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From Franciacorta to Barolo and Truffles 2024

Sunday, 3rd November 2024 - Saturday, 9th November 2024

Imagine yourself strolling through vineyards nestled in the rolling hills of Piedmont, sipping on some of the world's finest wines, and indulging in the authentic Italian cuisine that the region is famous for. Sounds like a dream, doesn't it? But with our exclusive wine tour to Piedmont, this dream can be your reality.

From the moment you arrive in Milan, our tour will take you on an unforgettable journey through the stunning landscapes of Lake Como and Lake Iseo before going on into the Piedmont region, famous for its outstanding wineries, world-renowned cuisine, and picturesque hilltop villages. With each stop, you'll be immersed in the rich history and traditions of the area, meeting local wine producers, chefs, and winemakers who are passionate about their craft.

As you travel through the vineyards and enjoy the hospitality of the local families, you'll be filled with a sense of wonder and joy that can only come from experiencing the best that Italy has to offer. And when you return home, you'll have amazing stories to tell your friends and family about the stunning landscapes, the unique culture, and the incredible wines and cuisine that you discovered on this unique tour.

So if you're looking for an unforgettable experience, join us on this wine tour of Piedmont and indulge in the best that Italy has to offer...

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What To Expect

During this very exclusive wine tour to Lombardy and Piedmont, you can expect to visit some of the most renowned wineries in the regions; Enrico Gatti, Bellavista, Poderi Colla, Einaudi, Marcarini and Conterno Fantino. At each winery, you'll have the opportunity to meet with the owners and winemakers, learn about the history and production process of each wine, and indulge in exclusive tastings of some five star vintages. From the rich and robust Barolos to the elegant and refined Barbarescos, you'll get to experience the full range of flavors and aromas that the Piedmont region has to offer.

To complement the wine tastings, we've also planned a range of culinary experiences that will allow you to indulge in the local cuisine. From lunch at a Trattoria with the Colla family to a cooking class or truffle hunting excursion, you'll get to experience the authentic flavours and traditions of the region. And in the evenings, we've arranged dinners at some of the best gourmet restaurants in the area, including a local winemaker's secret den and a gala dinner with Matteo Sardagna, the owner of Einaudi and 6 single vineyard cru Barolos.

Throughout the tour, we'll be staying at some of my favourite hotels and accommodations, including suites near Lake Iseo in Franciacorta, and a boutique hotel right in the heart of Monforte d'Alba. You can expect to be surrounded by stunning scenery, with opportunities to explore picturesque villages like Dogliani and La Morra and enjoy the beauty of the Italian countryside.

Overall, our wine tour to Piedmont promises to be an unforgettable journey, filled with world-class wines, exquisite cuisine, and unforgettable experiences.

Tour Highlights

 

  • Day 1: Arrival and Lake Iseo: As you arrive in Milan, you are filled with excitement and anticipation for the week ahead. After a long journey, you are met by a private transfer that will take you on a scenic drive to the stunning Lake Iseo in the Franciacorta district (home to Italy's best bubbles)!. As you check into your suite, you are surrounded by breathtaking views of the tranquil waters and picturesque towns that line the shores. You indulge in a delicious dinner at a local gourmet restaurant, savoring the flavors of Italy and the warmth of the hospitality that awaits you.

  • Day 2: Franciacorta and Lake Iseo: As you set out on day two, you can feel a sense of calm and relaxation wash over you. You're completely immersed in the beauty of Italy, with nothing to think about but the next glass of wine you'll be sipping. Today, you'll be exploring the renowned wine region of Franciacorta. You'll visit the esteemed Enrico Gatti winery for a private tour and tasting with the owners. As you sip on the delicious wine, you can taste the passion and dedication that goes into each bottle, and all your troubles and worries seem to drift away. You'll enjoy a light lunch near the serene waters of Lake Iseo, soaking in the beauty of the region. The peacefulness of the lake, combined with the exquisite food and wine, makes you feel truly content and carefree. As the day winds down, you'll return to Como for dinner at a local restaurant, feeling grateful for the opportunity to experience such incredible moments of relaxation and joy.

  • Day 3: Piedmont and Barbaresco: As you check out of your hotel, you know that today will be another unforgettable day on the tour. You'll be heading to the stunning region of Piedmont, known for its rolling hills, picturesque vineyards, and delicious wines. You'll start your day with a private tour and tasting at Poderi Colla in Barbaresco. As you walk through the vineyards and taste the wines, you'll be transported by the rich history and tradition of the winery. You'll enjoy lunch at a local Trattoria with the Colla family, who will share their passion and knowledge of the region with you. Finally, you'll check into a boutique Relais, ready for the adventures that await you in the days ahead. In the evening, you'll dine at a secret den known only to local winemakers, enjoying an unforgettable meal and sharing stories with those who have dedicated their lives to crafting the perfect wines of the region.

  • Day 4: Conterno Fantino and Einaudi: Today the morning begins with a visit to some of the top growth vineyards of Monforte d’Alba, a charming village nestled in the heart of the Langhe hills. You'll savor a delicious family style lunch at the winery having visited the vineyards and cellars with the owners of Conterno Fantino. Moving onto Einaudi in the afternoon, you'll enjoy a private tour and tasting at the Einaudi winery, where you'll learn about the history and production of their world-renowned wines before enjoying a casual dinner in the historical town of Dogliani.

