Piedmont Food & Wine Holiday
15th-20th November 2018
welcomed by Silvia Aprato
Piedmont (or Piemonte in Italian) is definitely the new “Eldorado” of wine lovers and experts. Surrounded by the beautiful crown of the Alps, not far from the Mediterranean, Piedmont attracts wine enthusiasts from all over the world and shows them its several jewels: a fascinating scenery of rolling vineyard-covered hills, neat hazelnut groves, medieval castles, towers and quaint villages which will bring you back to the old times.
Food is definitely one of the main attractions for visitors: sit at a table of a local osteria or trattoria and you will be immediately impressed by how many antipasti (starters) Italians can eat; not least, the fantastic mouth-watering hand-made tajarin (fresh egg pasta) or ravioli del plin stuffed with meat; and further long-cooked meat, cheeses, hazelnuts and the most mysterious and seducing product of the ground – white truffles.
The real allure of Piedmont, however, is the great selection of wines produced here with the king of grape varieties nebbiolo, i.e. Barolo and Barbaresco.
You will visit some of the most highly-respected and world-known wineries and taste a selection of their award-winning wines while chatting with the wine makers themselves, or members of their family.
But Piedmont is not only Barolo and Barbaresco. The tour will also be an occasion to enjoy a glass of refreshing and fruity Dolcetto or Arneis, plummy Barbera or the frothy Moscato d’Asti.
Take part in our bespoke food & wine tour in November which is definitely the best month to enjoy this region: the big crowds of visitors have almost all gone, wine makers start to relax after the harvest rush, and we all have more time to enjoy our fantastic food and sip our amazing wines. Vineyard landscapes change their colours every day, white truffles reach the top of their quality and flavours, and our chefs start preparing the most delicious and savoury dishes, ideal to be paired with our wines.
We would like to share all these amazing experiences with a small private group of trusted travellers, new visitors and all the gourmet lovers who may be interested in visiting Piedmont again or for the first time.
PRIVATE TOUR FOR MIN. 4 AND MAX. 12 PARTICIPANTS
Thursday 15th November: Arrival & Welcome Tasting
- Independent group arrival at 4-star hotel Relais Villa D’Amelia in Benevello, in the heart of the Langhe region.
- Meet your wine guide Silvia Aprato for a tour introduction and welcome wine-tasting seminar to discover the different grape varieties of Piedmont.
- Transfer by minivan to a local restaurant for the welcome dinner (4 courses, wines included).
- Back to hotel after dinner, overnight.
Friday 16th November: Barolo Tasting Experience
Today we will focus on a wine of prodigious quality that is worshipped by wine lovers around the globe – Barolo. Barolo is made entirely from the same grape, nebbiolo, and can be produced in 11 villages only, the 5 most famous being La Morra, Barolo, Monforte, Serralunga and Castiglione Falletto. You will be surprised by the substantial differences given to the wine by the different hills, vineyard exposure and soil components.
- First visit will be at Cavallotto winery in Castiglione Falletto. The Cavallotto family claims sole ownership of the beautiful Bricco Boschis cru, where they have been growing nebbiolo since 1929 and bottling their own wine since 1948. Their richly structured wines place emphasis on elegance and longevity, attributable to excellent vineyards in the Bricco Boschis and Vignolo crus and traditional long maturation periods in large Slavonian-oak casks.
- Lunch at a local trattoria or winery (3 courses, wines included).
- In the afternoon, we will take you to another Barolo producer to discover the more modern approach to Barolo production (winery TBC).
- Back to hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner at leisure. Overnight.
Saturday 17th November: Alba Truffle Festival & Barbaresco
Every year, the medieval town of Alba welcomes the International White Truffle Fair with thousands of visitors coming to taste and buy this unique product of the land.
- Morning at leisure to visit the weekly street market with plenty of stalls selling food, cheese and vegetables, and the International White Truffle Market after some shopping along the elegant via Maestra.
- Continue to the village of Barbaresco, lunch at a local trattoria or winery (3 courses, wines included) followed by the visit of one of oldest estates in the Barbaresco zone, Marchesi di Gresy. Using a combination of modern winemaking technology and age-old techniques, their range of traditional Piedmontese wines are elegant, complex and long-ageing, and reflect the area’s unique terroir. Marchesi di Gresy’s Martinenga vineyard is among Barbaresco’s finest crus, extending from Asili to Rabaja. The entire vineyard is planted with Nebbiolo and two sub-zones have been selected for what are effectively single-vineyard wines: Camp Gros and Gaiun.
- Back to hotel in the late afternoon. Dinner at leisure. Overnight.
Sunday 18th November: White Truffle Hunt, Barbera d’Asti & Celebration Wine Tasting
We will finish our Piedmont’s gourmet tour by experiencing a real truffle hunt and discovering the third jewel of the local wine-making scenario, Barbera d’Asti.
- We will start the day at the beautiful Marchesi Alfieri estate, one of the most outstanding producers of Barbera d’Asti DOCG. Barbera makes dark wines that are low in tannins, thus French oak lends wine tannins of its own, giving Barbera the balanced structure it needs to support the added richness. We will first visit the amazing park surrounding the baroque castle, then step down into the ageing cellars and enjoy a light lunch with their beautiful wines.
- We will then meet a local truffle hunter and discover everything about truffles: local traditions, growth environment, overview of truffle varieties and characteristics. A guided tour with the “trifulao” (truffle hunter) and his dog will follow in the natural truffle grounds, to experience a real “truffle picking” along a scenic trail. Final tasting of white truffle (tuber magnatum pico) on some cheese, local salami, focaccia and wine.
- Back to hotel in the mid-afternoon, some time to relax, then enjoy our special wine-tasting seminar with Silvia Aprato. We will be happy to celebrate this special event by sharing with you a selection of 4 different vintage Barolo to fully appreciate the evolution of this outstanding wine after some years.
- Farewell dinner at a local 1-Michelin star restaurant (4-course tasting menu including 1 white truffle shaving, wines included).
Monday 19th November: Turin, the Royal City
Today you will discover the elegant city of Turin, first capital of the Kingdom of Italy back in 1861.
- Meet your tour guide after breakfast and depart with private minivan for Turin.
- 2-hour tour on foot of the city centre to see the main highlights: the Cathedral dedicated to St. John the Baptist; the exteriors of the Royal Palace; the Porte Palatine (remains of Roman walls); Piazza Carignano with the venue of the first Parliament, and the elegant Piazza San Carlo with the historic cafés.
- Taste the bicerin (the typical coffee and chocolate drink of Turin) along the way and final lunch at a local restaurant (3 courses, wines included) to say goodbye to all the participants.
- Check-in at your new 4-star hotel in the city centre (Grand Hotel Sitea). End of the group activities.
- Afternoon and evening at leisure, overnight.
Price: Tour is for min. 4 and max. 12 participants in double occupancy (sole occupancy rates upon request). Tour is guaranteed if at least 4 people sign in.
€ 2.990,00 per person (incl. all taxes as per the Italian law)
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