Video of Villa Crespi , Lake Orta Italy

DATES

Main Tour 7 Nights:

 Sunday 22nd May 2016 – Sunday 29th May 2016

Trip Extension 2 Nights:

OPTION 1: Sunday 29th May 2016 – Tuesday 31st May 2016 :


FOCUS


Let’s look at the tour in a little more depth.

Turin is home to world-class museums, charming architecture and covered walkways, as well as some of the most sort after cuisine of Italy. What we are trying to achieve in our days here is to walk and understand how Turin is, the history and politics that shaped Italy from Turin and spurred the Risorgimento. Turin was the first capital of Italy (1861 and 1864) and we will take a look at the incredible buildings left by the Duchy of Savoy. Turin is the most regal of the cities of Italy and is also considered a city of magic: holding the Shroud of Turin in the Cathedral and having Nostradamus as a resident, as well as the legend that the Holy Grail is buried under the city. Turin is also all about chocolate and dream for coffee lovers (native coffee of Lavazza), seeming to have a shop devoted to chocolate on every corner.

Grand Hotel Sitea is our hotel in Turin, right in the heart of everything and that is another wonderful plus. Everything is walkable from this 5-star hotel with a really outstanding breakfast and strong management who care about our guests. At the Grand Hotel Sitea, there are two styles of room to choose from: classic with period furniture and design or modern with wooden floors and a more minimalistic feel.

In Turin, we will see the major sites of interest, take a serious immersion and hands on cooking experience into the local cuisine at La Palestra del Cibo Cooking School (literally translated as The Gym of Food). If you wish, you will also have the chance to eat dinner at the 2-star Michelin restaurant of Combal Zero that never fails to excite us or our clients.

After Turin, we are going to show you a most beautiful wine region that has just recently (2014) been given UNESCO World Heritage for the outstanding beauty and wine heritage. We will be tasting and visiting twelve exceptional wineries. Most producers in Piedmont tend toward the small size due to the nature of the high cost of vineyards. Many producers have small vineyards scattered all over the crus of the region. This is ideal for us as we will generally be meeting the owners or winemakers, often the same person. Anyone who knows our philosophy knows that we are interested in real and territory wines, made as naturally as possible with indigenous yeasts and generally the most non interventive wine making methods. We tends to avoid the big names and cathedrals to wine. With us, it is all about the experience and of course the wines. In the Langhe, there is no problem as there are 100s of serious producers. We have made the days beautiful journeys from one winery and hill-top town to another. Travel is never arduous or far at all and the other joy is there is no attitude here: the winemakers and owners consider themselves grape farmers, extremely lucky ones at that.

Are you aware that Italy holds the larges biodiversity of grape varieties in the world? We will understand the grape varietal of Nebbiolo in every which way, why Barbera is such an excellent wine, Dolcetto, Freisa, Arneis and so it goes on and on. Anyone who knows about our tours will understand it is our relationship with the winemakers and owners that means we can really give you a total understanding of what is really going on while drinking some of the most revered wines in the world. Of course, there will always be some fun, great meals and gorgeous settings in Italy.

The five lunches included in this tour are all destinations in themselves and apart from the welcome dinner in Turin, we have made the other dinners free: everyone is able to opt to eat in the many styles of restaurants and enotecas in Turin and Monforte d’Alba, where we will base ourselves for the second part of the tour. The reason we love Monforte d’Alba is, apart from being a stunning hilltop borgo, there are at least five important restaurants and also wine bars all in walking distance and none more so than our lodge’s restaurant, Il Giardino Da Felicin. We have chosen on the apartments of Felicin as they are huge, all with views over Barolo and brilliantly equipped. Everything at breakfast is from the restaurant’s superb kitchen and Nino (owner) is a massive character in the region.

