tour packagePiedmont- Slow Food & Trufflestour package

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Tour Type: Small Group Tour

Location: Piedmont

Code: 3ZEST17

Price from: REQUEST RATES

Travel Month: November 2017

Duration: 8

Short Description :

Piedmont: 7-night Culinary discovery tour

  • Nov 5th -- 12th 2017
  • 7nights/8 days tour
  • This will be a very special tour with only one departure for 2017


Itinerary

 

Sun Nov 5th:

Individual arrival in Cherasco and check-in to a magnificent former monastery which is our base for the duration of the tour.; welcome dinner in a Slow Food awarded Osteria with local, in-season dishes and inclusive of regional wine pairing.

 

Mon Nov 6h:

Day-long experience discovering Langhe and its gentle hills famous for producing Barolo the king of wines.

We drive up the panoramic way through the Langhe hills; stop and walk through the village of Barolo with its famous wine and cork museums.

Stroll in La Morra with its stunning Belvedere and have a light lunch at local Osteria in the heart of the medieval town; after lunch visit a local Barolo wine grower with wine tasting session.  Dinner in local family run restaurant featuring the most traditional recipes and preparation of local cuisine.

 

Tue Nov 7th:

Another day of culinary discovery; together with a former butcher we will understand the prestigious meat cuts and their preparations – i.e. hand-chopped raw meat “battuta al coltello” - and then more with the making of gnocchi, egg-pasta tajarin, Barolo braised beef and luscious Zabaglione cream. Lunch will feature your preparations done in the morning and lots of fun around the stoves. After lunch a refreshing walk through this ancient roman hamlet and then back to the hotel for some rest and free time. Dinner tonight will be as you want, if you are still hungry!!

 

Wed Nov 8th:

After the first two days warming-up our taste buds it is time for some culture with a visit to the Slow Food University of Gastronomic Sciences site followed by an aperitivo in one of the most historical Cafés of Italy, located in Bra, dating back to 1838 with unparalleled Art Nouveau ambience. In the same town Slow Food has its International headquarters and you will have some free time to enjoy the relaxed pace of this little town. There is so much to explore - we have left a lot of the day to wander and enjoy before we head our way back, once again, to the wine cellars. Visit to Banca del Vino, located in the historical cellars of the Agenzia di Pollenzo, a 2.000 sq. mt. museum of Italian wine, offers visitors the chance to taste prestigious wineries, region by region. Dinner tonight will feature the iconic Slow Food osteria and birth-place of the association.

 

Thu Nov 9th:

Turin’s Cafés were once a male preserve, meeting places for merchants and the literati. In our tour today we will track down some of the best in Torino like Cafè al Bicerin- open since 1763 -  different because always owned and run by women. After some free time for you to enjoy this aristocratic town and your preferred lunch, we will then move to Eataly Torino, the first ever store opened by Oscar Farinetti in 2007. Dinner will see us sitting in one of its brilliant, yet informal, restaurants.

 

Fri Nov 10th:

Morning departure for a magical truffle hunting experience with local hunter and his fellow dog, followed by a visit of the town of Alba - undisputed world-capital of truffles (and nutella) - right in the middle of its 2-month-long international truffle fair.

Discover the beauty of its historic centre walking in the pedestrian district with visits to the local farmer markets and artisan shops. Tasting with a local truffle family running their iconic store Morra Tartufi since 1930 will follow. During your free time we suggest you take some time to stroll around the beautiful alleys of this medieval town or discover the world of truffle trading at the Alba International Truffle Fair. Dinner tonight is in Cherasco

 

Sat Nov 11th:

After breakfast we drive to and through the hills of the "Queen of Piedmont wines" - the Barbaresco appellation, obtained from Nebbiolo grapes like Barolo - stop in the villages of Neive and Barbaresco to meet our friends and favourite local wine-growers. We visit their estate, their vineyards and enjoy a tasting lunch together with the family.  Our farewell dinner tonight in a cosy local trattoria we will meet more characters of this incredible region.

 

Sun Nov 12th :

Check-out from Cherasco hotel after breakfast.

 

 DISCOUNTS APPLY FOR BOOKINGS OF 6 + PEOPLE (3 COUPLES)

 

 INCLUDED:

  • 7 nights in historic monastery in Cherasco inclusive breakfast, Hotel Somaschi (http://monasterocherasco.it/somaschi-hotel/) OR UPGRADE: Albergo dell’Agenzia (http://www.albergoagenzia.com/),RelaisVillaD’Amelia, http://www.villadamelia.com/camere-suites/
  • 2 lunches inclusive beverages in osteria or at grower’s & artisan’s home as stated in the program
  • 1 cooking course with lunch inclusive beverages as stated in the program
  • 6 dinners in Slow Food restaurants inclusive wine pairings as stated in the program
  • All tastings, visits and experiences with local artisans/owners included as stated in the program
  • All transport in luxury minivan throughout the entire tour
  • English-speaking local food & wine expert and tour leader for the entire itinerary

Excluded

  • Airfares
  • Transfer to and from the airport at arrival/departure
  • Travel insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Meals/beverages not stated in the itinerary
  • Optional gratuities/tipping
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa entry fees
  • NB: transfer for individuals or group from Turin airport to hotel in Cherasco can be organized at extra cost

* Price quoted based on group departure of 6 persons or more. (maximum 12 per group) quotations can be arranged for couples who prefer to travel solo, or for groups of less than 6 persons.

Summary

Piedmont could be all about wine and Langhe hills with scattered vineyards laid on gentle slopes. Between Barolo, Castiglione, Serralunga, La Morra, Monforte, Novello, Verduno, Grinzane, Diano, Roddi and Cherasco there are 800 growers with an average of 1,5 ha of land producing 10M bottles of Barolo every year. It could be all about wine – like in Burgundy – but in fact it is not! In this very region the Slow Food movement was started by Petrini in 1986 and counts today 150 associated countries and food projects across all continents. The one and only University of Gastronomic Sciences was inaugurated in 2004 in the premises of a former Savoy wine estate. Some of the most famous Italian Cafés can be found in Bra and Cherasco, likewise chocolate and hazelnut by-products made their fortune in the region. And then raw meat, egg-pasta tajarin, snails, porcini mushrooms, raw-milk cheeses like Castelmagno, not to mention the white truffle - Tuber Magnatum Pico – that found in Alba the perfect stage to became the greatest food icon of all-times.