A poetry of the 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. Since they’ve been created, We always spoke about “Wine Routes”, but in reality there have been many designations, due both to the different local needs and to the critical attitude shown by the association Slow Food about limiting the activities only wines. That said, in Italy there are many different types of itineraries: Wine Routes, Flavours Routes, Wine&Oil Routes, Wine&Food Routes; which are distributed among all Italy Regions. These Routes are characterized by different developing activities and initiatives, but They all have a common goal, which is also the project leading thread: To value 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 sour Piemonte traditions
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, inevitably, food and wines. These peculiarities mean that each wine production is unique and can be proud holder of DOC and DOCG titles.
Astesana is the historical name of an area highly specialized in wines, sparkling wines and grappa production. It has a strong culinary tradition that, overtime has built a real Asti Food&Wine school. Going South from Asti, You’ll enter the Astesana area, a very ancient land with dozens of castles, proving the presence in the past of many capital cities and prestigious families in the area. In the production triumph Barbera and aromatic Moscato and Brachetto. These hills are the birthplace of the Italian sparkling wine (born in Canelli 200 years ago), here are produced extraordinary grappa, the unique Italian DOC goat cheese: Robiola and last but not least, We can’t forget the most perfumed truffles in Piemonte.
The Monferrato Astigiano area offers a truly unique experience: “To descend down the hills”. Its valleys are, in fact, lower than the Po Pianalto surrounding Turin. This phenomenon can be explained by the geological events that led to Monferrato area origin. 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 We can see it today.
LANGA AND BAROLO
The association “Barolo and Langa Great Wines Route” 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.
DAY 1 – TORINO
Arrival in Torino. Transfer to Piazza Castello, to begin the a walking tour through the beautiful streets of the old town centre. After the bus tour, visit to Palazzo Reale and its Gardens, Palazzo Madama and Palazzo Carignano. Free time to walk the centre of the city. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 2 – TORINO AND THE ROYAL ROUTE OF TURIN WINES
Breakfast. Visit of the Egyptian Museum and then, after a pleasant walk towards Piazza Vittorio Veneto(the largest square in Europe), lunch at the plaza. Transfer to Santena and visit to the Cavour Castle and its museum. Continuation to Pessione to visit the Martini&Rossi Museum of Enology and then to Andezeno, to visit a wine cellar, its vineyard and its museum. Wine and typical food tasting. Return to Torino; dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 3 – ASTI AND ITS SURROUNDINGS: THE ASTESANA WINE ROUTE AND THE ASTI MONFERRATO
Breakfast and departure for Asti, a beautiful city with many itineraries and different art styles to discover. Continuation to the wonderful Castle of Costigliole d’Asti and then enjoy a typical Piemonte lunch. Transfer to Santo Stefano Belbo and accommodation at the fascinating Relais San Maurizio. Opportunity to explore the Beauty SPA. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4 – SANTO STEFANO BELBO: THE DOOR TO THE LANGA TERRITORY
Breakfast and then tour of Santo Stefano Belbo, native land of the famous Italian writer Cesare Pavese and house of the so-called Moscato South Area. Visit to Pavese’s native house; the museum conserves intact the room where He was born, together with volumes, documents and pictures of the author. Proceeding to visit Canelli, a town full of charm and ancient glimpses, dominated by the imposing seventeenth-century castle, now owned by the Gancia family. Pavese called the city “the door to the world that led to the sea.”
DAY 5 – TOWARDS THE LANGA
In the morning transfer to Serravalle Scrivia. Accommodation to the Hotel Villa La Bollina. Transfer to Gavi, to admire its Fort and to visit a wine cellar where all the production phases to obtain the famous Gavi DOCG will be explained. Lunch in Gavi and soon after transfer to Serravalle Scrivia to enjoy an afternoon of shopping in the well known Designer Outlet. Continuation to an agricultural company, to visit its cellar and to taste its wines. Return to the hotel, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 6 – LANGA AND BAROLO
Breakfast and transfer to Monforte, brief town tour and then proceed to Barolo. Guided tour to the Falletti di Barolo Castle, to the Wine Museum “WIMU” with final wine tasting and to the Corkscrews Museum. Transfer to Serralunga d’Alba to reach the Batasiolo Luxury Hotel “Il Boscareto”. Free time to relax, dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 7 – LANGA AND BAROLO
In the morning tour of some villages on the hills where the famous Barolo wine is produced, such as La Morra and Grinzane Cavour, whit its wonderful Medieval Castle which is a UNESCO site and houses the Regional Wine Cellar, the Etnographic Museum and the Langa Museum. After a wine tasting, continuation to Dogliani, where travelers will visit the “Poderi Luigi Einaudi”, typical Piemonte lunch and visit of the winery, the cellar and final wine tasting. In the afternoon return to the hotel and free time to relax. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 8 – CHERASCO
The entire day will be dedicated to the visit of Cherasco, its Castle with its gardens, its Monastery and its old town centre. Typical Piemonte lunch. Free time to continue explore the town. Return to the hotel. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 9 – BACK TO TORINO
Morning dedicated to wellness and relax at the hotel SPA. Lunch and, in the afternoon transfer back to Torino.
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