Piedmont Wine and Truffles Tour

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Gourmet tour to the Piedmont with Barolo, Barbaresco, and other exclusive wines, and the rare white truffle

— Welcome to a wine tour to one of Italy’s most famous wine regions, the Piedmont, “at the foot of the mountain”. It is a region that is world famous not only for its great wines – headed by Barolo and Barbaresco – but also for its gastronomy. This is where the Slow Food movement started and it is the source for the fabled white truffle. Half a day is dedicated to the truffle, with the truffles market, a truffle hunt, and a truffles lunch. Prepare for a few days filled with delicious experiences!

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This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

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The Piedmont, or Piemonte as the Italians say, is famous for its full-bodied red wines made from the nebbiolo grape. The reputation of wines like Barolo and Barbaresco reach all over the world. But Piedmont is also the source of many other wines. For example the light and sweet sparkling wines made from muscat grapes in Asti. A delicious aperitif.

Barolo and Barbaresco are among Italy’s most famous wines. These exclusive wines are elegant often with a hint of truffles on the nose. Perhaps that is because of the white truffles that can be found underground here.

There are also many other delicious things here, like wines from the barbera grape, dolcetto, grignolino and many other varieties. In Italy each region is proud of its unique local grape varieties, often not so well-known but always interesting and exciting.

Barolo and Barbaresco are now also on the very prestigious list of UNESCO’s World Heritage that includes some of the world’s most unique and culturally important sites.

On this tour you will have the opportunity to taste a wide range of the wines from Piemonte, from the easy-drinking Moscato d’Asti to the complex wines of Barolo and Barbaresco and the oak aged barberas.

The Piedmont gastronomy is world famous. For a reason! We hardly need to give any detailed introduction to the fabled white truffle but there are many other things. Hazel nuts are a regional speciality, of exceptional quality and especially rich in oil. Or the delicious incredibly tender beef from the Piemonte cattle, a special race that produces meat that is very low in fat.

The best way to taste the meat is as a tartare, raw, only finely chopped with a knife and served with olive oil and some sea salt, the classic carne cruda.

The regional cuisine also has many other things to offer. This is where the Slow Food movement started that has since spread all over the world.

We will stay in the charming town of Asti. You fly in to Milan and we pick you up with our bus at the central station in Milan late Wednesday. On the Sunday morning we drop you off in the same place by noon. It is easy to reach Milan through its three different airports: Linate, Malpensa and Bergamo.

The tour is led by one of BKWine’s wine and travel expert guides.

Vineyards in Piedmont
Vineyards in Piedmont, copyright BKWine Photography

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More travel information

Here are some useful pages and guides about this travel destination:

Even more info

We have written a lot about Piedmont and about wine touring in the region, what to do and what to expect.

Here you can find more about travelling in Piedmont.

You can also find more information on the Piedmont wines on BKWine Magazine.

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Program — wine tour to Piedmont

This is a sample program, an example. Every wine and food tour that we organise is different and specially adapted for the season and the circumstances. Details in the program, e.g. which producers we visit, will be different each time.

Preliminary programme.

For more details, contact BKWine.

Program overview

  • Day 1 — Arrival in Milan and then Asti
  • Day 2 — The world famous wines of Barolo
  • Day 3 — Discover Monferrato
  • Day 4 — Truffle market, hunt, and truffle lunch, and Barbaresco
  • Day 5 — Heading back home

Wednesday, Day 1 — Arrival in Milan and then Asti

We meet in Milan, Stazione Centrale, perhaps the most impressive train station in the world and have a comfortable drive through the north Italian landscape.

We pick you up at 5 PM with our comfortable bus at the central station in Milan, Stazione Centrale. We have a two hour drive before we arrive in Asti where we check in to our hotel in the old city centre.

The evening is free for you to discover Asti.

Asti is a small city with an old city centre with narrow, winding streets. There are many exciting restaurants, from down-to-earth pizzerias (we can give you the address to the best pizza in town!) to gourmet restaurants.

