The highlights of this week in Piedmonte and Liguria are many, but you can be sure that quality wine tasting in Barolo, Alba and Le Langhe will feature strongly. Also included are cooking classes, showcasing Piedmonte cuisine, truffle hunting and the obligatory wine tastings and wine paired dinners. Rounding out your week, is a visit to the spectacular Cinque Terre coast.
This small group, one-off departure will have you talking for years to come. Accompanied by your local guide throughout the week, you can be sure this food and wine tour will tick plenty of boxes!
Day 1 - 19 May 2019
TOUR IN THE BAROLO
Pick-up at Alba train station (or we can arrange for a private transfer from Malpensa airport) and transfer to your first lodging in The Langhe area in the heart of Piedmont, one of Italy's most famous wine regions. Check in at the hotel and relax a little in your new surroundings . Mid afternoon, will be your first glass of wine at “ Enoteca Regionale del Barolo”. Here you will have an initial taste of Barolo and be introduced to the peculiarities of this small territory that according to the type of soil produces, within a few km, very different, though all superb, wines.
Your accommodation Da Felicin http://www.felicin.it/ is an historical mansion in the centre of Monforte*, famous for Barolo wine and for white truffle. Dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 - 20 May 2019
ALBA AND COOKING CLASS
The Langhe area has an amazing landscape of vineyards with the Alps as background. Remaining in the area wine-tasting & meeting with the producer are mandatory; we will start the day with a leisurely walk among the vineyards to reach Barolo, the small town which is the cradle of the famous wine of the same name. We will have a tour of the historical cellars where it all began. After a wine-tasting and lunch we will transfer to Alba, the main town of the area, where we enjoy some free time to explore the centre of the town and its many boutiques. (If timing is short because lunch has been 'long', the visit to Alba can be done the next day). Later in the afternoon, a short ride will take us to the Verduno Castle which belonged to the Italian royal family where we will be introduced to the cooking secrets of Piedmont cuisine and have dinner with what we prepared. Back to Monforte for the night.
Day 3 - 21 May 2019
LOOKING AND COOKING WITH TRUFFLE
We have not finished with Barolo yet, as it is a wine that deserve a lot of attention. After a leisurely breakfast, we will be driven to La Morra, a small village from where one can enjoy a breathtaking view over the vineyard covered hills; we will then visit Marengo winery, one of the 6 producers of Barolo “ Brunate” made with the harvest of a single vineyard. It is a modern, family-owned winery. A short ride will take us to Neive, a small village selected among the most beautiful boroughs of Italy. Lunch will be on the terrace of a nearby restaurant overlooking the Barbaresco vineyards. On the way to our next accommodation we will stop to peek inside the Enoteca Regionale of Barbaresco which is located inside an ancient church. Check in at Tenuta la Romana and relax in the countryside by their appealing swimming pool. Dinner at the hotel. Tenuta la Romana https://www.tenutalaromana.it/
Day 4 - 22 May 2019
BUBBLES AND BARBERA
Canelli, the town next to our accommodation, is famous for producing some of the best “Spumante”, the Italian Champagne. We will start the day with a tour of one of the historical cellars that produces Spumante and learn how it is made. By the way they also produce an excellent Barbera. These cellars are known as the “Cathedrals of wine*” After the visit we will have lunch at one of the best restaurant of the area; we continue the day with a visit to a grappa producer (distillerie Berta). An hour's drive will take us to our next accommodation a beautiful wine resort: Villa Sparina. After check-in a visit to the villa's cellar will be the opening step for a glorious dinner with wine pairing.
Day 5 - 23 May 2019
RELAX AND CASTLES
Today, a change of pace and what better place than among the vineyards of Villa Sparina. Spend a couple of hours by the pool on this free morning, then be transferred to Rocca Rondinaria where we walk in the vineyards before having lunch at the Castle of Rocca Grimalda, a small village on the edge of a spectacular deep gorge. Return to the resort to change then supper at a local restaurant in Gavi. Overnight Villa Sparina.
Day 6 - 24 May 2019
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in the lovely gardens of Villa Sparina before starting our trip towards the coast, taking the highway that cuts through the rugged landscape of the Appennino Ligure to reach the Mediterranean sea just to the east of Genova. We will stop in Camogli a charming village that offers interesting shopping possibilities. Following will be lunch at a fish restaurant by the seaside, after which we make our way to a new hotel for the night. We will spend the night in Levanto the gate of Cinque Terre. Dinner and night at Hotel Giada del Mesco a villa overlooking the Levanto harbor. https://www.lagiadadelmesco.it
Day 7 - 25 May 2019
HIKE OR BOAT TO MONTEROSSO
Today, you may choose to go by boat or hike the famous coastal trail. The trail that leads to Monterosso starts at the door of our hotel. The hike takes 2.5 hours and takes in beautiful views of the coast. Monterosso is the first of the Cinque Terre villages. (Those who are not hiking will be driven to Levanto harbor by our hotel owners to catch the boat to Monterosso). Once we are all there, it's time for lunch, followed by a visit to a wine producer then onto a local train to the next town of Vernazza. Return by boat to Monterosso where we will have our farewell supper. It is possible to have a third cooking class (this can be very interesting, as Ligurian food is very different from the Piemonte cuisine). The owners of our hotel will pick us up to return for the night .
Day 8 - 26 May 2019
We will be driven to Levanto railway station to catch a train to La Spezia (or Genova) and from there to your next destination.
Eight nights four star villa accommodation
Eight dinners (two with pairing wines)
Eight lunches or wine-tasting lunches
Five wine or grappa tasting
Two Cooking classes
Transportation by private vans
Local English speaking guide (Giuliana)
Transfer from Milan or Malpensa airport can be arranged upon request
Wines are included at wine tastings, wine-tasting lunches and dinner with pairing wines
Albergo Felicin, Monforte d'Alba
Tenuta la Romana, Monferrato
Villa Sparina – L’Ostelliere, Gavi
Giada del Mesco, Monterosso al Mare
This unique tour departs once only on 19 May 2019
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$4439 per person based on twin/double room
$4919 for a single room
$4119 per person with three in a room
Prices subject to exchange rate fluctuation