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Monferrato of the Inferot
UNESCO World Heritage Site
San Michele di Costigliole d'Asti.jpg
Location Italy
Part of Vineyard Landscape of Piedmont: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato
Criteria Cultural: iii, v
Reference 1390rev-006
Inscription 2014 (38th Session)
Area 2,561 ha
Buffer zone 16,943 ha
Monviso from San Marzano Oliveto
A landscape in Montferrat: view from San Marzano Oliveto, Astesan Montferrat, toward Monviso
Argent a chief gules
Flag of Montferrat

Montferrat (Piedmontese: Monfrà; Italian: Monferrato; Latin: Mons ferratus) is part of the region of Piedmont in Northern Italy. It is both a historical and geographic area. It includes either a part of the Province of Alessandria, or a part of the Province of Asti. In the Middle Ages, it was a small marquisate (meaning a "small reign"), inside the Kingdom of Italy. Montferrat is famous worldwide for its soft and green hills. It produces award-winning wines, including Asti wine, Barbera and Moscato d'Asti. In June 2014, Montferrat, along with Langhe was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its unique characteristics.

Montferrat has three areas:

  • Basso Monferrato (low Montferrat), which is the area surrounding the town of Casale Monferrato
  • Monferrato Astigiano (Astesan Montferrat), which is the area of almost the whole Province of Asti (except Astesan Langhe). Its highest point, 549 metres (1,801 feet) above sea level, has been identified as the village of Albugnano.
  • Alto Monferrato (High Montferrat), which is the area that orbits around the town of Acqui terme

Montferrat has a strong culinary culture. It is one of the most important producers in the world of cheese, white truffle and other products of nature, such as vegetables, cereals and fruits. One of the best-known dishes of Monferrato is Agnolotti, which are a special type of filled pasta.

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