This tour could not happen without Sandro. He is from Turin and lives in Monforte d’Alba. With Sandro, you will gain as much insight into wine as anyone could possibly want. He is your tour director and Piedmont’s wine expert.  Tim Robertson will no doubt be dropping in. The pre or post extension is into one of the most beautiful of the lakes of Italy, Lago d’Orta. It is fantastically unknown in comparison to its sister, Maggiore, just a few miles east. The northern lakes of Italy should be enjoyed by everyone. Why? Well, it is just the stunning views, framed with the Alps in the back ground, the sumptuous villas and islands. Crespi is a tiny property of Relais Chateaux. It is a classic and unique villa that defies description architecturally with a wonderful and hospitable service, a fabulous restaurant (the chef is one of the most loved in Italy and gregarious chefs) and adjacent to the most beautiful unspoilt lake. While you are at Crespi, we will take you on a journey around the lakes including a boat ride, visiting the islands as well as making a memorable cooking experience. We have never had a client who did not say thank you so much for showing us this treat of the place and it is a treat.


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Testimonial -Piedmont-9-nights-fixed-date-departure

I have been on three Robertson Wine tours in the last three years – Puglia, Sicilia, and most recently Piemonte. Each of the experiences has been memorable, and quite different from the others. Tim and Cristian have a knack for locating really down to earth wine makers, who seem to truly enjoy having visitors, and sharing their passion for wine making. I even had dinner with one of the winemakers we met in Sicily when he was visiting Chicago. I also appreciate the combination of quality and value in the wineries we have visited, and feel that I have acquired a good deal of new knowledge about the process of winemaking.

But that is just the foundation. We have had consistently excellent meals (some actually quite fantastic) and the accommodations have been very carefully chosen. I have also enjoyed the opportunity to visit historical and cultural attractions, even though this is not the main focus of the trip. We had an extremely knowledgeable guide in Turin, where we visited on of the most amazing museums I have ever encountered.

Probably the most enjoyable difference in this experience, though, has been meeting the wonderful people who have been on these trips. The groups are small and congenial. Everyone shares a significant interest in wine, and many are repeat participants. The chemistry on each of these trips has been very pleasant, and I am looking forward to the Friuli experience in October. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride. Cristian and Tim do all the work.

K D FLACHSBART
Chicago/San Francisco

Dear Tim and Cristian: Our recent Piedmont trip, in brief terms, was fantastic. Since we enjoyed our South America trip last fall, we had high expectations for Piedmont, and you delivered. Once again, the choice of hotels was excellent-the Grand Sitea in Torino was charming and in a good location close to the center, while Il Giardino Da Felicin in Montforte d’Alba was quiet and spectacularly situated with great views.The selection of wineries was varied, with each having unique characteristics, histories, settings, and tastings. Our hosts were very knowledgeable and generous. We had a nice representative sampling of the wines of Roero, Barolo, and Barbaresco regions, which provided us with a good understanding of this part of Piedmont. We appreciate the fact that many of these small and family run wineries are actually farms first and wineries second.Our Torino guide Monica was energetic and full of information, and our tour of the Museums with her was definitely worthwhile. Our wine country guide Sandro was special. His depth of understanding of the local wine industry and knowledge of wine in general was enormous. He conveyed an incredible amount of information to us, and he patiently answered our questions. He brings a unique quality to the tour as a sommelier and quality taster, as well as having lived in NYC. The Cooking School and lunch was nice, but we would have preferred to use the time to explore more of Torino and its understated charm. In retrospect, we should have arrived a day or two earlier to discover more of Torino. Likewise, we would have liked to “hang out” longer in delightful Monforte d’Alba-the shops were closed when we returned each afternoon. We feel the pace of the wine tasting was perfect, the restaurant selections were great, and the food was, of course, always fantastic! We will look forward to another Robertson Wine Adventure.

