In addition to being one of the most beautiful regions of Italy, Piedmont is also where the Italian craft beer renaissance began, world class wines have been made for centuries and the Slow Food movement was born. In our week together we will explore the local beverage and food culture – the craft beers brewed by passionate brewers who use local products to make their beers, local wines such as Barolo and Barbaresco, and regional cheeses, meats, pasta and other foods. During some meals we will be joined by the people who make these wonderful products.
Photos courtesy of Leon Smith
We start and end the tour in Torino, one of the most sophisticated and vibrant cities of Italy. Torino is known for its excellent bars and cafes where large spreads of finger foods – aperitivi – are put out before lunch and dinner. From Torino we venture to explore the Monferrato and Barolo regions along with a day trip to Lake Orta, before heading back to Torino for our final night. We will base for five nights in the gorgeous Castello di Razzano with excellent meals out and at home. On all of our excursions, we will be accompanied by Paolo Ferrero, a local wine and food expert and author of both cookbooks and novels.
Our itinerary usually includes:
- Welcome “aperitivo crawl” in Torino
- Tasting and beer-paired lunches at two of Piedmont’s best craft breweries – Grado Plato and Cita Biunda
- Visits to the Palio d’Asti medieval parade, a pasta maker, and on our fall tours, a truffle hunt
- A special tasting of sheep-milk cheese at cheesemaker Silvio Pistone’s charming farm
- Visits to several wineries such as Flavio Meistro, Cà Richeta, Dosio, and Giorgio Pelissero
- Visits to the towns of Alba, Asti and Orta where you’ll have time to roam and perhaps eat a gelato or two
- A visit to Eataly, Torino’s famous food emporium.
Plus much more!
Note: If you are a group of four or more and have a specific time you would like to travel, please contact us.
To reserve your spot, e-mail Shannon@GrapeHops.com or call (805) 886-1551.