Day 1 - 18 October 2019
LE LANGHE AND 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 region. Check in at the hotel and rest. In mid afternoon, you'll get to enjoy your first glass of wine will at “Enoteca Regionale del Barolo” where you will have encounter Barolo wine and will be introduced to the peculiarities of this small territory that according to the type of soils produces, within a few km, very different, though all superb, wines.
Your accommodation Da Felicin is an historical mansion in the centre of Monforte*, famous for Barolo wine and for white truffle. It also has a great restaurant. Dinner at your hotel.
Day 2 - 19 October 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 local producers is 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/lunch we will be transferred 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 our lunch was long, the visit to Alba can be done the next day). Later in the afternoon a short bus ride will take us to the Verduno Castle which belonged to the Italian royal family where we will be introduced to the secrets of Piedmont refined cuisine via a cooking class, and have dinner with what we created. Back in Monforte for the night.
Day 3 - 20 October 2019
BARBARESCO AND MONFERRATO
Brunate Barolo – Barbaresco – We have not finished with Barolo yet, as it is a wine that deserves 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, but one of the best. A short ride will take us to Neive, a small village nestled 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 a ancient church. Check in at Tenuta la Romana and relax in beauriful regional setting by the swimming pool. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 4 - 21 October 2019
LOOKING AND COOKING WITH TRUFFLE
A short ride takes us at the to the meeting point with our truffle hunter and his dog. Pu on your best walking shoes as we head into the woods in search of the gourmand's holy grail. We will admire the perfect entente between the man and the animal and be told about the characteristics of the wood where the truffles grow and stories about the life of the “Tartufaio”. Keep some of the truffle for supper that you will prepare yourself in cooking experience at a local farm. Night at same hotel.
Day 5 - 22 October 2019
ON THE ROAD HEADING FOR BEAUNE
We leave Alba by private van and drive to the mountains passing through the Aosta valley. After and extended driver this morning, our first stop is at a small wine producer who is considered one of the best (if not the best) wine producers of the area. She will prepare a light lunch in a rustic setting with a view of the mountains. We will then continue our trip going through the San Bernardo pass (a further couple of hours) but we will certainly stop to take pictures of the superb landscape of the Alps along the way.
We spend the night in a small village on the shores of the Lake Leman in Switzerland in the magic setting of the Lavaux vineyards which are now part of UNESCO protected landscapes. Wine tasting and aperitif on a terrace with a superb view of the lake and the Alps and supper with a typical Swiss raclette!
Day 6 - 23 October 2019
We are off to Beaune (2h30 drive) first along the lake then across the Jura mountains where cows graze freely and cheese is produced in small village factories (we may stop to watch the cheese making process). After settling at our accommodation just outside the small town of Pomard we will have a light lunch and wine tasting at the nearby small producer. Later a 10 minute drive takes us to the very heart of Burgundy for a guided visit of the famous Hospices de Beaune with their colorful roof and fascinating stories. We will have some free time to shop in the many boutiques of the town. Supper will be at a famous restaurant by the river.
Day 7 - 24 October 2019
LE COTES DE BEAUNE
Today is spent exploring the area south of Beaune. We will visit the lovely town of Meursault and its beautiful church, have a wine tasting at a producer of the famous Montrachet wine. After lunch we will learn how Marc de Bourgogne is made. Pay a visit to a maker of “tonneaux” (barrels) which are such an important part of the making of great wines. Back at our hotel to breathe and rest before supper in a nice restaurant next door.
Day 8 - 25 October 2019
LE COTES DE NUITS
We will head for the area of “les cotes de nuits”, north of Beaune; however first we will peak inside the cellars of the oldest wine merchant of Beaune. Have a wine tasting at one of the family owned wineries of the area near Nuits St Georges then have lunch among the “cuvees” come back and relax before supper.
Day 9 - 26 October 2019
Return to Geneva airport for departure (2h30) or to Dijon (30minutes) for TGV train to Paris or Milan
Seven nights 3-4 star level villas/hotels
Expert guide who will lead the tour
All entries to the wineries and wine tastings
Two cooking classes
Transportation with a private van for all the week
Albergo Felicin, Monforte d'alba
Tenuta la Romana, Monferrato
Agriturismo La Ville TBA
Villa in Beaune TBA
This unique tour departs once only on 18 October 2019
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$4279 per person based on twin/double room
$4929 for a single room
$3709 per person with three in a room
Prices subject to exchange rate fluctuation