The area around Tortona is predominantly agricultural and there are products that taste particularly good here. The typical products of the area are protected under the label “Terre del Giarolo”.
Volpedo is known for its yellow peaches. Very special fruity cherries come from Garbagna (the distinctive Piedmont cherry that has its regular place in Mon Cheri). Quality apples are grown in the Val Curone.
A very special cheese is Montebore. It can only be found in the valleys of the Grue and Borbera rivers. Montebore is a cheese made from a mixture of cow and sheep milk in the shape of a wedding cake. In fact, it is said that once a wedding cake was ordered to be made from cheese. The artisan used 3 disks of soft cheese, like a Bree from France, each with different diameters. The 3 disks where stacked on each other and created a terrace cake. The shape of a wedding cake.
For those who love salami, the “Salame Nobile del Giarolo” is a real treat. It is made from local pork under strict quality standards.
And then there is the wine. The local wine maker society defines which grapes may be cultivated. Among the white, the most famous today is the revived Timorasso. A full body white wine of an old local variety that cannot be found anywhere else. Among the reds, the most cultivated is Barbera. Every year on 10 August, the town of Monleale organizes a wine fest called Calici di Stelle (Wine glasses under the stars) where you can taste the local specialties from the many wine makers of the area.