  • Day 5: Truffle Hunting or Cookery Class: it's your choice, either a cooking class or truffle hunting experience. Whichever you choose, you'll get to experience the true essence of Langhe through its food. If you choose the cooking class, you'll learn how to prepare local dishes using traditional methods and ingredients. The class will take place in a charming kitchen, surrounded by the beautiful countryside. You'll get to taste the fruits of your labor for lunch, and savor the flavors of the region. Alternatively, you can opt to follow a truffle hunter at work, accompanying him and his trained dog through the woods in search of the elusive white truffle. You'll learn about the history of truffle hunting in the area, and gain insight into the techniques used to find these rare delicacies. After the hunt, you'll have the opportunity to taste the truffles in a delicious meal paired with local wines. Whatever you choose, you're sure to leave with a deeper appreciation for the culinary traditions of Langhe.

  • Day 6: Alba and Marcarini Winery: today you'll visit the charming town of Alba, where you'll stroll through the streets and take in the sights, sounds, and smells of this picturesque place. After some Spritzes and a light lunch you'll then drive to La Morra, where you'll meet the owners of the Marcarini winery for a private tour and tasting. In the evening, you'll enjoy a gala dinner with Matteo Sardagna, the owner of Einaudi and six cru Barolos, which will be a fitting end to a wonderful week.

  • Day 7: Departure from Italy: As you bid farewell to Italy on your final day, you can't help but feel a sense of sadness at leaving behind such a beautiful country and the incredible memories you've made during this unforgettable week. You'll take with you the sights, sounds, and tastes of the stunning region of Piedmont, the charm and history of Lake Iseo, and the relaxation and beauty of the Franciacorta wine region. You'll remember the private tours and tastings at some of the most prestigious wineries in Italy, the intimate meals shared with passionate winemakers and their families, and the cooking classes and truffle hunts that immersed you in the local culture. You'll recall the breathtaking views of the rolling hills and vineyards, the delicious food made with fresh local ingredients, and the warm hospitality of the Italian people. As you board your flight, you know that this trip to Italy will be a memory that will stay with you for a lifetime, and you'll look back on it with fondness and gratitude for the experiences you had and the friendships you made. You leave Italy with a renewed appreciation for the beauty of life, the importance of taking time to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures, and the magic of travel that can bring us together with people and places we may have never otherwise known.

Explore the map above to view a few key places we will be visiting.

If you would like to receive a detailed tour itinerary please click here.

Top Wines To Taste From This Tour

Experience the Best of Piedmont with Phil 

If you're a wine enthusiast looking for the ultimate Italian experience, then a tour of Piedmont with Phil is an absolute must. Phil's extensive knowledge of the region, its wineries, and winemakers is unparalleled. He has spent years developing relationships with the best in the business, and his passion for the wines of Piedmont is contagious. When you book your tour, you can expect nothing but the best. From luxury accommodations to exclusive tastings, every detail of your trip is planned with your enjoyment in mind. But it's not just about the wine. Phil understands that your experience is crucial, and he goes above and beyond to ensure that your time in Italy is unforgettable. With Phil as your host, you'll be able to relax and let all your troubles drift away as you immerse yourself in the beauty and culture of Piedmont. So why wait? Join Phil on a tour of Piedmont and experience the very best that Italy has to offer.

What To Know Before You Go

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Tour Fitness

Please note our tours are active holidays. Walking, stair-climbing and standing around for lengthy periods are unavoidable aspects of every tour. These features should not present problems for anyone of normal fitness, but our tours and events are not suitable for those who walk slowly, need support, or lack stamina. Please read our Tour Fitness page before booking.

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Terms & Conditions

Our Terms & Conditions cover everything from booking to insurance. Please give them a read before you book.

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Dietary Requirements

All diets can be catered for please just let Maestro Tours know what they are on your booking form.

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Accessability

Unfortunately due to the physical nature of these tours they are not wheelchair friendly.

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What's Not Included

Flights/travel to and from Italy. All guests must have their own insurance and show proof of this at the start of the tour. Extras (eg minibar or bar drinks) at the hotels.

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Getting There

Every guest of Maestro Tours will be met at a previously established hotel in the center of Milan. All guests are required to arrange flights that will arrive on the tour start date. Tour start times will vary. We understand arrival times will also vary. Please inform us of your arrival time either by email or on your booking form.  For this tour we reccommend you arrive into Milan Malpensa airport by 10am as you will need to get into the center of the city by 12 pm. If you are arriving by a different mode of transport and will not arrive at the airport, you can make your way directly to Lake Iseo where we will be from 3pm.

A Personalized and Intimate Tour Experience

As you consider booking your space on this incredible tour of Northern Italy, it's important to note that spaces are limited. Phil ensures that group sizes are kept small and intimate, creating a personalized experience that allows you to truly connect with the region and its people. This tour is not just a vacation, it's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of Northern Italy, all while enjoying some of the world's finest wines and cuisine. Don't wait to secure your spot on this unforgettable journey. Book now to join Phil and fellow wine lovers for an experience you'll never forget.