Love Red wines? Barolo & Barbaresco will Love you Back in Piedmont

Discover Piemonte

Discover one of Italy’s magical wine regions, the Piedmont (or Piemonte as the Italians say). Sharing borders with France and Switzerland, it is a picturesque region of dramatic hills wrapped with vineyards, orchards, medieval fortresses, and charming villages with terracotta rooftops.

Piedmont is known for its Barolo and Barbaresco, the king and queen of Italian wine, full-bodied red wine made from Nebiolo grape. It is also famous for its incredible gastronomy.

This is where the Slow Food movement started and it is the source for the fabled white truffle. Hazelnuts are a regional specialty, with Piedmont’s having exceptional quality and being especially rich in oil, and are the origin of today’s Nutella. 

And there is also Turin, the capital of Piedmont. Turin is home to world-class museums, charming architecture and covered walkways, as well as some of the most sought after cuisine of Italy. Turin was the first capital of Italy and you can see the incredible buildings left by the House of Savoy. Turin is also all about chocolate and seems to have a shop devoted to chocolate on every corner.

Join us to discover the magical wine region that is Piemonte!

ITINERARY

Day 1 : Arrival, welcome dinner
Meet at Milan central train station at 3pm.
Transfer to the villa in the heart of the wine country. Check in and settle in your room.
Welcome dinner.

Day 2: Castles, Wines and medieval villages
Breakfast.
Depart for a scenic drive along the route of the Barolo wine area learning about some of the most famous single vineyards in the area.
We’ll visit the snail-shaped town of Serralunga d’Alba and its fortress. Next, We will drive to the Langhe area to visit a winery that is considered a modernist Barolo producer. After the tasting we will have lunch in a local Trattoria. Our second tasting today will be in a historic wine estate in the beautiful town of La Morra. Our final winery visit today will take place in a family style atmosphere seating around the table.
Dinner at a typical restaurant.

Day 3: Cooking in a farm, wine tasting, Light dinner 
Breakfast.
Drive to an organic farm in a rural area where we will spend the morning cooking with Maria using seasonal vegetables and aromatic herbs from the organic garden. Up next is lunch paired with the organic wines of the farm. After lunch, we’ll tour the wine cellar, vineyards, hazelnut grove and organic garden. Next, we will drive to a natural park where a small family run estate located on a panoramic hill overlooking the entire region. You will taste the passitowine made from moscato grapes, which obtained DOC recognition despite the limited area in which it is made. We’ll go back to the villa to relax.
Light dinner at the hotel, Aperitif style.

Day 4: Cheeses, Underground Wine Cathedrals, Evening at a Brewery
Breakfast.
Drive to the heart of the hill district of Monferrato, which has a quilt like landscape of striped vineyard patches bumped up against solid fields of green nestled beside clusters of burnet-orange rooftops. Our first stop will be a visit to a dairy farm, which produces about 13 types of cheeses and yogurts from goat’s milk. After tasting different cheeses we will take a scenic route to enjoy this undiscovered part of Piemonte until we reach to a small family run estate producing the DOCG wine Barbera Nizza. We’ll join the family for a farmer’s lunch with the food prepared by the mamma. After goodbyes, it’s time for more wine tasting. We will then drive to Canelli, which is famous for its underground “Cathedrals of wine” as UNESCO World heritage sites. The underground cantinas are true cathedrals, extending below the city and composed of several levels in the tuffaceous hills, creating a striking environment. We will have a tasting in one of these cellars.
We’ll head back to the hotel to freshen up before we head out for a casual evening including dinner in a brewery that produces artisanal beers. The link to the wine world is created with the use of yeasts for sparkling wine or with aging in a barrique. The line ranges from classic beers inspired by Belgium and England to raw, original materials such as spices, mulled wine, grapefruit, mint, cocoa, lime or ginger.

