Food and Wine

“The discovery of a new dish is more precious than a new star’s one……..” Brillat-Savarin

TOURS FOR GROUPS AND INDIVIDUALS  

ROUTE N. 1. LANGHE HILLS OF BAROLO WINE  

Half – day tours:

DSC_0099Itinerary n. 1 – The Castle of Grinzane Cavour.

Guided visit to the castle of Grinzane Cavour, with its medieval structure still preserved perfectly, where the famous statesman Camillo Benso, the Count of Cavour, spent more than ten years of his life; some of its rooms house an interesting museum dedicated to tradition of Langa and trades in the past. In the Regional Wine Shop placed in the ancient cellars of castle it will be possible to taste and buy wines and some other typical products of this territory, as truffle-based creams and hazelnuts cakes and biscuits. Later stop at a renowned winery for buying the best local wines as the great Barolo wine. As an alternative, visit to a famous distillery, for discovering ad buying excellent types of grappa, liquors and seasoned chocolates.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 130,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 12,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 29,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 49,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 79,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for half a day.

BAROLOItinerary n. 2 – The Castle of Barolo.

Guided visit to the castle of Barolo, the Capital of this important hill zone; the manor house was the summer residence of Falletti Marquises for 600 years long. Nowadays it hosts the Wine Museum, also called WIMU, a suggestive multimedia and multi-sensorial tour discovering the culture of wine and all its dimensions, from historical one to legendary one, from economical to anthropological features, without overlooking artistic and playful aspects. In the Regional Wine Shop of Barolo 180 different tags of this precious wine are shown. Final stop at a famous wine producer in the village of La Morra, at the option of buying excellent bottles of Barolo wine.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 130,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 12,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 29,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 49,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 79,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for half a day.

Full day tour:

AlbaIn the morning guided tour in the town of Alba, discovering its rich old town centre, among medieval towers and palaces. You cannot miss the Cathedral of Saint Lorenzo, the church of Saint Domenico and the inviting shop windows in Via Maestra, among shops of typical products and boutiques. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon guided visit to the castles of Grinzane Cavour or Barolo, with final break at a local wine producer.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 250,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 25,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 50,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 80,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 120,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for a full day.

Rates not include: entrance ticket to the castle of Grinzane Cavour (5,00 euros per person – Group rate: 4,00 euros per person) and entrance ticket to the castle of Barolo (8,00 euros per person – Group rate: 5,00 euros per person). 

On request: overnight stay and tasting in the farms.

ROUTE N. 2. MONFERRATO HILLS, THE “UNESCO HERITAGE”: SERRALUNGA DI CREA AND SURROUNDINGS.  

Half – day tour:

Tenuta La Tenaglia 1Guided tour to the famous Sacro Monte di Crea, included in the UNESCO Heritage; the visit will start from the ancient Sanctuary of Virgin Mary and go on with a quiet walk among the Park, with the rich Chapels embellished with sculptures and frescos, representing the 15 Mysteries of Rosary and the most important moments of Virgin’s life. Here between the Fifteenth and the Sixteenth centuries the best artists of that period worked, as the Flemish sculptor Tabacchetti and the painter Guglielmo Caccia, also called “Moncalvo”. Later transfer to an important winery, placed at the feet of the Park, for buying some of the best wines from Monferrato, together with traditional local products, as cookies and cheese.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 130,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 12,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 29,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 49,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 79,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for half a day.

Full day tour:

Cattedrale AstiIn the morning guided tour in the city of Asti, with its interesting monuments that tell about its thousand-year old history. Starting from Piazza Vittorio Alfieri, You will visit the Collegiate church of Saint Secondo and the Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary, two beautiful examples of Piedmontese Gothic architecture. You cannot miss the medieval towers, the majestic Baroque palaces and the antique Jewish ghetto, which preserves the Nineteenth-century Synagogue. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Serralunga di Crea for visiting the famous Sanctuary and the Park. Final stop at a local specialties producer.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 250,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 25,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 50,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 80,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 120,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for a full day.

