castelnuovo Calcea, Cortiglione, Mombercelli, Nizza Monferrato, Vaglio Serra
• Postcode: 14040
• Dialing code: 0141
• ISTAT code: 005120
• Land registry code: M058
• Seismic classification: zone 4 (very low seismicity)
• Climate classification: zone E, 2708 heating degree days
• Name of inhabitants: vinchiesi
• Patron saint: S. Vincenzo | January 22nd
• Distance from Asti: 23 km
Vinchio stands on a group of hills between Langhe and Monferrato, with the concentric marked by three roads of Roman origin (Ramaudio, Luparia and Fonsmagna).
It extends over a mainly hilly area of 9,29 square kilometers, on which about 600 inhabitants live.
The altitude is 269 meters above sea level.
From the historical center, once dominated by the Castle belonging to the Marquis Scarampi del Carretto, the panorama is truly spectacular: a succession of hills, on which the vineyards climb, leaving occasionally emerge groups of farms that seem to emerge from the ground like mushrooms.
Davide Lajolo, a politician and writer of Vinchiese origin, remembers it like this: “In the winter mine is the country of mud, as in spring it is the country of peaches and cherry trees in bloom, in summer it is the country of the lizards and of the hares, in autumn the country of the grapes, of the black vintages of the Barbera”.
Today the houses have been renovated and embellished, the stables have almost completely disappeared and very often the courtyards are no longer a service for agriculture, but have turned into flower gardens of geraniums and oleanders.
The woods of locusts, chestnut trees and oaks have captured space for the vines, more selected for quality production. But the vineyard still characterizes the landscape and the local economy, so much so that the area under vines reaches a total of almost 250 hectares.
The tourist who reaches Vinchio will discover a gentle horizon of jugs and basins, a green alternation of vineyards and woods, perhaps identical to what they saw the eyes of the ferocious Saracens exterminated by Aleramo on these hills more than a thousand years ago.
In this magical place, history and legend are mixed with the best things that the earth produces and stimulate the imagination and the palate of those who spend a weekend discovering its treasures.
You can taste the fine local products (especially wines, truffles and asparagus), enjoy the natural heritage of the Val Sarmassa Nature Reserve, participate in the food and wine events that take place during the year and admire, in addition to a striking view that ranges up to the Alpine arc, the historical buildings that testify to the millennial farming culture.
• Municipal palace
From Piazza San Marco it is possible to enjoy a splendid view of the Langhe and Monferrato hills.