Day 5: Turin is like a box of chocolate , Pizza lunch, Bicerin
Breakfast.
Today we’ll have a day trip to Turin. Turin is Italy’s regal city. The grandeur of its royal past can be witnessed in its stunning palaces, majestic boulevards and arcaded shopping streets, and of course, in La Veneria, a palace reminiscent of Versailles. Turin is also famous for having many elegant historic cafes, as it was a literary center for many centuries for people like Puccini, Nietzsche, Dumas and Cavour.
Turin is a chocolate heaven. It has been the chocolate heart of Europe since the 17th century. After the discovery of the “New World,” the history of chocolate is strictly connected to Turin and Piedmont, where the very first hot chocolate, chocolate houses, and chocolate spread were invented.
Upon arrival, Your will have a walking tour – orientation in town. You will stop for a Pizza lunch. Continue the walking tour after lunch and stop along the way in one of the historic cafes to sample chocolate and Bicerin, a traditional drink made out of espresso, chocolate, and cream layered in a small glass.
You’ll have time on your own for shopping, and exploring or visiting a museum. In the evening the group will be transfere to “eataly” emporium. This is a taste bud emporium that provides a one-stop shop for all things Italian. Enjoy dinner on your own at this heaven for foodies.
After dinner we will drive back to the hotel.

Day 6: Truffles, Wine, Alba
Breakfast.
This morning we’ll drive to the Roero district to a Tartufaia, a place when one finds Truffles. We’ll join the truffle hunter and his canines for truffle hunting in the forest. Next, we will be heading to Alba where you will have free time. In the afternoon we will visit a winery set on a vine-planted hill, which produces extraordinary wines.
Dinner at the hotel

Day 7: Departure
Group transfer to Milan airport. ( 6:30 am)
or continue with us to Lake Como

Arrival Details

  • Airport city:

    MXP

  • Pick-up Location:

    Milano Central train station

  • Pick-up time:

    3:00 pm

Departure details

  • Airport city:

    MXP

  • Drop off location:

    MXP

  • Drop off time:

    08:30 am

The program includes:

  • 6 nights accommodation in a villa
  • All breakfasts
  • 4 Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • 1 hands -on cooking class
  • Wine tastings
  • Beer tasting
  • Chees tasting
  • Chocolate tasting
  • Tour guide
  • Group transfer
  • Transportation according to the itinerary

The program does not include

  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Anything not mentioned in the program

TERMS & CONDITIONS

A deposit of $500.00 per person is required at time of booking to guarantee the space on the tour.
Balance of the full amount is due 90 days prior the first day of the tour.

CANCELLATION

Your deposit is refundable within the first 30 days of your deposit, so long as you have booked more than 180 days before the start date of the tour. If you book within 180 days of the start date of the tour, your deposit is immediately non-refundable. 90 days or less before the start date of the tour, the tour is non – refundable unless we are able to rebook another participant for the date/tour you are booked on.

Food N wine vacations, Inc reserve the right to re-calculate prices due to currency fluctuations. For full terms and conditions refer to Terms and conditions page.

ACCOMMODATION

Your home for your stay in piedmont is a restored stone farmhouse, set on 10 acres of hills, vineyards and orchards. The rooms, built based on principles of ecological design, each with its own color scheme, natural furnishings and individual details, all offering different panoramic views. There is free Wi-Fi and flat-screen TVs. Amenities include a restaurant and a seasonal, heated outdoor pool. A rustic spa with stone walls features a fitness room and a mini indoor pool

DATES & PRICES

Available year-round based on availability.

2020

  • Sept 13 – Sept 17
  • TBA soon
  • Available
  • Oct 11 – Oct 15
  • TBA soon
  • Available

2021

  • Sept 26 – Sept 30
  • $3495.00
  • Available

A minimum of 6 people is required.
Single supplement: $500.00

Looking for a Private Group Tour?
We can accommodate private groups year round

We highly suggest purchasing travel insurance to protect your travel investment.

You can get a quote here

Your best option would be flying in and out of Milan. Turin is about an hour train ride in the high speed train.

You can also fly to Turin.

We provide a complimentary consulting with your pre or post travel plans. Don’t hesitate to ask us.

