Piedmont, Italy Wine and Truffle Festival

Tuesday, Oct 17, 10am

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Niche Tours presents:
Piedmont, Italy Wine and Truffle Festival Tour
Tuesday to Tuesday, October 17-24, 2017
Piedmont is one of the great winegrowing regions in Italy, producing world famous wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera from the area called the Langhe near Alba.
The Langhe is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its cultural landscapes and winemaking traditions. It is an area noted for wines, cheeses, hazelnuts, and truffles, in particular the white truffles of Alba. The confectionery group Ferrero (Ferrero chocolates and Nutella) is based in Alba.
Turin was Italy's first capital city in 1861 and home to the House of Savoy, Italy's royal family. It hosted the 2006 Winter Olympics and is known for the Shroud of Turin, the football teams Juventus F.C. and Torino F.C., and is the headquarters of car manufacturers FIAT, Lancia and Alfa Romeo.
Day 1: Tuesday, October 17
Arrival in Turin, the capital city of the Piedmont region with pick up at the train station to go by motor coach to Ca’ Rapulin, an agriturismo in the famous wine country area called the Langhe. Soak in the beautiful landscape, relax on the terrace and enjoy the arrival dinner at the agriturismo.
Day 2: Wednesday, October 18
Go by coach to visit the town of Barbaresco and La Ca’Nova winery which produces Barbaresco and Dolcetto.
Walk through a gem of a little town called Neive on the way to lunch in Santo Stefano Belbo. Visit a second winery run by a mother and daughter, Gatti Piero, a truly small, family business producing dessert wines like Moscato and Brachetto. Finish the day at the agriturismo with a pizza dinner.
Day 3: Thursday, October 19
A free morning to sleep in, relax on the terrace or take a walk down the country lane before being picked up by the coach to go to La Casa del Trifulau to hunt for Alba’s famous white truffles.
After the truffle hunt, tour and sample grappa at Distilleria Beccaris. This famous Italian liquor is distilled from the skins, seeds, pulp and stems of grapes.
On to the Boeri Vini tasting room for a cooking lesson and then dinner with the Boeri family, eating the delicious food made during the lesson. The meal will be paired with their Chardonnay, Barberas, Nebbiolo/Barbera blends and Moscato.
Day 4: Friday, October 20
Visit the beautiful Fontanafredda estate and winery in Serralunga d’Alba, with wines ranging from whites such as Arneis and Gavi to reds like Barolo, Nebbiolo, Dolcetto. Lunch at Fontanafredda’s restaurant Disguido.
After lunch, tour the castle of Serralunga d’Alba with spectacular views of the countryside and then a visit to the town of Barolo.
The second winery of Enzo Boglietti is located in La Morra, featuring their impressive lineup of Barolos along with other wines from their terroir.
Return to Ca’ Rapulin for a light dinner.
Day 5: Saturday, October 21
Walk through the city of Alba and its International White Truffle Fair, held annually in October and November. See and smell what one of the most expensive food items in the world is all about.
Have lunch in Alba and then some free time to wander the streets, do some shopping, sit in a café.
Return to Ca’ Rapulin for a light dinner.
Day 6: Sunday, October 22
Depart from Ca’ Rapulin by coach for Turin and arrive at Townhouse 70, a boutique hotel in the heart of Turin.
In the afternoon, visit Santuario Basilica La Consolata and the famous Caffè Al Bicerin. Bicerin is a traditional Torinese hot drink made of espresso, hot chocolate and whole milk served layered in a small, round glass.
Take a glass elevator to the top of the Mole Antonelliana, Turin’s distinctive landmark building, for a 360° view of the city and afterwards a visit to
the unique National Cinema Museum housed in the Mole Antonelliana. A main meal dinner at Ristorante Il Melograno right next to the Mole is a perfect way to end the day in Turin.
Day 7: Monday, October 23
Visit Porta Palazzo market, the largest open air market in Western Europe and then choose what other city sites you would like to visit: the Cathedral and the Shroud of Turin; the Egyptian museum which houses one of the largest collections of Egyptian antiquities in the world; soccer’s famed Juventus stadium; two of the city’s picturesque piazzas; the Royal Palace; Garibaldi and Roma streets for shopping.
The final dinner for the group will be at Ristorante Solferino, in the heart of the city center.
Day 8: Tuesday, October 24
Depart from Turin after breakfast, with drop off at the train station or airport.
Tour includes:
-7 nights lodging in luxury B&B and boutique hotel: double accommodation
-All breakfasts
-All dinners
-5 lunches
-Ground transportation on motor coach
-All winery and grappa distillery fees
-Cooking lesson
-Truffle hunt
-Admission fees to National Cinema Museum and Mole Antonelliana view
-Tips for restaurants, coach driver, cooking lesson chef, truffle hunter
Tour does not include:
-2 lunches
-Optional activity fees in Turin
-Discretionary tips for hotel personnel
$3200 per person for double accommodation
$3800 single accommodation
$1000 non-refundable deposit due at sign-up; remainder due by August 15, 2017.
For more information:
Call Marcia at 425-622-8731