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Piedmont: 2-Hour Winery Visit with Wine Tasting

1. Piedmont: 2-Hour Winery Visit with Wine Tasting

Visit the Piedmont wine region, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and tour a famous winery. Enjoy a wine-tasting of famous vintages, such as Dolcetto & Gavi, Barolo, Moscato, and Brachetto. Located in Barolo, near the beautiful medieval village of Castiglione, is a family-run winery. Visit the winery to learn about winemaking techniques and traditions. Follow the friendly winery owner as they accompany you through the vineyards and continue to the cellar. While in the cellar taste 12 different wines paired with local cold cuts and cheese. Also, enjoy trying local olive oil and two different Italian liqueurs. 

Alba Truffle Fair: Skip-the-Line Entrance and Guided Tour

2. Alba Truffle Fair: Skip-the-Line Entrance and Guided Tour

Every year in Piedmont, the Alba White Truffle Fair celebrates its famous white truffle. Enjoy a guided tour in the fascinating medieval center of Alba, and then discover the sights and smells of the Alba White Truffle market in the capital of the famous Barolo Region. Explore the fair with special “skip-the-line” entrance, meet all the exhibitors, and learn about the history of the truffle.

Piedmont: Truffle Hunting

3. Piedmont: Truffle Hunting

Arrive at the meeting point and travel to the area where you will be hunting for truffles. Admire the beauty of many local vineyards on the journey there. Listen to a short introduction, upon arrival, about the history of truffle hunting, the training of hunting dogs and the various types of truffle that can be found. Begin the hunt with the help of two specially trained truffle dogs, Ithan and Bull. Learn about the symbiotic relationships between the truffle and other plants.  Finish the hunt and return to the meeting point. Take the opportunity to taste truffle-based dishes, complimented with local wines.

Full-Day Barbaresco Wine Tour with Truffle Hunting and Lunch

4. Full-Day Barbaresco Wine Tour with Truffle Hunting and Lunch

A tour for true connoisseurs of Piedmont delicacies, this will be a dynamic trip to the Langhe region of Italy famous for its exquisite black and precious white truffles. Enjoy the unique beauty of the Piedmont region, including its picturesque woodlands, the lush verdure of its gently rolling hills, backed by the majesty of its snowcapped mountains and the medieval castles that add their own majesty to the landscape. The mountain range sets bounds to an incredible gastronomical heritage. You will taste the best of local cuisine and drink Barbaresco wine in one of the best wineries of the region. This tour will give you the chance to go truffle hunting in Alba, the gastronomical capital of Italy. Truffles grow underground in a symbiotic relationship with the roots of particular trees. During a walk through the woods, truffle experts from Piedmont will explain everything related to this culinary delicacy. The exquisite black truffle is harvested from the end of May until December, while the most expensive and rare – the white truffle – is hunted out between the end of September and December. Enjoy an appetizer with truffle snacks after the hunt before moving on to the main culinary event at lunch in a traditional restaurant with panoramic views of the local vineyards. Meals typical of the Langhe region include: gnocchi (potato dumplings with cheese), white mushroom risotto, tender agnolotti pasta, roasted rabbit with vegetables, veal with Barbaresco wine, homemade ice cream and semifreddo or panna cotta. A sommelier will help you choose the best combination of wine and the dishes you have chosen. After the meal, a wine tasting will be hosted at one of Barbaresco’s famous wineries. The building has belonged to a noble family of marquises since the 18th-century but the family’s own first wine began production in 1973. In a short time, it acquired a world renown as being one of the best producers of Barbaresco wines from its own vineyards, which exclusively grow the nebbiolo grape. A favorable microclimate allows the growth of high-quality grapes even during years in which the harvest is difficult. Recently, the winery has been considerably enlarged and provided with modern equipment for the production of wine of the highest quality standard – DOCG. At the end of the wine trip to the Langhe region, you will see the small but beautiful historical center of the town of Barbaresco, completely surrounded by its famous vineyards. Barbaresco is a place of amazing natural beauty located in the Langhe hills. Admire the panorama of vineyards, woods and medieval fortresses and settlements from any point of view.

Langhe: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

5. Langhe: Market Tour & Lunch/Dinner at a Cesarina's Home

On this tour, you can go food shopping like a local with your "Cesarina", enjoying the distinctive Italian local markets and learning how to recognize the best produce from the land. Then, attend a private cooking demo where your Cesarina will share the secret of her/his family cookbook while finishing one of the dishes in front of you. Sit at an authentic Italian table and enjoy a 4-course seasonal menu including starter, pasta, main course with side dish and dessert with drinks (water, selection of red and white wines from regional cellars and coffee). Feel the warmth of Italian hospitality as you connect with local people. Instead of loading your suitcase with souvenirs, take home memories that'll stay with you for life.

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Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 34 reviews

Great tour, and very informative and service-minded guide! Went above and beyond to help us get back to our b&b after the tasting, when transportation proved to be a challenge. Would love to come back again.