Explore the Wonders of Barolo and Barbaresco

Piedmont is one of the most famous wine regions in the world and a “must do” for true wine lovers and collectors. On this luxurious Wine Tour, you can look forward to VIP wine tastings at premium small Barolo and Barbaresco estates (as well as lesser known boutique estates in Gavi, and Tortona); crème de la crème restaurants (Piedmont, or “Piemonte” is a gastronome’s paradise), chocolate and vermouth in elegant Turin and some spectacular scenery in the Langhe- especially if you tour in the autumn when the vineyards are at their most beautiful (autumn is also fabulous as it is the white truffle season and when Alba hosts the exciting international truffle fair and auction).

Your private driver guide will pick you up in Milan and you’ll head south into the Piedmont wine country. Over the next week you have some amazing food and wine experiences to look forward to! Visit cult producers like Walter Massa and Roagna; top Dolcetto experts like Einaudi and Mossio; beautiful estates in La Morra and Barolo and historic cellars in Canelli. Exquisite restaurants are included on this unforgettable tour such as the mythical Piazza Duomo in Alba, Combal Zero outside Turin (one of Italy’s most interesting modern Michelin starred eateries), the elegant yet warm Gener Neuv in Asti and one of our personal favorites- Belvedere in La Morra. You’ll love your meals and wine tours! Other highlights include an artisan beer tasting, Savoy Palaces and the Grinzane Cavour fairy tale castle.

Sip on velvety Barolo wines, sleep in a luxurious wine spa “Relais” and dine on homemade pasta topped with deliciously freshly shaved truffles. If you are looking for a luxurious wine tasting vacation in Piedmont, than look no further!

Piedmont Wine Tour Highlights:

  • Winery Visits and Tastings in Piedmont (Langhe, Barbaresco, Barolo, Gavi, Asti, Tortona)
  • Michelin Starred Dining
  • Slow Food Wine Bank
  • Idyllic Italian wine villages, castles and medieval hamlets
  • Private Chauffeured Mercedes
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Below is a suggested Day By Day Itinerary for your private Piedmont Wine Tour


Day One - Welcome to Piedmont! Cult wines & Michelin starred lunch

Ostellieri Wine Resort

Ostellieri Wine Resort

This morning your elegant driver guide will pick you up in Milan (at the airport or at your hotel) and you will be swept away to the wine roads of Piedmont. Travel south about an hour to the village of Monleale, home to both the unique (white) Timorasso grape and its famous protector- cult wine estate Walter Massa. The winery, Vigneti Massi, has grabbed the world’s wine critics attention, such as wine goddess Jancis Robinson. This wine region is know as the Colli Tortonesi (hills of Tortona), and you will enjoy a VIP winery tour at its most famous estate and tasting with the owner himself. Learn all about the region, the Timorasso and of course Walter´s precious wines.

Lunch is next a few minutes drive in Salice Terme. Ivan Musoni´s revered Michelin starred restaurant is a treat and you will sit down to a chef´s tasting menu of seafood specialties paired with some excellent Piedmont wines. After a leisurely and stress free lunch, your driver will take you further south towards Gavi. You will be sleeping at a wine estate tonight, in a beautifully restored 18th century farmhouse. Enjoy the rest of the afternoon at your leisure to enjoy a walk amid the vines. Dinner tonight will be on your own at the hotel’s exceptional restaurant, La Gallina.

Overnight: 4* WIne Estate

Meals Included in Price: Michelin starred lunch with wines

Transfers: Milan- Monleale- Salice Terme- Gavi wine country

Day Two - Villa Sparina, Canelli and Asti

Villa Sparina wine estate

Villa Sparina wine estate

How about wine for breakfast? Not exactly, but you will indulge in some wine tasting shortly after, at the onsite Villa Sparina winery. Villa Sparina produce some of the best Gavi wines (that share the namesake with the medieval town). Gavi wines are made with the white Cortese grape and are light and delicate on the palate and smell like spring white flowers. You will taste a range of wines from Gavis to Barberas. Late morning, your driver will take you on to Asti. Asti town and its province was one of the wealthiest in Italy, especially from the 11th to 14th centuries and there is a wealth of architectural reminders from this era. If you happen to be visiting in late September, we can organize for you to see Asti´s spectacular medieval Palio!

