In the Piedmont and Lake Iseo episode of the first season of Dream of Italy on PBS, Kathy attends an auction for the highly sought after truffles of the region.
The Langhe area of Piedmont, specifically around the town of Alba, is home to one of the rarest and lauded culinary treasures in the world – the white truffle. A white truffle can reach prices of 1,000€ per gram or more. Every November, an exclusive charity auction – Asta Mondiale del Tartufo Bianco d’Alba – is held at the Castello Grinzane Cavour with the year’s largest tuber selling for as much as 100,000€. The auction is invitation only but visitors are welcome at the castle year-round. For more information, visit: www.castellogrinzane.com