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​Dear Robertson Wine Tours’ Client:

We have architected the most wonderful wine and food adventure in Italy we can possible imagine. Having spent considerable time with you Leon thus far, I am getting an understanding of your attention to details and that you need everything just so and this has been taken into consideration in the design of the tour. You have stated that you are both nimble travellers and as such we have set a good pace. We would like to show you as much as possible but not overdo it. In Piedmont, we have really gone to town on the wineries. You will have a 360 degree view of the wines of Piedmont, but the last visit on some of the days you just might not feel like making it and that is ok: we have left in that flexibility.

As before, we will let you recover at Palazzo Margherita and bring everything to you in many respects. We will have some superb tastings in the gardens and just a few light afternoons out initially to let you enjoy the resort and recover from the journey. We will then move to Matera, our home base and you are going to enjoy the pace and this strange and otherworldly town. We'll have a great walking time, a superb lunch in a private palace and of course Tim Robertson always at hand. Tim will be your expert wine guide throughout your time in Basilicata. We will have a light day tasting and eating at the wineries close-ish to the Ionian Sea & Palazzo Margherita, a superb day in wine in the Vulture, where we will tackle the Aglianico, and finally there will be the chance to visit Polvanera, Puglia's star winery on the way to the very unique town of Alberobello with its peculiar trulli and an incredible lunch at one of Southern Italy's most revered restaurant with an outstanding wine list, Il Poeta Contadino.

We are going to give you a number of tastings throughout our time together so you can build up a very good idea of what is going on in Puglia, Sicily, Basilicata and also the most important white wines of Campania. I have decided to take Tuscany out of the offering, but we can always enjoy a Sangiovese if you feel the need. Let's stick to the wines of Southern Italy and of course Piedmont.

In Piedmont, you are going to understand Nebbiolo in all its forms from the Ghemme & Gattinara region, to Roero, Barbaresco and of course all the different sub regions of Barolo. You will go home veritable experts.

As far as moving up into the lakes, we are thrilled you now have time to enjoy two nights at Villa Crespi. As per your instructions, we are going to take you to see the Maggiore Lake so you have a superb overview and, of course, two nights dining at Villa Crespi is something anyone is going to enjoy: it is world-class. After this welcome change of air and environment, on Day 07 with your expert wine guide (Sandro) you are going to head into Langhe. We want to break your journey so we have two quick tastings and lunch in a zone very few wine lovers get to mores the pity, as this is mountain and colder climate Nebbiolo and it is going to be great to contrast this with the wines you are going to try as we go on. The wine touring days lunches are gourmet as you would expect, but they are not going to be big heavy long lunches as we know the dining is what is all about and we do not want you fading away in the afternoon. As we are setting quite an intense time with Sandro, we prefer for you to have your "down day" in the middle of the Piedmont section, the day you will move over from Palas Cerequio to the Castello di Guarene. Not only is this a Sunday, which is naturally much more complicated to get the interesting winemakers out, but we think it makes more sense. I hope you will agree? We have come up with a great selection of restaurants for dining at night, but of course it is up to you.

Sandro and I have worked hard together to give you the best overview without rushing around or driving too far and it all makes logistical sense. There are the massive names, the smaller more intimate people, young pioneers like Roagna and places where the wine, the people, the location and view all come together to make exceptional experiences. We will finally drop you into Turin "sated" and will leave you in pace to enjoy this beautiful regal city. Of course, we would like to make some dinner and lunch proposals to you.


Table of contents


Tour Day by Day – Basilicata, Puglia & Piedmont – Wine & Food Experience – 14 Nights


BREAKFAST / LUNCHES & DINNERS


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

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


TOUR DAY BY DAY


DAY 01 – Arrival IN / Bernalda / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner / Palazzo Margherita


Flight IN at Bari Airport

Reception at Bari Airport with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Bernalda

Arrival & Check IN at Palazzo Margherita

Reception at Palazzo Margherita with Tim Robertson

Welcome Wine Tasting & Tour Orientation at Palazzo Margherita with Tim Robertson
Please Note: Focusing on the Wines from Basilicata.

Welcome Dinner with Wines at Palazzo Margherita Restaurant

Sleep at Palazzo Margherita / Room Category: Garden Suite


(D)


DAY 02 – Wineries of Basilicata (Matera DOC)


Morning Free Enjoying Palazzo Margherita

Departure from Palazzo Margherita with Tim Robertson

Wine Tasting at Masseria Cardillo Winery

Private Transfer to Nova Siri Marina

Lunch with Wines at Cerrolongo Winery

Private Transfer to Montescaglioso

Wine Tasting at Cifarelli Winery

Private Transfer to Bernalda

Arrival at Palazzo Margherita

Wine Tasting at Palazzo Margherita with Tim Robertson
Please Note: Focusing on the Wines from Sicily.

