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Head on a guided gourmet escape around north western Italy! The exclusive, all inclusive wine and culinary tour includes the most and best Italy has to offer. Think staying at the best accommodations in the region, guided wine tastings in the most prestigious cellars, dining at famed restaurants that serve quality food, and visits to local food markets and producers. Add a truffle hunt for the prized Alba White Truffle, and you have both a unique and luxurious gourmet escape.
Hotel Miramonti is situated in the heart of Cogne and offers luxuries such as an indoor pool, spa tub and sauna, restaurant, and bar / lounge, as well as rooftop terrace and library. Also, guestrooms open to balconies and include minibars and safes, as well as complimentary wireless high-speed internet access and televisions equipped with satellite channels. You will stay in this hotel for five nights.
This luxurious hotel and vineyard offers a beautiful garden and outdoor pool with incredible views of the surrounding vineyards and countryside. There is also an exclusive wine cellar, along with a library and free Wi-Fi available throughout. Each room has a comfortable sofa, iPod docking station, and a private bathroom with soft bathrobes and slippers. You will stay in this hotel for three nights.
This hotel is ideally located in the heart of the historical Turin, a city rich in history and culture. This refined yet cozy hotel was acquired in 1925 by the Knight Emiliano Lera, and since welcomed timeless legends such as Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles, and Mohammed Alì. During your one-night stay, enjoy complimentary satellite TV and in-room Wi-Fi, and visit the garden, gym, and bar.
This holiday will show you some of the famous delights of this stunning area of Italy, as well as some hidden treasures. This deluxe tour is truly aimed at experiencing the best of the food and wine (and beer) of Italy, with a little sightseeing on the side. This is an all inclusive tour, all you need to do is arrange to be at the starting point in Turin, then all accommodation, meals, activities, food, beer, and wine sampling are included.
Today is the start of the wine and culinary holiday. There will be a rendezvous with the group in Turin in the lobby or bar of the Grand Hotel Sitea at approximately 17:00. The lavish accommodation is located in the heart of the centro storico, historic old city center of Turin. It is located in an easy stroll around 500 meters from the Porta Nuova train station, and walking distance to all of the old town’s points of interest.
You will meet the rest of the traveling group while enjoying the first of many apperitivo’s. Apperitivo summarizes the Italian philosophy of drinking, eating, and socializing, all in one enjoyable package. Enjoy a drink or two and graze over selection of little bites, all whilst talking and watching the world go by. You can relax for a while or take a stroll through the beautiful twilight street-scapes of mid-summer Turin. You will venture out for a casual dinner before hopefully getting a good night rest to put jet lag at bay. Today's meal plan includes apperitivo and dinner.
Today, you will start the day with breakfast at the hotel before heading out to explore the streets and laneways of the centro storico. You will start your gourmet journey by visiting some of the famous Turin chocolate houses. Turin is the birthplace of the sweetened chocolate which we all know and enjoy today. They discovered that if the finely ground cocoa beans were mixed with ultra-finely ground local hazelnuts, a sweet and delicious creation is made.
A highlight of this tour will be visiting the city's oldest and most famous chocolate house, where you will have a talk with a member of the family-run business explaining their history and the rich history of chocolate from this corner of Italy. You can sample some incredible chocolates and one of Turin’s most famous chocolate creations, bicerin.
In this devilish drink, chocolate is melted, espresso poured on top, and then the whole thing is topped with whipped cream. It is incredibly rich and incredibly amazing.
You will then take a stroll through the city, where you will have the opportunity to do some shopping and maybe visit the Eataly store located in the city’s heart. Eataly is kind of a supermarket, meets a farmers market, meets a wine bar, meets a restaurant. It was set up by the Slow Food movement which has its roots in Piemonte itself and the lands surrounding Langhe Hills of the region.
For lunch, you will stop by one of the city’s numerous cosmopolitan bistros or restaurants, eating outside and watching city life rush past. Following a leisurely lunch, you will take a spectacular drive north up into the Valle D’Aosta. This semi-autonomous region lies at the very north western corner of Italy, and is bordered by France to the west and Switzerland to the north.
Valle D’Aosta expresses influences from all three countries in all aspects of life from the language, food, and wine to architecture. You will check in to a stunning hotel which is perched on the hillsides above the regional center of Aosta, where you can spend some time making the most of the amazing facilities on offer. Maybe you want to take a dip in their outdoor pool with views over the valley, or relax in the hot tub and order a massage from the wellness area.,
Then, you will head out to an incredible meal at one of Aosta’s Michelin-starred restaurants for dinner. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Michelin-starred Vechio Ristoro.
After a leisurely start to the day, you will head to one of the valley’s most famous producers who are recognized throughout Italy and the world for the quality of their wines. Take a tour of their cellar and a stroll to see their vineyards, followed by a wine tasting with a member of the family. They produce amazing white, red and sparkling wines of both indigenous and international varieties from the unique climate and soils of the valley.
