Escorted Small Group Wine Tour of Piedmont, Italy - October 2020
Barolo, Barbaresco, truffles, fine dining, and more in Italy’s picturesque North West with Euro Travel Coach and John Bee & Famiglia.
Upcoming Tour Dates
October 5-13, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
October 16-24, 2020*
*Note: We need a minimum of 8 guests to book in order to proceed with this tour. If we do not meed our minimum, we will refund your deposit.
Small Group Tour Overview
Join the Euro Travel Coach team and John Bee of John Bee & Famiglia (an importer of fine Italian wine) on an exploration of one Italy's most beautiful regions: Piedmont. Home to Barolo and Barbaresco, the area is a wine lover's dream and has a wealth of world class restaurants. Join us as we eat and drink our way across the region: we'll visit some of the best producers (including wineries featured in Karen O'Keefe's seminal text on the area and producers that have been awarded multiple stars by Gambero Rosso) and dine everywhere from family run Slow Food establishments to legendary Michelin-starred restaurants.
Small Group Tour Size
You'll be joined by 10-12 other travelers. Chelsea, Greg, and Betsy of Euro Travel Coach will serve as your hosts and will be available 24/7 to assist you during the trip. John Bee will be on hand to enrich your experience by offering his expertise on Piedmontese wines..
All eight nights of your trip will be spent in quaint, four star properties. The first four nights will be spent at Villa Beccaris (or similar) in the beautiful hill town, Monforte d'Alba. Your home for the final five nights will be Palazzo Finati (or similar) in the vibrant city of Alba. These lovely, family run bed and breakfasts will be perfect bases for our travels.
Piedmont Tour Guides
The Euro Travel Coach team will be available to you throughout the trip to take care of all your needs, handle the logistics and answer any questions you may have along the way. In addition, on our excursion to Alba, we have carefully selected a local, licensed Piedmont tour guide who will lead us on a walking tour of the city. She is a knowledgable and entertaining guide who will point out the beautiful art, architecture, cultural marvels and local food that surround you and share fascinating stories of the city. She will also provide you with fantastic restaurant and shopping recommendations. During the truffle hunt, you’ll be escorted around the rolling hills of Piedmont by a truffle expert and his carefully trained dog, who will help you find some of Piedmont’s precious tubers.
$5,750 per person* + airfare ($750 non-refundable deposit required to book)
The price includes:
8 nights of accommodations (double occupancy)
Transportation while touring with the group
All dinners and accompanying wine (including 2 Michelin starred restaurants)
10 winery tours and tastings
Hazelnut farm visit
Food tour of Alba
Visit to wine bank
*Additional fees apply for single room occupancy. Please inquire.
Small Group Piedmont Wine Itinerary
DAY ONE IN PIEDMONT
Arrive & Dine
A member of our team will reach out to you in advance of the trip to assist with arranging transportation from the airport (additional fees apply). Upon arrival at the hotel, you can explore Monforte or relax by the pool. In the evening, you'll be served a delicious welcome dinner at Trattoria della Posta. You can get to know your fellow travelers over wonderful local cuisine and wine.
DAY TWO IN PIEDMONT
Dine and Drink in the town of Barolo
Following breakfast, you'll be driven to the famed town of Barolo where you'll be treated to a tasting of the region's wines along with a lunch of local cheese and charcuterie at Enoteca La Vite Turchese. Then, You can explore the many wine shops in town and enjoy the lovely views from the terrace of the town's imposing castle before enjoying a tasting at the legendary Cantina Bartolo Mascarello. Afterwards, you'll be treated to a traditional dinner at the popular local restaurant, La Cantinetta.
DAY THREE IN PIEDMONT
Explore the Wines of La Morra
Your day will begin at La Morra's Enoteca Comunale with a guided tasting followed by introduction to the wine making process with oenologist, Sergio Molino. Then, you can explore the town and enjoy lunch on your own. Afterwards, the group will head to the family run Barolo winery, Settimo, for a tour of their cellars and a tasting of their excellent wines. The day will conclude at Osteria More e Macine, a cozy restaurant featuring traditional Piedmontese cuisine.
DAY FOUR IN PIEDMONT
Discover the Wines of Castiglione Falleto and Serralunga
The first activity of the day will be a tour and tasting at the lauded Barolo producer, Vietti. Afterwards, you'll be served a tasty lunch at the Enoteca in Castiglione Falleto. The fun will continue with a tour and tasting at Rivetto, a fantastic modern Barolo winery. You'll then have the opportunity to explore Serralunga on your own, before being served a fresh, farm to table feast at Agriturismo La Torricella.
DAY FIVE IN PIEDMONT
Visit the Wine Bank and Hunt for Truffles with a Pro
After checking out of the Monforte hotel, you'll head to the Wine Bank in the historic Agenzia di Pollenzo where you can feast your eyes on over 100,000 bottles of Italian wine. You'll enjoy lunch on your own at Eataly Monticello before embarking on a truffle hunt with an experienced truffle hunter and his dogs. Dinner will feature the fruits of your labor - it will be an unforgettable, multi-course, truffle feas
DAY SIX IN PIEDMONT
Tour Alba and Dine at Michelin Starred Marc Lanteri
Your day will begin with a tour of Alba's culinary delights. Our guide, Anna, will show us around the city including the expansive food market. After enjoying lunch in Alba's center at VinCafe, you'll be treated to a tour and tasting at Luciano Sandrone. The day will conclude with a magnificent tasting menu at Marc Lanteri Ristorante al Castello in Grinzane Cavour.
DAY SEVEN IN PIEDMONT
After breakfast, we'll visit two fantastic, modern Barbaresco producers for tours and tastings: La Spinetta and Bruno Rocca. Then you'll have time to explore the gorgeous hilltop village of Barbaresco on your own before we enjoy an additional tasting at Carlo Giacosa. In the evening, we'll head to Rabaja for a casual dinner.
DAY EIGHT IN PIEDMONT
Visit a Hazelnut Farm, Taste Local Cheese and Dine at a Michelin Starred Restaurant
In the morning, we'll take a brief break from wine tasting to indulge in two of the Piedmont's other delicacies. First we'll visit a hazelnut farm and taste some tasty hazelnut products, then we'll be treated to a cheese tasting and lunch at Da Maurizio in Cravanzana. After lunch, you can explore Alba on your own, perhaps taking some time to meander around the truffle festival. For our final dinner we'll enjoy a 6 course meal at Michelin starred restaurant, La Ciau del Tornavento. Between the restaurant's gorgeous views, massive wine cellar, and stunning food, it's sure to be a meal to remember.
DAY NINE IN PIEDMONT
If you’re anything like the Euro Travel Coach team, you will be sad to leave the vine covered hills of Piedmont. We’ll make it as easy on you as possible by arranging a farewell breakfast and assisting you with arranging a transfer to the Milan or Turin airport (additional fees apply). Once you’re at the airport, you can start planning your next trip to Italy!!!
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Note: this is a sample itinerary that is subject to change