Piedmont wine and food delight in Langhe and Roero
Piedmont wine and food delight in Langhe and Roero, from the elegant boulevards and Baroque architecture of Turin, to the majestic countryside crowned with castles, this northern Italian region, “at the foot of the mountains” (as Piedmont literally translates), captivates. The world-renowned Barolo and Barbaresco wines and the coveted truffles of Alba are but a few of the delicacies you learn about and savor on this weeklong adventure. In Piedmont, culinary traditions have evolved to match the beauty of the setting— rolling hills topped with medieval towns and fortifications, rivers rushing down valleys from the nearby Alps, and upland forests full of chestnut and hazelnut groves.
In this region, food is a sort of religion; indeed the Worldwide Slow Food Movement was born in the Piemontese town of Bra. Each course of a meal highlights a regional specialty… From seasonal risottos delicately flavored with wild herbs, to sumptuous veal accompanied by truffles, chestnuts, or luscious fruit— peaches, the Madernassa pear, and strawberries. And finally, the “dolce” or sweet is equally important, with native hazelnuts incorporated into a centuries-old chocolate-making tradition. Accompanying each dinner, naturally, are some of Italy’s best wines. Made from Nebbiolo grapes, rich Barolos and Barbarescos are the showpieces; still the delicate and inviting white Arneis holds its own. Your route follows ancient trails—through nature parks with snowcapped peaks as a backdrop, between hilltop wine towns, and along the medieval “Salt Route” connecting Italy and France, for an unforgettable immersion into a fascinating corner of Italy. Follow us on Facebook!
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS HOLIDAY
- Famous vineyards of Barbera, Dolcetto, Barolo
- Piedmont Langhe sheep Cheese tasting
- Visit of the Bank of Wine
- Visit of wine cellars with wine tastings
- Wine tasting of Asti Spumante wine
- Famous Langhe cooking with risotto, truffle, hazelnuts
- Traditional fresh pasta: Fettuccine
- Wines and liqueurs: Valle D’Aosta Müller Thurgau, Valle d’Aosta Arnad-Montjovet, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Genepy
- Fontina Dop cheese, Boudin, Mocetta, Mecoulin
|IMPORTANT NOTE||The schedule might be subject to change; Depending on your needs and your requests, we can provide you individual services (accomodation, land service, guide service, single tours and activities) or a full package tour;|
|Availability||January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December|
|What is included||3 lunches, 5 dinners, wine&beverages included, in hotel, 7 continental morning breakfast, 7 nights in hotel in the area of Cuneo, All entrance fees in scheduled stops and local taxes, All wine tasting and local produce tasting indicated in programme, Professional Official Guide, Transportation in private van 9 seats (8+1), wine seminary|
|What is not included||– All not expressed in the “What is included”, − Personal Expenses|
Day 1 – TURIN. Arrival day.
Group assemble in Turin, Sandro Pertini airport – meeting with the guide and departure to the Langhe e Roero area. From our village on a clear day you can see as far as the Alpine peaks of the Matterhorn and Monte Rosa which form a beautiful backdrop to the green hills of the Langhe and Roero region. Accommodation in hotel and dinner. Introductory talk
Day 2 – CHERASCO, WINE SEMINAR, CHOCOLATE AND ROERO WINERY
In the morning we will visit the town of Cherasco known as the “city of the seven peace treaties”, also famous for snail farming and fine chocolate production. Here we will visit local chocolate producer where we can try and buy different kinds of chocolates, included the renowned baci di Cherasco (Cherasco’s kisses). Later we move to the cascina Chicco, for attending a very useful wine seminar on Piedmonteses wines with dedicated sommelier. In his technical wine tasting room you will learn all about the Piedmonteses wines: the soils; the vineyards; the vinification techniques. You will learn also about pairing correctly food & wines. The seminar includes 5 different wines for tastings as well as a selection of local cheeses. In the afternoon we move to the nearby ROERO wine district considered the land of “emergent“ Piedmonteses wines. Here we will tour a magnificent winery with a wonderful cellar, and have again a tasting of 5 different wines including Roero, Roero Arneis, Nebbiolo, Favorita, Barbera. In late afternoon back to hotel. Breakfast in hotel, lunch in Cascina Chicco, dinner in hotel.
Chocolate tasting, wine tasting
Day 3 – LA MORRA, MONFORTE D’ALBA: THE BAROLO LANDS
Morning departure for a tour of the wonderful Barolo vineyards with the first stop at the La Morra scenic viewpoint, in the heart of Barolo country, where you can admire the hills and surrounding vineyards. The Barolo wine is very well regarded and renowned for its rich flavor and aroma. It is produced in the Langhe Hills, centred on the large village of Barolo, the town that gave its name to the world-renowned wine, usually from the Nebbiolo grape. Unlike most of the wine-producing villages, Barolo is not perched on a hilltop but rather lies relatively low in the valley. The name is thought to derive from the Celtic “bas reul”, meaning “low place.” Here we will visit the Elio Altare’s wine cellars and taste their extraordinary wines accompanied by some of the typical local produce of Langa. Afternoon transfer to Monforte d’Alba to visit the cellars of Giovanni Manzone; introduction and tasting of his exclusive wines accompanied by local products. Return to the hotel. Breakfast in hotel, lunch in trattoria, dinner in hotel or restaurant.
