"Wine rejoices the heart of Man and Joy is the Mother of all Virtues"
 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

AN  AFFAIR WITH PIEDMONT 

  Italy, and the spring and first love all together should suffice to make the gloomiest person happy – Bertrand Russell

Piedmont, known as Piemonte is where our group commence their 4-night stay at our beautiful Relais in the heart of the countryside, our green mansion. This is the perfect place to get away from it all. They arrive, check-in, and enjoy a meal that evening. Small round tables decorated with garden flowers, candles, and white tablecloths create that pleasant sense of intimacy that the relais is all about. 
The next day, breakfast is served, fragrant bread, jams, sweets as well as savoury omelettes bursting with the flavours of the Tenuta’s own vegetables and cereals, and then it is time for the wine tour to begin. A wine tour of the farm is one of the things you can’t miss if you choose to stay here. All you need to do is to open the door and follow the tiny path which leads to the vineyard and enter a unique scenario. Rows of Cortese and Barbera vines, hedges, farmed fields, wooded areas. The tour will take you to the wine cellar, a mud-brick creation by Martin Rauch and a wine tasting will now take place. In the afternoon, head to Golf Club Colline del Gavi (Tassarolo) for a burst of activity. Featuring an 18-hole championship course, 9 executive holes, and a restaurant. 
On day 3, it is time to take a leisurely drive to Asti where you will visit the Coppo winery. The cellars are made up of a series of underground passageways and corridors which date back to the end of the 1800s. Known as the Underground Cathedrals for their spectacular beauty, uniqueness, and historical authenticity, they were recognized by UNESCO in 2014 as a: World Heritage Site. At the end of the private guided visit through the underground cellars, the wine tasting will take place in a specially reserved room, with the support of multimedia content (photos, videos, virtual tours in the vineyards). For those who love fine wines that are able to stand the test of time, we have created a tour that concludes with a tasting of 3 Riserva wines, the most prestigious of the winery, and our Moncalvina Moscato d’Asti “Canelli”.  Learn the differences between the two main processes of sparkling wine (Charmat and Metodo Classico), the processing stages of making a Spumante Metodo Classico, and the importance of fermenting yeast action during the long period of ageing in the bottle. The visit lasts for about two hours and concludes with a wine tasting with local delicacies.
On day 4, you have the option of exploring the surrounding countryside, take part in one of the property's cookery courses. take it easy and relax or take a walk or enjoy a ride on your mountain bike or some horseback riding.
We now move elsewhere and you will be staying in a suite. With a private patio and garden and with a wonderful and amazing panoramic view over the Barolo Valley. Your stay here includes:

 

  • Free wifi

  • Car parking

  • Free access to the panoramic outside pool and Spa with steam bath, sauna, emotional shower, tea, fresh fruits and various herbal teas in the relaxation area

  • Breakfast

 

The suggested itinerary:

Day 1… Arrival and check into the hotel and that evening a table for 2 in the taverna

Day 2….Head to the enoteca and your wine tasting will take place. Up to 4 wines will be tasted and you will be guided by your own private "teacher" who will tell the story of that specific wine. The wine tasting session will last for up to 1 hour. In the afternoon, spend some time exploring the area or chill out at the spa.

Day 3… Today you will drive to the meeting point and your tour will now commence. Thanks to the geological changes which have been taken place, Langhe and Roero offer some great wines. With this tour, you will have the opportunity to discover and enjoy marvellous landscapes and taste in a very unique atmosphere the excellence which has made Piedmont wine famous all over the world, Barolo, Barbaresco, and Arneis the white wine of Roero. Each wine tasted will be matched by typical Piedmontese cheese, cured meats, and sweets or hazelnut cake. 

Day 4…. Today you will spend a relaxing morning and then head to the airport where you will drop off your car and take your return flight. 

This romantic apartment is part of the beautiful property of Castello di Gabiano in the region of Monferrato, whose rolling hills with vineyards are part of the UNESCO Heritage. The accommodation is on the first floor (without lift) and is made up of a large living room with kitchenette and fireplace, a double room with private bathroom. From the rooms, you can enjoy stunning views of the castle and the surrounding hills. The castle is surrounded by 250 hectares of land and offers an elegant pool, a reading room and, on request, it is possible to organise a wine tasting. The property includes an excellent restaurant. The area is ideal not only for visiting the surrounding wineries, but also to explore the Savoy castles like Castello di Annone (48 km) or Visconti di Ozzano (17 km). Worth visiting is also the beautiful town of Asti (41 km) with its sparkling wine. The location also allows you to visit the Langhe region with Alba (73 km) and Barolo (84 km), which are known for their white truffles and wines.

 

In the region of Monferrato, sports lovers can enjoy excursions on horseback or on foot and admire panoramic views, explore castles, and then enjoy local specialities. From September until the end of October Piedmont is home to major food fairs: Asti with the Douja d'or –wines; Altavilla Monferrato with its chocolate; Alba with its wine and white truffles. Art lovers should not miss visiting Turin (54 km), Italy’s ancient capital town with museums and castles. Arona with Lake Maggiore and Lake Orta is about 112 km from the property. The pictures are just sample pictures of the accommodation available here.. Ref: NSIPL104

More Options Available From:
 
Truffle hunting in Alba; Visiting a Monferrato winery with tastings, a day of taste in Monferrato, the Langhe and Roero Wine Tour, cooking and tasting in Le Langhe, trekking and enjoying a picnic in the vineyards, our Barolo wine tour, menu tastings at a range of selected restaurants. Also do not forget to ask about our wine tours in Tuscany, Apulia, Trentino, Liguria.......
Endless possibilities for your Italian holiday.