Culinary tour in northern Italy
Embark in our 3-days food tour in Piedmont – Italy – and indulge in the most sought after recipes and culinary traditions around the wine regions of Alba and Asti.
We visit small wine producers, renowned restaurants and passionate food purveyors who bring the food tasting to the next level, by sharing their expertise and opening the doors of their offbeat workshops.
Lunches and dinners are set on the scenic Langhe hills and feature well-balanced menus in order to provide a full understanding of the cuisine and wines of Piedmont and never eat the same thing twice.
On top of the acclaimed Barolo wine, we offer the opportunity to step inside boutique wineries specialized in other great wines of the region, like the Barbera d’Asti aged in oak and a less-known indigenous grape varietal of Piedmont, called Ruché.
Our food tour in Piedmont – Italy – is a combination of mouthwatering experiences combined with cultural walking tours in Asti, Neive and Alba meant to find historical roots of such sophisticated culinary legacy.
- 3 days / 2 nights
- The art of the cheese refiner: a guided cheese tasting
- Award-winning hazelnut cookies and chocolate delights
- The butcher experience in Asti: cold cuts and cured meats
- Saffron, honey and seasonal produce: step in an organic vegetable garden
- White truffle lecture with a truffle hunter
- Boutique wine cellars of Barolo, Barbera d’Asti, Ruché, Moscato and other wines
- Two dinners and one lunch in traditional restaurant (possibility of including a Michelin-star dining experience)
Small groups (up to 16 guests) can be accommodated in boutique hotels, luxury retreats and wine resorts on the Langhe hills.
For larger groups, centrally-located 4-star hotels
- A 30% down payment is required in order to confirm the reservation.
- The remaining balance is due 30 days before the tour.
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- within 30 days before the performance of the Tourist Package, without penalty;
- from 29 days*** before the performance of the Tourist Package, by paying a penalty equal to 100% of the price
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The food tour in Piedmont – Italy – begins with a lecture on white truffles held by an expert truffle hunter. The exploration of a truffle wood is the occasion for investigating on trees, on the training of the dog and on the delicate environment needed to truffles for growing.
Take a glance to an organic vegetable garden where the rich mineral soil allows the cultivation of the flowers of crocus sativus from which saffron is obtained. Seasonal produce can be seen such as asparagus, artichokes and a rare white cardoon leaf stalks, enlisted as a Slow Food Presidium.
Lunch is served in the cozy and rustic restaurant of the farm. The numerous courses include seasonal ingredients and, between September and January, the white truffle is thinly shaved on a couple of dishes.
This afternoon step inside a family-run wine cellar focused on Italian sparkling wine – spumante – and sweet Moscato wine. Later, we stop in the quaint village of Neive, considered to be one of the most picturesque of Italy.
Check-in at the selected accommodation.
Tonight we stroll in the town of Alba along the elegant main street leading to the cathedral. Dinner is booked in a restaurant of the town center and it presents a traditional tasting menu with the most sought after recipes of Piedmont.
Depart for Asti, one of the towns of Piedmont not overcrowded yet by mass-tourism. The original Roman grid stands below medieval towers and homes of wealthy families who used to fight against each other during the middle-ages.
We take a look at the imposing Gothic Cathedral which boasts precious works of art. As we stroll around Asti, we visit some traditional food stores that survive to the drastic economic changes of the last decades.
A passionate butcher welcomes us in its shop and guides us in a tasting of local boiled salami and a veal sausage paired with a glass of Barbera d’Asti, whose acidity well balance the fat of these cured meats.
Later, we move just a few miles outside of Asti to a farmhouse set in the countryside where a cheese refiner opens its aging cellar. He will sit at the table and share his fascinating art during the cheese tasting enriched by a selection of local jams and honey.
Our culinary tour in Piedmont continues in the Monferrato wine district in a winery surrounded by vineyards and pristine nature. Here the focus is an indigenous grape varietal, called Ruché, grown for centuries in a limited geographical area of Piedmont.
Tonight dinner is set on the scenic Langhe hills and we offer a choice between a renowned casual restaurant or a Michelin-star dining experience where traditional recipes are prepared with a modern twist.
The last day of our food tour in Piedmont sets off with a panoramic drive on Langhe hills south of Alba where vine cultivation leaves room to hazelnut crops.
We meet a young couple who invested in hazelnut cultivation and established their own workshop where hazelnuts are toasted and used in the preparation of traditional cookies and pralines. Indulge in award-winning tiny cookies known as “baci di dama” (lady’s kisses) consisting of a double hazelnut crust with a layer of chocolate in between. Moreover, we taste crunchy sweets prepared with a mix of meringue and hazelnuts, as well as sweet truffles with white and dark chocolate.
Continue from one hilltop to another, all the way to the village of La Morra, the highest one in the Barolo wine region. Take a short walk leading up to the panoramic terrace for breathtaking views over vineyards dotted with medieval castles, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Langhe hills.
We celebrate the end of our culinary tour in Piedmont, Italy, with lunch in a Barolo winery where each course is paired with a different wine.
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- 3 nights in the selected hotel, in the wine region of Alba and Asti, breakfast included
- Tour guide specialized in gastronomy and wines, for the entire tour
- Lecture with a truffle hunter and lunch in a truffle farm (white truffle available September to January)
- Traditional dinner in a restaurant in Alba (four courses and wine)
- Choice of dinner in a casual restaurant or Michelin-star dining experience
- Lunch in a Barolo winery with wine tasting paired with five courses
- Visit a cellar focused on moscato and sparkling wine – tasting of 4 wines
- Visit a cellar focused on Barbera d’ Asti and Ruché – tasting of 4 wines
- Butcher experience in Asti paired with a glass of wine
- Cheese tasting – 4 types – with the cheese refiner, paired with wine
- Hazelnut farm tour and tasting of sweets and pralines with a glass of wine
- VAT 22%
- Tour Operator Limited Liability Insurance
- Hotel city tax
- Personal travel insurance
- Any other meal, tasting, entrance fee, transfer, personal expense, tips and anything else not mentioned above in the field “The rate includes”. The wine included is the one presented during the meal or wine tasting and it is never unlimited. Any extra is at your own discretion.