Dinner with Wines at La Locandiera Restaurant in Bernalda
Please Note: At Walking Distance / Focusing on the Wines from Puglia.

Sleep at Palazzo Margherita / Room Category: Garden Suite


(B) (L) (D)


DAY 03 – Matera / Culinary Experience Sightseeing Matera / Palazzo Gattini


Check OUT from Palazzo Margherita

Departure from Palazzo Margherita with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Matera

Arrival & Check IN at Palazzo Gattini

Departure from Palazzo Gattini with Tim Robertson

Lunch with Wines at Private Palace in Matera Old Town
Please Note: Focusing on the Wines from Campania.

Guided Walking Tour of Matera with Expert Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Wine Tasting at Office of Robertson Wine Tours with Tim Robertson
Please Note: Focusing on the Wines from Basilicata.

Arrival at Palazzo Gattini

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice in Matera
Please Note: Consult Our Restaurants List of Matera.

Sleep at Palazzo Gattini / Room Category: Junior Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 04 – Wineries of Basilicata (Aglianico del Vulture DOC)


Departure from Palazzo Gattini with Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Forenza

Vertical Wine Tasting at Templari Winery

Private Transfer to Maschito

Wine Tasting at Musto Carmelitano Winery

Private Transfer to Venosa

Lunch with Wines at Locanda dei Piacevoli Restaurant in Venosa
Please Note: Focusing on the Wines of Mastrodomenico Winery.

Wine Tasting at Grifalco OR Madonna delle Grazie Winery

Private Transfer to Matera

Arrival at Palazzo Gattini

Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Local Restaurant of Your Choice in Matera
Please Note: Consult Our Restaurants List of Matera.

Sleep at Palazzo Gattini / Room Category: Junior Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 05 – Wineries of Gioia del Colle / Alberobello / Milan / Orta San Giulio / Villa Crespi


Check OUT from Palazzo Gattini

Departure from Palazzo Gattini with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Gioia del Colle

Wine Tasting at Polvanera Winery

Private Transfer to Alberobello

Guided Walking Tour of Alberobello with Expert Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Lunch with Wines at Il Poeta Contadino Restaurant in Alberobello

Private Transfer to Bari Airport

Arrival at Bari Airport

Flight to Milan Airport

Reception at Milan 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 Villa Crespi Restaurant
Please Note: 2-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Sleep at Villa Crespi / Room Category: Junior Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 06 – Sightseeing Lago Maggiore


Departure from Villa Crespi with Expert Local Guide of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Stresa

Guided Visit of Lago Maggiore
Please Note: Including Boat Ride.

Suggested Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Le Isole Restaurant / Villa Aminta

Private Transfer to Orta San Giulio

Arrival & Check IN at Villa Crespi

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Villa Crespi Restaurant
Please Note: 2-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Sleep at Villa Crespi / Room Category: Junior Suite


(B)


DAY 07 – Wineries of Gattinara / La Morra / Palas Cerequio


Check OUT from Villa Crespi

Reception & Departure from Villa Crespi with Sandro

Private Transfer to Gattinara

Visit & Wine Tasting at Antoniolo Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Travaglini Winery

Lunch with Wines at Villa Paolotti Restaurant in Gattinara

Private Transfer to Barolo

Visit & Wine Tasting (Time Allowing) at Enoteca Regionale del Barolo / Castle of Barolo

Private Transfer to La Morra

Arrival & Check IN at Palas Cerequio

Welcome Wine Tasting at Palas Cerequio
Please Note: Focusing on the Wines of Michele Chiarlo Winery.

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Bovio Restaurant in La Morra
Please Note: At 25-Minute Walking Distance.

