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Click here to read what my clients said my Piedmont tours In May 2016, and in September 2017, we based ourselves in the beautiful town of Alba for our Piedmont wine tour. Over three days of visits we explored this amazing wine region, and discovered some of the fascinating differences between its sub regions.  We…(Read More)

We spread ourselves among a smaller coach and a people carrier for our final trip, so we could take the rougher roads up to the vineyards.  An hour or so’s drive through the glorious countryside took us to Acqui Terme and then Strevi, where Marenco have their winery in the centre of the small…(Read More)

Piedmont wine tour Vajra winery

Our Barolo visit was to GD Vajra. Miriam was our guide, and she did a lovely job of telling us the story of the winery, assisted by Milena, wife of founder Aldo, and son Guiseppe, both of whom were in the thick of harvest (“in the kitchen rather than the dining room”).  Aldo was born…(Read More)

Piedmont wine tour Barbaresco map

A short climb into the hills above Alba and we were in Barbaresco.  From a view point above a natural amphitheatre of vine covered slopes Tim explained that the DOC classification is restricted not only to vineyards in the Barbaresco region but more specifically those with a south facing aspect.  At Bruno Rocca, one of…(Read More)

After lunch on Thursday we headed up into the Monferrato Hills to Fortetto della Luja, and the hugely entertaining Giovanni Scaglione.  Giovanni missed his vocation, his career path of agricultural engineer, consultant and part time wine maker has left the entertainment world the poorer.    However, we were able to enjoy his passionate and energetic…(Read More)

Looking from Roero Hills towards the alps

How lovely to awaken to the aromas of chocolate. Our hotel is next door to the Ferrero factory, which starts producing in the early hours of the morning.  An early start, and a half hour drive to the village of Canale, home of Marco Porello wines, where we collected Ezio Porello and drove up into…(Read More)

Piedmont tour has begun

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We convened at the I  Casteli hotel after a glorious afternoon coach ride from Turin airport After a glass of fizz (a DOCG Alta Langha method trad) we walked past Alba’s stylish shops to our restaurant, Cortiletto D’Alba where Anna made us extremely welcome.  First night dinners set the tone for a tour…(Read More)