Perhaps you will start with an aperitivo at one of the many cafés. And then stroll along the narrow alleys to this trips first Italian meal? Why not finish the evening with a grappa? Certainly a good idea if you have been overwhelmed by the unending sequence of delicious dishes at dinner.

An Italian restaurant
An Italian restaurant, copyright BKWine Photography

Thursday, Day 2 — The world famous wines of Barolo

Today we head for the small village that carries the weight of the name Barolo. We’re moving into the hilly landscape of nebbiolo.

The nebbiolo grapes grow on impressively steep slopes. There are not many machines in the vineyards; most of the work is done by hand. Many if the vineyards are small in size. The wines are delicately hand-crafted and the harvest that usually happens in mid-October is done by hand. Nebbiolo ripens late.

Barolo has been called The King of the Wines of Italy. It was one of the first to achieve the highest quality level, called DOCG for Denominazione di Origine Controllata e Garantita.

We will visit three Barolo wineries. They will explain the secrets behind these great wines. We will visits producer like Azienda Vitivinicola Sobrero that was founded in 1940 by the father of the current owners and winemakers, Settimo and Pierfranco Sobrero. They have 16 hectares of vineyards in Castiglione Falletto, in the heart of the Barolo district. We will taste all their range of wines, which means a very interesting tasting, plus their grappa.

After the morning visit it is time for lunch so we continue to the winery of Enrico Rivetto and his family, Azienda Agricola Rivetto. Perhaps we will sit down for lunch in the garden, with a stunning view over the landscape, or in the winery next to the oak fermentation vats. The Rivetto family has prepared a sequence of delicious dishes showcasing the Piedmontese specialities, all very difficult to resist!

We will round off today’s program with a visit to Aldo Vajra, one of the most famous Barolo producers. Milena and Aldo Vajra, the owners who will greet us, have 40 hectares of vineyards, 10 of which are in Barolo.

The Vajras also make excellent dolcetto and barbera wines. They have many different varieties in their vineyard. They make elegant wines expressing a lot of terroir character. Take a deep breath; we will have a series of wines to go through after having visited the winery.

Late afternoon we return to Asti. The evening is free to explore another Italian restaurant. Perhaps you will start with a glass of vermouth (Martini, Cinzano etc), first made in Piedmont? The very first vermouth was made in Turin in 1786.

In the wine cellar at La Spinetta in Piedmont
In a wine cellar in Piedmont, copyright BKWine Photography

Friday, Day 3 — Discover Monferrato

Monferrato is just next to Barolo and Barbaresco but much less well-known. This is unfortunate and today we will change that.

On today’s program we have grapes like barbera, dolcetto and cortese. We will visit the charming family who owns Azienda Vitivinicola Tre Acini di Elia Defilippi in Agliano Terme. They combine modern thinking and traditional principles in a very successful way.

We will have lunch at a beautifully situated winery nearby. They will invite us to taste a number of their regional specialties and we will of course drink the winery’s own wine with the food.

On the program we also have a visit to the Bologna family at Braida in Rocchetta Tanaro. They were pioneers in making world class wines from the barbera grape already in the 1980s.

Today they have grown in size and production is not limited to barbera. They have many other exciting wines, for example moscato, brachetto, grignolino, merlot, pinot nero and cabernet. A success story of international dimensions.

Late afternoon we return to our hotel in Asti. The evening is free. Perhaps you will try a creamy risotto (with truffles?) for dinner? In Piedmont they eat more rice than pasta! When we drove from Milan to Asti we passed some of the rice farms.

A wine tasting in Barolo
A wine tasting in Barolo, copyright BKWine Photography

Saturday, Day 4 — Truffle market, hunt, and truffle lunch, and Barbaresco

If Asti is the bigger, and maybe more charming town, Alba is the capital of the truffle. This is where we are heading today

We start the day in Alba, the centre for the truffles business. “The wine truffle from Alba” is the name one often gives to the rare tuber magnatum pico.

