Wonderful Winter Wine Tours in Valtellina & Switzerland

The Northern Italian region of Valtellina is spectacular anytime of the year, but winter is an extra special time to visit as apart from the fabulous food and wine, there are some excellent spas and thermal springs, and the Alps are particularly picturesque when covered in snow. On this specially designed short winter break, you will see some of Italy’s loveliest unspoiled scenery and visit boutique wine estates making intensely perfumed red wines, “Sforzato” and Valtellina DOCG. These wines are made at high altitude on cascading terraces clinging to steep hillsides. You´ll indulge in plenty of “mountain cuisine” like rich cheeses, Bresaola, buckwheat pasta -called Pizzoccheri della Valtellina- and polenta with melted cheese, all washed down with these powerful Chiavennasca based wines (the local version of Nebbiolo, used to make Barolo).

Your base for this tours will be at a historic spa hotel in the charming ski resort of Bormio, located at the gateway to the breathtaking Stelvio Pass. Bormio has been famous since Etruscan and later Ancient Roman times for its natural thermal springs and you will enjoy rejuvenating spa treatments at your Belle Époque style hotel. Over the next few days you will visit the beautiful towns of St Moritz in Switzerland and Bellagio in Lake Como, both great shopping destinations and extremely picturesque. Other highlights of this winter tour include an exhilarating Glacier Express train ride with spectacular views and a magical horse drawn sleigh ride through the snow. If you love food and wine and are looking for a short winter break in Italy that offers fantastic scenery and sightseeing, then this is the tour for you.

Tour Highlights:

  • Wine Tasting in Valtellina
  • Ancient Roman Spa
  • Excursion to St. Moritz, Switzerland
  • Bernina “Glacier Express”
  • Romantic Horse- drawn Sleigh Ride
  • Visit Lake Como and Bellagio
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Below is a suggested Day By Day Itinerary for your private Wine Tour in Valtellina


Day One - Transfer to Valtellina & Wine Tasting at Nino Negri

Top wine estate Nino Negri

Top wine estate Nino Negri

Arrive to Milan Airport and your private chauffeur will be waiting for you in the arrivals lounge. You’ll head north, towards the Swiss border to the beautiful Valtellina, about two and a half hour’s drive.

Your first stop will be for lunch at a quaint trattoria – called “crotto” locally – set amid the vines. Get ready for some seriously delicious food and forget about the diet today! Begin with some air-dried Bresaola followed by “Pizzoccheri” (buckwheat Tagliatelle with a sumptuous alpine sauce comprised of Bitto cheese, Swiss chard, sage, butter, potatoes, garlic and nutmeg). Before your main course you might taste the local “Sciatt”, naughty little fritters stuffed with Casera cheese. Intensely perfumed red wine from the Valtellina will accompany the meal and dessert might be the delicious “Bisciola”, a Christmas cake made with figs and nuts. Finish this feast with the unique local Amaro Braulio made with herbs and wildflowers collected in the surrounding valleys.

After lunch and a digestive walk you´ll carry on to the premier Valtellina winery, Nino Negri, for a VIP private tour of the estate. You´ll see the fermentation rooms, barrel cellars, and will conclude the tour with a full tasting of four flagship wines, including Valtellina Superiore and the exquisite Sforzato.

In the early evening you´ll transfer to Bormio, your base for the tour. Check in to your fascinating historic hotel and enjoy a free evening. Welcome to the Valtellina!

Overnight: 5* Spa Hotel, Bormio

Meals Included in Price: Full lunch with wines and digestives

Transfers: Milano – Ponte in Valtellina – Bormio


Day Two - Wine Tasting at Triacca & Gourmet Dinner in Bormio

Superb Wines in Valtellina

Superb Wines in Valtellina

- Today will be relaxed with some more wine tasting and free time to enjoy the spa facilities.

- From Bormio your personal chauffeur will take you to Tirano, a short drive of less than an hour to another top wine estate, Triacca. Triacca have a beautiful property and cellar and you´ll taste their best cru wines such as their Valtellina Superiore Sassella. Lunch will be convivial and friendly at a rustic inn with a timber beamed ceiling and an adjacent small wine museum.

