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.
DAY 1 – TORINO
Arrival in Torino. Transfer to Piazza Castello, to begin the City Sightseeing Tour of Torino. The tour is exclusive and will include the entire centre of the city on a private bus. 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 to Canelli to enjoy a typical Piedmont lunch. Visit to the Canelli Regional Wine Cellars (UNESCO patrimony) and wine tasting. Transfer to Santo Stefano Belbo, native land of Cesare Pavese and house of the so-called Moscato South Area. The day will terminate in Acqui Terme with the opportunity to access the famous thermal SPA. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 4 – BETWEEN TORTONESI HILLS AND UPPER MONFERRATO
Breakfast and then visit to the city of Acqui Terme, its old town rich in Medieval and 17th Century buildings, but also holy buildings such as the “Our Lady of Sorrows” church and the St. Guido Cathedral. Continuation to Ovada and then 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. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 5 – FROM THE UPPER MONFERRATO TOWARDS LANGA
Morning dedicated to a cultural tour through the hills of Upper Monferrato. It starts with Bormida Monastery, proceeding with Roccaverano Medieval village, Monesiglio, Murazzano to get to Vicoforte, which is a mandatory stop-over. Lunch in the fascinating town of Vicoforte followed by a tour of the fort, the sanctuary and the monastery. In the afternoon transfer to Dogliani, town tour, visit to the “Poderi Luigi Einaudi” cellar and wine tasting. 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. Lunch in a traditional restaurant. Visit 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, transfer to Alba and free time to enjoy the town amenities. Dinner and overnight stay.
DAY 7 – FROM LANGA BACK TO TORINO
In the morning tour of Bra; transfer to Racconigi and tour of its old town, its castle and the gardens. Lunch in Racconigi and then continuation to Stupinigi to visit the Savoy’s hunting lodge, which is a UNESCO site, and to explore its beautiful gardens. Return to Torino, free time to take a walk in its centre. Afternoon of shopping in the well known Designer Outlet. Continuation to an agricultural company, to visit its cellar and to taste its wines. Dinner and overnight stay.
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