First we will visit the famous truffles market in Alba, Mercato del Tartufo, where you can also find other things than the expensive truffle: cheese, charcuterie, oil, mushrooms, hazelnut etc. Much of it actually prepared with truffles.

The focal point of the market is all the “hunters” who are selling their truffles. The scent almost stuns you when you enter the market. The sellers stand shoulder to shoulder presenting their gems. They will offer you a close-up look and a sniff if you are interested and want to check the quality. If you want you can of course buy some truffles to bring home. Count on between one and tree euros. Per gram. A normal size tuber magnatum weighs in at around 60 grams but there are both bigger and smaller.

You can settle for just some olive oil flavoured with truffles, or truffles pâté or another local speciality, the hazelnuts. Delicious! Or just a glass of wine. The wine bar covers the full length of one side of the market. Just watching the bustle is an experience worth coming for! (Entry to the market is a few euros. You but the ticket yourself at the market.)

Freshly sliced truffles shavings in Piedmont
Freshly sliced truffles shavings in Piedmont, copyright BKWine Photography

After having looked at (and smelled) this rarity all morning it is time for our lunch when we will have the opportunity to taste this unique ingredient. For lunch we will hop in the bus that takes us to a winery close to Alba. Awaiting us is a good measure of Piemonte food with plenty of truffles on top. Does it go with the wines? You will see!

But before we settle for lunch we will get some practical experience. A local “truffle hunter” will explain to you how he trains his truffles do and how he finds the rare mushrooms. He will then take us to the forest with his dog. You will experiences yourself in real life a truffles hunt!

This will be a mini-truffles safari, walking through the forest with the dog and the truffles man. If we are lucky we will find some tuber magnatum pico, but he will hardly tell us all of his secrets (they never do). It is a really unique experience! (We can already tell you one insider’s secret: It is not true that a truffle hunting dog has to be of a special race. Any clever and curious dog can do it. The secret is in the training, starting when it is a pup.)

In the afternoon we will visit Barbaresco and Cascina Luisin, a small wine estate of only 7 hectares that make powerful and very impressive wines. Traditional Barbaresco from some of the best locations in the appellation and some delicious barberas.

Late afternoon we return to the hotel in Asti. The evening is free. Perhaps a last dinner at Ristorante Aldo di Castiglione, one of the most original restaurants we have been to.

A truffle hunter in the forest with his truffle dog
A truffle hunter in the forest with his truffle dog, copyright BKWine Photography

Sunday, Day 5 — Heading back home

The tour ends after breakfast. Departure.

Program may be subject to minor modifications.

Landscape, a village and vineyards in Piedmont
Landscape, a village and vineyards in Piedmont, copyright BKWine Photography

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Tour Details — Wine tour to the Piedmont

Dates: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.

Price per person: This is a sample program. Look in the menu “Our Tours > Scheduled Tours” to check what scheduled tours are currently on the program or contact us to discuss a custom made private wine tour.

Included in the price:

  • 4 hotel nights, double occupancy, including breakfast
    • 4 nights in Asti, in a centrally located hotel
  • Meals as described in the program (*):
    • 3 gastronomic multi-course lunches at wineries, one of which showcasing truffles, including wines
  • Start and end point: Milan
  • Bus transport during the whole trip
  • All vineyard and winery visits
  • Private, high quality tastings at wineries, approx. 3 per day
  • Translation as needed, some visits may be in English, others in Italian
  • Wine guiding and wine tutoring by an expert BKWine guide during the whole trip

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  • Travel (flights) to the destination and back from your home location.

You organise your travel to Milan yourself. If you want assistance with organising your flight tickets etc, please contact us.

We warmly recommend that you plan a few extra days here if you have the time! It is a very interesting place and well worth some “non-wine” tourism too! We can assist you with booking additional hotel nights if you want.

For this trip to take place we must have a minimum of 4 participants registered at the “book before” date. Maximum number of travel guests: 8.

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