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# 7.4 – Wine Tour: Piedmont

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# 7.4 – Wine Tour: Piedmont

da € 3.990 per person

Segment 5 of “The Grand Wine Tour of Italy”: Piedmont (from Milan to Milan)

Private Tour with Wine Expert & Driver

The Grand Wine Tour of Italy is a journey within a journey. From the renowned Italian Journey by Goethe it takes some key elements, such as the slow and experiential style of travelling, which will allow participants to discover “off the beaten tracks” Italy, Ancient Rome classicism, Italian fine arts and local food & wine traditions.


We will look at some of the traditional destinations of The Grand Tour through the eyes of some very famous artists and writers, who visited the same destinations in the 18th and 19th centuries, as an integral part of their journey of a lifetime to receive a wide on-site informal cultural education.


With the educational support of our wine experts, we will cross Piedmont Region to retrace history and geography of Italian Fine Wine. They will accompany the tour, helping participants understand the distinctive wines of each region, the local vine varieties and the specific characteristics of soils and styles of vineyard plantation, that make each wine unique.


We will visit a selection of particularly relevant wineries for their excellent and world-wide renowned wines as well as for the high standards of hospitality services and experiences they provide. Their experts will lead the guests through the history of the wineries, the vineyards, the vinification and the fining cellars and the prestigious company estates and historic houses. With a bit of luck, we will have the chance to meet the descendants of the founders, who still carry on this wonderful adventure.


Food & Wine, Fine Arts, Cultural & Natural Heritage, along with authenticity of places and people will be at the heart of The Grand Wine Tour of Italy experience.


We will discover some of the world-famous Italian wines where they are born, different nuances of Nebbiolo which made Italian red wine famous in the world, and a special selection of local vine varieties, particularly significant for their special symbiotic relationship with the soils from which they originate and with the traditional cusine they are paired with. We will have direct experience of all this thanks to a careful selection of Italian fine trattoria & osteria, and in some destinations, of Michelin starred Chefs, who wisely know how to bring together their creativity and local food traditions.


To round off a unique experience, we will often stay overnight in historic houses, we will enjoy tasting lunches at the wineries, to directly experience the wine pairings, we will enjoy the Italian Cultural and Natural Heritage through some outdoor experiences, such as a truffle hunting in the Langhe Region.


The transfers as well will be part of the experience. On board our luxury minivan with driver, you will be also accompanied by our experts, to get the opportunity of gaining a deeper knowledge of the wines and the different experiences of the day.


Do not forget to keep an eye out the window: the scenery will change at any turn!


Also during your free time, your tour leaders and local guides will be delighted of being at your disposal to give specific advice on the best local experiences and opportuinities.


To guarantee the best quality service, every tour will welcome at most ten participants. We look forward to accompanying you through this new and wonderful adventure.


The Grand Wine Tour of Italy is developed in collaboration with The Grand Wine Tour Association, to create a unique experience. It is the result of decades-long experience of its organizers in the cultural and food & wine tourism industry. Italy Destinaiton by Paltours and The Grand Winr Tour Association are the perfect combination to create your memorable tour.


Durattion: 7 days / 6 nights



Transfers: Private Mercedes minivan with driver

Number of participants: small groups up to 10 people


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The Expert Guides of The Grand Wine Tour of Italy


Antonio Grimaldi: Wine has always been an important part of his life. It all began when as a child he used to follow his father in the little family cellar in wintertime. Therefore, it was very clear what field he would have chosen for his education: Wine Science. This decision brought, obviously, to a series of simple and straightforward consequences: Bachelor in Agriculture Sciences (University of Firenze, Italy), PhD in Wine Microbiology (University of Adelaide, Australia) and then Master in Wine Marketing (University of Piacenza, Italy). To complete the picture he also got a professional diploma as a Wine Sommelier.  Wine consultant, cellar winemaker, export manager, sales agent, wine tour guide: there is not a single aspect of wine that he has not explored. 


Claudia Tacchino: After graduating in Philosophy in 1998, she attended an MA – Master in Arts & Culture Management at SDA Bocconi in Milano, where she started her career as a teacher and researcher in Arts Management (1999-2015) and where she was appointed coordinator (2004-2008) and director (2009-2014) of an MA – Master in Performing Arts Management. In 2014 she spent a semester at New York University as visiting scholar. In 2015 she moved to Lake Iseo, where she started consulting Guido Berlucchi Winery in Franciacorta on hospitality management and events. She teaches Arts and Event Management at SantaGiulia Fine Arts Academy in Brescia, where she launched in 2019 a Master programme in Management of Arts, Heritage and Cultural Tourism. She has also attended the three-level training course to become a professional sommelier at AIS – Associazione Italiana Sommelier di Brescia.

