Luxury Piemonte Wine Routes Tour
A poetry of senses, the exaltation of taste.
A world heritage tour. Unique in the world. Unforgettable. Indelible.
Modern Wine Routes are territorial entities which are responsible for food and wine tours management. From their creation, they have always been called “Wine Routes”, but there have actually been many designations, due both to the different local needs and to the critical attitude shown by the Slow Food association about limiting the activities to wines only. That said, in Italy there are many different types of itineraries: Wine Routes, Flavours Routes, Wine&Oil Routes, Wine&Food Routes; which are distributed in all Italian Regions. These Routes are characterised by different developing activities and initiatives, but they all have a common goal, which is also the project leading thread: valuing the land and its products.
In Piemonte there are 6 active and recognized Routes. Our proposal is to experience just a few of them, in order to really enjoy Piemonte traditions.
Astesana is the historical name of an area that is highly specialized in wines, sparkling wines and grappa production. It has a strong culinary tradition that has built a real Asti Food&Wine school. Going South from Asti, you will reach the Astesana area, a very ancient land with dozens of castles that prove the presence, in the past, of many capital cities and prestigious families in the area. The Barbera and the aromatic Moscato and Brachetto wines are the kings of this land. These hills are the birthplace of the Italian sparkling wine (born in Canelli 200 years ago), extraordinary grappa and the unique Italian DOC goat cheese Robiola are produced here and, last but not least, we can’t forget the most perfumed truffles in Piemonte.
The Monferrato Astigiano area offers a truly unique experience: “Descending down the hills”. Its valleys are lower than the Po Pianalto surrounding Turin. This phenomenon can be explained by the geological events that generated the Monferrato area. In ancient times, this area was submerged by the sea; later, during the quaternary glacial time, the Po Valley began to emerge. At this stage numerous streams coming from alpine glaciers began to erode the land, digging deep valleys and reshaping the entire Astigiano landscape as it is today.
LANGA AND BAROLO
The “Barolo and Langa Great Wines Route” association was founded in 2006 with the purpose of enhancing, promoting and energizing the territory where the valuable wines of Langa are produced. Here, centuries-old traditions take their roots and are joined by culture and characteristic wine&food (products for which this area has become renowned all over the World). The Route gathers many municipalities in an extraordinary journey into the very heart and soul of the territory, where the main character is, indeed, the Wine. But in the background reigns the great patrimony of culture and tradition, the exuberance of nature with its enchanting hills and vineyards.
ROYAL ROUTE OF TURIN WINES
This Route includes the areas of Torino Hills, Canavese, Val Susa and Pinerolo. All these areas are characterized by specific features, such as landscape, history, handicraft, culture, agriculture and, undoubtedly, food and wines. This means that each wine production is unique and can be the proud holder of DOC and DOCG titles.
Itinerary (7 days)
DAY 1 – MILANO MALPENSA/SERRALUNGA D’ALBA (190 Km – 118 miles)
Arrival in Milano Malpensa. Transfer to Serralunga d’Alba by private bus and accommodation in the beautiful Boscareto Resort (or similar). Free time to relax in the SPA or strolling through the amazing vineyards surrounding the relais. Dinner and overnight in resort.
DAY 2 – SERRALUNGA D’ALBA/SANTO STEFANO BELBO: THE DOOR TO THE LANGA TERRITORY/SANTO STEFANO BELBO/CANELLI/SERRALUNGA D’ALBA (88 Km – 55 miles)
Breakfast in resort.
Morning: Transfer to Santo Stefano Belbo, native land of the famous Italian writer Cesare Pavese. Guided tour. Visit to Pavese’s native house with the room where he was born, books, documents and pictures of the author. Lunch in a restaurant in Santo Stefano Belbo.
Afternoon: transfer to the nearby village of Canelli, home to the Asti D.O.C.G., the best-selling Italian wine abroad, made with sweet Moscato grapes with the champenois method, the same used in the production of Champagne in France and adapted to this sweet wine. Visit to one of the historic cellars, renamed “Underground Cathedrals”, which have been declared UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of these particular cellars reach the depth of 32 m in the subsoil, dug in the “marna” (marl), others have seen the birth of the first Italian sparkling wine in 1865! Dinner in cellar. Transfer to Serralunga d’Alba and overnight in resort.
Guide tour: full day
DAY 3 – SERRALUNGA D’ALBA/MONFORTE D’ALBA/BAROLO/SERRALUNGA D’ALBA (30 Km – 18 miles)
Breakfast in resort.
Morning: transfer to Monforte d’Alba, brief town tour and then proceed to Barolo, the capital of Langhe. Visit the Falletti di Barolo Castle, the Wine Museum “WIMU” with wine tasting and to the Corkscrews Museum. Free lunch.
Afternoon: transfer to Serralunga d’Alba to relax in resort. Dinner and overnight in resort.
Guide tour: half day
DAY 4 – SERRALUNGA D’ALBA/GRINZANE CAVOUR/DOGLIANI/ALBA/SERRALUNGA D’ALBA (90 Km – 55 miles)
Breakfast in resort.