You’ll love your gourmet lunch today, at Gener Neuv. Facing the Tanaro river, this outstanding restaurant specializes in traditional Piemontese cuisine, presented with flair and style. Flagship dishes include Gnocchi stuffed with Castelmagno cheese, Lasagne Rustiche alle Verdure, baked quail’s eggs with black truffle and cheese fondue with truffles. After a marvelous lunch, you’ll enjoy a guided tour of Asti with a wonderful local guide. Known for its bubbly (Asti Spumanti), this little working town is mercifully free of tourist crowds and has some beautiful churches, medieval streets and squares.

Carry on to historic Canelli next to visit one of their “wine cathedrals”. Canelli is famous for its vast underground network of wine cellars dating back centuries and still in use today. You’ll see one of the most beautiful wine cellars like Contratto, enjoying a VIP tour of the caves and a private tasting. And finally in the late afternoon, head to the hills of Langhe, Piedmont’s loveliest sub region. Arrive to your luxurious hotel set atop a vine covered hill, settle in and relax. The evening is yours to dine at the estates superb restaurant.

Overnight: 5* Wine Spa Relais Hotel

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Gourmet lunch with wines

Transfers: Gavi- Asti- Canelli- Langhe region

Day Three - Wine Tasting in La Morra and Dining at Bovio

The beautiful Cordero di Montezemolo winery

The beautiful Cordero di Montezemolo winery

This morning you’ll have a later start giving you time to go for a walk in the vineyards, have a late breakfast, hit the spa, or sleep in. In the late morning your driver will meet you and you’ll travel through unspoiled wine country with undulating hills of vines, to the historic Cordero di Montezemolo estate in La Morra. This lovely wine estate provides a great private tour and you’ll see their scenic vineyards and ancient Cedar of Lebanon before sitting down to a private and special wine tasting of their flagship wines like their juicy Dolcetto d'Alba, fragrant Langhe Arneis and elegant "Gorette" Barolo DOCG.

Continue on to the pretty little wine hamlet of La Morra. You have a stellar lunch at Bovio with a stunning view of the vineyard covered valley. Sit back and relax, enjoying the Dolce Vita. Lunch today will not be rushed or hurried, it will be elegant and charming with many wine pairings. After lunch, we suggest a stroll through the village to pop into some of the little shops, take photos, and digest your lunch. On the way back to your wine spa hotel this afternoon you will stop into Pollenzo where the mythical “Wine bank” and the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Science are located. You’ll tour the immense wine cellar and have a glass of wine. Then the rest of the late afternoon and evening is yours at leisure in your luxurious wine resort.

Overnight: 5* Wine Spa Relais Hotel, Langhe wine country

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Gourmet lunch with wines

Transfers: Hotel- La Morra- Pollenzo- Hotel

Day Four - Dolcetto Tasting at Mossio, Grinzane Cavour Castle & Piazza Duomo in Alba

Grinzane Castle

Grinzane Castle

This morning you’ll enjoy a scenic drive (especially if in October or November when the vineyards are spectacular!) down to Rodello, one of a cluster of wine hamlets famous for its Dolcetto. Arrive to a small family run gem like Mossio, making award winning dolcettos in a converted 17th century monk’s cellars. Valerio Mossio is very personable, and passionate about his wine and this region. You’ll trek through the manicured vineyard before enjoying an informal tasting inside. The romantic castle of Grinzane Cavour is next, just a few minutes drive through unspoiled wine country

This historic castle is extremely important and symbolic in the Langhe. It is where the annual literary awards are held, and also houses the regional wine shop. The Grinzane Cavour castle is where countless food and wine events take place such as the annual International Truffle Auction, the meetings for the Italian Cheese Tasters association as well as the order of the Knights of the truffle and wines of Alba. The castle itself is a small museum, which you can visit, interesting for the wine relics like ancient presses, antique cooperage equipment and historic Barolo wine bottles. Enjoy free time here to explore the castle, grounds and wine shop on your own. And finally, lunch will follow at one of Piedmont´s most famous eateries- Piazza Duomo in the famous truffle town of Alba. This is a major highlight and you’ll delight in the chef´s tasting menu paired with fine wines, benissimo! After lunch, you can spend some free time in Alba before returning to your hotel.

