10HR TOUR: two wineries, wine tasting and light lunch with local specialties.
8HR TOUR: focus on Barolo, extensive vineyard visit and tasting session masterclass, completed with local lunch.
Discover the King of Italian Wines: Barolo, in the heart of Piedmont, 2 hour driving from Milan.
Leaving from Milan, you will reach the area in a couple of hours, travelling along the Southern Piedmont and its beautiful hills typically covered with vineyards. Depending on the time of the year, the color of the landscape that surrounds you will assume different breathtaking shades of green, yellow and orange.
The first stop will be at a winery next to Alba, where will start a guided tour of the estate surrounded by the splendid wide vineyards, together with your English speaking guide you will learn about the production processes of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto and Arneis which are the pearls of the Roero area. The visit will finish with a rich wine tasting session, with a set of local genuine cold and warm dishes to pair the different wines, including local ham, cheese, risotto and ravioli.
This would be the first stop in case of the ‘8hr Barolo Masterclass’ tour
In the afternoon, together with your personal driver you will continue your private wine tour, driving by the town of Alba, and then to the small but World-famous village of Barolo, the capital of the ‘Langhe’ region, only separated to the ‘Roero’ by the Tanaro river. You will reach one of the most authentic local producers of Barolo wine, which can be produced only within the precise area of 11 small villages, in a very small and controlled territory. This is the only way to obtain the ‘DOCG’ trademark, which proves the controlled and guaranteed area of production.
The winery sommelier will illustrate the different ‘CRUs’ of Barolo, namely the different portion of the Barolo territory give birth to important differences in the taste, color and smell of this amazing wine.
For example, some portion of land facing south will receive a more extended sun exposition and that specific wine production, will be stronger, with sweeter fruity aftertaste. Or, by contrary, another cru facing east or north, will receive less light by the sun, giving to wine a slightly bitter taste, higher acidity level and aftertastes that reminds of lime fruit, green apple or ginger. This is just one of the many details that make Barolo DOCG so special, the king of Italian wines. This guided tasting session will be paired with a buffet of local food products, in order to maximize the tasting experience.
Sight of the infinite vineyard landscapes, touching the real local products: the grapes and the aging barrels, tasting wine and local Italian food and, smelling the infinite details of these rich and deep wines, last but not least hearing about the wine production and aging processes.
Also, at both wineries, you can take the chance to buy some bottles directly from the producers, at much cheaper prices than wine stores. They offer international delivery service too.
At the end of the tour your private driver will take you back to your hotel in Milan (or your custom location).
Your hotel in Milan area (different location may be agreed)
Suggested departure from 8:00am to 9:30am
You can customize your tour according to your needs and preferences, our staff would be happy to inform you about different options, alternative routes and site.
Your private driver will welcome you at your hotel in Milan
Guided tour of Nebbiolo, Dolcetto d’Alba and Barbera
Light lunch with local specialties paired with wine
In about 1h30m you will reach back your hotel in Milan
Wine tour in Alba was excellent. We had a lot fun at the first winery, Loris is a real character and we learnt a lot! Nebbiolo and Barolo are our favourite Italian wines, and that was just the right place!
Our journey actually began in Nice, France, where our Italy Discover Tours driver, Simone, arrived bright-eyed and bushy tailed to transport us to Alba, Italy. This was the first of many times I felt that Italy Discovery Tours team went out of their way to provide us with the most hospitable and amazing customer service! Simone was with us for 3 and a half days, and made our trip so easy and enjoyable. He was always on time, courteous, professional, his English was great and I understand he speaks other languages as well. He added a lot of highlights to the trip, offering information along the way and a charming fun personality, we shared a lot of laughs and made great memories.
Our first destination was the Winery, nestled in the beautiful rolling hills of Piedmont. The wine makers were so gracious and informative, we tasted some exceptional wines and were treated to an amazing lunch at the winery! They even made a special vegan meal for my daughter, which she really appreciated and everything they served was absolutely authentic, delicious and presented with care and finesse.