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Good Afternoon from Italy

From consultation with Giovanni about the group and your likes; We have come up with two extraordinary days in wine and food that you will never forget.

Both days out are packed with greatness with not only incredible tastings which will all include salumi and cheeses, but you have an outstanding choice of Wineries, the food at both lunches will be stella and we guarantee you two amazing days out.

We look forward to Welcoming you in just over a month.

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Saluti

Tim Robertson

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Full Day in Fruili – Giovanni Lauricella and Friends

 


WEDNESDAY 16th October:    Sightseeing Friuli and the Colio with Brda Slovenia: Wine & Food Experience


Morning

Meet at Hotel AC Marriott at 8.30AM

8.45 AM Departure from Troncetto in Venice, 5 minutes from your Hotel AC Marriott with your Expert wine Guide Nicoletta

 

Private Transfer to Brda (Slovenia)

Premium Wine Tasting at Simcic Marian Winery. CONFIRMED

Website: Marian Simicic

Afternoon

Transfer to Gorizia San Floriano

Gourmet Lunch with Premium Wines at Al Ponte Del Calvario CONFIRMED

Tripadvisor Comments: Restaurant Al Ponte Del Calvario

Please note that you will be concentrating on the wines of Paraschos

Website: Paraschos

Jannis Paraschos will be joining you for Lunch and will be explaining his (Macerated) Premium wines and we have prepared a  typical October menu from this region to accompany these wines. CONFIRMED

MENU

Cooked Ham with Horseradish
Porchini Mushroom Soup
Roasted Meat wiht Porchini Mushrooms with Polenta
Quince Strudel with Vanilla Icecream
Waters and Coffee

Private Transfer to Oslavia Colio

Premium Wine Tasting at Il Carpino Winery CONFIRMED

Concentrating mainly on Macerated wines.

Website: Il Carpino

Private Transfer to Cormons 

Visit & Premium Wine Tasting at Borgo del Tiglio Winery CONFIRMED

Website : Borgo Del Tiglio

Transfer to Godia

Enjoy Dinner in Godia at Agli Amici.  CONFIRMED

We are working with them on a tasting menu (which with a group of 12 is highly preferred)  Please note we think you should drink the wines of Damijan Podeversic for dinner 

Website: Damian Podeversic

Note 2 star Michelin

Please Note: Nicoletta has a young child and will need to Return to Murano once she has got you all set up at Agli Amici and will not accompany you back to Venice.

Website: Agli Amici.

You would return to Venice at 11pm Approximately that implies leaving the Restaurant at 9.30PM.


 

Full Day in Barolo – Giovanni Lauricella and Friends


FRIDAY 18th October:    Sightseeing Barolo and Barbareso: Wine & Food Experience


Morning

We would like you have time to enjoy Barolo, so we suggest an 8.45AM  Start 

Departure from Antico Borgo Del Riondino with Samantha

Private Transfer to Barolo

Walk to Borgogno

Informal wine tasting at Borgogno (wine by the glass not included) for those who would like wine

Website: Borgogno

for others some time to enjoy the Castle, Museum and or the Regional Enoteca

Website: Enoteca del Barolo.it

Website: Wimu Barolo

Regroup after an 1 hour

Private Transfer to Castiglione Falletto

Visit & Wine Tasting at Parusso Winery CONFIRMED

Website Parusso

Private Transfer to Barolo

Lunch with Wines at Osteria Il Rebbi. CONFIRMED

MENU
Parmesean Tart with baked onions and a cheese Fondu
A Rosemary and Sausage Risotto
Veal Cheek with Potatoe Pure and Quince
A Langarola (Typical) Cake with Zabajone Ice Cream

Website: Osteria i Rebbi

Afternoon

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Visit & Wine Tasting with Wines at Giovanni Manzone  CONFIRMED

Website: Manzone Giovanni

Transfer to Barbaresco, Treiso

Visit and Wine Tasting at Pelissero CONFIRMED

Website: Pelissero

Private Transfer to Alba

You will leave Pelissero At 18.30 and Arrive at Alba after 20 Minutes.

