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ITALIAN PIEDMONT WINE TOUR | SPRING 2023

A six-night getaway to the heart of northwest Italy's Piedmont that will immerse guests in the splendor of the region's profound wines, ancient cities, and sumptuous cuisine.
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TOUR DESCRIPTION

 

Unforgettable memories and some of the world's greatest wines await! Italy's Piedmont region, home to the famous Alba white truffle, is most famous for its boutique wines and gastronomy. Travelers from all over the world come for the outstanding food, Cult wines, Medieval castles and hamlets, and romantic, vineyard-covered hills. We'll spend 6 nights at the ****Hotel Casa Pavesi, an elegantly restored ancient home at the foot of Grinzane Cavour Castle, not far from Alba. Hi-lights will include a private tour of the ancient city of Turin, participation in a genuine truffle hunt with a local Trifalu (truffle hunter), and the startling beauty of the Langhe countryside painted with amazing colors. Most of all, you'll enjoy exclusive tours and tastings with many of the region's top wine estates, including the legendary Gaja, with renowned local wine guide and Piedmont expert Silvia Aprato.

 

SUNDAY, Day 1 (Welcome to Italy!) - Pickup at Milan-Malpesa, Italy. Transfer to Grinzane Cavour and the fully-restored Hotel Casa Pavesi in the heart of one of the foremost wine and gastronomic areas in the world, the spectacularly beautiful Le Langhe in Piedmont. Located between Barolo and Barbaresco, Hotel Casa Pavesi—newly restored down to the last detail, and with commanding views of the surrounding vine-covered hills—is at the epicenter of fine wine production, famous cuisine and woodlands that hide the prized Alba white truffle. Le Langhe has become the most prestigious food and wine area in Italy, and is a "must" destination for lovers of wine, food, beautiful scenery and Medieval hill towns. Casa Pavesi offers the perfect location for wine tasting and seeing the gorgeous scenery. After settling in, guests are invited to join us at our welcome reception and introduction to Piedmont wines led by Silvia Aprato. Dinner tonight is a short drive away to Ristorante Bovio, perched high on a hillside in La Morra, with an impressive view of the Barolo landscape, and an equally impressive menu and list of local wines.

 

MONDAY, Day 2 (Barolo) - After breakfast we'll begin our winery visits with a tour and tasting at the historic wine cellars of Marchesi di Barolo located in the town of Barolo. It is here that more than 200 years ago, Barolo wine was born. We will tour and taste in the historic cellar which reveals a wine tradition that goes back for generations. Lunch will be at Marchesi di Barolo's very own Ristorante La Foresteria where chef Valter Quirico will suggest a menu dedicated to the most traditional Piedmontese dishes perfectly paired with a selection of Marchesi di Barolo's excellent wines. After lunch, we'll drive about 15 minutes east to Castiglione Falletto, for a winery visit and tasting at the incomparable Azienda Agricola Vietti. Dinner tonight is at the enchanting and modern Osteria Disguido situated in the beautiful grounds at Fontanafredda in Serralunga d’Alba.

 

TUESDAY, Day 3 (Torino Detour) - After breakfast, we'll travel about an hour north to the vibrant city of Turin. With its Baroque architecture and many cafés, Torino is reminiscent of both Paris and Vienna, but, surrounded by the Alps, with a feeling all its own. An expert, licensed Torino guide will lead us on a walking tour of the city's most important sites including Piazza Vittorio Veneto, the Mole Antonelliana (the location of the National Cinema Museum), Borgo Medievale, Real Chiesa di San Lorenzo, the Cathedral of San Giovanni (housing the famous Shroud of Turin), Piazza San Carlo, and the Palazzo Reale. Lunch today is at the charming and lively bastion of the Slow Food movement, Ristorante Consorzio at Via Monte di Pietà in Torino, serving delicious Piedmontese specialties with excellent local wines and cheeses. In the afternoon there is time to take in some of the city's eleven miles of arcades offering shops such as Guido Gobino and their incomparable chocolate, or to visit a museum. Turin's stunning Museo Egizio (Egyptian Museum) contains one of the world's top collections of antiquities. We dine tonight in Serralunga d'Alba, at the elegant Michelin 1-star Guido Ristorante that, according to viaMichelin, "is situated in a splendid old building on the top of a hill with panoramic views. It is renowned for its fine cuisine and excellent wine list. A superb combination of beautiful scenery and cuisine typical of the Langhe region."

 

WEDNESDAY, Day 4 (Morning in Serralunga d’Alba, Afternoon Truffle Hunt) - After breakfast, we spend the morning and visiting the pioneering Azienda Agricola Vigna Rionda (Massolino). We'll break for lunch to enjoy the genuine flavors of the Piemontese table at Osteria Veglio in La Morra. In the afternoon, we will set off north toward Valle Talloria for a truffle hunt! Giuseppe Marengo offers some of the best truffle hunting in the entire area! With his beloved truffle dog Luna, Giuseppe offers an actual hunt, taking you through the forests where the precious white Alba truffle, as well as black truffles, are hidden treasures. You are accompanied by Giuseppe's assistant Giacomo, who explains how Trifalu (hunter) and dog are working together during the search, which lasts for about an hour in the forest. After working up our appetites, we will travel 15 minutes northwest of Grinzane to the picturesque hilltop town of Verduno to enjoy a relaxed dinner with wines at the cozy and easy-going Ristorante Trattoria dei Bercau.