2 wine tasting, tasting of local cheese
Day 4 – POLLENZO, GRINZANE CAVOUR
In the morning we reach the town of Pollenzo—not far from the town of Bra, the Italian base of the international Slow Food Movement. The neo-Gothic country estate of former King Carlo Alberto of Savoy has been restored and the complex also includes the University of Gastronomic Sciences, the Wine Bank, and Ristorante Guido, all of which have been conceived and developed by the Slow Food organization. With a mission that is in contrast to “fast food,” the Slow Food Movement is dedicated to preserving and promoting agricultural and culinary traditions particular to a region. Initiated in Italy, with its centuries-old practices, the movement has spread throughout Europe and North America. The Wine Bank is a depository of all Italian wines, conceived as an archive of the wines of all regions to create a “historical memory” of Italy’s finest wines, housed in the historic 19th-century cellars of the royal estate: we will visit these wine cellars before relaxing with a wonderful wine tasting! Here we will enjoy a visit to the Banca del Vino Slow Food (Wine Bank) followed by a guided wine tasting. Afternoon departure for Grinzane Cavour to visit the Piedmont Regional Enoteca, situated inside the Grinzane Cavour Castle, taste some of the Piedmont DOC and DOCG wines, especially those from Langa and Roero, in addition to some grappa and other local liqueurs.Breakfast in hotel, lunch in trattoria, dinner free.
2 wine tasting, visit of the Bank of Wine, visit of the regional enoteca
Day 5 – FREE DAY
The free day is an opportunity for a visit to historic Asti to see the city, the “sparkling wine capital,” where the shops are brimming with local specialties. Don’t miss to browse or visit its 13th-century historical centre and to pay a visit to the Torronificio Barbero nougat private collection and plant, with a tasting of the typical chocolate sweets and nougats. As alternatives, a full-day excursion to Turin can also be organized. Or… Simply enjoy a relaxing day in hotel! Breakfast in hotel, lunch and dinner free.
Day 6 – ALBA FOR THE TRUFFLE; BARBARESCO FOR THE WINE
Morning free in Alba town, the truffle “capital”, for individual sightseeing at this medieval town and rich in “gourmet “shops. Not every month is the season of truffle but you can however always learn about this local “jem” thanks to the truffle shop where you can taste also local specialties having dried truffle inside. In the afternoon we will move to discover the small yet unique Barbaresco wine district producing the refined and elegant Barbaresco wine. This is a real small jem, a territory of 3 small villages counting fewer than 3.000 people, 130 wineries and only 2.500 acres of vineyards. First of all we will stop in Neive village counted among the 100 best Italian medieval bourgs. Here you will taste also the special “ Salame di Neive “. Next stop will be Barbaresco village which is giving the name to the wine. In the small villages you will visit the Enoteca Regionale of Barbaresco wine located in a no more consacrated church. Here you can have a view of all best producers of Barbaresco collected by the Enoteca. From here move to one of most rated winery of the area and located right in the middle of one of best crus of Barbaresco, the Martinenga one, a natural amphitheatre of Nebbiolo grapes. The winery belongs to one of the few aristocratic family still remaining in the territory. Here you will enjoy a special walk into the vineyards with the skilled staff in order to learn about viticulture and learn about the important work done in the vineyards all year long. You can touch with your hands the typical soil from Langhe; learn about vine’s life, pruning techniques and natural fertilization or different clones. Appreciating a wine means also to know that most important part of the vinification is done in the vineyard. After this easy walk we will enjoy a special tasting of different Barbaresco, Nebbiolo and the whites. Breakfast in hotel, lunch free, dinner in hotel.
1 wine tasting. Salame tasting, visit of Enoteca
Day 7 – MONFERRATO WINE DISTRICT: CANELLI AND THE SUBTERRANEAN CATHEDRALS
Today we will go to the MONFERRATO wine district, the side belonging to the Asti Province. This is one of the most famous Italian wine regions in the world, especially regarding red wines and sparkling wines. Among the wines (DOC and DOCG), the most famous are Barbera d’Asti, Asti spumante, Moscato d’Asti. The Monferrato, together with Alba town, is also known as the production area of truffles. In this day we will stop in a historical winery dating back to 1867 mainly known for the production of Spumante and Italian Vermouth, a wine fortified with spices, roots, seeds and herbs to create a special elixir for cocktail . This winery is unique as it’s located in the “ Subterranean Cathedrals”( miles of natural tufa galleries under the town of Canelli) that are candidated to become Unesco Site on 2013. This winery has been official supplier of the Savoia Royal Family and the Vatican as well. Here you will enjoy a tour on a magic world of dark galleries and learn all about Italian sparkling wine beeing this winery the oldest in Italy producing Spumante Metodo Classico. Breakfast in hotel, lunch free, dinner in restaurant.
1 wine tasting. Visit of Subterranean cellars
Day 8 – DEPARTURE DAY
After breakfast we transfer to Turin Airport – end of services. Breakfast in hotel