8 Days Exhilarating Wine Holiday in Piedmont, Italy

Wine Tasting Holiday Italy with Mark Protheroe and Melina Puntoriero

For your wine in Piedmont tour, Manuelina Culinary has teamed up with acclaimed sommelier and wine judge, Mark Protheroe. Among the spectacular scenery of Italy’s most important wine region, you will meet the artisans, the producers, the winemakers, and real faces behind the magic, not only in the vineyards, but of course also at the carefully selected wine bars, enotecas, restaurants, and an exclusive visit with Slow Food’s acclaimed University of Gastronomic Sciences. These small group tours are designed for the travelers that would like to see the real Italy and experience it with like-minded people. The locations are just as unique as the people who stand behind them. Experience the love and passion of the beautiful artisans that make up the heart and soul of this unique culture.

Highlights

  • 22 wine tastings
  • 10 various tastings
  • Artisan cheese and artisan producers
  • Michelin dining, chocolate, and truffles
  • Vintage car drive day, guided tours, and walks
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • Transfers in private coach
  • 7 nights' accommodation

Styles


6 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: Italian, English
The maximum participants in the group is 14

Airport transfer included: Malpensa International Airport

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Accommodation

You will be accommodated at selected luxury boutique hotels.

  • Castello dal pozzo

Discover Castello Dal Pozzo, a charming palace hotel, historical castle and romantic stable renowned among the best resort hotels. Perched atop a hill with breathtaking panoramic views of Lake Maggiore, our award-winning country estate is a destination where the exceptional occurs every day.

The history of Castello Dal Pozzo is as storied and unique as its luxurious surroundings, gourmet restaurant and resort-style amenities. Our romantic 18th-century castle was originally built by the Visconti family and later owned by the Dal Pozzo family for six generations. While decorated with lavish chandeliers, sumptuous drapes and fabrics and fine crystal stemware, our 45-room boutique hotel feels more like a private residence with a 5 star luxury hotel.

Whether you’ve come for a wedding, corporate event, honeymoon, anniversary celebration or weekend getaway, Castello Dal Pozzo offers a setting of unparalleled exclusivity, intimacy and elegance; just 2 kilometers from Lake Maggiore, 29 kilometers from Malpensa international Airport and 60 kilometers from Milan.

  • Albergo del Agenzia

The Albergo dell'Agenzia hotel in Pollenzo is the brainchild of Slow Food. Endowed with a charm all of its own, it’s the ideal place for anyone keen to indulge in the pleasures of the palate. Housed in the same complex as the University of Gastronomic Sciences and the Wine Bank, it’s the fruit of painstaking restoration of the neo-Gothic buildings of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy’s royal estate.

Situated a few kilometers from Alba and Bra, between the Langhe and Roero hills, a UNESCO world heritage site, the hotel has a restaurant, a bar, a summer swimming pool, a private garage and meeting rooms that can seat from 30 to 200 people. Its range of prestigious facilities is rounded off by two hectares of parkland, while the Cherasco Golf Club is just a few minutes away.

  • Relais San Tufizzio (out of town)

This elegant 16th century property has been given a contemporary makeover and is now a beautiful, comfortable four-star hotel with state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, a relaxing spa center and a gourmet restaurant.

Guests can choose to stay in Relais Sant'Uffizio's traditional rooms and suites or at the modern and recently renovated Casa Moonfrà by Sant'Uffizio, located 200 meters from the main building within the hotel's grounds.

Discover Italy's Piedmont region and take in the local foods and wines during your trip. The Relais Sant'Uffizio Wellness & SPA is the perfect destination for your Italian vacation and is situated close to Asti, Turin and Alba.

