Piedmont, Italy - 5 nights
Available October - Sunday to Friday
Enjoy a six day gourmet wine tour where you will sample Piedmont’s culinary delights: white truffles, mountain cheeses, and, best of all Piedmont’s stunning array of wines, with Barolo and Barbaresco at the top of the list.
ALBA’S MEDIEVAL FESTIVAL & FOOD FESTIVAL
Today Alba launches the truffle season with a medieval festival. The centerpiece is a donkey race, which dates back to Alba’s defeat by Asti in 1275.
Today the Palio is accompanied by a medieval parade and artisan food fair to spotlight Alba's famed white truffles.
Dinner spotlights the French-influenced cuisine of Piedmont, some of the most elegant in Italy.
A truffle hunter and his hound will demonstrate how dogs sniff out the precious tubers. Next we delve into wine history at the Castle of Barolo, the birthplace of Barolo wine. In the afternoon, we taste some premium Barolo at two wineries: Massolino in Serralunga and either Elio Grassoor or Fantino Conterno in Monforte. Both townships are known for more structured Barolos, rich with tannins for long aging.
Dinner will feature local fare like agnolotti, veal with delicate tuna sauce (vitello tonnato), and bread sticks – a piemontese invention
LUNCH AT AN ARTISAN CHEESE FARM
Our first stop is Sandrone, a modernist leader, or the small family-run winery Silvio Grasso. Lunch then takes us to the high hills, or Alte Langhe, where we’ll have a buffet lunch at an artisan cheese farm, feasting on freshly made mountain cheese and salumi. In the afternoon, on our way back to Alba, we'll stop at another top Barolo winery, Da Milano, whose wines have consistently offered exceptional price/value.
There’s free time afterwards to explore the wine shops of Alba, a lovely medieval city.
BARBARESCO, QUEEN OF THE LANGHE
Today we focus on the other B’s of Piedmont: Barbaresco and Barbera. We’ll start at the Produttori del Barbaresco or Marchesi di Gresy. Both make benchmark Barberescos and several cru, or single-vineyard Barbareschi.
After lunch, we head to Barbera territory and Braida, the estate of Giacomo Bologna, the man who single-handedly revolutionized Barbera. After hearing Barbara’s Cindarella story, we’ll drive to our second hotel in southeastern Piedmont—the land of Gavi wine. The hotel is on the property of Villa Sparina, a leading producer of Gavi
GAVI , PIEDMONT’S WHITE WIINE
This morning, we’ll visit the town of Gavi and visit the 11th C. Fortress of Gavi, which once guarded the salt roads from Genoa to Milan. Then we’ll head to the medieval townhouse of Dolce Vita’s owners for a fun, hands-on cooking lesson. On the menu: bagna cauda (vegetables with a creamy garlic/anchovy dip), risotto al Gavi, and tiramisu. We’ll also raid the cellar for a sampler of Piedmont wines.
Afterwards, we’ll tour Villa Sparina’s estate and 17th C. cellars, followed by a tasting of its award-winning wines. Our farewell dinner is at the hotel’s elegant restaurant.
Arrivederci! A shuttle to the Arquata Scrivia train station and assistance with your travel plans.
*Itinerary changes very slightly each year so as to improve the tour
A minimum of 2 participants is required to run this tour and the tour in limited to a maximum of 14 participants.
(The number of participants refers to how many persons are required to run the tour, not to how many persons you must have in your party. Please inquire.)
HOW TO ARRIVE
Meet: Tortona train station (outside of Milano)
Depart: Arquata Scrivia train station
*It is necessary to arrive in Italy the day before the tour begins, in order to meet the morning shuttle.
*These details are provided as additional information. Please check below to see if transfers are included in this tour.
Single Room Supplement/US$350
Standard accommodations are two people per room. If you are traveling alone, we will assign you a roommate of the same gender, or you may choose to room alone by paying a private room supplement fee
*Pricing may vary depending on market fluctuation
After availability is confirmed, a deposit of US$450 per person and the completed and submitted registration form will secure your reservation. Final payment is due in full 75 days before your arrival date.
*Five (5) nights accommodations (double room) in two 4-star hotels, with breakfast buffet
*Four (4) gourmet dinners (three courses with wine)
•Three (3) lunches: welcome lunch, cheese farm, cooking lesson
*All wine tastings mentioned
*Admission to Alba’s Palio and Castle of Grinzane Cavour
•Shuttle at beginning/end of tour, as described
Transportation: We provide one van pick-up on day of arrival/departure at designated train station or airport (call for times). All ground transport during stay.
•Train to meeting point (Tortona train station)
•One (1) dinner on your own and 2 lunches
•After-dinner drinks, or special wines at tastings that are not part of what is provided to the group
For further inquiries or to register, click here.
Please contact us for cancellation policy information. Travel insurance is highly recommended.
Patricia J., New York City
"I've lived and traveled in a lot of countries, but I honestly can't remember a more beautiful experience - the countryside, the food, the wines, the people. Everything was about as perfect as could be."
Hob B., Seattle, Washington
"We thought ourselves very lucky to be in a group of knowledgeable wine people and benefited at lot from their experience. We loved Tuscany and thought the tour was an excellent introduction to the region."
Kelly D., Chicago, Illinois
"It was a great tour and a terrific way to get a feel of the region."
Sally O., Fairborn, Ohio
"I appreciate all the research that went into finding beautiful walks, great restaurants, and interesting wine tastings and tours. Thanks for a great week."
Nancy D., Portland, Oregon
"I feel like I've become a "mini-expert" on the wines of Piedmont. Instead of being baffled by the variety of Italian wines available, now I can say, here's something from Alba, and this little Dolcetto will go well with my dinner."
Mary B., Atlanta, Georgia
"I really did not know what to expect. I'd never been to Italy, knew very little about Italian wines, and never had been on an organized tour. I kept saying tomorrow just can't top this, and then it did. This truly was an awesome experience."
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