Day 1: A tour in the Barolo
Arrival and transfer to the Langhe. Private transfer from Milan to our first lodging in the Langhe area in the heart of Piedmont’s most famous wine region. Depending on your arrival time we can stop at the Barolo enoteca regionale for a discovery of the different Barolo wines. Your accommodation can be a nice country inn near Monforte a wine producing castle or an historical mansion in the center of Monforte, famous for Barolo wine and white truffles. Then we’ll have dinner at our hotel.
Alba & cooking class
Day 2: Visit Alba
The Langhe area has an amazing landscape of vineyards with the Alps as background. We will remain in the area where wine tastings and meeting with the producers are mandatory. We will start the day with a leisurely walk among the vineyards to reach Barolo, a small town, which is the cradle of the famous wine of the same name. We will have a tour of the historical cellars where it all began. After a wine-tasting/lunch we will be transferred to Alba, the main town of the area, where we’ll enjoy some free time to explore the center of the town and its many boutiques. Later in the afternoon a short bus ride will take us to the Verduno Castle, which belonged to the Italian royal family where we will be introduced to the secrets of Piedmont cuisine, enjoy a cooking class, and have dinner with what we cooked. Then we’ll go back to our hotel for the night.
Day 3: La Morra
We have not finished with Barolo yet, as it is a wine that deserves a lot of attention. There are several types of Barolo according to the soils that produce it. After a leisurely breakfast, we will be driven to La Morra, a small village from where one can enjoy a breathtaking view over the vineyard-covered hills; we will then visit one of the 6 producers of Barolo “ Brunate” made with the harvest of a single vineyard. It is a modern, family-owned winery. A short ride will take us for lunch at near Barbaresco restaurant overlooking vineyards. On the way to our next accommodation, we will stop to peek inside the Enoteca Regionale in Barbaresco, which is located inside an ancient church. We’ll check in at our next lodging and relax near the country Inn swimming pool. Dinner is at the hotel.
Hike and cheeses
Day 4: Roccaverano
Today is an unusual day for a wine tour, a ”rustic” day! We start the day with a visit to Monastero Bormida, an interesting medieval town with an imposing castle; and an enthusiastic mayor will lead our visit. We will then hike along a nice trail to Roccaverano, (5 km) the hometown of the Robiola goat cheese. After climbing to the top of the tower in Roccaverano, we’ll continue, to visit a very simple shepherd farm, which produces this mellow cheese. We will be served a simple lunch with their cheeses and their wines. We will return for couple of hours at the hotel for showering and resting, then we are off to another farmhouse for dinner.
If someone prefers not to walk a transfer will be provided
Day 5: Bubbles & Barbera
Canelli, the town next to our accommodation, is famous for producing some of the best “Spumante,” the Italian champagne. We will start the day with a tour of one of the historical cellars that produces Spumante and learn how it is made. By the way, they also produce an excellent Barbera. We continue the day with a visit to a grappa producer (distillerie Berta) and have lunch at their restaurant a couple of miles further. An hour’s drive will take us to our next accommodation, a beautiful wine resort in the Gavi area. After check-in, a visit to the cellars will be the opening step of a dinner with wine pairing.
(optional extra day) — You can choose from the following:
- an easy bike tour escorted by Lorenzo with lunch and wine tasting at a wine producing castle.
- or a day on your own to enjoy a spa treatment at our gorgeous accommodation and relax, then shop at the largest fashion outlet in Italy.
End the day at a famous restaurant in the historical centre of Gavi.
Day 6: Heading for the sea
A short walk in the vineyards will introduce us to our last wine maker of the area before starting our drive taking the highway that cuts through the rugged landscape of the Appennino ligure to reach the Mediterranean Sea just to the east of Genova. We will have a gorgeous fish lunch in Camogli a lovely seaside village then spend the night in
Levanto, the gate of Cinque Terre. Dinner and spend tonight at our new hotel that has a breathtaking view over the coast.
Monterosso by land & sea
Day 7: Hike to Monterosso, the first town of Cinque Terre
Today either you go by boat, or you walk. The trail that leads to Monterosso starts at the door of our hotel. It is a 2h30 -hours hike with beautiful views of the coast. Monterosso is the first of the Cinque Terre villages. We will have lunch there, at a wine producer then take the train to Vernazza, the next town. Return by boat to Levanto. Our final night includes dinner and overnight at our hotel Giada del Mesco.
Breakfast and Departure
Day 8: End of service
After breakfast, you can continue your travels or return to Milan or Genoa for your return flight home.