Embark on our 2019 Piedmont Study Tour with on site professional-level instruction
Piedmont Wine Study Tour Highlights
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to travel through all the key appellations of this authentic wine region of Italy with a notable expert and fabulous instructor!
The stunning wines of Piedmont are among the best in the world. The noble Nebbiolo grape achieves a level of greatness in the hills of Barolo and Barbaresco that cannot be matched in any other wine region. Lesser-known wine treasures such as Barbara, Dolcetto and Arneis are the everyday gems of industry insiders. Traveling to these small yet significant wine districts begets a level of understanding unreachable in books or podcasts. See and taste the difference between villages, appellations and vineyards.
- Discover the Piedmont wine region with your instructor, Kerin O’Keefe, Italian Wine Editor for Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
- Explore Piedmont’s iconic wine villages including Alba, Asti, Barolo, Barbaresco and Serralunga.
- See the famous Langhe and Monferrato Hills firsthand and discover why they were made UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
- Delve into the fascinating terroirs of Barolo and Barbaresco, the king and queen of Italian wine
- Drink history as you learn about the evolution of the region’s wines and taste winemaking philosophy in the glass
- Experience insider tastings with winemakers at some of Piedmont’s most exalted wineries. Compare vintages and vineyards as you learn local details directly from the people who grow the grapes and make the wine.
- Lunch and dine in the region’s best restaurants and discover the region’s epicurean delights paired with fantastic local wines.
Travel with like-minded, committed students of wine, whether serious wine hobbyists or wine professionals, and share with us an unforgettable educational, epicurean and enlightening experience! Trips are open to people from all countries, and are held in English.
MEMORIES FROM OUR PAST PIEDMONT WINE TOURS:
Your Instructor & Guide: Kerin O'Keefe
- Award-winning journalist and author
- Italian Wine Editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine
- Author of three books including "Barolo and Barbaresco the King and Queen of Italian Wine"
Your Tour Manager: Mauro Businaro
Assisting the instructor and making sure logistics run smoothly and that your needs are answered will be Mauro Businaro.
Mauro is an experienced Sommelier and member of the AIS (Italian Sommelier Association). He lives in Padua, Italy and organizes food and wine events, classes and day tours in Venice and the Veneto wine region.
Sunday, May 19 | Torino/Turin
- Participants arrive independently in Turin and check into the centrally-located 4-star Starhotel Majestic.
- Take the evening to explore this beautiful city and dine on your own with our restaurant suggestions.
Monday, May 20 | Alto Piemonte | B, L, D
- Meet your instructor, Wine Enthusiast’s Italy Editor Kerin O’Keefe, and begin your explorations in Alto Piemonte. Lessona and Gattinara are two historic growing zones that have undergone a real renaissance in the last decade. The area is home to extraordinarily elegant and vibrant wines made entirely with Nebbiolos and Nebbiolo blended with other local native grapes, including Vespolina and Croatina. You’ll visit some of the area’s most important producers including those who played a major role in Alto Piemonte’s on-going renaissance.
- In Lessona, visit Villa Guelpa, a rising star in the area whose dynamic owner Daniele Dinoia is focusing on organic viticulture and is turning out fragrant, refined Nebbiolos that show serious aging potential.
- Visit another great local producer before lunch of local specialties at one of the area’s charming trattorias.
- At the historic Gattinara estate, we’ll discover the family’s celebrated wines and visit their beautiful vineyards.
- Your welcome dinner is at Michelin 1-star Vintage 1997 ristorante, paired with great Piedmont wines.
Tuesday, May 21 | Asti-Monferrato | B, L
- Besides Barbera, the Asti-Monferrato area is also celebrated for fresh, savory and lightly sparkling Moscato d’Asti. You’ll try some of the best in the cellars of the denomination’s most iconic producers, where you’ll taste great wines made only with the typical Piedmont grape varieties from four production areas (Barolo, Barbaresco, Asti and Gavi).
- In Rocchetta Tanaro, visit Azienda Braida with Giacomo Bologna’s daughter and enologist Raffaella Bologna.
- At Michele Chiarlo, you’ll taste their great wines made only with the typical Piedmont grape varieties from four production areas.
- Stop along the way for a delicious lunch.
- In the heart of the Moscato d'Asti, taste the best of this DOCG at Azienda Paolo Saracco.
