Wine & Food Experience in Piedmont & Tuscany ROBERTSON WINE TOURS for Jane & Randy Kitterman 19th Sept 2018 -  28th Sept 2018

Testimonial We used Robertson Wine Tours in 2017 for a South American wine tour and loved it so much we had them organize a wine tour to Italy for us this year. Italy was just as phenomenal. We highly recommend Robertson Wine Tours.
Randy & Jane Kitterman South Carolina USA October 2018

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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

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Hotel: 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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Hotel: Grand Hotel Continental, Siena, Tuscany

To say there is only one hotel in Siena tells you everything you need to know about the Grand Hotel Continental. The lobby alone is a mouth dropping experience and this continues throughout the palace. There are 51 ​rooms​ spanning six different categories, finishing up with the Panoramic Suite. The hotel is part of the Starhotels Collection, this is perhaps their most palatial property. ​The Continental is packed full of historical pieces and all rooms are decorated in the manner befitting this incredible renaissance palace. Expect marble filled bathrooms silks on the walls, original frescoes on the ceilings and porcelains that all add to the experience of living in a sumptuous 17th-century styled palazzo. We also like with its small size you always have the feel of intimacy.  As they say, location is everything and being right in the centre of Siena, the Grand Hotel Continental is perfectly placed for restaurants and sightseeing. Apart from the bar area, there is also an in-house restaurant, SaporDivino, restaurant with a serious wine list overseen by Chef Luca Ciaffarafà. Luca does reinvent the best of local cooking for his guests. In the cellar of the hotel, a delightful enoteca is an ideal spot for a glass before dinner, if we have not over-wined you. Expensive, but highly recommended.

Website Grand Hotel Continental

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Hotel: Suite d’Artista, Montalcino. Tuscany

Want to stay in the centre of Montalcino and have the luxury of a beautiful garden too? Suite d’Artista could fit the bill. This small house has it all, sauna, steam room, professional kitchen where we can make cooking experiences. More gadgets that you can imagine, all set in your own gardens with stunning views and an external Jacuzzi. This intimate stay is perfectly located in the centre of the delightful Montalcino. Cannot say enough good things about it.

There is No website nor TripAdvisor Comments. The Owner prefers to keep things quiet, Being just one Apartment we understand. It’s a special place, a home away from home.

Tour Outline & Guiding – Piedmont and Tuscany for Jane & Randy Kitterman


TOUR OUTLINE


DAY 01: Arrival IN / Malpensa Airport / Milan Experience / Orta San Giulio / Villa Crespi
DAY 02: Lago Maggiore Experience
DAY 03: Orta San Giulio / Boca Wine Experience/ Barolo / Monforte d’Alba / Il Giardino da Felicin
DAY 04: Barolo Wine Experience
DAY 05: Turin Experience
DAY 06: Monforte d’Alba / Chianti Wine Experience / Siena /Grand Hotel Continental
DAY 07: Chianti Wine Experience / Bolgheri wine tasting
DAY 08: Siena / Montalcino Wine Experience / Suite d’Artista
DAY 09: Montalcino Wine Experience with Pienza
DAY 10: Montalcino / Florence Airport / Departure OUT


BREAKFAST, LUNCHES & DINNERS


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

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


GUIDING


Sandro Minella

Born in Turin, Sandro started his career as a trainer in natural parks, until he decided to make a life-changing experience in local restaurants and wine shops in New York. He organizes workshops and events with food and wine producers from all over Italy and is attracted by the genuine passion he sees in the local winemakers and their strong ties with their own land and traditions. Realizing that 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, Sandro started organizing wine tours, wine tastings, hands-on cooking and winemaking experiences for food and wine professionals, tour operators, foodies and has been collaborating with Robertson Wine Tours since our arrival in Italy in 2012. Sandro is a tourist guide, sommelier, member of ONAV (National Organization of Wine Tasters) and is a Knight of the Truffle in Alba, which means he has been recognized by his peers for his tireless work in the promotion of excellence in truffles, wine and food, a rare honour indeed.

Tour Day by Day – Piedmont and Tuscany for Jane & Randy Kitterman

TOUR DAY BY DAY


DAY 01: Wednesday, 19th September 2018
Arrival IN / Malpensa Airport / Milan Experience / Orta San Giulio / Villa Crespi


Flight IN at Malpensa Airport (MXP) .  Newark (EWR)  United Airlines UA to  Malpensa (MXP)  Arrival at 08:40 AM

Drop off Bags on Ground level of Terminal 1. Walk to Level minus 2 for train.

Transfer to Milano Centrale Train Station on Express Train XP1. Tickets to be Purchased on date of travel

Confirmation of Arrival time at Milano Centrale to be sent by WhatsApp once on the train

Reception & Departure from Milano Centrale Train Station with Guide and Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Guided City Tour of Milan 6 hours.

Note: We suggest a quick Pannino Lunch with a Coffee as opposed to a sit down Lunch.

Transfer to Malpensa Airport on Express Train XP1

Give Tim (whatsapp) or Villa Crespi a Call to arrange the Pick up time  from Arrivals in Terminal 1.

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

Private Transfer to Orta San Giulio

Arrival & Check IN at Villa Crespi

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Locanda di Orta Restaurant  or La Motta  Bistrot both within Walking distance or very short Taxi ride.