Mille Grazie, and Arrivederci, Cindy and Jim Schopp
Wacoma, USA July 19, 2016

‘I just wanted to thank you for a wonderful second trip with your company; we hugely enjoyed it, thought the area was beautiful and had unforgettable wine and food experiences. We greatly appreciated the fact that our 20th wedding anniversary was generously marked by several of the vineyard owners and by our fellow wine-lovers ( whose company we greatly enjoyed), making the whole thing very special. Villa Crespi was a lovely experience and the cookery lesson was great. Everyone was very kind and accommodating on the trip Thank you again and best wishes’

Sally and John Chawner
Bangor/ London UK

Grand Hotel Sitea, Turin

Grand Hotel Sitea is located right in the middle of cobbled pavements with no car access in front of the hotel, which makes it perfect for walking straight out into the heart of Turin. It is literally in the centre of it all. It is the perfect base for visiting the historical centre and the shopping area. It is also within a short distance of Porta Nuova Train Station from where you can take a shuttle bus to the airport or a train. The atmosphere is quiet and serene after the breakfast and check out, but generally there is a great little buzz. The rooms are well-protected noise wise, the staff polite and efficient. The service in the hotel is excellent: concierge and front desk mainly. Although small, it is obvious that all staff has been carefully trained: everyone in every capacity we have come across is gracious and efficient. The other aspect of this hotel that we like is the fact that there are both contemporary and classic style floors meaning we can provide for most of our clients. Breakfast is very well done and we think it is the perfectly formed hotel.

Website Grand Hotel Sitea

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Da Felicin, Monforte d’Alba

This property is owned and managed by the outstanding and historical restaurant of the same name. Nino, the owner, and his father before him are proud custodians of Da Felicin. The garden and the restaurant are located in the lower part of Monforte and just 200 meters away are the superb apartments with a wonderful pool and great vineyard views. The breakfast that Nino’s kitchen prepares is delicious and there are plenty of delightful communal areas. This is a great stay in roomy apartments with incredible views over Barolo. As well as liking these apartments very much, we hope you will also have the chance to eat in the restaurant while you are here. Reservations through us highly recommended.

Website Da Felicin

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Villa Crespi, Lago d’Orta

This is the real thing: a classic and unique villa with a wonderful service and fabulous restaurant all adjacent to the most beautiful unspoilt lake of Northern Italy: Lago di Orta. It is the perfect base to visit some of the countryside around this lake and just a short walk takes you to the path that allows you to walk on the water’s edge and taking a dip. The rooms are filled with period antiques, comfortable beds and have lovely views over the lake and surroundings. The breakfast is a highlight with a huge range of choices catering for all tastes. If weather allows, we recommends having breakfast outside on the terrace. For dinner? Just try what the chef recommends, including the wines. This is a glorious gourmet experience.

Website Villa Crespi

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Tour Outline & Guiding – Piedmont – May 2016 7 / 9 Nights Food and Wine Experience


TOUR OUTLINE


DAY 01: Arrival IN / Turin / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner / Grand Hotel Sitea
DAY 02: Sightseeing Turin: Cultural Experience
DAY 03: Sightseeing Turin: Cooking Experience
DAY 04: Sightseeing Monferrato: Wine & Food Experience / Monforte d’Alba / Il Giardino Da Felicin
DAY 05: Sightseeing Barolo: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 06: Sightseeing Barbaresco: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 07: Sightseeing Barolo: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 08: Turin / Departure OUT
Trip Extension OPTION 1


GUIDING


Sandro, born in the city of Turin, started his career as a trainer in natural parks, until he decided to make a life-changing experience in local restaurants and wine shops of New York. He organized workshops and events with food and wine producers from Piedmont and he was attracted by the genuine passion that he saw in the local wine makers and their strong ties with their own land and its traditions. Realizing how food and wine are the best way to bring people of different cultures together and aware that the best way of learning about a culture is to live it every day in first person, he decided to relocate in the Langhe, the ancient heart of Piedmont. He started organizing wine tours, wine tastings, hands-on cooking and winemaking experiences for food and wine professionals, tour operators, foodies and kitchen dummies. This also led him to rediscover his own native town, where the aristocratic tradition of its old cafes is melting with the colourful kaleidoscope of flavours brought by the recent migrations from all over the world. Sandro is a professional tourist guide, sommelier and ONAV (National Organization of Wine Tasters) member.