On request: overnight stay and tasting in the farms.

ROUTE N. 3. MONFERRATO HILLS AND THE ROMANESQUE CHURCHES 

Half – day tours:

s.secondo (cortazzone) BIGItinerary n. 1 – Cortazzone and Montechiaro

A suggestive panoramic tour crossing the sweet hills of Monferrato, among vineyards, hazelnut trees and small woods, discovering the famous Romanesque churches, the jewel of Piedmontese Medieval architecture. The first stop will be the church of Saint Secondo, near to the village of Cortazzone, which dominates the valley around from Mongiglietto hill. The church surprises visitors with the rich sculpted decoration, where Christian symbolism joins up pagan elements, between legend and mystery. Later stop at the church of Saints Nazario and Celso, in Montechiaro d’Asti, one of a kind for the refined colouring and the impressive bell-tower. Final break at a winery for buying wines and typical products from Monferrato.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 130,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 12,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 29,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 49,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 79,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for half a day.

abbazia s.maria di vezzolano (fr.vezzolano di albugnano) BIGItinerary n. 2 – Montechiaro and Vezzolano

First stop will be the church of Saints Nazario and Celso in Montechiaro d’Asti, which is one of a kind because of refined colouring and the impressive bell-tower. Later visit to the beautiful Abbey of Saint Mary of Vezzolano, near to Albugnano. According to the legend, it was founded by Charlemagne who loved hunting in Monferrato woods. It was a powerful centre of political, cultural and economic life until the Sixteenth century, housing Kings and Princes. The Abbey preserves an original sculpted pulpit and a precious fresco decoration in the cloister, dated to the Thirteenth and Fourteenth centuries. Final break at a local winery or a renowned vinegar producer, for buying local wines and traditional products.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 130,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 12,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 29,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 49,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 79,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for half a day.

Full day tour:

Piazza Alfieri AstiIn the morning guided tour in the city of Asti, with its interesting monuments that tell about its thousand-year old history. Starting from Piazza Vittorio Alfieri, You will visit the Collegiate church of Saint Secondo and the Cathedral dedicated to the Assumption of Virgin Mary, two beautiful examples of Piedmontese Gothic architecture. You cannot miss the medieval towers, the majestic Baroque palaces and the antique Jewish ghetto, which preserves the Nineteenth-century Synagogue. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Monferrato Hills and visit to the Romanesque church of Saint Secondo in Cortazzone and the church of Saints Nazario and Celso in Montechiaro d’Asti. As an alternative visit to the church in Montechiaro d’Asti and the Abbey of Saint Mary of Vezzolano. Final break at a local producer.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 250,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 25,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 50,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 80,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 120,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for a full day.

On request: overnight stay and tasting in the farms.

ROUTE N. 4. CESARE PAVESE AND THE UNDERGROUND CATHEDRALS OF CANELLI 

Half – day tour:

Cesare Pavese6An afternoon dedicated to the writer who loved Langhe Hills and made them eternal by his books. The hills of Cesare Pavese are the land of great landscapes, truffles and famous wines, as “Asti Spumante” wine, born in the town of Canelli during the Nineteenth century and nowadays renowned all over the world… Visit to the places of Cesare Pavese, in the town of Santo Stefano Belbo, where the writer was born and placed his last work, called “The Moon and Bonfires”, published in 1950. The itinerary includes the Foundation dedicated to Cesare Pavese, the focal point for researchers and people keen about his works, where a small Museum shows books and objects of the writer; Cesare Pavese’s Birth House which preserves photos, books, manuscripts, and the room where the writer was born; a short stop at Cascina della Mora and finally visit to the House-Workshop of Nuto, the fraternal friend of Pavese and one of the protagonists of the romance; he was an able carpenter and clarinet player. Later transfer to Canelli, the birthplace of Spumante, the Italian White Sparkling Wine and visit to Bosca wine cellars, one of the suggestive “Underground Cathedrals”, the famous cellars excavated in the raw tufa, going down more levels deep under the city, where the precious “Asti Spumante” refines.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 130,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 12,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 29,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 49,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 79,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for half a day.