Sleep at Villa Crespi / Room Category: Deluxe Room


DAY 02: Thursday, 20th September 2018
Lago Maggiore Experience


Departure from Villa Crespi with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Stresa

Guided Visit of Lago Maggiore

Please Note: including Private Boat Ride and visit to the Borromeo Islands and Gardens. (please note Entrance fees not included)

Please note we have taken out a full lunch here as we think tonights dinner being such an important meal a lighter snack at lunch is far more advisable.

Private Transfer to Orta San Giulio

Arrival at Villa Crespi

Afternoon Relaxing at Villa Crespi

Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Villa Crespi Restaurant

Please Note: 2-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Sleep at Villa Crespi / Room Category: Deluxe Room


(B)


DAY 03: Friday, 21st September 2018
Orta San Giulio / Boca & Barolo / Monforte d’Alba / Il Giardino da Felicin


Check OUT from Villa Crespi

Reception & Departure from Villa Crespi with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Boca

Visit & Wine Tasting at Le Piane Winery

Private Transfer to Gattinara

Lunch with Wines at Villa Paolotti Restaurant

Private Transfer to Barolo

Informal wine tasting and introduction to Nebbiolo with Sandro at Enoteca Regionale Barolo.

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Arrival & Check IN at Il Giardino da Felicin

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Le Case della Saracca

Please Note: At Walking Distance.

Sleep at Il Giardino da Felicin / Room Category: Deluxe Apartment


(B) (L)


DAY 04: Saturday, 22nd September 2018
Barolo Wine Experience


Departure from Il Giardino da Felicin with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Barolo

Visit & Old Vintages Tasting at Borgogno Winery

Visit & Tasting at Bartolo Mascarello Winery

Private Transfer to La Morra

Lunch with Wines at Osteria More & Macine Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Mauro Veglio Winery

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Visit & Wine Tasting at Giacomo Fenocchio Winery

Arrival at Il Giardino da Felicin

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Guido Restaurant / Fontanafredda Winery in Serralunga d’Alba
Please Note: 15-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included).

Sleep at Il Giardino da Felicin / Room Category: Deluxe Apartment


(B) (L)



DAY 05: Sunday, 23rd September 2018
Turin Experience


Departure from Il Giardino da Felicin with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Turin

Lunch with Wines at Farmacia del Cambio Restaurant

Guided City Tour of Turin

Please Note: including the Egyptian Museum or the Mole Antonelliana. (Note Tickets note included) 

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Arrival at Il Giardino da Felicin

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Trattoria della Posta Restaurant in Monforte d’Alba
Please Note: 5-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included).

Sleep at Il Giardino da Felicin / Room Category: Deluxe Apartment


(B) (L)


DAY 06: Monday, 24th September 2018
Monforte d’Alba / Chianti / Siena / Grand Hotel Continental


Check OUT from Il Giardino da Felicin

Departure from Il Giardino da Felicin with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Chianti

Lunch with Wines at Sant Agnese Winery and Farm 

Visit & Wine Tasting at  Sant Agnese Winery and Farm 

NOTE OPTIONAL  (Due to Harvest/ How you feel)

Stop in the Small Fortified town of Monteriggioni
Tasting only at Fontodi Winery
Tasting only at Guido Gaulandi Estate
Informal Tasting only at Enoteca Fonterutoli

Private Transfer to Siena

Arrival & Check IN at Grande Hotel Continental

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Enoteca Tre Cristi Restaurant in Siena
Please Note: at Walking Distance.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Continental / Room Category: Superior 


(B) (L) 


DAY 07: Tuesday, 25th September 2018
Chianti Wine Experience with Bolgheri Wine Tasting


Departure from Grand Hotel Continental with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Chianti

Visit of Barone Ricasoli Winery

Please Note: including Gardens and External side of Ricasoli Castle.

Lunch with Wines at Barone Ricasoli Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Felsina Winery

NOTE OPTIONAL : Stop in the Small Fortified town of Monteriggioni 

Private Transfer to Siena

Arrival at Grand Hotel Continental

Please note:  Sandro will present 2 wines of Bolgheri  Prior to Dinner in the Hotel

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Accademia dei Vinattieri Restaurant in Siena
Please Note: at Walking Distance.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Continental / Room Category: Superior 


(B) (L)



DAY 08: Wednesday, 26th September 2018
Siena / Montalcino Wine Experience / Suite d’Artista


Check OUT from Grand Hotel Continental

Departure from Grand Hotel Continental with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Montalcino

Visit & Wine Tasting at CapannaWinery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Casato Prime Donne Winery

Lunch with Wines at Boccon Di Vino Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Castello Tricerchi Winery

Arrival & Check IN at Suite d’Artista

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice in Montalcino

Sleep at Suite d’Artista / Room Category Garden Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 09: Thursday, 27th September 2018
Montalcino Wine Experience with Pienza


Departure from Suite d’Artista with Sandro Minella

Visit & Wine Tasting at La Serena Winery

Lunch with Wines at Re di Macchia Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Mastrojanni Winery

Private Transfer to Pienza

Visit of Pienza

Arrival at Suite d’Artista

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice in Montalcino
Please Note: we will provide a list of restaurants suggestions for Montalcino.

Sleep at Suite d’Artista / Room Category Garden Suite


(B) (L)



DAY 10: Friday, 28th September 2018
Montalcino / Pisa Airport / Departure OUT


Check OUT from Suite d’Artista

Departure from Suite d’Artista with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Florence Airport 

Arrival at Florence Airport

Flight OUT from Florence (FLR) 10:00 AM Air Dolomiti EN 8193 Munich


(B) 


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