Wine & Food Experience in Piedmont: For Hawaii GangArrival on the (10th) and 11th September  -  Departure 21st  September : 10 Nights

 

Not long now!

Going to be the right pace, mix of wineries and an onslaught of great food, elastic pants advised. 3 smart dress evenings, rest all casual. Shorts and T-shirts are fine for days out. Starting in Turin is perfect, a relaxed regal and gourmet Capital. Villa D'Amelia have offered us an un-beatable deal and its a wonderful place to stay and enjoy the wine and food and amphitheatres of the Langhe, finishing in the lake district of north west Italy in Villa Crespi the absolute best experience going in the lakes. This is a an incredible journey through the most important wine region of Italy; The wineries are small family driven, giving us access to the people who matter and making for intimate experiences. We will give you a Wine list too of wines / wineries to try while you are eating out. Looking forward to meeting you all.

Saluti

Tim

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Hotel: 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

TripAdvisor Comments

Hotel: Villa d’Amelia, Benevello

VILLA D’AMELIA

Villa d’Amelia is situated just outside the small town of Benevello, overlooking the vineyards for miles with the Alps in the distance. This is a lovingly restored farm and winery. The view from the terrace is delightful, vineyards as far as the eye can see. The restaurant has a Michelin Star and with clement weather this terrace is a joy to be on with its stunning surroundings. The outside swimming pool and spa area also overlooks the countryside. Rooms are tastefully done and although not enormous in size it’s the service of this hotel which sets it apart.

We like the size and feel of this hotel, good food, good people and well-trained staff. Entry rooms are small, we recommend moving up 3 levels for a decent sized room. The restaurant is of course a destination in itself and it would be a shame while staying at Villa D’Amelia not to dine here.

Website Villa d’Amelia

Villa d’Amelia Tripadvisor comments

Hotel: 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

TripAdvisor Comments

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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.

Tim is going to be supported by an expert local wine guide on some of the days out in the Barolo Region to give you a deeper insight into the industry and the specifics of this World Famous Terroir.


Samantha 


Native to Monforte d’Alba, an authentic pearl of Langa, belonging to one of the eleven districts producers of the exquisite Barolo wine. Driven by a genuine love for her country, Samantha gets passionate about flavours and tasting, about scents and colours. After Samantha obtained her degree as ‘Operatore Turistico’, she received the license for working as a tour leader and this is precisely what allows her to transform her passion into a job: As a Monforte insider she knows whats going on but more than a wine lover she is delight to be around.


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


END of SERVICES


Inclusions & Exclusions – Piedmont For Hawaii. (Final)

 


PAYMENT

Made in full


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


10 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels included in the Itinerary
Private Transport with Air Conditioning
Bilingual Expert Guiding with Wine Professional
9 Daily Breakfasts
Lunches indicated on the itinerary with wines
Welcome Dinner with Wines
Entrance Fee & Premium Wine Tastings at ALL the Wineries
Cooking Class in Turin
Other Activities Included in the Itinerary
Airport Transfers:
Airport Transfers (by Coach) from Malpensa to Central Turin
Or Private Airport Transfer from Turin Airport
Group Airport Transfer out from Villa Crespi / La Palma

NOTE: We reserve the right to Alter the Wineries and Restaurants if we feel it can benefit the tour.


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


International & Domestic Flights
Overnight Tourist Taxes for Hotels (Very small/Non existant)
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 Sites & Museums
Activities Not Included in the Itinerary

 

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