Dates & Prices (*)

Fees 2022 – 2023

Fee: 3.990 euro   Supplemento Singola: 710 euro



(*) Per person with double occupancy.

The Fees include

  • Wine expert Guide for the entire tour;
  • Private transfers with driver and Mercedes Minivan for the entire tour;
  • 7 winery guided tours;
  • 6 nights in hotels, historical houses, charme hotels, boutique hotels, with overnight stay and breakfast;(**)
  • 4 lunches in Italian restaurants and fine “trattorias” of the local tradition;
  • Dinner Experience Ristorante 21.9 Flavio Costa (1 Michelin star) in Piobesi d’Alba;
  • 3 dinners in hotels, restaurants or fine “trattorias” of the local tradition;
  • 1 Farewell Dinner in Milano, wines included;
  • 1 Outdoor Experience: truffle hunting at Alba with an expert and his dog;
  • Boat Tour to the Borromean Islands (May-September);
  • Entrance and guided tour of Isola Madre and Isola Bella – Lake Maggiore (May-September);
  • Boat transfer from Stresa to Santa Caterina del Sasso Hermitage – Lake Maggiore (October-April);
  • Entrance and guided tour of Santa Caterina del Sasso Hermitage – Lake Maggiore (October-April);
  • Porterage service at the hotels;
  • Italy Destination by Paltours assistance;
  • Globy Incoming Insurance.

(**) Hotel details in the Tour Plan or similar of the same or superior category.

The Fees do not include

  • Extra fee Lunch Experience Chef Enrico Crippa Ristorante Piazza Duomo Alba (three Michelin stars). Quotation on request.
  • Everything not expressly mentioned in The Fees Include.

Food Special Needs

Italy Destination by Paltours staff will make any effort to guarantee food special needs. However, it may happen that they can not satisfy every single request. All the particular dietary requests have to be advanced along with the reservation.

Meeting Point

We will meet in Milano in the early afternoon.

Information & Reservation

Book your tour or ask for further information:

Tel. +39 030 7400561


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  • Credit Card (VISA, Mastercard, American Express)


Payment Terms
  • 25% deposit upon booking.
  • Final payment 30 days before the date of departure.


Cancellation Policy
  • More than 60 days before the date of departure: 100 euro.
  • From 59 to 30 days before the date of departure: 25% of penalty;
  • From 29 to 15 days before the date of departure: 50% of penalty;
  • Less than 15 days before the date of departure: 100% of penalty.
  • Departure
    From Milan to Milan

# 7.4 Itinerary of the Wine Tour: Piedmont (S5)

“Poles are planted between the long, low rows of vines, and the brown grapes hang gracefully from the top, ripening in the warmth of the soil below”. (J.W. Goethe, Italian Journey, 1786-1788).

Food & Wine, Art & Cultural Heritage, Nature & Outdoor, combined with the authenticity of places and people, will be at the heart of The Grand Wine Tour of Italy experience.



Day 1: Lombardia | Piemonte

Camogli, Portofino and Gavi

  Private transfers with driver and wine expert guide

  Wine cellar visit with tasting at the Wine Resort Villa Sparina in Gavi

  Dinner at the Restaurant La Gallina inside the Resort

  Overnight stay at the Charming Hotel L'Ostelliere inside the Resort

Here we go! We will leave from Milano in the direction of Gavi in Piedmont, where we will reach the Wine Resort Villa Sparina which, surrounded by 100 hectares of its own vineyards, will welcome us with a visit of the cellar and a tasting of their most representative Gavi and Barbera wines. We will stay inside the Resort for dinner at La Gallina Restaurant, characterized by a local cuisine, interpreted in a modern way through a careful research of raw materials. The vegetables come from the company's organic vegetable garden and the seasonal products from selected producers in Piedmont and Liguria. Overnight stay at the adjoining L'Ostelliere charming hotel.

