Wine & Food Experience in Northern Italy: Piedmont ROBERTSON WINE TOURS for Wine Appreciation Group of University of Third Age Wednesday 01st June 2016 - Wednesday 08th June 2016


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Testimonial – Piedmont Wine Appreciation Group Tour – 7 Nights

Wine Appreciation Group Tour of Piedmont June 2016

A friend and I volunteered to organise a wine tour in Italy for members of our U3A Wine Appreciation Group. We were comfortable we could get our members to and from Italy, and the suggestion was Piemonte. But how to set such a trip up, when neither of us knew the area, or indeed, spoke much Italian?

Robertson Wine Tours were the answer. Having told Tim Robertson what we had in mind, he went away and came back with a two-centre proposal for us which, after discussion, led to a one week tour for 29 of us. Robertson Wine Tours organised it all for us, including airport transfers, and private luxury coach travel between wineries, tourist sights, and our hotels. Our superb guide and sommelier, Sandro, joined us in Turin, for our welcome dinner. The next day’s sight-seeing tour, by coach and on foot, brought this beautiful city, which none of us had visited before, to life with his excellent descriptions of its development and place in Italian history. With time to explore ourselves as well, we loved it.

Next day, we moved on to Alba the regional capital of the Langue, and a centre for truffles, wine and food, via the first three of the ten wineries we were to visit, including a memorable lunch with excellent wines at Tenuta Montemagna. In Alba, we were free in the evenings, and on Sunday, to explore the lovely old city, and try out Sandro’s top ten favourite restaurants out of the huge choice available. Through the rest of our week we enjoyed more excellent wine and food, with stunningly beautiful views over this Unesco World Heritage area from charming hill top villages including La Morra, Barolo and Barbaresco . The chosen wineries gave us variety in size and operating methods, allowing us to experience the methods and philosophies behind the creation of some excellent wines. The passion displayed by all of the people we met for their wines was impressive, and Sandro’s own boundless enthusiasm and depth of knowledge, left us enthralled.

We have been very impressed at the professionalism, knowledge, and interpretation of our requirements shown by Robertson Wine Tours. As a company, they were easy to deal with, and their expertise shone throughout. In particular, we should like to thank Cristian, whose attention to detail has been exemplary, and Sandro Minella, who was absolutely superb. His response to various small crises was instant, caring and reassuring, whilst, as indicated above, his ability to explain the history, culture, food and above all, wine, made this tour a huge success.

We have had lots of people, both those who came, and those who have heard about it from those who did come, asking about the next trip, so it must have been good! So thank you Tim, Cristian and Sandro – you did everything we had hoped for! Would we ask Robertson Wine Tours to help us organise another tour, or recommend them? Absolutely!

David Lawrence Cranleigh, Surrey. 16 th June 2016

Hotels:

Hotel: Dock Milano, Turin

Dock Milano is one of the most centrally located hotels in Turin and as they say: it’s location location.​ With the Turin’s excellent metro system just meters away from your front door and housed in an Art Nouveau building that dates from 1899, this is an excelle​n​​t​ stay. The staff and management are strong and English is spoken: the communication should not present too much of a challenge in the hotel. We also very much like the breakfast buffet, where you can expect a good choice of breads, pastries, cakes, cereals, scrambled eggs, sausages, yoghurts, teas and coffees. This is the only meal service the restaurant has, but you are in one of the gastronomic capitals of Italy, so please refer to our restaurants list for recommendations. Do not miss out on the restaurant scene. Rooms are all set in a modern contemporary style with bright colours, wooden floors, private bathroom, internet connection, air conditioning, satellite TV and a minibar.