- Check in to your accommodations for the rest of the trip, 4-star Hotel Calissano in the lovely historic city of Alba.
- Enjoy an evening on your own in Alba with our suggestions for fine restaurants.
Wednesday, May 22 | Barbaresco | B, L
- No longer living in the shadow of Barolo, Barbaresco is a world-class wine in its own right. You’ll visit renowned producers in the wine’s namesake village and in Treiso.
- Learn more about Barbaresco with a presentation and tasting by the Produttori del Barbaresco.
- Visit Cascina della Rose, a small organic producer whose wines are remarkable for their elegance, grace and perfume.
- Enjoy lunch of Piedmontaise specialties at Tratorria Antica Torre.
- Round out the day at the Rizzi estate, perched atop a panoramic hilltop. The vineyards of the estate are within four great zones of Barbaresco, and you’ll taste them here today.
- Return to Alba, where you’ll have the evening to explore and dine at your leisure.
Thursday, May 23 | Barolo | B, D
- Known as the King of Wine and the Wine of Kings, you’ll visit storied producers and rising stars in the village that lent its name to the wine and other nearby villages.
- Begin the day at Paolo Scavino in Castiglione Falletto. For 60 years Enrico Scavino’s focus has been to invest in important crus of Nebbiolo to show the unique quality of each terroir.
- Still in Castiglione Falletto, visit the beautiful Cavallotto estate. The family has been turning out pure expressions of Nebbiolo since 1948.
- Enjoy some free time in the charming village of Barolo, with lunch on your own.
- Visit Elvio Cogno, the estate that put the village of Novello and its top cru, Ravera, on the map.
- Your farewell dinner is in the ancient vaulted cellars of Enoclub restaurant in Alba.
Friday, May 24 | Barolo | B, L
- Today, visit more top Barolo estates in the villages of Verduno and Serralunga d’Alba.
- Visit Commendatore G.B. Burlotto, one of the first Barolo producers to win medals in international competitions. Burlotto continues to be one of the greatest small Barolo producers.
- In Serralunga d’Alba, you’ll be welcomed at Ettore Germano where expert winemaker Sergio Germano produces great wines with more structure than those of the western half of the Barolo appellation (around the villages of Barolo and La Morra).
- Move on to Fontanafredda, Piedmont’s largest contiguous estate. Here you’ll enjoy lunch at Disguido Osteria, the estate’s fine casual restaurant and wine bar. After lunch, you’ll have some time to walk the grounds of this beautiful estate and check out their wine shop/bookstore.
- Late afternoon group transfer to Turin train station and airport.
Legend for meals included in your tour: B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
* Itinerary subject to change: every effort will be made to keep the itinerary as close as possible to what appears here; however, the final itinerary and estates/winemakers included may vary due to wine producer schedules, availability and factors beyond our control. The wine estates visited during this trip will all be of the highest quality.
- Instruction throughout by author and Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s Italian Editor, Kerin O’Keefe
- The services of a Tour Manager throughout, to provide customer service and logistics support
- Deluxe, air-conditioned motor coach transportation throughout, with bottled water on-board
- 2 nights at 4-star Starhotel Majestic in Turin, double occupancy
- 3 nights at 4-star Hotel Calissano in Alba, double occupancy
- 2 gastronomic dinners expertly matched with top-quality wines, including one at a Michelin 1-star restaurant
- 4 gourmet lunches expertly matched with top-quality wines
- 5 delicious buffet breakfasts
- All professional-level tours and extensive tastings at renowned wine producers
- All hotel and other taxes, and gratuities for included restaurants
Price per person, double occupancy: US$ 4,495.00
Single Supplement: US$ 295.00
Deposit upon reservation: US$ 1000.00 per person, per trip
Get US$ 150 off each additional trip you take!**
NOTE: There are a limited number of twin rooms available. Please let us know if you’d like to share a twin room with another participant to avoid the single supplement and pay the double occupancy price instead.
**After you have reserved your first Study Trip in 2019, you will receive a Discount of US$150 for each additional Study Trip you take in the same calendar year. This Discount will be deducted from the final balance payment for each additional Study Trip. You must pay in full for the first Study Trip you reserve to be eligible to receive the Discount for additional Study Trips.
Space is limited to 18 participants, so reserve your space today!
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