Pearls of Piemonte -
with Grape Tours in September 2023
- 4 nights (3 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 3 full day trips visiting great wineries and lesser known ones, really getting under the skin of the great wines of northern Italy.
Monday, September 18 - 2023
DISCOVER ALBA & WELCOME DINNER
We will meet in Alba in the afternoon - you will check in to the hotel as you arrive.
Alba is a historical 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 city guide after which we'll enjoy a welcome dinner together at a local restaurant with our first introduction to the wines.
Day 1 – Tuesday, September 19 - 2023
Today we will head for the famous Barolo region to discover some wonderful wineries, a traditional winery and then an iconic winery where we will learn about cru vineyards (MGA) and taste several.
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 – Wednesday, September 20 - 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 2 family-run wineries in different locations around the appellation.
There will also be time to check out the village of Barbaresco.
Lunch will be at a local restaurant specialising in Piedmontese traditional cooking.
Free evening in Alba.
Day 3 – Thursday, September 21 - 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.
Farewell dinner together in Alba at a local restaurant.
Friday, September 22 - 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 for the 3 day trips from Alba (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 on 2 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Train into Alba, otherwise, we can arrange for a transfer from Turin (extra).
If you plan to spend some extra days in Alba, we meet at the hotel reception area at 5 pm.
Train from Alba to Turin and onwards from there.