- The rest of the afternoon and evening is at leisure to enjoy the resort. You can take a scenic walk on the beautiful grounds of the resort and have a drink by the fire in the elegant salons adorned with Murano chandeliers. You´ll have access to the extensive spa and so why not have a dip in the natural steam cave sauna, or a relaxing soak in the Ancient Roman baths. Treatments you can book include holistic massages, body scrubs, Decleor facial treatments, mud baths, thermal water treatments, sun showers, Aromatized relaxing scalp massages and more. The resort also has its own wonderful line of spa products.

- The evening is yours to dine at one of the excellent onsite restaurants or in the Bormio old town.

Overnight: 5* Spa Hotel, Bormio

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wines

Transfers: Bormio – Tirano - Bormio


Day Three - Glacier Express Excursion & Lunch in St. Moritz

Scenic Winter Train Journey

Scenic Winter Train Journey

Expect stunning scenery today and don´t forget the camera!

Your day begins with a private transfer to the train station to hop on board the famous Bernina train (the “Glacier Express”), on the Unesco world heritage list and considered to be one of the most spectacular railways in the world. Enjoy a two-hour train ride and arrive in Pontresina, Switzerland. Your very own horse-drawn sleigh will be waiting for you to take you on a gorgeous one-hour trip into the Roseg valley.

Lunch will be deep in the valley on a terrace facing the Alps. You´ll head back to Pontresina to catch the 10-minute train ride to glamorous St Moritz. St Moritz is an exclusive town in the beautiful Engadine valley that has colorfully coined itself the “top of the world”. Enjoy some free time to explore on your own, take in some shopping and stop for a late afternoon coffee or glass of vino.

In the late afternoon you will enjoy the 2 hour train ride back to Italy and your driver will transfer you back to your spa resort.

The evening is yours to relax on your own.

Overnight: 5* Spa Hotel, Bormio

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast, Lunch with wines

Transfers: Bormio-Tirano- Pontresina- St Moritz- Tirano- Bormio


Day Four - Wine Tasting at Ar.Pe Pe winery & Lunch in Sondrio

Lake Como

Lake Como

Today you will head back to Milan for an evening arrival, but before another round of wine tasting and a tour of beautiful Lake Como.

In the morning your driver will escort you to Sondrio for a special visit to the family run Ar.Pe.Pe estate (short for the winery’s patriarch Arturo Pelizzatti Perego). Expect excellent Valtellina wines (like the Valtellina Superiore DOCG Grumello Riserva), hospitable and enthusiastic hosts and amazing views. Lunch is next after this morning of wine tasting and photo ops, at an elegant venue in Sondrio where you´ll have a gourmet meal with lighter, more delicate dishes waiting for you, all paired with top wines of course.

Transfer to Lake Como enroute to Milan and enjoy some free time in Bellagio for example. Winter is beautiful in the lakes district and you´ll love the views of the snow-capped mountains in the backdrop over the peaceful lush villas that straddle the lakeside. In the evening around 8PM you will arrive to Milan and will be dropped off at your hotel. Free evening to dine on your own with our suggestions.

Overnight: 5* Spa Hotel, Bormio

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast

Transfers: Bormio- Sondrio- Lake Como- Milan


Day Five - End of Tour

Il Duomo in Milan

Il Duomo

At your preferred time your driver will transfer you to the airport. If you have a later flight then enjoy some time sightseeing and shopping in Milan today.

Drop off at airport and end of services.

This concludes your very special winter wine tasting break in Northern Italy and Switzerland. We look forward to seeing you again!

Meals Included in Price: Full breakfast/ Early bird breakfast

Transfers: Milan hotel to Milan airport


What's Included:

  • Accommodation for 4 nights in luxurious 5* Hotels
  • 4 Full breakfasts
  • Private Airport Transfers and all transfers as per the itinerary by luxury Mercedes E and English speaking chauffeur
  • Private Horse drawn sleigh
  • Glacier Express Train ride
  • Bottle of Italian wine in your room upon arrival
  • Four high quality lunches with wines
  • 3 Professional and VIP Wine Tasting Presentations with Winemakers/Owners/top staff in the Valtellina
  • Tastings of Cru Wines and Personalized Wine Sheets
  • Access to Spa for general circuit
  • Sightseeing in St Moritz and Lake Como
  • 1 keepsake itinerary with maps and ample information on Italy, food and wine, and all locations visited
  • Gourmet Gift
  • 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.

More Information:

All of our tours are available year round upon request for your private group of minimum 2 people. We organize unforgettable packages in Italy that include wine and adventure touring. If you would like us to customize a private high-end tour of Italy for you

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