From the urban elegance of Turin to the rustic charms of family-owned wineries, via undulating landscapes not unlike those of neighbouring Tuscany, the many disparate charms of Piedmont come together to form a particularly fulsome bouquet.
In the hills of Piedmont, a unique climatic tug-of-war occurs as Alpine and Mediterranean temperatures compete for supremacy. This results in the perfect growing conditions for Piedmont’s favourite grape — Nebbiolo. This tour positively revels in Barolos and Barbarescos. Over five days, we taste our way through the hills around Turin, enjoying a full range of superlative local wines.
As we journey, we also take in the full range of landscapes which make up this scenic part of Italy. We begin and end our Piedmontese journey amid the urban splendour of Turin, with its almost-Parisian boulevards, ornate palaces, and Alpine backdrop. But arguably, the real spirit of the region lies in its vine-growing heartlands. Here, families both noble and common have been producing wine for generations. For many, it has meant a rise to global acclaim.
It should come as no surprise, then, that a region so adept at making beautiful wines is also a true gastronomic hotspot. The global headquarters for the Slow Food Movement, which prizes traditional recipes and methods and local and seasonal produce, is located in Bra, where we retire each night. We also get caught up in the most delicious sport of the season with a chance to hunt truffles in the hills around Alba.
- Immerse yourself in the incredible architecture and atmosphere of cultural Turin, nestled below the Alps
- Enjoy dinner at Osteria Boccondivino, headquarters of the Slow Food movement
- Sample Ascheri wines over a welcome dinner with Matteo Ascheri, owner of the osteria
Here in Piedmont, the focus lies squarely on the individual wineries, and the families and oenologists behind them. Each wine tells a story, particularly Bruno Rocca’s judiciously oaked and intensely fruity Barbaresco, and the top-quality wines of Prunotto with Beppe Colla’s 1956 groundwork to thank.Here in Piedmont, the focus lies squarely on the individual wineries, and the families and oenologists behind them. Each wine tells a story, particularly Bruno Rocca’s judiciously oaked and intensely fruity Barbaresco, and the top-quality wines of Prunotto with Beppe Colla’s 1956 groundwork to thank.