Full day tour:

DUOMO DI ALBA-INTERNOIn the morning guided tour in the town of Alba, discovering its rich old town centre, among medieval towers and palaces. You cannot miss the Cathedral of Saint Lorenzo, the church of Saint Domenico and the inviting shop windows in Via Maestra, among shops of typical products and boutiques. During the walk, stops at the places connected to Beppe Fenoglio, the famous writer and partisan born in this town. Free time for lunch. In the afternoon transfer to Santo Stefano Belbo and visit to the places of Cesare Pavese. Finally entrance to Bosca Wine Cellars in Canelli, for discovering the suggestive “Underground Cathedrals”, included in UNESCO Heritage, where the precious “Asti Spumante” refines.

Rate for a group of maximum 40 people: 250,00 euros. Rate for a group of minimum 10 people: 25,00 euros per person. Rate for minimum 3 people: 50,00 euros per person. Rate for 2 person: 80,00 euros per person. Rate for one person: 120,00 euros. Rate includes: service of guided tour for a full day. Rates not include: entrance ticket to the places of Cesare Pavese (5,00 euros per person – Group rate starting from 8 people: 40,00 euros for group).

On request: overnight stay and tasting in the farms.

ON REQUEST: transport service for transfers during the tours (service with fee) 

Logo 1WINE TREKKING…

If You love Nature and open air sports, You can find here a series of exciting walking tours, passing through vineyards and woods in Low Monferrato Hills, surrounded by breath-taking panoramas. Come and choose the route made for You, based on your level of preparation and your preferences… Accompanied by an expert tourist guide or by Yourselves, You will able to explore the most interesting corners of this land…and relax with many “wine breaks” discovering the farms placed on the way… A perfect mix of wellness and taste! 

Our proposals:

  1. Divine trekking among the Lands of Saints… with art and taste”.
  2. Among the lands of Aleramo knight… trekking and wine tasting with Ruche’ and Barbera wines.
  3. Trekking among woods and vineyards… discovering ancient towns.
  4. Trekking of taste… among wines, cheeses and salami.
  5. Trekking on the road of water… discovering nature and ancient tastes.
  6. Trekking to taste… from the road of water to Alfieri Hills.

Laboratorio "La cucina di una volta" 8CHEF EXPERIENCE

Monferrato means first of all gastronomic excellence; it is made of genuine and simple products bringing back to life on the tables values and culture of the past. Come and test Yourselves with an amazing mini cooking class, to find out all the secrets of the Piedmontese foods, measuring, mixing and kneading. Thanks to an expert chef You will be able to prepare fresh pasta, many typical appetizers, and to finish with style preparing the most delicious desserts. At the end You will taste together the delicacies made by yourself! You will bring home a real “Chef for a day” certificate… and show it to family and friends!

Time requested for the activity: from 2 to 4 hours. 

Dosio Vigneti 5SOMMELIER FOR A DAY

Did You ever desire to guess once the right wine for a special occasion or a simple dinner with friends, and make the most exigent tablemate surprised…? For learning to combine the wines with Your favorite recipes, for recognizing the flavors, for surprising guests with an unexpected touch of elegance… You find here a series of mini wine tasting classes custom-made for You, with different levels of difficulty in base of Your preparation. Guided by an expert in this sector, You will find out techniques and secrets of this world, tasting some typical wines of Monferrato. At the end of activity, You will get the “Sommelier for a day” certificate..!

Time requested for the activity: from 2 to 4 hours.

For info and booking: info@welcomepiemonte.it +39 348 3938038 – +39 339 5315104