23-27 Sept 2024
3.5 days / 4 nights
From € 2,400 p.p.
Pearls of Piemonte
a Grapetrotters Adventure in September 2024
Our home base will be the charming city of Alba, situated in the heart of some of Piemonte's most renowned wine regions in the Langhe. Nestled in the city's most comfortable hotel, we'll embark on three full-day excursions, exploring both well-established wineries and hidden gems. This allows us to truly delve into the essence of the exceptional wines of northern Italy.
Monday, September 23 - 2024
DISCOVER ALBA & WELCOME DINNER
Our rendezvous will take place in Alba during the afternoon, and upon your arrival, you'll seamlessly check into the hotel.
Alba, a town steeped in history, is renowned for its neighboring wine regions, truffles, chocolate, hazelnuts, and overall exceptional cuisine.
To commence our Alba experience, a local city guide will provide insights into the town, followed by a delightful welcome dinner at a local restaurant. Here, we'll have our first introduction to the wines that set the tone for our culinary journey.
Tuesday, September 24 - 2024
Today, our exploration takes us to the renowned Barolo region, where we'll uncover the treasures of both a traditional and an iconic winery. At the latter, we'll delve into the intricacies of cru vineyards (MGA) and savor tastings from a variety of offerings.
A pause in Barolo village offers an opportunity for a leisurely stroll, immersing ourselves in the charming surroundings. The vineyards, adorned with Nebbiolo grapes nearing ripeness, paint a picturesque scene.
For lunch, we'll dine at a splendid restaurant affording a panoramic view of the Barolo vineyards—an experience in one of the most beautiful wine regions globally.
The evening in Alba is free, allowing for personal exploration and relaxation.
Wednesday, September 25 - 2024
Barbaresco, though smaller in size than Barolo, holds equal greatness and fame, often earning the title of the queen of Italian wines, with Barolo rightfully claiming the role of king.
On this day, we'll delve into the essence of the Barbaresco region, visiting two family-run wineries situated in distinct locations within the appellation. A visit to the village of Barbaresco is also on the agenda.
Lunch will be a delightful affair at a local restaurant renowned for its expertise in Piedmontese traditional cuisine.
The evening in Alba is free.
Thursday, September 26 - 2024
Roero, situated on the left bank of the Tanaro River, is a relative newcomer to the scene, located in a geologically newer area compared to its renowned counterparts on the right bank. While Nebbiolo remains the red grape of choice, this day will unveil the unique characteristics of Arneis.
Our exploration kicks off at the winery that brought this white grape into prominence.
Following this, we'll venture to a family-owned and -operated winery, indulging in a tasting featuring six distinct wines paired with a home-cooked Piemontese lunch.
To conclude our day, we'll visit an iconic and historically significant winery, still under family ownership and known for its warm hospitality.
Our farewell dinner unfolds in Alba at a local restaurant, marking the culmination of our journey.
Friday, September 27 - 2024
Complete your checkout and continue your Italian explorations from the Alba train station. Consider venturing to Turin for an enriching experience, or extend your journey to other captivating destinations across Italy. Piemonte's proximity to the Alps, the Lakes, and the Ligurian Riviera offers a plethora of fantastic options, especially during this time of year.
4 nights' accommodation with breakfast in 4-star Hotel in Alba
Private bus with driver for 3 full days
3 full lunches, and 2 dinners
6 winery visits with tastings
Guided walking tour of Alba
City lodging visitor tax (tassa di soggiorno)
Grape Tours' tour leader (Rebecca Christophersen Gouttenoire - Italian Wine Scholar)
Airfare & travel to and from starting/departure point.
Drinks at meals unless host-ordered
Entry to any museums, historical sites unless noted
Personal charges, laundry, phone calls, internet, mini fridge consumed items
Gratuities for maids, baggage handlers, drivers or guides
Other trip details
🗓️ When? 23 - 27 June 2024 - it is the exciting harvest time!
🌍 Where? The beautiful town of Alba will be our base (travel to Alba by train, only around 1 hr from Torino)
🎟️ Limited Spaces Available (min 8 - max 16 people)! Reserve your spot for an unforgettable journey.
All-inclusive cost per person (based on double room occupancy): 2400 euro
(single occupancy 2800 euro/p.p.)