Interestingly, their flagship Chardonnay is seen as one of the finest produced in Europe outside of Burgundy. If you like what you taste, you can always purchase a few bottles (or cases). World of Wine Tours can organize shipping to get them back home to you.
After this tasting, you will enjoy lunch at a small family-run restaurant perched high above the valley. This is one of the classic little Italian eateries, where the meals are prepared and served by a mother and her two daughters. When you arrive for lunch, they bring whatever is prepared on that day. No menus, just fresh, local, seasonal food. Following lunch, you will make your way on to the next tasting session at Maison Anselmet.
The Anselmet’s have a winemaking history dating back over 400 years, with the earliest document, a contract for purchase of a small parcel of vines, being dated 1585! You will have a guided tasting before making your way back to the hotel for some rest and relaxation and a bit of free time before heading back in to Aosta city itself and one of it’s most famous restaurants for dinner. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner at the newly elevated, Michelin-starred La Clusaz.
Following breakfast this morning, you will head out on a short, dramatic yet picturesque drive, into the grand Paradiso National Park. You will visit some of the tiny mountain villages and take a short walk to try and find the local shepherd and visit his cheese-making hut. You can sample some of the locally-made cheeses such as Fontina, but no promises here, the cheese maker will only serve up what is available and ready.
Today's lunch will be at a cozy little restaurant up in the mountains. Then, you will head off on the afternoon’s activities. Depending on the desire of the group, you can head up to Lillaz to see the stunning Lillaz Waterfalls, or you may make your way to another casual tasting. The potential tasting is at a tiny family-run winery, which makes its wines from just over 2.5 acres of vines which grow at an altitude of over 4000 feet above sea level at the foot of Mont Blanc, making them the highest vineyard in Europe.
They make on average just 7000 bottles of one white wine and in a good year less than a handful of a special passito sweet wine. Due to its extreme and unique position, the vineyard remains growing on its own roots, making it one of the very last sites in Europe where the vines are not grafted onto American rootstocks. It truly is a unique winery and a definite hidden gem.
After all this hectic tasting, eating, and drinking, this evening you will visit some amazing thermal springs. The hot springs have been known and used since Roman times. Even through the summer, having a swim in the warm waters of one of the many different pools and treatment areas will leave you feeling relaxed and recharged. After a recharge at the springs, you will have a relaxed dinner at an amazing local restaurant which offers some great variety of dishes. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Today, you will spend your last morning in Valle D’Aosta with a free morning to wander the streets and centro storico of Aosta itself. Do some shopping, or just café hop whilst trying to find your favorite Valle D’Aostan cake. You will begin your travel down to Piemonte around midday, stopping in the small village of Arnad, towards the western end of the Valle D’Aosta for a light lunch, and then making your way to the world-famous Barolo wine zone.
Next, settle in to your amazing accommodation set among a completely reconstructed hamlet set right among a couple of Barolo’s most famous crus vineyards. This evening, you may choose to take a wine tasting at the hotel itself, which is owned by a famed local producer, or head to one of the stunning nearby towns for apperitivo and dinner. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
After breakfast and a relaxed morning, you will enjoy a wine tasting in the neighboring Barolo zone of Castiglione Falletto, and one of its star cellars. This visit is to a cantina which is quite unique in the entire Barolo zone (as well as throughout Italy and Europe) as they are set among their entire vineyard holding. It is a truly family-run establishment, with one son, now being responsible for all winemaking and vineyards, and his brother and sister, also working within the company.
The winemaking is a great mix of both new and old technology, with the wines very much produced in the classic Barolo style. They also produce one of the best white wines of the region.
Next, you will lunch at a favorite local trattorie (small local restaurant). Again, this is one of those places with no menu, and being mid-summer, you should be able to have your lunch outside in the shade of their pergola and trees in the courtyard. After lunch, you will head to what will undoubtedly be one of the highlights of the tour.
The wines from this cantina are undoubtedly among the best of all of Italy, and again produced in a strictly traditional manner. They also produce one of the best Dolcettos you will taste on the trip, in terms of both quality and price.
This evening, you will enjoy dinner in one of Italy’s most renowned breweries and brewpubs. The brewer is seen as a kind of Godfather-like figure of Italian craft brewing. They produce some amazing beers, which you will have the chance to taste and drink over an Italian style counter meal. If you feel up to the challenge, try their famous Stinco di Maiale (pork shank, braised in beer with sour cherries). Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Today is the day for tasting from the cream of the region's best producers and restaurants. The first is to be at the cantina of one of the fathers of the "new" Barolo style, and known throughout the wine world as one of the planet's top producers. The winery has access to some of the best crus vineyards in the region, including the famed Cannubi in the Barolo zone, Cerretta in the Serralunga zone, and their home vineyard of Arborina, above which the winery sits.