Overnight: 5* Wine Spa Relais Hotel, Langhe wine country

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Michelin starred lunch with wines

Transfers: Hotel - Rodello - Grinzane Cavour- Alba- Hotel

Day Five - Barolo & Artisan Beer Pairings at Casa Baladin

Barolo hamlet and castle

Barolo hamlet and castle

The wines of Barolo are on the “menu” today and you’ll begin your Barolo tour with a visit to an estate like Paolo Monti. You’ll receive a private tour of the estate and sit down to a tasting of their prestigious and modern wines. Then travel to Piozzo where you have a unique experience to look forward to- an artisan beer food and food pairing! Casa Baladin is well known among Italian gourmets and foodies, and owner Teo Musso is a real character. Microbreweries in Italy are becoming very popular and Baladi is without a doubt one of the best. The brewery is powered by 100% solar energy and Teo Musso plays music to “stimulate the yeast”, this is a great place!

On your way back to the hotel this evening, stop into the pretty village of Dogliani for a visit to boutique producer Poderi Einaudi. The wine estate dates to the 1600´s and has been in the family since the late 19th century. Einaudi have been cultivating Dolcetto here since 1904 and their Dolcetto di Dogliani is adored by the wine press. They also make a range of Barolos and Barberas. You´ll have a private tour and tasting of a few wines such as Barolo Cannubi, Dolcetto di Dogliani I Filari, and the Dogliani "Vigna Tecc". The evening is yours to relax at your hotel.

Overnight: 5* Wine Spa Relais Hotel, Langhe wine country

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Gourmet lunch with artisan beers

Transfers: Hotel- Monforte d'Alba - Piozzo - Dogliani- Hotel

Day Six - Wine Tasting in Barbaresco & on to Turin

Barbaresco vineyards

Barbaresco vineyards

Today you have a FABULOUS day in store- a VIP full morning and lunch experience with our favorite winemaker in the entire Piedmont- Luca Roagna. You’ll visit his cellar in Barbaresco, in the same hamlet as Angelo Gaja, and you’ll spend the morning in the vineyards, the cellar and the family house. Indulge in a superb wine tasting of the best Barolos and Barbarescos the Roagna estate makes before sitting down to lunch with the winemaker himself. The cuisine will be mamma´s cucina- satisfying and rich dishes paired perfectly with sultry red wines. This is always a favorite and a highlight of your tour.

This afternoon then you’ll change gears and head into the city, to Turin. Turin is the handsome cultural capital of Piedmont. Elegant archways, stately avenues and grand palaces all characterize Turin. While the city is surrounded by much industry (Piedmont is one of the wealthiest regions in Italy due to its industry), Turin center is a historic gem. Check into your hotel and freshen up and in the late afternoon your own private guide will meet you in the lobby to take you on an insider’s walking tour of the city. You’ll learn all about the Savoys (Turin was capital of the House of Savoy from 1574), the history of Vermouth and Turin’s many chocolate corners. During the tour you’ll visit the Via Lagrange with its many gourmet shops and stop for a chocolate and heavenly Bicerin coffee at one of Turin’s historic cafes. The evening is free tonight with our suggestions on restaurants and nightlife.

Overnight: 5* Comfortable Hotel, Turin

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Winery lunch

Transfers: Hotel- Barbaresco- Turin (Torino)

Day Seven - Private Guided Tour of Turin & Exquisite Lunch

Cheese at an outdoor market in Turin

Cheese at an outdoor market in Turin

This morning your guide will meet you in the lobby and take you on a fantastic walking tour of the city’s most fascinating sights including the Egyptian museum and Palazzo Reale. Begin with a visit to the historic Egyptian museum, with its collection rivaling the British Museum and Cairo Museum of Archeology. Carry on to the lavish 17th century Royal Palace. This opulent palazzo has dozens of rooms you can visit with period furniture, tapestries and paintings and a royal garden whose landscaper André le Nôtre, also contributed to the Versailles gardens. And after a morning of culture, not to mention walking, you’ll be famished!

Lunch today will be ultra traditional and include famous local dishes like Bagna Cauda and risotto with Bra cheese, paired with Piedmont wines naturally! The afternoon is yours to get in some shopping or more sightseeing. You can check out the cinema museum, the outdoor markets, and the classy shops on Via Roma. Upon arrival to Italy you receive our welcome pack which contains many recommendations on sightseeing, dining during your free evenings, etc and you can use that as a reference today, Enjoy Torino!

