Wine & Food Experience in Northern Italy: Piedmont ROBERTSON WINE TOURS for Al & Barbara Friday, 14th April 2017 - Monday, 24th April 2017 



FOCUS

​Dear Al & Barbara:

This will be our fourth time of travelling with each other and although not our record, it means we all know what to expect. I can tell you that it really is an honour to have you travelling with us.

We have architected the most wonderful wine and food adventure in Northern Italy we can possible imagine. Having spent considerable time with you, we understand of your attention to details. We would like to show you as much as possible, but not overdo it.  You will have a 360 degree overview of the wines of Piedmont. You are going to understand Nebbiolo in all the forms from Ghemme & Gattinara to Roero, from Barbaresco to all the different sub regions of Barolo. You will go home veritable expert. You will have me with you to enjoy the wines and Sandro to drive and guide us expertly through the whole thing.

Starting in Turin means a relaxed start with some sightseeing, an extraordinary cooking experience, great meals and setting you up for the wine intensive part of the tour.

Castello di Guarene is perfectly placed for our immersion and you will love this property. We are going to have some fine lunches, but try to keep the dining experiences as the main culinary event, remembering from Sicily that two major meals a day is too much.

After this wine and food intensive experience in the heart of Langhe, you are going to move up into the lakes. We are thrilled you will have time to enjoy two nights at Villa Crespi. We are going to take you to see Lago Maggiore, so you have a superb overview of this effortlessly beautiful lake district of Italy. The highlight, of course, will be the dining at Villa Crespi, something anyone is going to enjoy: it is absolutely world-class.

A night in Milan at the end at Park Hyatt means you will be going back having had yet another incredible wine adventure with our company.

I am thrilled to be able to make this tour with you both and cannot wait to be swirling and chatting away like we did in Sicily last year.

Thank you for choosing us again.

Saluti

Tim & Cristian

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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: Castello di Guarene, Guarene

Castello di Guarene is a most imposing castle, located in the small village with the same name (Guarene), which overlooks the Valley of the Tanaro River. It is the newest and very welcome addition to the Langhe’s top accommodations, which, due to popularity of the zone, is certainly needed. We like its location very much as it is strategically placed for all our wine touring needs. It has been completely refurbished and this has taken many years to complete. The structure had its soft opening in September 2014. The style inside is like the castle itself, old world with Baroque & New Liberty. The SPA is outstanding with incredible views. This is a real splurge, but one we think merits the cost. The views from the manicured gardens are magnificent and are an attraction in their own right. Food & Beverage is at the top of gastronomic offerings, with the restaurant itself well on its way to Michelin Stars and a destination itself.

Website Castello Di Guarene

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 Outline & Guiding – Piedmont for Al & Barbara


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 of New York. He organized workshops and events with food and wine producers from Piedmont and was attracted by the genuine passion he saw in the local wine makers and their strong ties with their own land and traditions. Realizing how 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, he decided to relocate in the Langhe. He started organizing wine tours, wine tastings, hands-on cooking and winemaking experiences for food and wine professionals, tour operators, foodies and kitchen dummies. This also led him to rediscover his own native town, where the aristocratic tradition of its old cafes is melting with the colourful kaleidoscope of flavours brought by the recent migrations. Sandro is a tourist guide, sommelier and member of ONAV (National Organization of Wine Tasters).


TOUR OUTLINE


DAY 01: Arrival IN / Turin / Welcome Dinner / Grand Hotel Sitea
DAY 02: Sightseeing Turin: Culinary & Cultural Experience
DAY 03: Turin / Sightseeing Roero: Wine & Food Experience / Guarene / Castello di Guarene
DAY 04: Sightseeing Barolo (La Morra): Wine & Food Experience
DAY 05: Sightseeing Barolo (Serralunga & Monforte d’Alba): Wine & Food Experience
DAY 06: Sightseeing Barbaresco: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 07: Sightseeing Barolo (Castiglione Falletto): Wine & Food Experience
DAY 08: Guarene / Sightseeing Gattinara & Boca: Wine & Food Experience / Orta San Giulio / Villa Crespi
DAY 09: Sightseeing Lago Maggiore: Cultural & Food Experience
DAY 10: Orta San Giulio / Milan / Park Hyatt
DAY 11: Departure OUT


BREAKFAST, LUNCHES & DINNERS


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

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

Tour Day by Day – Piedmont for Al & Barbara


TOUR DAY BY DAY


DAY 01 – Friday, 14th April 2017
Arrival IN / Turin / Welcome Dinner / Grand Hotel Sitea


Flight Lufthansa LH0254
Arriving at Milan Airport (MXP) at 06:00 PM
From Frankfurt Airport (FRA)

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

Private Transfer to Turin

Arrival & Check IN at Grand Hotel Sitea

Welcome Dinner with Wines at Tre Galli Restaurant
Please Note:
At Walking Distance.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Sitea / Room Category: Suite


(D)


DAY 02 – Saturday, 15th April 2017
Sightseeing Turin: Culinary & Cultural Experience


Reception & Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Sandro Minella

Cooking Experience & Wine Tasting at La Palestra del Cibo Cooking School with Chef SM Teutonico

City Tour of Turin
Please Note: 
With Transport.

