We cannot think of anywhere in the World that comes close to Piedmont for wine or gastronomically coupled with outstanding areas of beauty and history. The Langhe region is a veritable labyrinth of hills and winding roads nestled between the Tanaro and Bormida River. The Castles and Medieval lookout towers abound Turin has one of the highest standard and qualities of life in northern Italy.
Turin Gastronomic Capital of Italy
Lake District of North west Italy, Maggiore and Orta
Langhe Wine Regions including Barolo & Barbaresco
UNESCO World Heritage “Vineyard landscapes of Langhe-Roero & Monferrato
World Centre in White Truffles and birthplace of Slow Food
How long do I need?
In our opinion, five to seven nights wine touring in the Piedmont wine valleys is the ideal amount of time to spend here.
When to come ?
Just as the truffle and Porcini season from September through to till middle of December this is the most wonderful time of the year to visit this the Piedmont region for a vacation in Wine and Food, Late October early November is the peak of this season and for us also the worst for us in terms of gaining the best accommodation and access to the best restaurants. Not only is Alba at its height of season due to the Truffle Fair, but there is also the Salone del Gusto and Terra Madre both by Slowfood; An organisation proudly support. When planning your trip to Piedmont please take these factors very much into account and start planning early.
The Wines of Piedmont
It is hard to know where to begin when you have 800 producers in Piedmont. There is more text written about Piedmont than any other wine region of Italy. We are not in the publishing business but a little background is always helpful. Just outside Turin, 40 miles to the southeast, there is spectacular scenery in the Langhe area with undulating vineyards associated with Nebbiolo-based Barolo, Barbaresco, Gattinara and Ghemme, spectacular scenery and never ending amphitheatres of vineyards:
Cuisine and main dishes
Piedmont is the gastronomes paradise, so much so that we leave the lunches exceeding light and just enough to see you through to the evening where you will enjoy some of the most spectacular restaurants and cuisine in the world. Piedmont’s cuisine is famous for the immense variety of antipasti. Freshly shaved truffles on a simple bed of pasta or a poached egg is something everyone should try once in their life. The preferred pasta is Tajarin. or Agnolotti Piemontesi. Here are just a few of some the delights food wise you can look forward to.
Fassano Beef. Veal, lamb Game birds, poultry and rabbit
Fiori di Zucca ripieni
Cavolo Verza Ripieno
Crustless omelettes known as Frittate
Vitello Tonnato, or veal with tuna sauce
Game Terrines and pâtés
Salumi, or preserved meat
Tonno di Coniglio
Bean soups with Pork, Cisrà and Tôfeja
Carnaroli rice for creamy risotto
Brasato al Barolo
Local Hazelnuts find their way into many dishes
Zabaione or Sanbajon
As Piedmont is such an important zone for us you can imagine we have invested more here than any other region. Below is what we get up to and how we combine the region.
TESTIMONIAL 7 Nights wine Touring Piedmont and Tuscany. A Discovery through wines and foods and excellence.“ I thank you both Tim and Cristian for the extremely well planned and executed tour of Italy for us. I felt at all times well looked after, stimulated by your obvious deep knowledge and passion for wines. This then enabled us to enjoy our trip all the more so...Ted and Dawn Chatsworth
Piedmont. 5 wine lovers from London come for a deep understanding of 'Nebbiolo'Just back into the office and not too chuffed about that, but thats another story. Me and the boys just want to thank you for brilliant tour in Barolo and Barbaresco. Just the right pace of wineries, all in depth visits where we learnt alot and not just about the...Sebastian Gawkins and friends
Piedmont. 3 ladies travel to see the best of Piedmont in every way.At the end of a long trying day in the office, a stroll through my local wine shop here in non-descript american town USA, I scream out in joy spotting on the shelf a bottle of Forteto de Luja's 2009 La Grive… the sales clerk looks up at me in...Katie Visas
TESTIMONIAL 7 Nights wine Touring Piedmont ItalyHi Tim, As I said earlier the whole trip and experience was great. Our guide and driver excellent. Guide very knowledgeable about the area , as well as other areas and countries production. And pleasant company. Informative about culture and history etc,,, Great hotels (Villas) and choice of restaurants. And great food...Lyle & Anne Micheli