Website Dock Milano

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: I Castelli, Alba

I Castelli (meaning The Castles) is a befitting name as this region of Piedmont is full of important castles and close to Alba there are many of interest, including the most important regional wine shops (enotecas). Alba is the most prosperous town in Italy and has held this title for many years. You will feel that wealth as soon as you enter into this modern 4-star hotel. A stone’s throw away from the centre of Alba, I Castelli is perfectly located: 400 meters from the start of the historical centre and only 12 minutes by foot from the Alba’s Roman Cathedral. The highlight of I Castelli is the panoramic terrace, the place to enjoy breakfast and a glass of wine at night. There is a very well regarded restaurant for those of you who would like to stay closer to home at night. All rooms are in a classic modern design with private bathrooms all brand new since the hotel has been completely refurbished in 2011. I Castelli enjoys free internet, Sky TV connection and room safe that can hold a laptop. All rooms are soundproofed with double glazing and enjoy air conditioning. We know that this 4-star hotel is the perfect choice for this group’s accommodation, convenient​ ​for your days in​ the vineyards.​

Website I Castelli

TripAdvisor Comments

Tour Guiding & Outline – Piedmont – Hawaii comes to Piedmont (Final)


GUIDING 


Tim


Tim was born in UK and is of Scottish descent. Tim was introduced to fine wines in 1988 when he worked for the Sakagura Wine & Liquor, part of Intercontinental Group in Hong Kong. He was responsible for selling their collection of Bordeaux Wines and other top quality new world wines, probably the best collection in Asia at that time. He never quite recovered from tasting the very best at the age of 18. However, he went on to complete his studies in Economics and Business. He was unable to find a suitably well-paid job in wine in London and so embarked on a career in finance. He decided to leave finance in 1998 to refocus on finding a project involving his love: the wine. He inaugurated Robertson Wine Tours in 2003. The business has grown organically over the years and despite efforts to get involved in exporting he has stuck to the tried and tested formula of offering his clients the best the wine countries have to offer. Client base of Robertson Wine Tours is rightly demanding of the best, extremely well-travelled and generally with knowledge of wine.

 

TOUR OUTLINE


September

DAY 01: Wednesday 11th.    Arrival In / Turin / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner / Grand Hotel Sitea
DAY 02: Thursday 12th.      Culinary Experience and  Guided Afternoon Sightseeing Turin
DAY 03: Friday 13th.           Sightseeing  Calosso and Barbaresco Wine & Food Experience / Villa d’ Amelia
DAY 04: Saturday 14th.      Sightseeing Barbareso: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 05: Sunday 15th.         Sightseeing: A Day off to enjoy Villa d’Amelia
DAY 06: Monday 16th.       Sightseeing Barolo: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 07: Tuesday 17th.       Sightseeing Monforte de Alba: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 08: Wednesday 18th. Villa Amelia / Boca /Orta San Giulio / Villa Crespi
DAY 09:  Thursday 19th.   Lago Maggiore Experience
DAY 10:  Friday 20th.        Enjoy the Lakes/ Explore Milan
DAY 11:  Saturday 21st.      Departures Out of Milan Malpensa


BREAKFAST, LUNCHES & DINNERS


In this itinerary, we make it clear where meals are included:

(B) Breakfast
(L) Lunch
(D) Dinner

Note all cancellations changes of restaurant reservations should be handled by the Concierge of the hotels or consult with Tim

 

Tour Day by Day – Hawaii comes to Piedmont Tour (Final)


DAY 01: Wednesday 11th.    Arrival In / Turin / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner / Grand Hotel Sitea


Morning

Arriving at Turin Airport (TRN)  

AM Reception & Departure from Turin Airport with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours (Included)

AM Private Transfer to Turin

Rail arrival 5 Minutes Taxi to Grand Hotel Sitea (Included)

Check IN at  AM/PM Grand Hotel Sitea

Flight time dependant Optional activities by yourselves:

Afternoon

Non Guided City Tour of Turin.
Try to do these suggestions and or the Museums so we do not repeat the walking tour we make with our guide the following afternoon.
Walk down via po and reach piazza Vittorio, 10/15 minutes walk you will reach Monte dei Cappuccini and enjoy one of the most beautiful panoramas of this regal city.
For the AM we recommend you visit Porta Palazzo market, the biggest open market in Europe with plenty of Gastro opportunities.

Specific Sights.

The Shroud of Turin (copy on Display)
Mole Antonelliana
Egyptian Museum….May seem weird to suggest it but its the best collection outside of Egypt.
Automobile Museum

Reception & Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Tim

Welcome Wine Tasting & Tour Orientation at Grand Hotel Sitea

Welcome Dinner At restaurant Solferino. Walking distance.

