Italy should be devoured! Piedmont with its mountains and Tuscany with its hills: fill your senses with tastes from award-winning vintners, wines that range from robust to comforting, old to young, and food that sings and melts in your mouth, all with medieval towns at your fingertips. Italy allows you to slow down, smell the grass, smell the food, smell the wine, see the land, touch history, and devour it all.
La Morra - Brace Yourself for the Feast
Arrive at the Milan airport, meet the driver and prepare to be transported to a world where taking the time to enjoy yourself isn’t an indulgence: it’s a way of life. Enjoy the ride from Milan to La Morra as you pass the green mountains and high hills into the Piedmont region. Take time to notice the hillsides covered in grapevines from top to bottom, with the remnants of a medieval town looming over it all. Check into your intimate home away from home nestled in the Nebbiolo vineyards. Enjoy the heartwarming and welcoming aperitif that will not only kick-start your appetite, but also the insatiable need to know, taste, and touch all that Italy has to offer.
Your private guide will ensure that your tastes in Piedmont, whether with food, wine, history, or culture, are satisfied. That satisfaction begins with meeting Elio Altare, acknowledged globally as one of the world’s greatest wine makers. He is also a leader of the revolution in cellar and vineyard technique in the Barolo area. He is a sweet and humble person that might remind you of your favorite uncle. You will be guided through his small family cellar where you will have an exclusive tasting session, full of wines that can range from full bodied and smelling of roses to tannic and tasting of blackberries. Enjoy typical Piedmontese fare: the pungent delicacy of Grana Padano cheese and gnocchi alla bava, velvety and supple potato dumplings garnished with melted cheese and butter.
La Morra - A Burst of Flavor
La Morra - Wake Up and Smell the Vineyards
La Morra - A Hunt Can Be Satisfying
Greve - A Different World of Flavor
Greve - Here You Taste Innovation
Greve - Here You Taste Tradition
Tenuto San Guido - Another Day to Relish
Full of Life and Full of Experience
- Enjoy the various tastes of award-winning wines in both traditional and innovative wineries
- Be treated to private tasting menus and pairings throughout the Piedmont and Tuscan regions
- Visit medieval walled hill towns and castles in the countryside
- Bask in the stunning views of the rolling Tuscan hills and the towering mountains of Piedmont
- Experience private, guided tours of wineries, hillside towns, and more, from guides experienced in wine and local culture
- Travel through history to medieval castles, towns, and abbeys that pepper the countryside of Tuscany and Piedmont
- Jump into the fun of hunting the white truffle and savor its decadent flavor
A wine-tasting journey from Piedmont to Tuscany is a feast for the senses. Beginning in the mountains of Piedmont, known for wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco, these bold and luscious varietals will compliment the rich, hearty foods, and earthy aromas of the area. Indulge in the array of the wines on offer by Elio Altare, awarded “Vine Grower of the Year 2005,” by the Gambero Rosso guide. The tannic power of the Barolo is the perfect flavor to encourage you to sink into the Italian lifestyle, ready to absorb all that you will experience.
The quaint villages of La Morra, Alba, and Barbaresco will have you dreaming of their medieval roots, with horses trailing the countryside. You can still smell the wetness of the trees in the morning fog as it rolls through the mountainside. The deliciousness of Piedmont is not limited to just wine as it is best known for the white truffle. You will get to know this decadent ingredient firsthand, not only by indulging in the earthy delight, but also by participating in a real truffle hunt, making the fruit of your labor that much more delectable. The smell of fresh agnolotti, a typical Piedmontese pasta similar to ravioli, the crunch of breadsticks, and the sweetness of brioche will never be far from your fingertips.
The drive to Tuscany is among the most breathtaking in the world, with postcard-like views of the cypress trees that have come to represent the Tuscan countryside; you can almost smell the smoky, spice of the trees from the car. The Super Tuscans in Chianti Classico, Montalcino, Brunello, and even the coastal wines, will give you an assortment of herbaceous and zesty aromas and tastes, as well as rolling green hills of the countryside and the calm stillness of the Tuscan coast. The villages that dot Tuscany are stonewalled and numerous, making every second feel like a fairytale with castles, towers, and the almost unreal beauty of villages like Greve in Chianti. As the colorful buildings poke out of the trees, it seems that almost every road leads to yet another vineyard with incredible wine, friendly people, and a table full of food that must be shared. From medieval architecture to modern wine, Piedmont and Tuscany will submerge your senses, and you will joyfully surrender to all that these incredible areas of Italy have to offer. By the final day you may be full from all the delicious food, but you can never have enough of Italy.
$3,217 per person (excluding international flights)
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