Pearls of Piemonte -
with Grape Tours in late August 2023
- 5 nights (4 full days)
We will be based in the lovely city of Alba, right in the core of some of Piemonte's most iconic wine regions in the Langhe. Based at the city's most comfortable hotel, we'll be able to do 4 full day trips visiting great wineries and lesser known ones, really getting under the skin of the great wines of northern Italy.
Sunday, August 27 - 2023
DISCOVER ALBA & WELCOME DINNER
We will meet in Alba in the afternoon - you will check in to the 4-star hotel as you arrive.
Alba is a lovely town famous for its immediate wine regions, truffles, chocolate, hazelnuts and just great food in general.
We will be introduced to Alba by a local guide after which we'll enjoy a welcome dinner together at a local Slow Food restaurant.
Day 1 – Monday, August 28 - 2023
Today we will head for the famous Barolo region to discover some wonderful wineries, a traditional winery and a more modern one that rocked the region in the 70'ies. We will learn about cru vineyards (MGA).
There will also be time to stop in Barolo village for a walk.
The vineyards will be bountiful of Nebbiolo grapes that will be close to ripeness.
Lunch will be at a wonderful restaurant overlooking the vineyards of Barolo - one of the most beautiful wine regions in the World.
Free evening in Alba.
Day 2 – Tuesday, August 29 - 2023
Barbaresco is a smaller region than Barolo, but not less great or famous. In fact, it's often referred to as the queen of Italian wines (where Barolo, of course, takes the role of the king!)
On this day we'll get under the skin of the region and we will visit 3 family-run wineries in different locations around the appelation.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant specialised in Piedmontese traditional cooking.
Free evening in Alba.
Day 3 – Wednesday, August 30 - 2023
Roero is on the left bank of the Tanaro. It's a newcomer and also in a geologically newer area compared to the famous right bank appellations. Nebbiolo still reigns for the red, but on this day we will also discover Arneis.
Starting by the winery that put this white grape on the map.
Next, we will visit a family-owned and -operated winery where we will be able to enjoy a tasting of 6 different wines with a home-cooked Piemontese lunch.
Last, but not least, we will visit an iconic and historical winery, still family owned with great hospitality.
Dinner on your own back in Alba.
Day 4 – Thursday, August 31 - 2023
MORE BAROLO, BRA & FAREWELL DINNER
On our last day, we will do some more Barolo, swinging by the Castle Castle Grinzane Cavour.
We'll visit a local distillery to learn about Italy's deep culture of distillation.
We'll lunch in the village of Bra, Slow Food capital of Italy, and on the way back to Alba, we'll visit a small biodynamic winemaker in Barolo for one last great tasting.
Dinner in Alba together to toast together to Piemonte and its excellence.
Friday, September 1 - 2023
Check out and continue your travels within Italy from the train station in Alba. We recommend perhaps visiting Turin, or you could continue your travels to other places in Italy... Piemonte is close to the Alps, the Lakes & the Ligurian Riviera and they are all fantastic at this time of year.
THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES:
- Transportation in ALBA on Day 2 until end of Day 5 (participants will find their own way to and from ALBA).
- Accommodation in 4-star Hotel Calissano in Alba - close by the train station in ALBA
- Winery visits & tastings, group activities, guided visits and tickets
- All programmed meals in great local restaurants or farms (wine chosen by Grape Tours included).
Grape Tours personal guide (Rebecca - Italian Wine Scholar) accompanies the group throughout the trip and is the trip manager.
Notice that 3 evenings dinner is on your own. Make sure to make reservations in good time if you want to for example experience the 3 Michelin star restaurant Alba Piazza Duomo.
Cost per person (based on double room occupancy): 2200 euro
(single occupancy 2500 euro/p.p.)
Please shoot us an email on email@example.com if you may be interested in signing up, or if you're ready to sign up follow the link to register below.
Airfare & travel to and from starting/departure point, meals not specified in the itinerary.
(email us if you want to be put on a waiting list)
Train into Alba, otherwise we can arrange for a transfer from Turin, if you need it (extra).
If you plan to spend some extra days in Alba, we meet at the hotel reception area at 4.30 pm.
Train from Alba to Turin and onwards from there.
Please notice that this tour could also be organized for a group of 4-8 for a different week - but please enquire in good time & contact us for a quote. For small groups, we can also recommend staying at one of the wineries B&Bs or at a winery resort.