Website: Ristorante Solferino

Welcome Dinner
Served as half portions so we get to taste more flavours.

Primi
Pappardelle with Ragù from Fassone
Tajarin with Porcini mushrooms

Secondi
Sliced Fassone with extra virgin olive oil
Braised beef with Barolo
Salad of buttered vegetables
Dessert Bunet with chocolate and amaretto peaches

Arrival at Grand Hotel Sitea

 

Sleep at  Grand Hotel Sitea / Room Category: Executive Room


(D)

 


 


DAY 02: Thursday 12th.      Culinary Experience and  Guided Afternoon Sightseeing Turin


Morning

Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Tim

Cooking experience at  La Palestra del Cibo with Sergio Maria Teutonico 

Lunch and Wines part of the Activity

Arrival at Grand Hotel Sitea

Afternoon

3.30 PM Guided City Tour of Turin (Walking Tour)

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at  La Badessa serving ancient recipes, its close and not overtly expensive.  Booked

Website La Badessa

Arrival at Grand Hotel Sitea

 

Sleep at  Grand Hotel Sitea / Room Category: Executive Room


(B) (L)


DAY 03: Friday 13th.            Sightseeing Calosso and Barbaresco : Wine & Food Experience / Villa d’ Amelia


Morning

Check OUT from Grand Hotel Sitea

Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Tim

Private Transfer to Calosso

Visit & Wine Tasting at Bosticardo Valter

Website: Tenuta dei Fiori

Lunch TBD

Transfer to Barbaresco

Visit & Wine Tasting at Guiseppe Cortese

Website: Giuseppe Cortese

Private Transfer to Benevello

Arrival & Check IN at Villa Amelia

Introduction to the regions wines with wines with explanation of Territory

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Villa Amelia Bistro. Informal

 

Sleep at  Villa Amelia/ Room Categories: Superior or Paid Upgrade


(B) (L)


DAY 04: Saturday 14th.       Sightseeing Barbareso: Wine & Food Experience


Morning

Departure from Villa Amelia with Tim

Private Transfer to Barbaresco

Visit & Wine Tasting at Ca Del Baio Winery

Website: Ca del Baio

Private Transfer to to Treiso

Afternoon

Lunch with Wines at Risorgimento Restaurant

Website: Trattoria Risorgimento

Transfer to Barbaresco

Visit & Wine Tasting at Pelissero Winery

Website: Pelissero

Private Transfer to Alba

Arrival at Alba

Time to Enjoy Alba  Your Own

Dinner Booked Not Included a la Carte at La Piola in Central Alba

Website: La Piola

Private Transfer to Benevello

Arrival at Villa Amelia

 

Sleep at  Villa Amelia/ Room Categories: Superior or Paid Upgrade


(B) (L) 

 


DAY 05: Sunday 15th.          Sightseeing: A Day off to enjoy Villa d’Amelia


Morning

Free relaxing at the  Hotel, Walking, its place you need to enjoy and this is the Day

Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice 

 

Afternoon

Dinner  Suggestion booked with Transfers. Borgo and Restaurant highly recommended.

Borgo Vecchio in Nieve

Website: Borgo Vecchio

 

Sleep at  Villa Amelia/ Room Categories: Superior or Paid Upgrade


(B)


DAY 06: Monday 16th.        Sightseeing Barolo: Wine & Food Experience


Morning

Departure from Villa Amelia with Tim

Private Transfer to Castiglione Falletto

Visit & Wine Tasting at Parusso Winery 

Website Parusso

Private Transfer to Barolo

Lunch with Wines at Le Cantinetta Restaurant

Website: La Cantinetta

Afternoon

Visit & Wine Tasting at  Chiara Boschis Winery 

Chiara Boschis

Walk to Borgogno

Informal wine tasting at Borgogno

Website: Borgogno

Time to enjoy the Castle, Museum and or the Regional Enoteca

Website: Enoteca del Barolo.it

Website: Wimu Barolo

Regroup after an hour

Private Transfer to Benevello

Arrival at  Villa Amelia

Late Afternoon  Your Own

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at informal Bistrot of  Villa Amelia.