Among the wines of Piedmont that we will taste during the day:

Day 2: Piemonte

Gavi, Canelli (UNESCO), Calamandrana and Monforte d'Alba

  Private transfers with driver and wine expert guide

  Guided tour with wine tasting at Coppo di Canelli winery (UNESCO site)

  Traditional lunch at Trattoria Del Belbo da Bardon (Michelin dish)

  Guided tour with wine tasting at the Michele Chiarlo Winery in Calamandrana

  Dinner at the Le Case della Saracca Restaurant in Monforte d'Alba (Michelin dish)

  Overnight stay at the Charme Hotel Villa Beccaris in Monforte d'Alba

After breakfast at the hotel, we will leave for Canelli (AT), to visit the historic Cantina Coppo winery. Founded in 1892, for four generations the mission has been the production of quality wines that embody the specificity of the territory, among which stand out the Barbera d'Asti, the Classic Method sparkling wine and the Moscato d'Asti. The search for quality, respect for the indigenous grapes, innovation that does not forget tradition and reliability are its founding values. The company's historic cellars, the so-called Underground Cathedrals, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2014, are a true temple dedicated to wine.

We will move to San Marzano Oliveto to have lunch in one of the most traditional trattorias of Asti, Trattoria Del Belbo Da Bardon, mentioned in the Michelin Guide for its quality cuisine, its centuries-old history and its interesting wine list.

In the afternoon we reach the Michele Chiarlo Winery in Calamandrana, for a visit and tasting of some of its most representative wines, including the famous Barolo. Michele Chiarlo wines represent the essence of Piedmont and are the expression of more than 110 hectares of vineyards, between Langhe, Monferrato and Gavi, particularly suited to the production of native wines of excellence, thanks to the microclimate and the mineral characteristics of the soil.

The evening will continue with a transfer to the heart of the Langhe and accommodation in the reserved rooms at the Hotel Villa Beccaris in Monforte d'Alba, a historic 18th-century residence.

Dinner will be a short walk from the hotel, at the Le Case della Saracca Restaurant, cited by the Michelin Guide for its quality local cuisine and its picturesque location between stone walls and hand-hewn caves in the medieval heart of Monforte d'Alba.

Among the wines of Piedmont that we will taste during the day:

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Day 3: Piemonte

The Langa of Barolo (UNESCO)

  Private transfers with driver and wine expert guide

  Guided tour with wine tasting at Cantina Ceretto in Alba

  Lunch in the historic centre of Alba at Ristorante La Piola (*)

   (*) Food Experience with Chef Enrico Crippa at Ristorante Piazza Duomo di Alba  - three Michelin stars (as an alternative e with extra fee)

  Overnight stay at Hotel Villa Beccaris in Monforte d'Alba

The day will be spent in one of the wine-growing areas recognised in 2014 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site: the Langa del Barolo.

After breakfast at the hotel, we will reach Alba, the "capital" of the Langhe, to visit the Ceretto Winery, a breathtaking location nestled in the heart of the Langhe vineyard hills. Ceretto is above all one of the historical producers of the area, which has made Barolo famous throughout the world. The important zoning studies carried out in the 1960s led the company to select and acquire the most suitable lands for the production of this wonderful wine and the result is that today the company boasts one of the most prestigious selections of Cru in the world.

We will reach the historic centre of Alba for lunch at the La Piola Restaurant, owned by the Ceretto Winery, where elegance and tradition come together for an authentic experience of Piedmontese cuisine.

Return to the hotel. Free dinner in Monforte d'Alba and overnight stay. Among the wines of Piedmont that we will taste during the day:

Day 4: Piemonte

The wine-growing landscapes of Langhe-Roero (UNESCO)

  Private transfers with driver and wine expert guide

Outdoor experience in search of the renowned Alba truffle

  Lunch at Osteria La Via del Sale at Tenuta Carretta in Piobesi d'Alba

Guided tour with tasting of the Tenuta Carretta winery in Piobesi d'Alba

Food Experience with Chef Flavio Costa at Restaurant 21.9 in Piobesi d'Alba - One Michelin Star

  Overnight stay at Albergo di Charme 21.9 in Piobesi d'Alba

One more day in the lands of Langhe-Roero, the wine-growing landscapes of Piedmont recognised in 2014 as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

After breakfast at the hotel we will move to Canale (CN), where we will plunge into the woods in search of the renowned Alba truffle, expertly accompanied by the master trifulau and his trusty dog.