Program

Overview

Designed for both wine professionals and food enthusiasts, the aims for this tour were many. Of course, making sure that your Italian experience is unique, and a collection of lots of little moments that will stick with you for a long time, was at the top of the list. But even more than that, this is a tour that gives Piedmont the importance that it deserves. In such a small area in this breathtaking part of Italy. Manuelina Culinary has the highest concentration of culinary artisans that they have seen anywhere in the world and they want to share it with you - and of course Manuelina Culinary wanted to do it in style. Everything has been carefully planned and organized: from your luxury boutique hotels, award-winning wines, or almost forgotten but upcoming ones, Michelin restaurants or family run trattorias, vintage car drives through the rolling vines, markets, and, of course, artisan producers. Also, you will meet the people behind them all.

Day 1: Milan to Lago Maggiore

  • Meal plan: Dinner

After picking you up from your hotel in Milan or Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP), you make your way to your luxury hotel set among the beauty of Lake Maggiore in Oleggio Castello. Enjoy the afternoon exploring the grounds before you head out to dinner in a beautiful local trattoria.

Day 2: Lessona and Bramaterra

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

This morning, you head out into the Alpine foothills in search of the lost kings and queens of Piedmont wines: Bramaterra and Lessona. These wines, almost forgotten, bring a classic Nebbiolo to a whole new level, reminiscent of the aromas carried along the alpine winds. This evening your wine host, Mark, will take you through a tour of Piedmont wines that you will explore in the coming days accompanied by the beautiful meal of local ingredients.

Day 3: Alba, Roero, Barbaresco, and the prestigious Fassona Beef

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

There aren’t many exciting destinations for gourmet travelers like Alba, a picturesque town in the heart of Piedmont that’s renowned world-wide for its succulent white truffles, velvety red Barolo and Barbaresco wines, and wonderful fruit. Home of some of northern Italy’s best restaurants dotted along every cobblestone street, Alba absolutely deserves its reputation as the jewel of the Langhe and as one of the world’s finest food-and-wine hotspots. On your way to Alba, you will stop off first for a visit to a Roero producer and then for a tasting track through Barbaresco, picking up some wines for tasting later as well.

Lunch will be at a local renowned Trattoria for a feast of the famous Tajarin pasta, then check-in at your impressive hotel, housed in the same complex as the University of Gastronomic Sciences and the Wine Bank, whose building is the result of painstaking restoration of the neo-Gothic collection of King Carlo Alberto of Savoy’s royal estate. After a guided walk around the town, dinner tonight will be at a local steak-house where you’ll taste various cuts of meat from the certified Piedmontse “Fassona” breed both chargrilled and raw.

Day 4: The University of Gastronomic Science, spa day, and Michelin restaurant

  • Meal plan: Breakfast and dinner

With one Piedmont’s University of Gastronomical Sciences and headquarters of Italy’s Slow food at your doorstep, today, you head on over to Piedmont’s exclusive ‘wine bank‘ where you train your senses with a fun approach to tasting, teaming up with expert chefs, UNISG lecturers, and Wine Bank tasters for a wine tasting like no other. For those looking for a more relaxing day, or a bit of a detox, there is also the option to make the most of the luxurious spa facilities located on the property grounds or head to Alba for a day of shopping and mingling with the locals. In the afternoon, you will all head on to Alba together for a guided walk of the town and an aperitivo (the losing team from today’s tasting event will pay for it) before attending a glorious dinner at Duomo hosted by 3 Michelin star Enrico Crippa.

Day 5: Vintage cars, Barolo, and chocolate

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

An unforgettable experience awaits you today: You’ll drive through the Langhe region aboard the vintage cars discovering the flavors of the Italian tradition, visiting wineries, and stopping to admire castles and medieval villages. Stop for lunch at a local trattoria in Monforte then back on track for some more fun and tastings. After releasing the cars, you’ll be back to the hotel for some rest then have another great dinner at a renowned restaurant with a special visit to their spectacular cantina and the grottos hosting some delicious Culatello.

