MULTI-DAY WINE TOUR OF THE PIEDMONT REGION WITH TRUFFLE HUNTING
This multi-day tour is designed for a group of up to 12 people at any time of the year and will be of interest not only to wine tasting enthusiasts but also to those who love to travel and discover something new. Transportation will be provided by comfortable Mercedes Sprinter and Viano minibuses. Throughout the tour, you will be accompanied by English-speaking guide who is an expert in the Piedmont region. On the first day of your stay, you will be accommodated in a cozy boutique hotel, and for the rest of the days, you will stay at an agrotourism farm in the province of Cuneo not far from the town of Alba, which is literally surrounded by gardens, olive groves, and vineyards.
We have planned the tour in such a way that you will visit the maximum number of truly significant places in the Piedmont region in 6 days, while also being able to relax and enjoy Italian wines and dishes during tastings. By the way, you will be able to choose the dishes and wines that are included in the cost of the tastings.
The cost of the wine tour depends on the season and the number of people in the group. Please check with the operator for details.
To book the tour, a prepayment of 20% of the travel cost is required. You can pay the remaining 80% when you arrive in Italy.
WINE TOUR PROGRAM BY DAY
Day One: Alba
Our adventure begins at Malpensa airport, from where we will head to Alba, a small resort town in the Piedmont region. Alba is famous for its truffles, which are known all over the world. We will have lunch and get acquainted with this town in one of its cozy restaurants, where we will try unbeatable Italian dishes such as brasato al Barolo and tajarin with white truffle. Our guide will also briefly introduce the plans for the next 6 days.
After lunch, we will take a stroll around Alba, and in the evening, we will head to a masterclass with the famous Michelin-starred chef Paolo in an ancient castle. You will be able to see how the chef prepares tajarin with truffle and, of course, taste this masterpiece of Italian cuisine.
Day Two: Barolo
In the morning, we will head to the small town of Barolo, which is famous for its eponymous wine made from the Nebbiolo grape. There is an excellent winery located on a hill in this town, offering a stunning view. The wine has been produced here for over 70 years. We will have lunch and taste several types of wine here.
Afterward, we will visit the wine museum in Barolo. Here, you can see exhibits of winemaking from different eras, including giant wooden barrels where wine was aged. You will learn about the history of winemaking in this region from the beginning. After the museum tour, we will have another tasting.
Later, we will head to the small commune of Grinzane Cavour, where the World White Truffle Auction has been held for sixteen years in a row. Chefs from around the world gather here to buy this precious mushroom. The price for 100 grams of this delicacy can reach several hundred euros.
After a full day, we will have dinner and relax, as tomorrow promises to be an interesting and no less intense day.
Day Three: Valpolicella
After breakfast, we will go on a tour of a truffle factory, which is one of the largest in Italy. We will see how truffles are processed, learn about the products made from them, and of course, try several dishes with truffles for lunch.
After lunch, you will have the opportunity to “hunt” for this exquisite mushroom yourself. Experienced truffle hunter Stefano and his faithful hunting dog will help you with this. Nowadays, specially trained dogs are used to search for truffles. In the past, pigs were used, but since they ate most of the mushrooms, our four-legged friends started to be used. From May to September in the Alba region, you can find black summer truffles, and from September to February, white and winter black truffles are hunted. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find your long-awaited trophy.
We will also visit the truffle fair in Alba. There is such an abundance of truffles and products made from them that you have probably never seen before in your life. This fair is the main festival of the year with various performances and tastings.
For dinner, we will try the Brozato al Barolo – roasted veal with vegetables and red Barolo wine. This dish is prepared according to the classic recipe of the Piedmont region. Various Italian appetizers will be served with the roast, as it should be.
Day Four: Monferrato
Today we will head to Monferrato, which is the heart of Piedmont. Here we will visit a private winery owned by the famous fashion model, Mila Schon. The winery produces no more than 2000 bottles of wine per year. During the tasting, we will try wine made from Barbera, Brachetto, and Moscato grapes. The tasting will take place among a private collection of more than 20 racing cars, including some rare models.
Next, we will visit a tourist attraction – the Castle of Tagliolo. The castle was built in the 15th century and is one of the best historical castles in Piedmont. Around the castle is a medieval village, and from the building, there is an excellent view of the picturesque Alto Monferrato region. The owner of the castle, Marquis of Tagliolo, will conduct a tour of the castle and wine cellars. Wine has been stored in these cellars for 300 years. Lunch and wine tasting await us here.
After lunch, we will return to the agriturismo, stopping along the way at the most interesting places in the region.
Day Five: Lake Maggiore and Borromean Islands
Today we will take a trip to one of the most beautiful places in Italy – Lake Maggiore. The first place we will visit is the town of Stresa, where we will stroll around, see the sights, and have a cup of coffee at SkyPoint with an incredible view of the lake.
Next, we will head to Isola Bella. Almost the entire island is occupied by the Borromeo Palace and its adjacent park. Poets, artists, and political figures of different eras, including Napoleon Bonaparte and Josephine, rested and created here. Currently, there is a museum in the palace. Inside, everything is very beautiful: the interior of the halls is in the Baroque style, with antique sculptures, paintings, and furniture of the former owners’ luxury. The botanical garden with statues and fountains, where peacocks and pheasants stroll, will leave you with a lot of positive emotions.
The next stop will be Isola Madre – the largest of the Borromean Islands. Here, surrounded by gardens, stands the Borromeo Palace, built in the 16th century in the Renaissance style. The island’s gardens have many very rare plants collected from around the world. Gustave Flaubert called Isola Madre “paradise on earth.”
The final destination of our journey to the Borromean Islands will be Peschatore, where we will have our farewell dinner. Fresh seafood, fettuccine pasta, fried zucchini flowers, risotto, and other dishes will make your farewell evening more enjoyable.
Day Six: transfer to the airport
Transfer to Malpensa airport and flight home.
The tour price includes:
- Accommodation in double rooms on a farm with breakfast
- Wine, cheese, salami and truffle tastings
- Tasting-lunches at producers’ premises
- Assistance throughout the tour
- All transfers according to the tour program
- Boat trip to the Borromean Islands
- Transfer to/from Malpensa airport
The tour price does not include:
- Airfare to and from Milan
- Visa application fees
- Medical insurance
- Additional transfers outside the tour program
- 2 lunches and 4 dinners
- Entrance to the museums on the Borromean Islands and the Barolo Museum