The white truffle of Alba grows in a large portion of the hills of Piedmont including the provinces of Asti and Alessandria, up to 45 minutes drive from Alba.
We cannot stress enough the fact that less and less truffles are found in the immediate surroundings of Alba due to the massive cultivation of grapes (wine making) which has led to a significant reduction (or extinction) of woods.
On the contrary, the hills around and south of Asti (called Monferrato) as well as the hills north of Alba (called Roero) still offer larger wilder woods with older trees, where the delicate environment needed for truffles to grow has not been affected yet by agricultural or industrial sprawls.
Depending on availability, we will book your truffle hunt in one of the real truffle woods and we will inform you of the exact location.
After parking your vehicle, follow the hunter for a walk in the wood. The aim of this activity is to see how truffles are found by the friendly dog under the command of the man. The leashless dog browses around while the hunter suggests trees and ditches known to be good for truffles.
Our guests get a complete presentation on the delicate environment needed for truffles to grow, including types of trees, soil composition and personal stories of the hunter.
No particular physical training is required, however, the wood may occasionally be slippery, muddy and uneven. It is highly recommended an appropriate footwear, ideally trekking boots. A limited number of rubber boots is available, please ask at time of booking.
The rate includes
The rate does not include
Food tasting in the wood
The food tasting changes depending on the truffle hunter. Typically it includes a selection of salami, cheese, truffle spreads and condiments on bruschetta, truffle oil and honey, wine, water and other local delicacies.
Sometimes a fried egg or cheese with fresh truffle is served.
We will announce at time of booking the specific type of tasting included. In any case this is not a lunch but a generous food tasting which will satisfy your mid-morning or mid-afternoon appetite.
Private tour: yes (otherwise communicated at time of booking)
Participants: Max 15. For larger groups we recommend to hire 2 truffle hunters in order to guarantee a better experience
Length: about 1.5 hour
Kids and family friendly: YES
Physical activity: medium
Meeting place: to be announced at time of booking
In case of rain: with light rain the hunt takes place. In case of heavy rain we can reschedule the hunt to a new date or provide a full refund deducted of any bank fees