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​Dear Mr and Mrs .....

We are looking forward to welcoming you Italy to enjoy this perfectly architected wine and food adventure to Veneto Lombardy and Piedmont. We keep things easy as you asked for at the front end with Seeing Verona, getting a feel for Soave and Valpolicella wines and of course the Mythical Amarones. There is plenty of time to enjoy Verona with us and independently and Palazzo Victoria your hotel is a stones throw away from everything you need.  We move on Day 4 to the west to Lake Orta San Giulio and Villa Crespi, we make this beautiful journey stopping at 2 of the most important Franciacorta houses. 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.

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. We 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.

On Day 06 with 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. 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 onward into the Langhe. 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.

There are the massive names, the smaller more intimate people, young pioneers, 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.

This is an exceptional immersion into central and western north Italian wine regions. Amazing food, expert guiding and incredible lodging and lets not forget you are in Italy a country where beauty was conceived.

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We are just returned and getting unpacked and I thought I would catch this while we still remember everything so well. It was a once in a life time trip as you said it would be. So many highlights, but naturally meeting you and making that incredible purpose tasting of old Barolos at Castello Guarene was really our favorite afternoon that turned of course into that sublime dinner. We think you listened very well to both mine and Suzanne's needs, nothing was rushed and we never felt over fed or unable to face one of these stunning meals, it was a brilliantly balanced tour even though we covered alot of ground. Driver Matteo was flawless and I see you only work with marked professionals all the way through, it seems apparent to us that you and your company and guests are very well regarded and we felt constantly in great hands. Looking forward to all the wines we brought arriving in the next weeks and we shall certainly salut you Cristian and Sandro when we open a bottle. Perhaps we can think bout South America when the finances allow.  Until then please keep in touch with us.

Names Withheld

New Canaan CT USA  May 2017

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Palazzo Victoria, Verona

Palazzo Victoria stands out due to the mix of modern and traditional interior architecture, which makes it a very charming hotel. The rooms are spacious and very elegant. The service is excellent, they have a decent selection of wines for a reasonable price and the breakfast is varied and served in a lovely space. Not to forget about the location, which is superb. Within walking distance of all the must sees of Verona, which makes your trip a lot more comfortable when exploring the surrounding area.

Website Palazzo Victoria 

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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: Palas Cerequio, La Morra

PALAS CEREQUIO

Blending tradition and modern technology, Michele Chiarlo and family have restored an ancient small village in the heart of Barolo, creating a Palas with different suites equipped with every comfort. The setting is just stunning with the town of La Morra on top of you and the views over the most important crus’s of Barolo this is heady stuff. Accessibility is a slight issue and going out for dinner at night means transport is needed to travel at night, unless you eat in, all day there is a good simple menu. We really do love the rooms, all with their own character, there is hardly a room without a magnificent view and we feel the suites are fully worth the money. There are two sections to the hotel, New and Old, and the old is really ancient and restored in great keeping with the structure and history. The new style room has technology everywhere and some interesting spa and relaxation techniques you can enjoy all by yourselves in the room which is a lovely touch.

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Website Palas Cerequio

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: 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

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Tour Outline & Guiding- Veneto / Lombardy / Piedmont – 14 Days


TOUR OUTLINE


DAY 01: Arrival IN / Verona / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner /Palazzo Victoria
DAY 02: Sightseeing Verona: Cultural Experience
DAY 03: Sightseeing Valpolicella: Wine & Food Experience
DAY 04: Check out / Wineries of Franciacorta Villa Crespi
DAY 05: Sightseeing Lago Maggiore
DAY 06: Wineries of Gattinara / La Morra / Palas Cerequio
DAY 07: Wineries of Barolo (La Morra)
DAY 08: Wineries of Barolo (Serralunga & Monforte d’Alba)
DAY 09: Guarene / Alba / Castello di Guarene
DAY 10: Wineries of Barbaresco
DAY 11: Wineries of Barolo (Castiglione Falletto)
DAY 12: Wineries of Roero / Turin / Grand Hotel Sitea
DAY 13: Sightseeing Turin On Your Own
DAY 14: Departure OUT


GUIDING


Sandro


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 Langhe Region … the ancient heart of Piedmont. 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 from all over the world. Sandro is a professional tourist guide, sommelier and ONAV (National Organization of Wine Tasters) member.

Tour Day by Day – Veneto / Lombardy / Piedmont – 14 Days


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 / Verona / Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner /Palazzo Victoria

Private Transfer from Verona Airport to Palazzo Victoria

03:00 PM Private Transfer to Verona

03:30 PM Arrival & Check IN at Palazzo Victoria

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Verona On Your Own

Welcome Wine Tasting & Dinner at Palazzo Victoria with Sandro

Note: Concentrating on the wines of San Bonifacio / Soave

Sleep at Palazzo Victoria / Room Category: Grand Deluxe


(D)


DAY 02 – Sightseeing Verona: Cultural Experience


09:30 AM Reception & Departure from Palazzo Victoria with Debora our Verona Expert

Guided City Tour of Verona

12:00 PM Arrival at Palazzo Victoria

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

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Verona On Your Own

08:30 PM Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Osteria La Fontanina Restaurant in Verona
Please Note: 1-Star Michelin Restaurant / At Walking Distance (https://goo.gl/maps/BhzAS63EoC22).

Sleep at Palazzo Victoria / Room Category: Grand Deluxe


(B) (L) (D)


DAY 03 –Sightseeing Valpolicella: Wine & Food Experience


10:00 AM Reception & Departure from Palazzo Victoria with Sandro

Private Transfer to Valpolicella

10:30 AM Visit & Tasting of 6 Wines at Le Marognole Winery

  • Rosato IGT El Marascar
  • Valpolicella Classico
  • Valpolicella Ripasso
  • Rosso IGT El Nane
  • Amarone Classico
  • Recioto Classico

12:30 PM Lunch with 2 Wines at Enoteca della Valpolicella Wine Bar & Restaurant

03:00 PM Visit & Tasting of 4 Wines at Tenute Salvaterra Winery

  • Pinot Grigio OR Prosecco
  • Valpolicella Classico
  • Ripasso Classico
  • Amarone Classico

04:30 PM Private Transfer to Verona

05:00 PM Arrival at Palazzo Victoria

Afternoon Free Sightseeing Verona On Your Own

08:30 PM Reserved Dinner Not Included a la Carte at Il Desco Restaurant in Verona
Please Note: 1-Star Michelin Restaurant / At Walking Distance (https://goo.gl/maps/wpnuyBMzuAD2).

Sleep at Palazzo Victoria / Room Category: Grand Deluxe


(B) (L)


DAY 04 – Check out / Winereis of Franciacorte Villa Crespi


Check out and Departure from Palazzo Victoria with Sandro

Private Transfer to Brescia  to visit Franciacorta

Visiti and Vertical Wine Tasting at  Bellavista Winery

Note: Riserva Vittorio Moretti Extra Brut, DOCG. 3 vintages

Private Transfer to Ca’ del Bosco Winery

Wine Tasting with private lunch at Ca’ del Bosco 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: Junior Suite


(B) (L)


DAY 05 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) (L)


DAY 06 – 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 07 – 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 08 – 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 9 – 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 10 – 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 11 – 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 12 – 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 13 – 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 14 – Departure OUT


Check OUT from Grand Hotel Sitea

Departure from Grand Hotel Sitea with Driver of Robertson Wine Tours

Private Transfer to Turin Airport

Arrival at Turin  Airport

Flight OUT from Turin  Airport


(B)


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ITINERARY INCLUSIONS


Airport OR Train Station Transfers
13 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 all noted 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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