 

 

Sleep at  Villa Amelia/ Room Categories: Superior or Paid Upgrade


(B) (L)


DAY 07: Tuesday 17th.        Sightseeing Barolo: Wine & Food Experience


Morning

Departure from Villa Amelia  with Tim

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Visit & Wine Tasting with Wines at Giovanni Manzone

Website: Manzone Giovanni

Lunch with wine at Osteria I Rebbi

Website: Osteria I Rebbi

Afternoon

Private Transfer to Monforte D Alba

Visit and Wine Tasting at one of the Conterno Fantino

Website: Conterno Fantino

Private Transfer to Villa Amelia

Late Afternoon  Your Own

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Taste at Località Tre Stelle Barbaresco

Dinner  Suggestion booked with Transfers. Highly recommended.

Website: Osteria Taste

Damiano Nigro at Villa D Amelia

 

Sleep at  Villa Amelia/ Room Categories: Superior or Paid Upgrade


(B) (L)


DAY 08: Wednesday 18th. Villa Amelia / Boca /Orta San Giulio / Villa Crespi 


Morning

Check OUT from Villa Amelia

Reception & Departure from Villa Amelia  with Tim 

Private Transfer to Gattinara

Lunch with Wines at Villa Paolotti Restaurant

Website: Villa Paolotti

Afternoon

Private Transfer to Boca

Full Visit & Wine Tasting at Le Piane Winery (Note: they are bottling this day)

Website: Boca Le Piane

Arrival at Villa Crespi

Check in at Villa Crespi

Relaxing at Villa Crespi

Dinner Suggestion Pan e Vino, Amazing wines and great people, Only for Cheese and Hams etc Reserved

Walking Distance 20 minutes into Central Orta

 

Sleep at Villa Crespi / Room Category: Classic Room partial lake view


(B) (L)


DAY 09:  Thursday 19th.     Lago Maggiore Experience

Morning

Departure from Villa Crespi with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Stresa

Expert Guided Visit of Lago Maggiore

Please Note: including Private Boat and visit to the 3  Borromeo Islands and Gardens. (please note Entrance fees Included)

Lunch (Snack advised) not included

Afternoon

Private Transfer to Orta San Giulio

Arrival at Villa Crespi

Afternoon Relaxing at Villa Crespi

 

Reserved Dinner Carpe Diem Menu. Not Included a la Carte at Villa Crespi Restaurant

Please Note: 2-Star Michelin Restaurant. Perfectly priced wine list, dive in.

Sleep at Villa Crespi / Room Category: Classic Room partial lake view


(B)


DAY 10:  Friday 20th.          Enjoy the Lake and Orta/ Explore Milan

Morning

Days Options by yourselves:

Enjoy the Village of Orta San Giulio and shopping for ‘Makana’
Make another Boat Cruise this time on Orta and visit the Island by Boat
The Sacro Monte di Orta. Devotional Sacred Mount Complex, It is one of the 9 Calvary (sanctuary) Sacri Monti of Piedmont and Lombardy, included in UNESCO World Heritage list.
Enjoy Walking and of course Villa Crespi and its grounds and services

 

Dinner  Suggestions not Included

Not Included a la Carte at La Motta Restaurant. Reserved for 8 people at 7.30pm (Walking)

Also we like very much.

Giardinetto Restaurant (10 minute Drive)

Website: Giardinetto Restaurant

Trattoria del Lago Orta (Walking)

Website: Locanda Orta

 

(Villa Crespi will arrange your dinners while you are here) Note Dinner Transfers are not included

Sleep at Villa Crespi / Room Category: Classic Room partial lake view


B


DAY 11:  Saturday 21st.      Departures Out of Milan Malpensa


Morning

Check OUT from Villa Crespi

Transfers out to Malpensa Airport

Ullin 4 AM Departure for MXP for  06:35 Flight (Paid for)

Apter 10 AM Departure for MXP 13:15 Flight (Tim will owe you George for Sitea credit)

Spencer 7 AM Departure for MXP 09.55 Flight (Included)

Henley/Garma 1.30pm Departure for MXP 4.45pm Flight (To be paid for 150 Euros)


B


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