Arrival and drop of at Central Alba at La Piola

 

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at La Piola in Central Alba. CONFIRMED for 19.15 

Website: La Piola

 

 


END of SERVICES

 

Costs Inclusions & Exclusions – Fruili and Piedmont: Giovanni Lauricella and Friends


 


FULLY PAID WITH THANKS

PRICES PER PERSON BASED ON 12 Passengers

FRUILI Option 2 (Dinner in Fruili)
1 Full Wine and Food Days Out with Taxes .  420 Euros 

BAROLO
1 Full Wine and Food Days Out with Taxes .  380 Euros 


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Private Transport with Air Conditioning
Bilingual Expert Guiding with  our Wine Professionals
2 Gourmet Lunches indicated on the itinerary with wines
Entrance Fees & Premium Wine Tastings at ALL the Wineries


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


International & Domestic Flights
Gratuities for the Drivers & Guides (Not Obligatory)
Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary

PLEASE NOTE: not all the reservations are confirmed currently, We reserve the right to change the wineries and or restaurants if it works better for the tour and your enjoyment

Friuli. Short overview of wines

The Friuli-Venezia Giulia region tucked up in the north eastern corner of Italy,  some might almost say forgotten we say  beautifully undiscovered. Sharing its borders with Slovenia and Austria and Croatia this is a region with a massive mix of culture, foods and of course wines, We just have so many good things to say about this region, its people, wines, We love it here.

When we look at the size of the production of these wines you will be shocked. 15,000 Bottles, 80,000 bottles , you are going to be hard pushed to find a wine maker worth this salt with more than 100,000 bottles annual production. And this is the USP (unique selling point) of this region we are going to meet the owners, the winemakers as they are the same person, there is no PR or language student that will accompany us to understand what is going on, we will meet the people who from grape to bottle know everything about the process. One of the Idiosyncrasies of the areas closer into the border of Slovenia, there can often be cloud break with clouds being lower than vineyards, this has multiple favoring factors in the ripening of the skins, there are many factors at work here. Friuli is one of Italy’s most unvisited wine regions making it an exceptional wine region for vineyard visits.

Friuli, or Friuli-Venezia Giulia  has some of the most interesting native varieties in Italy, unique, not able to be grown in other regions like they are here. Whites  for once take the fame but this in no way means its a one trick pony, Colder climate reds, merlot and Cabernet Franc Schioppettino, Refosco and  Pignolo can be shown to exceptional in their ageing potential and personality, think Bressan and Denis Montanar who are both in fact in the plans not on the hills. Wineries tend towards the smaller family run concerns and are of course better for it. While there are blends made here this is a region that tend to make single variety wines and they have many interesting grapes and styles. The two major DOC areas areas are Collio Goriziano which we tend to just call  Collio  and Colli Orientali (Eastern). If two words can be used about the white wines from this region it will be a freshness signs of  higher acidity and  minerality.

Among the close to 20 varieties we find Ribolla Gialla that is one of the favorites of winemakers along with Friulano, still know locally to the traditionalists Tocai (Hungary won its use of the name, but Here in Italy they are not conformist. Pinot Grigio which despite its malled brand makes exceptional macerated examples in the hills and the resultant wine is pink in colour, on the western planes of Friuli less so. We have Pinot Bianco and some Sauvignon Blanc and  Chardonnay  Traminer, Malvasia and Italian Riesling. Verduzzo can be be sweet or dry and  finally there is the rare and tricky to make Picolit that can give the best of the worlds sweet wines something to think about.

This is a list of the most of the wineries we work with in Friuli. If the winery is on this list it means we believe in one or some of their wines and of course the people, the visit and personalities. And expect big personalities here. The wines are respected throughout the world as some of the most mineral and interesting of cold climate whites. Orange or Macerated wines from the Oslavia region of Fruili are truly unique and unfortunately once your hooked on them there is very few places in the world that can match them, so be careful, and of course they are not what you could call everyday sipping wine. These wineries are more often tiny family concerns making hand crafted wines no more than 30/50k bottles a year. When we take you into the vineyards and wineries you are going to meet the people who count, the owner and normally the enologist.

