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Designation for the famous hilly landscape to the north and south of the city of Alba (Cuneo province) in the Piemont wine-growing region in Italy. The hills rise up to an altitude of 800 metres above sea level, the soils are of clay and marl, on which, among others, the indigenous varieties Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo are grown. The DOC region of the same name was created in the 1990s for dry red and white wines. The zone has a total vineyard area of around 900 hectares, and includes almost a hundred communes. Bianco and Rosso wines may be made from any one of or combination of the permitted white resp. red varieties. The white Arneis, Chardonnay and Favorita wines, resp the red Dolcetto, Freisa and Nebbiolo varietal wines are made from 100% of the respective variety. This region also includes the DOC/DOCG regions Alta Langa, Barbaresco, Barbera d´Alba, Barolo, Dolcetto d´Alba, Dolcetto di Diano d´Alba, Dolcetto di Dogliani, Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi, Nebbiolo d´Alba and Roero. Some of these wines may also be sold under the lesser DOC Langhe.