Overnight: 5* Comfortable Hotel, Turin

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Traditional lunch with wines

Transfers: Walking tour of Turin

Day Eight - Private Tour of Savoy Residence & Lunch at Combal Zero

The Royal Hunting Palace of Stupinigi

The Royal Hunting Palace of Stupinigi

The historic and artistic heritage of the Savoy period will become clearer today when you head out of the city to see some of the “Residenze Sabaude” (Residences of the Royal House of Savoy), built under the Duke of Savoy. You will do the loop and see beautiful palaces and castles such as Castello di Moncalieri, Castello Reale di Racconigi and the Palazzina di Caccia di Stupinigi (the Hunting Lodge of Stupinigi). A wonderful way to spend the morning, with fresh air, stunning views of the Alps and wonderful historic properties.

But the real treat today is lunch, at the remarkable Combal Zero. Located inside the 13th century Castello di Rivoli (with its modern art collection), Combal Zero is a restaurant you will remember. Chef Davide Scabin is the Ferran Adrià of Italy with outrageous dishes like cyber eggs, liquid pizza and virtual oysters. This is a real gastronomic experience! Lunch will be Scabin´s creative tasting menu paired with specially selected small cult producers from Piedmont, and you can relax and admire the views of the lush valley. After lunch, you’ll head into Milan for your last evening. We highly suggest a visit to see the Duomo and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele arcade. Tonight you’ll sleep in ultra luxury at Milan’s Four Seasons, simply the best!

Overnight: 5* Comfortable Hotel, Milan

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Michelin starred lunch with wines

Transfers: Turin- various Residenze Sabaude- Milan

Day Nine - Depart from Milan

Shopping in Milan

Shopping in Milan

Transfer to Milan airport to catch your outbound flight. And this concludes your magnificent wine tour of the Piedmont. You will leave Italy with some gorgeous photos, some gourmet goodies and unforgettable memories of the truly special people you have met in Italian wine country. Arrivederci!

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Meals Included in Price:Full breakfast (or early bird, depending on flight time)

Transfers: Milan hotel- airport

Customer Testimonial:

“We were very pleased with the tour. Both Simona and Luigi are first-class folks and were attentive to all our needs and wants. I was especially pleased with the hotels and inns where we stayed, and I was pleased that we had 3 nights in two of the hotels. The highlight, I think all will agree, was Roagna. Luca was great, and his grandma cooked our lunch. Poggio Antico was also great. I liked Simona very much. She has extensive knowledge about wine, as well as history. She knew exactly where to take us to find what we wanted (like the ceramics shop in Florence). Overall, she did a first-class job for us.The marble artist was also a highlight. Once again, this is something we never would have seen on our own. And the cooking class—terrific! Such a different experience from the others. And the setting was perfect. Your service is impeccable, your knowledge of your product is immense, and your contacts are invaluable. I’ve run out of adjectives! ”

Wayne Sharp, California, USA

What's Included:

  • Accommodation for 8 nights in luxurious 5* Hotels
  • 8 Full breakfasts
  • Private Airport Transfers and all transfers as per the itinerary by luxury Mercedes E and English speaking chauffeur
  • Eight exceptional high quality lunches with wines, including many Michelin starred eateries
  • 8 Professional and VIP Wine Tasting Presentations with Winemakers/Owners/top staff
  • Tastings of Cru Wines and Personalized Wine Sheets
  • Visit and tasting at Pollenzo´s Wine Bank
  • Private guided walking tour of Asti with art guide
  • Private guided walking tour of Turin with art guide (with museum entrance fees)
  • Entrance fees and private tours of the Savoy residences (various palaces)
  • 1 keepsake itinerary with maps and ample information on Italy, food and wine, and all locations visited
  • Gourmet Gift of Local Piedmont Goodies
  • Welcome bottle of premium Italian wine in room
  • All Local taxes

What's Not Included:

  • Flights
  • Meals and Drinks not Specified
  • Personal Expenses such as Telephone, Minibar, etc
  • Tips and Gratuities (Guides, Restaurants, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (Strongly recommended)
  • Cancellation Insurance

Prices:

This is a SAMPLE TOUR ITINERARY. Please note that our private chauffeured luxury tours are totally customized to your needs and price varies according to the number of people in your group (please note tours require minimum 2 guests), specific suppliers included, number of services included,specific dates, transport type etc. Contact us today for more information and we would be delighted to get started on a tailor made detailed itinerary with pricing for you.

  • Final price depends on chosen style of accommodation and dining. Please contact us with your group size (minimum 2 guests, no maximum group size), travel dates and preferences and we will send you custom pricing.
  • Discounts available for larger groups
  • Please note that our tours are available upon demand for PRIVATE GROUPS and are not scheduled tours for mixed groups.

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