Piedmont. Short overview of wines

PIEDMONT’S WINE COUNTRY

The Nebbiolo Grape is the regions undisputed grape for for reaching world class levels of expression is probably indigenous to Piedmont. Today most surprisingly, only 6% of the vines in Piedmont are Nebbiolo. The harvest of the late ripening Nebbiolo Grape takes place in early to mid October. We can find documentation talking about this grape from the 14th Century. There are traditionalists, Modernists, Purists, Multinationals and farmers with 1 hectare.  One of the worries at this very moment is the fact that Barolo Production has increased from 6 to 12 million bottles a year in the space of 10 years but the amount of land has stayed the same. Well as you can imagine it is not really such a good idea as this excess has come from vineyards with bad exposure or the vineyards are too high or too low to produce balanced wines, a definite dilemma,

What we must remember  think is that in the late 70’s Barolos really were started being bottled in any meaningful numbers. Picking good Nebbiolo in Langhe is the trick and also in less well known vintages the crus go into these wines.

Just outside Turin, there is spectacular scenery in the Langhe area with undulating vineyards associated with Nebbiolo-based Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and Ghemme.

One has to remember that the Barbera grape is the third most planted variety in Italy (after Sangiovese and Montepulciano).Understanding the Barbera grape is something we feel is really worthwhile. Our clients are always surprised when we arrive at world famous wineries and see that there is no huge tasting room with 21st century architecture. The wineries of Piedmont are mostly family owned and operated, and generally small. These factors make a wine tour into Piedmont one of the most interesting wine regions to visit.

Picking good Nebbiolo in Langhe is the trick and also in less well known vintages the crus go into these wines. There are Barolos in the supermarket for 15 EUR: no one is or should be happy about that; Sounds a lot like Chianti Bottlers destroying the market by having Chianti on the shelf at 2 EUR a bottle. The same truth of Asti Spumante. The Moscatel Grape has amazing possibilities for sparkling wine and we can show you some wonderful examples, still and sparkling, not the Asti Spumante that makes 100 million bottles a year. It is so large a business that there are not enough Moscatel Grapes in North Italy to fulfil that demand, so we were told.

The Piedmontese restaurants of excellence never gouge their patrons for the cost of wines which makes dining out so much more exciting and less painful.

We tend towards wine tastings at small, unique and of course all the world renowned estates  that we respect.  We would try to drink approachable Langhe Nebbiolo from the great houses rather than drinking Barolo or Barbaresco with just a few years on them. It is impossibly young to enjoy. Ask yourself if it is drinkable and fruity then it is not Barolo. Is it?

Flavescenza Dorata or Flavescence Dorée is a very threatening disease to the vines. It could prove to be as destructive as anything for 100 years. From what we understand it was brought into Piedmont through infected chardonnay varietals from Champagne. The Vector (a plant hopper) gives the vine a disease that is spread through the plants lymph system and kills it from there.

When you go visit wineries that have Rotary Fermenters used for the maceration you need to know you are visiting a winery that in the late 90’s invested in this technology. Wineries of 70.000 bottles have 3 or 4 of these things? There was obviously a good salesman. As these machines are not really there for small production wineries … why do they have them?  For large production outfits it is understandable if you want to make industrial wine quantities. OK … but for Cru Barolos? It is going to be costly to get out of this abomination. When you try the result of these wines you will be drinking quickly made wine … short macerations in these things and then 12 months and up to 36 months in barrel to hide their terrible green tannins and high acidity. Surely the American and World palate has changed and matured. How will these wineries adapt? More wood won’t fix it.  Still talking about modernist and traditionalist in this region is valid but of course a massive oversimplification.

Since Robertson Wine Tours inception in Italy we are working with established local partners and no more so than in Piedmont with all that is going on here, let us get to the heart of it with you. Below are sample of the wineries we like to work with for many reasons.

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