Wine & Food Experience in Northern Italy: Piedmont ROBERTSON WINE TOURS for Caren & Jordan Saturday, 24th June 2017 - Saturday, 1st July 2017



FOCUS. Over the years we have given you memorable trips, South America and Argentina for your Daughters Honeymoon and finally we get to show you Piedmont, its been a long time coming and its going to be a ball. Very best Tim

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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: 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

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Hotel: Villa Pattono Relais, Costigliole d’Asti

Villa Pattono Relais is an exquisite resort boutique hotel set in a 300 years old borgo, enjoying the most beautiful setting of the vine filled hills of Asti. This 13-roomed relais with its neo-medieval tower is surrounded by breathtaking views of the Alps on clear days and glorious sunsets. Almost all the bedrooms and all suites enjoy original frescoes and really tend towards the spacious. Bathrooms are all in ultra modern style. Bed and sleep comfort are all above and beyond our clients demands. Due to the massive and recent refit, this lodge feels exactly the part. Plenty of places to relax and none more so than the heated pool and deck (SPA services available). Breakfast is the only service and is really a wonderful breakfast enough to set you up for your days out in wine. From all the feedback we have had and from the impression of our expert guide in Piedmont, this is a real find and pricing seems remarkably competitive.

Website Villa Pattono Relais

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Tour Outline & Guiding – Piedmont 7 Nights – Caren & Jordan


GUIDING


Sandro Minella


Born in the city of 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 he was attracted by the genuine passion that he saw in the local wine makers and their strong ties with their own land and its 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 Wine Region, ancient heart of Piedmont. He started organizing wine tours/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 from all over the world. Sandro is a professional tourist guide, sommelier and ONAV (National Organization of Wine Tasters) member. Sandro is unquestionably the definitive wine guide in Piedmont, we are thrilled to have him as I am sure you will agree once you have spent a little time with him.


TOUR OUTLINE


DAY 01: Arrival IN / Orta San Giulio / Villa Crespi
DAY 02: Sightseeing Lago Maggiore: Cultural & Food Experience
DAY 03: Sightseeing Boca & Gattinara: Wine & Food Experience / Guarene / Castello di Guarene
DAY 04: Sightseeing Barolo (La Morra): Wine & Food Experience
DAY 05: Sightseeing Turin: Cooking, Cultural & Combal Zero Experience
DAY 06: Sightseeing Barbaresco: Wine & Food Experience / Castigliole d’Asti / Villa Pattono Relais
DAY 07: Sightseeing Barolo (Castiglione Falletto): Wine & Food Experience
DAY 08: Turin / 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 7 Nights – Caren & Jordan


TOUR DAY BY DAY


DAY 01 – Saturday, 24th June 2017
Arrival IN / Orta San Giulio / Villa  Crespi


Flight IN at Malpensa Airport (MXP)

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

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: Deluxe Room


DAY 02 – Sunday, 25th June 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
Please Note: Including Private Boat Ride.

Lunch with Wines at Le Isole Restaurant / Villa Aminta

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: Deluxe Room


(B) (L)


DAY 03 – Monday, 26th June 2017
Sightseeing Boca & Gattinara: Wine & Food Experience / Guarene / Castello di Guarene


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

Visit & Wine Tasting at Travaglini 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 – Tuesday, 27th June 2017
Sightseeing Barolo (La Morra): Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro Minella 

Private Transfer to La Morra

Visit & Wine Tasting at Roberto Voerzio Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Elio Altare Winery

Lunch with Wines at Osteria More & Macine Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Castello di Verduno 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 Guido Restaurant / Fontanafredda Winery in Serralunga d’Alba
Please Note: 15-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included).

Sleep at Castello di Guarene / Room Category: Castle Room


(B) (L)



DAY 05 – Wednesday, 28th June 2017
Sightseeing Turin: Cooking, Cultural & Combal Zero Experience


Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Turin

Cooking Experience at La Palestra del Cibo Cooking School with Chef Sergio Maria Teutonico

Lunch Based On Your Creations with Wines at La Palestra del Cibo Cooking School

Guided City Tour of Turin with Expert Local Guide

Private Transfer to Rivoli

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Combal Zero Restaurant
Please Note: 1-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Private Transfer to Guarene

Arrival at Castello di Guarene

Sleep at Castello di Guarene / Room Category: Castle Room


(B) (L) 


DAY 06 – Thursday, 29th June 2017
Sightseeing Barbaresco: Wine & Food Experience / Castigliole d’Asti / Villa Pattono Relais


Check OUT from Castello di Guarene

Departure from Castello di Guarene with Sandro Minella

Private Transfer to Barbaresco

Visit & Wine Tasting at Bruno Rocca Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Orlando Abrigo Winery

Private Transfer to Alba

Lunch with Wines at La Piola Wine Bar & Restaurant

Private Transfer to Neive

Visit & Wine Tasting at Paitin Winery

Private Transfer to Castigliole d’Asti

Arrival & Check IN at Villa Pattono Relais

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Guido da Castigliole Restaurant in Santa Stefano Belbo
Please Note:
30-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included) / 1-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Sleep at Villa Pattono Relais / Room Category: Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 07 – Friday, 30th June 2017
Sightseeing Barolo (Castiglione Falletto): Wine & Food Experience


Departure from Villa Pattono Relais with Sandro Minella 

Private Transfer to Castiglione Falletto

Visit & Wine Tasting at Roagna Winery

Visit & Wine Tasting at Cavallotto Winery

Lunch with Wines at Le Torri Restaurant

Visit & Wine Tasting at Vietti Winery

Private Transfer to Castigliole d’Asti

Arrival at Villa Pattono Relais

Suggested Dinner Not Included a la Carte at La Ciau del Tornavento Restaurant in Treiso
Please Note: 30-Minute Taxi Drive (Not Included) / 1-Star Michelin Restaurant.

Sleep at Villa Pattono Relais / Room Category: Suite


(B) (L)



DAY 08 – Saturday, 01st July 2017
Turin / Departure OUT


Check OUT from Villa Pattono Relais

Departure from Villa Pattono Relais with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Turin Train Station

Arrival at Turin Train Station

Train OUT from Turin Train Station to Cortina via Florence


(B)


END of SERVICES


ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport Transfers
7 Nights of Accommodation in the Hotels Included in the Itinerary
Overnight Tourist Taxes
Private Transport with Driver & Air Conditioning
Expert Bilingual Guiding
Daily Breakfast
6 Lunches with Wines
Entrance Fee & Wine Tastings at 12 Wineries
1 Cooking Experience
Other Activities Included in the Itinerary


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


ITINERARY COSTS


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Saturday, 17th September 2016
Tim Robertson
Director of Robertson Wine Tours

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