Arrival at Grand Hotel Sitea

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Combal Zero Restaurant in Rivoli
Please Note: 30-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included) / 1-Star Michelin.

Sleep at Grand Hotel Sitea / Room Category: Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 03 – Sunday, 16th April 2017
Sightseeing Roero: Wine & Food Experience / Guarene / Castello di Guarene


Check OUT from Grand Hotel Sitea

Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Sandro Minella & Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Canale

Visit & Wine Tasting at Enoteca Regionale del Roero

Lunch with Wines at Villa Tiboldi Restaurant

Visit at Malvirà Winery

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival & Check IN 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 04 – Monday, 17th April 2017
Sightseeing Barolo (La Morra): Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro Minella & Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to La Morra

Visit & Wine Tasting at Roberto Voerzio Winery

Lunch with Wines at Osteria More & Macine Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Elio Altare Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting  at Mauro Veglio Winery

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival at Castello di Guarene

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Bovio Restaurant in La Morra
Please Note:
10-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included) / With Tim.

Sleep at Castello di Guarene / Room Category: Castle Room


(B) (L)


DAY 05 – Tuesday, 18th April 2017
Sightseeing Barolo (Serralunga & Monforte d’Alba): Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro Minella & Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Serralunga d’Alba

Visit & Wine Tasting at Giovanni Rosso Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Luigi Pira Winery

Private Transfer to Monforte d’Alba

Lunch with Wines at Trattoria della Posta Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Franco Conterno Winery

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival at Castello di Guarene

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Piazza Duomo Restaurant in Alba
Please Note: 10-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included) / 3-Star Michelin Restaurant / With Tim.

Sleep at Castello di Guarene / Room Category: Castle Room


(B) (L)


DAY 06 – Wednesday, 19th April 2017
Sightseeing Barbaresco: Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro Minella & Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Barbaresco

Visit & Wine Tasting at Enoteca Regionale del Barbaresco

Visit & Wine Tasting at Bruno Rocca Winery

Lunch with Wines at Antica Torre Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Paitin Winery

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival at Castello di Guarene

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

Sleep at Castello di Guarene / Room Category: Castle Room


(B) (L)


DAY 07 – Thursday, 20th April 2017
Sightseing Barolo (Castiglione Falletto): Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro Minella & Tim Robertson

Private Transfer to Castiglione Falletto

Visit & Wine Tasting at Parusso Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Vietti Winery

Lunch with Wines at Le Torri Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Cavallotto Winery

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival at Castello di Guarene

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

Sleep at Castello di Guarene / Room Category: Castle Room


(B) (L)


DAY 08 – Friday, 21st April 2017
Sightseeing Gattinara & Boca: Wine & Food Experience /
 Orta San Giulio / Villa Crespi


Check OUT from Castello di Guarene

Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Gattinara

Visit & Wine Tasting at Travaglini Winery

Lunch with Wines at Villa Paolotti Restaurant

Private Transfer to Boca

Visit & Wine Tasting at Le Piane Winery

Private Transfer to Orta San Giulio

Arrival & Check IN 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: Executive Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 09 – Saturday, 22nd April 2017
Sightseeing Lago Maggiore: Cultural & Food Experience


Departure from Villa Crespi with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Stresa

Guided Visit of Lago Maggiore with Expert Local Guide
Please Note: Including Private Boat Ride.

Lunch with Wines at Le Isole Restaurant / Villa Aminta OR Similar

Private Transfer to Orta San Giulio

Arrival at Villa Crespi

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Locanda di Orta Restaurant in Orta San Giulio
Please Note: At Walking Distance / 1-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Sleep at Villa Crespi / Room Category: Junior Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 10 – Sunday, 23rd April 2017
Orta San Giulio / Milan / Park Hyatt


Check OUT from Villa Crespi

Departure from Villa Crespi with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Milan

Arrival & Check IN at Park Hyatt

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

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Milan On Your Own

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

Sleep at Park Hyatt / Booked Directly


(B)


END of SERVICES


DAY 11 – Sunday, 24th April 2017
Departure OUT


Check OUT from Park Hyatt

Departure from Park Hyatt with Driver Priveded by Park Hyatt

Private Transfer to Milan Airport

Arrival at Milan Airport

Flight Lufthansa LH1863
Departing from Milan Airport (MXP) at 09:00 AM
To Munich Airport (MUC) 


FINAL PRICES


Final Price PER PERSON: 7.080,00 EUR (+ Credit Card Fee)


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport Transfers
9 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels Included in the Itinerary
Overnight Tourist Taxes
Private Transport with Driver & Air Conditioning
Expert Bilingual Guiding
Daily Breakfast
8 Lunches & 1 Dinner with Wines
Entrance Fee & Wine Tastings at 14 Wineries & 2 Enotecas
1 Cooking Experience
Other Activities Included in the Itinerary

Please NOTE: this itinerary is subject to small adjustments due to the possible changes in the availability of wineries and/or restaurants and you can expect to receive a final itinerary two weeks prior to travel dates.


ITINERARY EXCLUSIONS


International Flights
Lunches & Dinners Not Included in the Itinerary
Gratuities for Restaurants
Gratuities for Drivers & Guides
Personal Expenses & Others Costs Not Included in the Itinerary
Activities Not Included in the Itinerary


Monday, 02nd January 2017
Cristian Brisacani & Tim Robertson
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