It might be a good idea to combine  a visit in Piedmont with a tour to Lake Como or if you are planing to take

combine it with a cruise or a river cruise.

Walking pace is like walking around town.

You will be walking in cobblestone streets and some uneven roads.

We try to start the days after 09:00 am – 09:15 am.

The itinerary is balanced between activities, sightseeing and leisure time.

What should I wear?

Stay casual and comfortable. Mornings and evening are chilly but during the day it’s warm. Even in full summer, hot days can quickly turn into cool evenings. Be prepared with a light sweater during the summer months, and something a little heavier in spring and fall.

You won’t need to dress up anywhere you go. If you would like to try to blend in with the locals as much as possible, think “smart casual” or “preppy” for men, and “light and stylish” for women. Italians are very fashion conscious, but not formal.

In the summer months, you will most likely want to wear shorts. Make sure they have good pockets. However, always make sure you also have some long pants

Bring flat shoes, as you will be walking in medieval towns with cobblestone streets or farms with unpaved roads.

If you want to dress up for dinner, dress as if you are having dinner with friends.

How many bags can I bring?

We recommend bringing one medium suitcase and another small bag or trolley.

Please check our packing advice.

Packing

We advise you to pack light. We also recommend planning what you need based on each day of your travels.

You will need the extra space for souvenirs. You may not think about it now, but believe us; you’d want to take home that tasty olive oil, a bottle of wine that you can’t find at home, local specialties, or ceramics.

On that note, the best advice we can give you is “bubble wrap”. Bring bubble wrap with you. It’s cheaper and more convenient to bring it from the U.S and you will probably never leave home without it.

We highly recommend you use packing cubes for efficient packing and to keep things organized. You can search for videos on YouTube to learn more about it.

Do I need a passport?

Yes!

Copy of passport

We strongly suggest that you to make a copy of your passport.

Should I bring my cell phone?

It is a good idea to bring a cell phone. See our tips for communications while on a tour down below.

Do I need converters or transformers?

European power outlets run at 220 volts. You must buy a transformer to avoid shorting out and/or causing permanent damage to your devices. You will need it for cell phones, cameras, tablets, and other US-made electronics.

Tip: If your electronics can be powered by either 120 volt or 220-volt outlets (the device will usually have this listed in the technical specifications in a format like 120/240 volts, meaning the device can be powered from any power outlet around the globe), you will only need a plug adapter. Please note that a plug adapter is not a transformer, and using one with a device not capable of handling 240 volts will cause permanent damage and may even render the device unusable.

 

Money

We find that a debit/credit card of a credit union bank has low rates for an ATM withdrawal or credit card charges. In addition to credit union banks, here is a list of cards that offer a low or no foreign transaction fee: Capital one no fee hassle card, Chase Sapphire preferred, Chase ink business card, United mileage plus, Barclays arrivals world, Amex platinum card, Capital one venture reward, bank Americard travel reward, Marriott, Southwest, Barclaycard arrival plus, United mileage plus, Citi Hilton honors.

It is also important to let the credit card company or your bank know what country you are traveling to and the exact date

Communications

It is recommended to have a cell phone with you, however, if you plan to bring your smart phone, make sure to turn off mobile data right before you board the plane. If the data is not turned off, your mobile provider may charge you hundreds of dollars for using their services outside the U.S. On certain phones, you may be able to disable data roaming (phones that support this feature will most likely have it turned off by default). This will automatically turn off data outside the U.S.

You may want to check with your cell phone provider what data/voice/ text they offer when you travel to Europe. Things are changing for the better. For example, if you have an unlimited plus plan with AT&T you can pay $10 a day and continue using your phone in Europe as if you were at home.

WhatsApp is a free service that lets users message one another seamlessly between mobile and desktop devices.

WhatsApp is known for its enhanced privacy features, like end-to-end encryption, and its free, web-based international calling. Read on to find out how you can leverage the Facebook-owned messaging giant to make free international calls.

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