Tour Day by Day – May 2016 7/9 Nights Food and Wine Experience Piedmont.


TOUR DAY BY DAY


DAY 01 – Sunday 22nd May 2016

Arrival IN / Turin / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner / Grand Hotel Sitea

Flight IN at Turin (TRN) Airport

Reception & Departure from Turin Airport with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Turin

Arrival & Check IN at Grand Hotel Sitea

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Turin On Your Own

Reception & Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Welcome Wine Tasting & Tour Orientation at Tre Galli Wine Bar & Restaurant

Welcome Dinner with Wines at Tre Galli Wine Bar & Restaurant

Arrival at Grand Hotel Sitea

Sleep at Grand Hotel Sitea (Superior)

(D)


DAY 02 – Monday 23rd May 2016 Sightseeing Turin: Cultural Experience


Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Guided City Tour of Turin

Please Note: Including Visit of Principal Historic Sites & Traditional Neighbourhoods.

Suggested Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Consorzio Restaurant in Turin

Arrival at Grand Hotel Sitea

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Turin On Your Own

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Combal Zero Restaurant in Rivoli

Please Note: 1-Star Michelin Restaurant / 30-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included).

Sleep at Grand Hotel Sitea (Superior)

(B)


DAY 03 – Tuesday 24th May 2016Sightseeing Turin: Cooking Experience


Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Cooking Experience & Wine Tasting at La Palestra del Cibo Cooking School

Lunch with Wines Based On Your Creations at La Palestra del Cibo Cooking School

Arrival at Grand Hotel Sitea

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Turin On Your Own

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Vintage 1997 OR Magorabin Restaurant in Turin

Please Note: 1-Star Michelin Restaurant / At Walking Distance.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Sitea (Superior)

(B) (L)


DAY 04 – Wed 25th May 2016 Sightseeing Roero: Wine & Food Experience/ Il Giardino Da Felicin


Check OUT from Grand Hotel Sitea

Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Canale d’Alba

Visit & Wine Tasting at Ca’ Rossa Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Matteo Correggia Winery

Lunch with Wines at Villa Tiboldi Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Malvirà Winery

Private Transfer to Bra

Short Guided City Tour of Bra

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Arrival & Check IN at Il Giardino Da Felicin

Suggested Dinner Not Included at Il Giardino Da Felicin Restaurant in Monforte d’Alba

Please Note: At Walking Distance.

Sleep at Il Giardino Da Felicin (Deluxe Suite)

(B) (L) 


 DAY 05 – Thursday 26th May 2016 Sightseeing Barolo: Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Il Giardino Da Felicin with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Visit & Wine Tasting at Fantino Conterno Winery

Private Transfer to Serralunga d’Alba

Visit & Wine Tasting at Fratelli Massolino Winery

Private Transfer to Barolo

Lunch with Wines at La Vite Turchese Restaurant

Short Guided City Tour of Barolo

Private Transfer to Castiglione Falletto

Visit & Wine Tasting at Giacomo Fenocchio Winery

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Arrival at Il Giardino Da Felicin

Suggested Dinner Not Included at Le Case della Saracca Restaurant in Monforte d’Alba

Please Note: At Walking Distance.

Sleep at Il Giardino Da Felicin (Deluxe Suite)

(B) (L)


DAY 06 – Friday 27th May 2016 Sightseeing Barbaresco: Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Il Giardino Da Felicin with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Barbaresco

Visit & Wine Tasting at Bruno Rocca Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Orlando Abrigo Winery

Private Transfer to Alba

Lunch with Wines at La Piola Wine Bar & Restaurant

Short Guided City Tour of Alba

Private Transfer to Neive

Visit & Wine Tasting at Paitin Winery

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Arrival at Il Giardino Da Felicin

Suggested Dinner Not Included at Trattoria della Posta Restaurant in Monforte d’Alba

Please Note: 10-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included).