 

THURSDAY, Day 5 (Gaja in Barbaresco and Alba) After breakfast, we’ll journey to Barbaresco, for a tour and wine tasting at Gaja. Founded in 1859, by Giovanni Gaja, it has acquired the reputation of being the finest wine producer in all of Italy. Today the winery is managed by Angelo Gaja and his three children, Gaia, Rossana and Giovanni. Gaja’s wines are known for their rare purity, concentration, elegance and personality. They produce a range of Barbarescos sourced from fourteen different vineyards, as well as cru Barolos and impressive whites including the Sauvignon Blanc ‘Alteni di Brassica’ and ‘Rossj Bass’ Chardonnay. Back in Grinzane Cavour we’ll pause for a casual lunch of “down home” cooking with a lovely view at Trattoria La Salinera. In the afternoon, we’ll take a short ride to another pioneering winery, Ceretto, for a tour and a large tasting of their incredibly pure and impeccably made wines. Dinner tonight is at the elegant and welcoming Le Torri Ristorante located in the ancient medieval village of Castiglione Falleto.

 

FRIDAY, Day 6 (Monforte d’Alba, and Castiglione Falletto) - After breakfast we will wend our way south to the neighboring commune of Monforte d’Alba to begin our day of tasting with the sublime wines of Elio Grasso. For lunch, we'll linger over the innovated dishes at Ristorante Trattoria della Posta, nestled into the bucolic countryside near Monforte d'Alba, after which we’ll visit another esteemed local producer, Fratelli Cavallotto – Tenuta vitivinicola Bricco Boschis in Castiglione Falletto. Our farewell dinner finds us in the nearby hamlet of Castagnito, at the table of Michelin-starred chef Marc Lanteri's new restaurant. There, we’ll enjoy his five-course "La Scoperta" menu composed of dishes that best represent Marc's French origins, surrounding Mediterranean flavors and always locally sourced and seasonal ingredients. Over wine and the excellent meal we'll share the memorable moments of our past few days together before saying Arrivederci; fino a quando ci incontreremo di nuovo.

 

SATURDAY, Day 7 - After an early breakfast, guests will be transferred by shuttle to Milan-Malpensa Airport for departures home or onward travel.

Luxury Small-Group Wine Tours to France, Italy, Spain and California
Luxury Small-Group Wine Tours to France, Italy, Spain and California
Luxury Small-Group Wine Tours to France, Italy, Spain and California

$5999*

6
nights

Tour Date:

 

May 21-27, 2023

WHAT'S INCLUDED
  • Tour begins with pickup at Milano-Malpensa, Italy.

  • Full information and welcome package.

  • Welcome reception and introduction to Piedmont wine tasting.

  • 6 Nights Luxury Accommodations at the Hotel Casa Pavesi.

  • All transfers during the tour.

  • Private walking tour of city of Turin.

  • 6 breakfasts.

  • 5 lunches.

  • 6 dinners (three Michelin 1-star).

  • All beverages during the 11 included meals are provided in the price of the tour. What this means is that ample red and white wines, still and sparkling bottled water, and coffee or tea will be served along with all nine meals provided as part of this tour.

  • Additional aperitifs or digestives will be the responsibility of individuals.

  • Entries to all private wine tastings at wine producers.

  • Expert Piedmont guide.

  • Truffle Hunt with Giuseppe Marengo (weather permitting).

  • All taxes and gratuities.

  • Entries to all museums and other scheduled locations.

  • Tour ends at Milan, Italy.

  • Price Per Person (4-7 Guests) - $7,699.00* Double-occupancy. (Price does not include airfare).

  • Price Per Person (8-13 Guests) - $5,999.00* Double-occupancy. (Price does not include airfare).

  • Price Per Person (14 Guests - Fully Booked) - $5,599.00* Double-occupancy. (Price does not include airfare).

  • Single Supplement - $1045.00 (note: single guests may request to be paired to avoid the single supplement fee).

  • Group size limited to just 4-14 guests.

 

More about Hotel Casa Pavesi

 

The Hotel has 12 rooms with a personalized touch and furnished with every comfort: bathroom, telephone, air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, hair dryer and safe, internet WI-FI. There are also spacious suites with hydromassage and beautiful views of the Langhe hills. Two cozy reading rooms are also available for guests.

 

Breakfast at Hotel Casa Pavesi is buffet-style, with a wide choice of fresh sweet buns, Melba toast, biscuits, fresh sliced cold meats and cheeses, fresh bread, cereals, a variety of jams and marmalades, butter, honey, natural and fruit yogurts, fresh seasonal fruit. There is an excellent selection of tea infusions for you to choose from. You will also find cold milk and fruit juices at the breakfast bar. Hot drinks are prepared in the hotel's café and brought straight to your table.

Temperature - Piedmont, Italy /

Mid- to Late-May Period

Average Daily Temperature: 67°-74° Fahrenheit

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