We will then reach Tenuta Carretta in Piobesi d'Alba, where we will have lunch at the prestigious Osteria La Via del Sale inside the structure. Accommodation in the rooms of the charming hotel on the estate.

The afternoon will continue with a visit to the winery and a tasting of some of the estate's most prestigious wines, including Roero Arneis and Barbera d'Alba. The Estate has a history of more than six centuries, as evidenced by the notarial deed that, in 1467, granted the land of "cassina Careta" to sharecroppers so that its vines could be pruned and cared for. The recent history of the Cantina dates back to 1947, the year in which the current winery was founded. The estate lies in the hilly area to the north of the town of Alba and is surrounded by 35 hectares of vineyards. To the south the Langhe hills extend, where the remainder of the vineyards are located, another 35 hectares.

The evening will conclude with an exclusive Food Experience at the 21.9 Restaurant, where Chef Flavio Costa (one Michelin star), will offer us an elegant tasting menu in a finely curated, elegant and refined location.

Overnight stay at the charming Hotel 21.9.

Among the wines of Piedmont that we will taste during the day:

Day 5: Piemonte

The Nebbiolo of Roero (UNESCO) and Gattinara

  Private transfers with driver and wine expert guide

  Guided tour with tasting at Cascina Chicco in Canale

   Lunch in a traditional restaurant

  Guided tour with tasting at Travaglini Winery in Gattinara

  Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Regina Palace in Stresa

A morning in the heart of Roero (UNESCO) and a day discovering the different nuances of Nebbiolo. After breakfast at the hotel we will reach Cascina Chicco for a guided tour of the cellar with a tasting of some of the company's most characteristic wines, including the famous Roero and the innovative Nebbiolo sparkling wine made using the classic method. The Cascina owes its name to the tradition of the people of Roero and Langhe to give people a friendly nickname which was then used within the community. Chicco was the nickname of Ernesto Faccenda, founder of the company in 1950.

After the visit, we will stop at Cascina Chicco for a light lunch.

The afternoon will continue in the direction of Gattinara, which has written a special page in the history of Nebbiolo, thanks also to the important work of Cantina Travaglini. In 1958 Giancarlo Travaglini gave a viticultural and oenological turn to the Cantina founded in 1920 by Clemente Travaglini. He improved the methods of viticulture and the final quality of the product and, in the same year, patented the traditional Travaglini bottle or "crooked bottle", still famous in the world today. The family tradition continues today with the fifth generation.

At the end of the visit we will move to Lake Maggiore, one of the most beautiful places in Italy, where we will be accommodated in reserved rooms overlooking the sea at the Hotel Regina Palace in Stresa, magnificently overlooking Isola Bella and the shores of the lake.

Dinner at the hotel's lake-view restaurant.

Among the wines of Piedmont that we will taste during the day:

Day 6: Piemonte | Lombardia

Stresa, Lake Maggiore (UNESCO) and Milano

    Private transfers with driver and wine expert guide

  Tour of the Borromean Islands by boat (May-September)

   Guided tour of Isola Bella and Isola Madre on Lake Maggiore (May-September)

    Boat transfer on Lake Maggiore to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina (October-April)

    Visit to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso (October-April)

    Lunch in a traditional restaurant on Lake Maggiore

    Overnight stay at the Hotel Manin in Milano

After breakfast at the hotel, we set off to discover the beauty of Lake Maggiore. In harmony with the dance of the seasons, the day's programme will be as follows:

May - September: the morning will be spent on a boat on the lake discovering the Borromean Islands.

In particular, a stop on Isola Madre will give us the chance to appreciate the oasis of precious biodiversity preserved in the island's botanical gardens. We will then continue to Isola Bella, where we will visit the precious Borromeo Palace.

October - April: The morning will start with a lake experience. We will embark to reach the Lombard shore, from where our private transfer will take us to the Hermitage of Santa Caterina del Sasso. Perched on a sheer cliff face overlooking the lake,

After lunch on the lake, we will transfer to Milan and settle in at the Hotel Manin. Free dinner and overnight stay.

Everything comes to an end, and the wonderful Grand Wine Tour of Italy adventure is also almost there. We will say goodbye with a farewell dinner in Milano.

Day 7: Lombardia | Milano

Goodbye and farewell!

   End of tour

After breakfast at the hotel, you will return to your places of departure or continue to discover other wonderful destinations in Italy.

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2 Regions, 11 destinations, 4 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, 12 official wine denominations

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