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7 Days Wine and Culinary Vacations in Italy

7 Days Wine and Culinary Vacations in Italy

  • Piedmont, Italy

Italy Wine Holidays

Discover one of Italy’s magical wine regions, the Piedmont. Sharing borders with France and Switzerland, it is a picturesque region of dramatic hills wrapped with vineyards, orchards, and charming villages with terracotta rooftops. You will be surrounded by vineyards, while enjoying the taste of some of the regional's finest wine and cuisine. Join Food N' Wine Vacations in this wonderful holiday. You definitely will not regret it!

Highlights

  • Chocolate and Bicerin tasting
  • Cheese tasting on a dairy farm
  • Hands-on organic cooking class
  • Wine tasting in underground cathedrals of wine
  • Visit an artisanal beers brewery
  • Visit vineyards and wineries
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 5 days with instruction
  • English
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During this holiday, you will be staying in a villa in the heart of the wine country. Food N’ Wine Vacations work with private estates that capture the essence of the region. They choose properties that have a story or history and offer authentic and warm hospitality.

Day 1 - Arrival, welcome dinner

You will meet at the Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP). Then, you will transfer to the villa in the heart of the wine country. Check in and settle into your room. Later, you will enjoy a delicious welcome dinner.

Day 2 - Castles, wines, and medieval villages

You will start your day with breakfast, before you depart for a scenic drive along the route of the Barolo wine area, learning about some of the most famous single vineyards in the area. You will visit the snail-shaped town of Serralunga d’Alba and its fortress. Next, you will drive to the Langhe area to visit a winery that is considered a modernist Barolo producer. After tasting some of the wines, you will have lunch in a local trattoria. Your second tasting will be in a historic wine estate in the beautiful town of La Morra. Your final winery visit will take place in a family style atmosphere seating around the table. To end the day, you will have the opportunity of finding the perfect place for dinner, at your own expense.

Day 3 - Cooking in a farm, wineries, evening in a brewery

You will start your day with breakfast. Drive to an organic farm in a rural area, where you will spend the morning cooking with Maria, using seasonal vegetables and aromatic herbs from the organic garden. You will later enjoy lunch, paired with her organic wines. After lunch, you will tour the wine cellar, vineyards, hazelnut grove, and organic garden. Next, you will drive to a small family run estate located in a panoramic hill overlooking the entire region. You will taste the passito wine, made from moscato grapes, which obtained DOC recognition despite the limited area in which it is made.

You will head back to the hotel to freshen up, before you head out for a casual evening including dinner in a brewery that produces artisanal beers. The link to the wine world is created with the use of yeasts for sparkling wine or with aging in a barrique. The line ranges from classic beers, inspired by Belgium and England, to raw, original materials, such as spices, mulled wine, grapefruit, mint, cocoa, lime, or ginger.

Day 4 - Cheeses and underground wine cathedrals

You will start your day with breakfast. Drive to the heart of the hill district of Monferrato, which has a quilt like landscape of striped vineyard patches, bumped up against solid fields of green, nestled beside clusters of burnet-orange rooftops. Your first stop will a dairy farm, which produces about 13 types of cheeses and yogurts from goat’s milk. After tasting different cheeses, you will take a scenic route to enjoy this undiscovered part of Piedmont until you reach a small family run estate producing the DOCG wine Barbera Nizza. You will join the family for a farmer’s lunch with the food prepared by the mamma.

After goodbyes, it is time for more wine tasting. You will then drive to Canelli, which is famous for its underground cathedrals of wine, UNESCO World heritage sites. The underground cantinas are true cathedrals, extending below the city and composed of several levels in the tuffaceous hills, creating a striking environment. You will have a tasting in one of these cellars. The evening is free for you.

