Central Italy / 25° anniversary
Piedmont Wine Tour with Kerin O'Keefe
Sample excellent Nebbiolo, Arneis, and other Piedmont varieties at a range of wineries – from the historic Produttori del Barbaresco to the revered G.D. Vajra as well as promising young vintners of Alto Piemonte. l Meet with renowned winemakers and local wine experts, known personally to Michaela Morris. l Take a walk in the vineyards with former mayor of Barbaresco and learn the history of the town and the exquisite wines produced here. l Savor unforgettable meals at two Michelin-starred restaurants, including the 3-starred Piazza Duomo in Alba. l Hunt for the rare white truffles of Alba with a local expert in the forests of Barolo
Enjoy free time in the morning to book a spa treatment or pop off on your own to explore Siena. In the afternoon, we set out from our Tuscan hideaway to visit the great producers in Chianti Classico, usually including estates like Brolio, Castello di Ama, and Tignanello.
These are magnificent castellos whose wines are often the surprise favorites of our guests.
Relais Villa d’Amelia (5 nights) is a restored 19th-century farmhouse set among gardens and hazelnut groves in the hills of the Langhe wine region. Rooms and suites combine contemporary elegance and rustic charm and offer views of vineyards and hilltop hamlets. An intimate courtyard invites guests to enjoy an aperitivo or relax with a book, and a swimming pool and wellness area are surrounded by lovely vistas. A cozy bar beckons, and the villa’s restaurant, the Damà fuses traditional with experimentation and draws on local ingredients.
FOOD EXPERIENCES AND RESTAURANTS
The second day starts off with some serious insight into grape growing, winemaking, and extensive tastings of these amazing Super-Tuscan wines. We tour the vineyards and cellars at the great estates.
A fabulous Italian lunch follows at one of the iconic properties, the wine starts to flow, the laughter gets louder, and the pleasure of the moment sinks in.
CHARLES is an author, journalist, consultant, and former Head of Wine for Christie’s Auction House in both Asia and the Americas, with a wealth of experience in the wine and spirit trade. He joined Christie’s in 2008 from Moet Hennessy USA, where he was Director of Wine & Spirit Education.
THE TOUR INCLUDES
• Instruction throughout by Kerin O’Keefe, author & former Italian Editor at Wine Enthusiast Magazine
• Professional-level tours and extensive tastings at renowned wine producers
• Services of a tour manager throughout, to providing customer service and logistics support
• 2 nights at 4-star NH Collection Torino Piazza Carlina Hotel in Turin, double occupancy
• 3 nights at 4-star Hotel Calissano in Alba, double occupancy
• Welcome drink with your tour instructor and tour manager
• 5 buffet breakfasts
• 4 delicious lunches expertly matched with top-quality wines