If you are lucky, you may even get to meet the man behind the wines and you will no doubt be delighted with a story or two from him or a little piece of humble insight into his wines and his production. From the winery, you will head literally around the corner to the small neighboring village to have a light lunch at another of the area's famed osterie.
After that, you can head to another tasting appointment with another master of the craft or you may wish to just relax back at the hotel, or be dropped into one of the picturesque local towns for some free time to explore, take a quiet glass of wine, or maybe some of the areas incredible gelato. Tonight's dinner will be a true gourmet experience at one of Langhe’s most renowned restaurants perched on the hillside just below the town of La Morra.
If you arrive early enough, you will witness a truly stunning sunset, as the sun disappears behind the town and throws amazing light onto the vines which stretch as far as the eye can see below and away from you. As is to be expected in a restaurant like this, you will be sampling some of the great wines of the region. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This morning, you will have a break from tasting and head into the regional center of Alba to have a walk around their amazing Saturday morning food market. You will purchase some treats to enjoy later on, but feel free to look, taste, and buy whatever tickles your fancy. This is probably the best season to see the market with a plethora of summer fruits and vegetables, as well as aged and seasonal cheeses, meats, and fish.
Next, you will make your way back through Monforte D’Alba and just past the tiny neighboring town of Roddino to another favorite lunch spot. Here, the young chef creates delicious food, with a little more flair and a touch of individuality, which will make it a truly memorable lunch. If the weather holds, you will try and get yourselves seated outside to enjoy the sights and smells of the farm and the countryside while having a long, slow lunch.
After lunch, it is time to get back to the town of Monforte D’Alba for a tasting session with the region's most famous producer, Giacomo Conterno. Giacomo’s son, Roberto, is rightly seen as one of Italy’s and the world’s best winemakers. The cellar’s flagship wine, Monfortino, is only produced in exceptional years, and sees around 10 years pass between the fruit being picked and the wines being released to market.
This evening's dinner is a short drive through the rolling Barolo Hills to yet another great little osteria, which is one of those places that you would likely drive by and not even know that an eatery of renown quality is housed within. The house's specialty is coniglio alle spied (spit roasted rabbit) and is best ordered a day ahead to ensure you get it. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Today, the final full day of the tour will commence with a visit to the Barolo wine museum. This is a fantastic attraction and has been designed to be highly interactive in order to communicate the history of the grapes, wine, and the region of Barolo itself. Your lunch will be held at a fantastic osteria, which is co-run by a US-born Italian chef. His menu aims to give diners a more modern take on the the typical Piemontese cuisine.
After lunch, World of Wine Tours highly recommends you come on a short stroll through some of the favorite walking trails around the area, both to walk off lunch, prepare for your final dinner, and also to see more of the stunning vistas of the area. Don’t forget your camera.
Tonight’s dinner is a real treat. You will be dining at the Michelin-starred Locanda nel Borgo Antico. Be truly pampered by the wait staff while enjoying a delicious dinner that will stimulate your senses and drink the wines from their well-appointed cellar. Today's meal plan includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
This morning, wake and pack, and be transported back to the city of Turin to either head home or continue your travels. Drop-off can be organized for an accommodation point you book in the city, at one of the city train stations, or to Turin Airport (TRN) if required. Today's meal plan includes breakfast. World of Wine Tours can organize a lunch booking for people in Turin on this final day, which would likely finish around 15:00, if they would like, but this is not included in the tour price.
This wine and culinary tour takes place in Italy.
During the tour, you will dine in popular eateries, Michelin-starred restaurants, and taste local specialties such as Stinco di Maiale (pork shank, braised in beer with sour cherries), coniglio alle spied (spit roasted rabbit), cheese, chocolate, wine, and beer. Depending on the region your particular tour goes to, special diets and vegetarianism are not always understood. World of Wine Tours is able to ask for substitutions, but these may be limited and may not always be the same standard as the meal for the rest of the party.
The tour operators will be pleased to make arrangements to suit your dietary requirements so long as they are informed at time of booking. World of Wine Tours will do their absolute best to accommodate your preferences and restrictions, but depending on the particular operator and tour, you may incur an extra charge.
If you inform World of Wine Tours of any dietary requests or restrictions within 90 days of the tour’s start date, they may not be able to accommodate your needs so please let them know at booking. It is not possible to arrange or change any dietary requests once on tour. No advance special arrangements will be made for meals that are not included in the itinerary.
Throughout the tour, you may want to explore the city you are visiting during breaks between activities. Browse charming shops, stroll the streets, or try out what locals like to eat in restaurants.
Please book your flight to arrive at Turin Airport (TRN).