Day 5 - Turin is like a box of chocolate

You will start your day with breakfast. Today, you will have a day trip to Turin. Turin is Italy’s regal city. The grandeur of its royal past can be witnessed in its stunning palaces, majestic boulevards and arcaded shopping streets, and of course, in La Veneria, a palace reminiscent of Versailles. Turin is also famous for having many elegant historic cafés, as it was a literary center for many centuries for people like Puccini, Nietzsche, Dumas, and Cavour. Turin is a chocolate heaven. It has been the chocolate heart of Europe since the 17th century. After the discovery of the new world, the history of chocolate is strictly connected to Turin and Piedmont, where the very first hot chocolate, chocolate houses, and chocolate spread were invented.

Upon arrival, your tour guide will give you an overview tour of Turin. You will stop along the way in one of the historic cafes to sample chocolate and Bicerin, a traditional drink made out of espresso, chocolate, and cream layered in a small glass. You will have time for lunch on your own, shopping, and exploring. Food N' Wine Vacations recommends having lunch at Eataly Emporium. This is a taste bud emporium that provides a one-stop shop for all things Italian. The group will meet at a set time and place to go back to the villa.

Day 6 - Truffles, wine and Alba

You will start your day with breakfast in the morning. This morning, you will drive to the Roero district, to a Tartufaia, a place when one finds truffles. You will join the truffle hunter and his canines for truffle hunting in the forest. Then, it is time for wine again. You will visit another winery set on a vine-planted hill, which produces extraordinary wines. After the wine tasting, you will be heading to Alba. Your tour guide will give you a quick orientation and then you will have free time to have lunch and to enjoy Saturday market. Tonight, you will have a farewell dinner at a restaurant.

Day 7 - Departure

Group transfer to Milan-Malpensa Airport (MXP).

  • Cheese tasting at a dairy farm
  • Day trip to Turin
  • Truffle hunting in Roero district
  • Visit Alba
  • Visit an organic farm in a rural area
  • Visit a wine estate in the town of La Morra
  • Visit famous underground cathedrals of wine
  • Visit the town of Serralunga d’Alba
  • Visit to the heart of the hill district of Monferrato
  • Visit a winery in Langhe area

Piedmont is known for its Barolo and Barbaresco, the king and queen of Italian wine, full-bodied red wine made from Nebiolo grape. It is also famous for its incredible gastronomy. This is where the slow food movement started and it is the source for the fabled white truffle. Hazelnuts are a regional specialty, with Piedmont’s having exceptional quality and being especially rich in oil; they also are the origin of today’s Nutella.

In the past few years, Italian brewers made Piedmont the center of an extraordinarily Italian craft, brewing, by making some of the most inventive beers, such as amber ales brewed with chestnuts, Belgian-style dubbels aged in wine barrels, wheat beers that use green tea in addition to hops, and blond ales infused with ultra-local wine-grape varieties.

There is also Turin, the capital of Piedmont. Turin is home to world-class museums, charming architecture, and covered walkways, as well as some of the most sought after cuisine of Italy. Turin was the first capital of Italy and you can see the incredible buildings left by the House of Savoy. Turin is also all about chocolate and seems to have a shop devoted to chocolate on every corner.

Cuisine and culture go hand in hand. This holiday gives you the opportunity to experience what makes Piedmont, Italy, truly special through their fine wine and food. You will have the chance to dine with a winemaker's family, visit underground cellars, hunt for truffles, cook in a farm, taste cheeses, taste chocolate, and many other local specialities, as well as spending an evening in a brewery.

During your free time, you will have plenty of opportunities to explore the area.

  • 1 beer tasting at a brewery
  • 1 cheese tasting
  • 1 chocolate tasting
  • 1 hands-on cooking class
  • 3 lunches
  • 4 dinners
  • 6 breakfasts
  • 6 nights accommodation
  • 6 wine tastings
  • Personal group tour guide
  • Transfer from and to Malpensa Airport (MXP)
  • Transportation to and from excursions
  • Additional activities
  • Additional meals
  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Malpensa Airport (MXP). Transfer from and to the airport is included. The Food N' Wine Vacations will pick you up from the airport.

  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 90 days before arrival.