Day 6: Spumante, Monferrato, hazelnuts, and Gianduja

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Spend a sparkling morning while visiting local producers of Spumante, Moscato, Brachetto, and Monferrato in the Asti area. Following transfer to Turin, the regional capital of Piedmont, a fascinating and vibrant city, one shrouded in mystery, immersed in history, and bursting with flavor (both literally and figuratively). You will visit the large street food market in Europe and speak directly with the farmers. High-quality local products will be served to explore the roots of Piedmont’s cuisine and you will enjoy some of Turin’s finest dishes such as zabaione, chocolate, torrone, and hazelnut cream. Enjoy some free time before you head back to your relais for some relaxation. In the afternoon, you will attend a cooking class back to your hotel, based on local dishes, and enjoy your efforts altogether.

Day 7: Timorasso, gavi, and dinner in the vines

  • Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner

Your last day will start with a trip to the Garbagna area looking for famous cherries and where is grown the Timorasso wine, a full-bodied white which was about to disappear before being revitalized by local farmers. And the lunch today will be served directly in the vineyard. Go back to the hotel for packing. Farewell dinner will be at a family restaurant where your tour leader will greet everyone with a final briefing around the table.

Day 8: Departure

  • Meal plan: Breakfast

This morning, you say your farewells after a beautiful breakfast. You will be transferred to Turin Airport (TRN) or a train station for your journey home to complete your European holiday. Private transfers can be arranged for other locations.

Included excursions

  • Vintage car drive day through the Langhe
  • Visit to an artisan cheese producer
  • Visit to a Roero producer
  • Visit to an artisan butcher
  • Guided walk of Alba
  • Dinner at a Michelin restaurant
  • Visit to the Cantina of a Culatello producer
  • Visit to producers of Spumante, Moscato, and Brachetto
  • Guided visit to Turin markets and chocolate tasting tour

Instructors

Melina Puntoriero
Chef Melina Puntoriero is a culinary director and chef for Italian Culinary School Manuelina Culinary and lives in Parma, the gastronomic capital of Italy. Travelling extensively throughout Italy to discover the diversity of its regional cuisine, meeting its artisans, growers, producers, and chefs led to the natural progression of the company's epicurean tours. Melina's love of her heritage and passion for its food, wine, and culture is evident in the emotion and love for Italy.
Mark Protheroe
Outside of his commitment to great wine service in the hospitality and retail worlds, Mark Protheroe is an accomplished show judge with regular appointments at capital city and regional wine shows as well as being invited to judge internationally. He is currently in the national assembly for Sommeliers Australia.

Location

This wine vacation will take place in the region of Piedmont, Italy. You will visit various locations including Lake Maggiore, Oleggio Castello, Alba, Langhe region, Turin, and Garbagna.

Food

You will be served 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

On day four, you can have the option to make the most of luxurious spa facilities.

What's included

  • 10 tastings and 22 wine tastings
  • 1 Michelin dinner and 1 cooking class
  • Fully escorted tour by Melina Puntoriero, Manuelina Culinary, and Mark Protheroe
  • Turin street food and market tour
  • Dinner in the vines with Chef Melina
  • Forage day and cheese tasting in Novara province
  • Michelin dinner at Enrico Crippa
  • Pasticceria tastings in Cherasco
  • Exclusive wine tastings and visits
  • Cheese salami and grappa tastings
  • Visit to a local macellaria and tastings
  • Guided walk around Alba
  • Team event with Slow Food and the University of Gastronomical Sciences
  • Cellar and cave tour at La Saracca
  • 8 days of professional guides
  • Vintage car drive day
  • 7 breakfasts, 5 lunches, and 7 dinners
  • The recreation bistro x bottleshop
  • 7 nights’ accommodation
  • Transfers in private coach

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport
  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, etc.)
  • Beverages
  • Tipping

How to get there

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Milan–Malpensa Airport (MXP).

Airport: Malpensa International Airport Airport transfer included: Malpensa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 90 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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