Morning: tour of some villages on the hills where the famous Barolo wine is produced. Arrival in Grinzane Cavour, with its wonderful Medieval Castle, UNESCO site, and houses, the Regional Wine Cellar, the Ethnographic Museum and the Langa Museum. Wine tasting in the Regional Wine Cellar. Transfer to Dogliani, where travellers will visit the “Poderi Luigi Einaudi”. The history of the Poderi (estates) started in 1897, when Luigi Einaudi (second President of the Italian Republic), when only 23 years old, acquired the farmhouse ‘San Giacomo’ in the village of Dogliani, surrounded by 40 Piedmontese giornate of vineyards (40 acres). Visit of the winery, the cellar and final wine tasting. Light lunch in a local restaurant.
At the end, return to the Resort; time to relax.
Late Afternoon: transfer to Alba, a city known for its White Truffle International Fear. The Dome has been rebuilt in Gothic style; not far away, the Church of San Giovanni Battista hosts works of art from the fourteenth century. The Federico Eusebio Museum presents artifacts from Prehistory to the Roman era, as well as a section dedicated to natural history.
Dinner at “Piazza Duomo” Restaurant by Chef Enrico Crippa (3 Michelin stars). The restaurant is located nearby the ancient town of Alba, closed to its Dome.
Return to Serralunga d’Alba and overnight in resort.
Guide tour: half day.
DAY 5 – SERRALUNGA D’ALBA/TORINO AND THE ROYAL ROUTE OF TURIN WINES (80 Km – 50 miles)
Breakfast in resort.
Morning: transfer to Torino; accommodation in NH Carlina hotel (or similar). Visit of the Egyptian Museum, an archaeological museum, specialised in Egyptian archaeology and anthropology. It houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities, with more than 30,000 artefacts. It is the second most important Egyptian museum in the world after the Cairo museum and one of the largest museums in Italy. After a pleasant walk towards the historic centre, lunch in restaurant at Baratti&Milano, one of the oldest and most prestigious historic cafés in Turin.
Afternoon: transfer to Pessione to visit the Martini&Rossi Museum of Oenology an exceptional location, home to an iconic Italian brand. Wine experience “Make Your Own Vermouth”, an innovative format that offers an immersion in the art of making Vermouth, a solid Piedmontese cultural heritage. Discovering the principles of preparation and the use of aromatic extracts and distillates to personally recreate the flavours of your Vermouth, playing with aromatic notes and aromas. You will have the chance to experience a real oenological laboratory. Dinner at “Terrazza Martini” new Bar Lounge, with an unmistakable charm. Return to Torino. Overnight in hotel NH Carlina (or similar).
Guide tour: full day
DAY 6 – TORINO
Breakfast in hotel.
Morning: transfer to Piazza Castello and visit to the Royal Residence hub: Palazzo Reale and its Gardens, symbol of the magnificence and opulence of the Savoy dynasty. This is the epicentre of all this power, where the Collezioni Reali are held, to show the careful administration by the Savoys and their love for art; Palazzo Madama, the first Senate of the Italian Kingdom, that takes its traditional name from the embellishments it received under two queens (madama) of the House of Savoy. Lunch at historical “Ristorante del Cambio” the most renowned and gastronomic restaurant in Turin, a real city institution.
Afternoon: visit to Palazzo Carignano, a symbolic place for the history of the House of Savoy and the Italian Risorgimento: besides being the birthplace of Charles Albert and Victor Emmanuel II, it was the site for the Piedmontese Parliament and the first Parliament of Italy. Walk through the central Via Po up to the Mole Antonelliana, the symbol of the city. Visit of the National Cinema Museum and panoramic lift to the terrace overlooking the entire historic centre. Dinner at the Officine Grandi Riparazioni, an ancient repair and maintenance centre for railway vehicles turned into a meeting and exhibition centre with its excellent restaurant. Overnight in hotel.
Guide tour: full day
DAY 7 – TORINO/MILANO MALPENSA (140 Km – 85 miles)
Breakfast in hotel and transfer to Milano Malpensa. Departure. End of our services.
The above day-by-day programme is a general preview for guidance purposes and its itinerary and meals can be reviewed. Upon booking, a detailed programme with all the necessary indications will follow the confirmation: addresses, phone numbers, timetables, notes, suggestions and further information to ensure the best experience.
• All Private transfers by motorcoach as specified in the programme (not included for individual travel, min. 2 people);
• 2-night accommodation in 5-star hotel in Serralunga d'Alba in HB;
• 2-night accommodation in 5-star hotel in Serralunga d'Alba in B&B;
• 2-night accommodation in 4-star hotel in Torino in HB;
• 5 lunches in restaurant or cellar;
• 3 dinners in restaurant or cellar;
• Guided tour as specified in the programme;
• Piemonte Card (free Entrance in museums and tourist attractions);
• All entrance fees to museums and tourist attractions as written in the programme;
• All wine tastings as written in the programme;
• All cellar visits as written in the programme;
• Medical/luggage insurance;
• All local taxes.
• Incoming/outgoing flights and airport taxes;
• Lunches, beverage, if not specified;
• Porterage at hotels;
• Personal expenses, tips;
• Tour leader: if requested, it is possible to quote a tour leader for the duration of the tour;
• All things not listed above.
Note: all prices are indicative and will be calculated according to customers’ requests.
EASY NITE will request a price supplement if the number of participants is not reached.
15% for cancellation up to 30 calendar days before the date of departure;
30% for cancellation from 29 to 14 calendar days before the date of departure;
75% for cancellation from 14 to 5 calendar days before the date of departure;
100% for cancellation from 4 to 0 days prior to departure date.