Sleep at Il Giardino Da Felicin (Deluxe Suite)

(B) (L)


DAY 07 – Saturday 28th May 2016  Sightseeing Barolo: Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Il Giardino Da Felicin with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to La Morra

Visit & Wine Tasting at Roberto Voerzio Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Mauro Veglio Winery

Lunch with Wines at Osteria More & Macine Restaurant

Private Transfer to Cherasco

Short Guided City Tour of Cherasco

Private Transfer to Verduno

Visit & Wine Tasting at Castello di Verduno Winery

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Arrival at Il Giardino Da Felicin

Suggested Dinner Not Included at Moda Restaurant in Monforte d’Alba

Please Note: At Walking Distance.

Sleep at Il Giardino Da Felicin (Deluxe Suite)

(B) (L)


DAY 08 – Sunday 29th May 2016  Turin OR Milan / Departure OUT


Check OUT from Il Giardino Da Felicin

Departure from Il Giardino Da Felicin with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Turin Airport

Arrival at Turin Airport

Flight OUT from Turin (TRN) Airport

(B)

END of SERVICES

OR

THE POST TRIP EXTENSION 


Trip Extension 


Sunday 29th May 2016 Orta San Giulio / Villa Crespi


Check OUT from Il Giardino Da Felicin

Departure from Il Giardino Da Felicin with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Orta San Giulio

Arrival & Check IN at Villa Crespi

Suggested Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Il Cucchiaio di Legno Restaurant in Orta San Giulio

Please Note: At Walking Distance.

Afternoon Free Enjoying Villa Crespi & Orta San Giulio On Your Own

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Villa Crespi Restaurant in Orta San Giulio

Please Note: 2-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Sleep at Villa Crespi (Deluxe)

(B)


Monday 30th May 2016 Sightseeing Lake Maggiore: Cooking & Cultural Experience


Departure from Villa Crespi with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Stresa

Cooking Experience & Wine Tasting at Le Isole Restaurant / Villa Aminta

Lunch with Wines Based On Your Creations Le Isole Restaurant / Villa Aminta

Guided Boat Visit of Lake Maggiore with Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Please Note: Including Visit of Isola Madre & Isola Bella.

Private Transfer to Orta San Giulio

Arrival at Villa Crespi

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Locanda di Orta Restaurant in Orta San Giulio

Please Note: 1-Star Michelin Restaurant / At Walking Distance.

Sleep at Villa Crespi (Deluxe)

(B) (L)


 Tuesday 31st May 2016 Turin OR Milan / Departure OUT


Check OUT from Villa Crespi

Departure from Villa Crespi with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Turin Airport

Arrival at Turin Airport

Flight OUT from Turin (TRN) Airport

(B)


 

END of SERVICES


Tour Prices and Inclusions and Exclusions – Piedmont – May 2016 7 / 9 Nights Food and Wine Experience

 


PRICES


Based On Single Occupancy

Final Price PER PERSON: 3,480.00 EUR

Based On Double Occupancy

Final Price PER PERSON: 2,980.00 EUR

Trip Extension

Based On Single Occupancy

Final Price PER PERSON: 2,130.00 EUR

Based On Double Occupancy

Final Price PER PERSON: 1,580.00 EUR


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport Transfers

7 OR 9 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels Included in the Itinerary

Overnight Tourist Taxes

Private Transport with Driver & Air Conditioning

Expert Bilingual Guiding

Daily Breakfast

5 OR 6 Lunches & 1 Dinner with Wines

Entrance Fee & Wine Tasting at 12 Wineries

1 OR 2 Cooking Experience

Other Activities Included in the Itinerary

Please NOTE that this itinerary is subject to small adjustments due to the possible changes in the availability

in the wineries or the restaurants and you can expect a final itinerary to be received two weeks prior to travel.


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


International & Domestic Flights

Lunches & Dinners Not Included in the Itinerary

Gratuities for Restaurants

Gratuities for Drivers & Guides

Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary

Entrance Fee to Museums & Sites

Activities Not Included in the Itinerary

Video of Villa Crespi , Lake Orta Italy

We adore this tiny Villa on the Lake Orta. Our go to place pre or prior to a piedmont wine tour with us. The food is Phenomenal as you would expect.