Sleep at Palas Cerequio / Room Category: Cannubi Suite


(B) (L)


 


DAY 08 – Wineries of Barolo (La Morra)


Departure from Palas Cerequio with Sandro

Visit & Wine Tasting at Roberto Voerzio Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Elio Altare Winery

Lunch with Wines at Osteria More & Macine Restaurant in La Morra

Private Transfer to Verduno

Visit & Wine Tasting at Castello di Verduno Winery

Private Transfer to La Morra

Visit & Wine Tasting (Time Allowing) at Mauro Veglio Winery

Arrival at Palas Cerequio

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

Sleep at Palas Cerequio / Room Category: Cannubi Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 09 – Wineries of Barolo (Serralunga & Monforte d’Alba)


Departure from Palas Cerequio with Sandro

Private Transfer to Serralunga d’Alba

Visit & Wine Tasting at Fratelli Massolino Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting (Time Allowing) at Giovanni Rosso OR Luigi Pira Winery

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Lunch with Wines at Trattoria della Posta Restaurant in Monforte d’Alba

Visit & Wine Tasting at Franco Conterno Winery

Private Transfer to Castiglione Faletto

Visit & Wine Tasting at Paolo Scavino Winery

Private Transfer to La Morra

Arrival at Palas Cerequio

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la carte at De Felicin Restaurant in Monforte d’Alba
Please Note: 10-Minute Taxi Drive.

Sleep at Palas Cerequio / Room Category: Cannubi Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 10 – Guarene / Alba / Castello di Guarene


Check OUT from Palas Cerequio

Departure from Palas Cerequio with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival & Check IN at Castello di Guarene

Late Morning Free Enjoying Castello di Guarene

Suggested Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Castello di Guarene Restaurant

Early Afternoon Free Enjoying Castello di Guarene

Departure from Castello di Guarene with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Alba

Late Afternoon Free Walking & Discovering Alba On Your Own

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Piazza Duomo Restaurant in Alba
Please Note: 3-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival at Guarene

Sleep at Castello di Guarene / Room Category: Castle Room


(B)


DAY 11 – Wineries of Barbaresco


Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro

Private Transfer to Barbaresco

Visit & Wine Tasting at Moccagatta Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Bruno Rocca Winery

Lunch with Wines at Antica Torre Restaurant in Barbaresco

Visit & Wine Tasting at Orlando Abrigo Winery

Private Transfer to Neive

Visit & Wine Tasting at Paitin Winery

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival at Castello di Guarene

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Castello di Guarene Restaurant

Sleep at Castello di Guarene / Room Category: Castle Room


(B) (L)


DAY 12 – Wineries of Barolo (Castiglione Faletto)


Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro

Private Transfer to Castiglione Falletto

Visit & Wine Tasting at Parusso Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Roagna Winery

Lunch with Wines at Le Torri Restaurant in Castiglione Falletto

Visit & Wine Tasting at Cavallotto Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Vietti Winery

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival at Castello di Guarene

Wine Tasting at Castello di Guarene with Sandro
Please Note: Focusing on the Wines of Monferrrato.

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at La Ciau del Tornavento Restaurant in Treiso
Please Note: 1-Star Michelin Restaurant / 20-Minute Taxi Drive.

Sleep at Castello di Guarene / Room Category: Castle Room


(B) (L)


DAY 13 – Wineries of Roero / Turin / Grand Hotel Sitea


Check OUT from Castello di Guarene

Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro

Private Transfer to Canale d’Alba

Visit & Wine Tasting at Cascina Ca’ Rossa Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Malvirà Winery

Lunch with Wines at Villa Tiboldi Restaurant in Canale d’Alba

Private Transfer to Turin

Arrival & Check IN at Grand Hotel Sitea

Late Afternoon Free Walking & Discovering Turin On Your Own

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Magorabin Restaurant in Turin
Please Note: At 15-Minute Walking Distance.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Sitea / Room Category: Junior Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 14 – Sightseeing Turin On Your Own


Morning Free Walking & Discovering Turin On Your Own

Suggested Lunch Not Included a la Carte at Enoteca Parlapà Restaurant in Turin
Please Note: At 25-Minute Walking Distance.

Afternoon Free Walking & Discovering Turin On Your Own

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Combal Zero Restaurant in Turin
Please Note: 2-Star Michelin Restaurant / 30-Minute Taxi Drive.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Sitea / Room Category: Junior Suite


(B)


DAY 15 – Departure OUT


Check OUT from Grand Hotel Sitea

Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Turin OR Milan Airport

Arrival at Turin OR Milan Airport

Flight OUT from Turin OR Milan Airport


(B)


END of SERVICES


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport OR Train Station Transfers
14 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels Included in the Itinerary
Overnight Tourist Taxes
Private Transport with Driver & Air Conditioning
Expert Bilingual Guiding
Daily Breakfast
10 Lunches & 2 Dinners with Wines
Entrance Fee & Wine Tastings at 24/26 Wineries
Other Activities Included in the Itinerary


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

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