Featured holiday Wine-tasting holiday in Piemonte Italy

4 nights/5 days
This is a four-night wine-tasting holiday in Piemonte for individuals where you stay near Alba in a hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant and have a hire-car to explore the region. Included is a wine-tasting of three regional wines at the hotel and a half-day visit with local guide to the village of Barolo with a wine-tasting, with transfers included. Time to visit Barbaresco and the chocolate village of Cherasco.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Turin return, economy
  • Hire of a Group B car for the duration of your stay
  • Half-day visit with local guide to the village of Barolo with a wine-tasting, with transfers included
  • Wine-tasting of three regional wines at the hotel
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Luxury wine-tasting holiday in Piemonte

This four-night luxury wine-tasting holiday to Piemonte combines an included wine-tasting at your hotel and a half-day visit with a local guide to the village of Barolo, with a wine-tasting and transfers there and back with the use of a hire-car so that you can explore the rest of the region in your own time. The position of the Villa d’Amelia in the Langhe wine region near Alba, makes this holiday perfect for those looking also to sample some of Piemonte’s finest wines. Within easy distance are not only the vineyards of Barolo, but also of Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto, Moscato, Arneis and Gavi di Gavi. Piemonte is also the home of the Slow Food movement and this region produces abundant delicacies from chocolate to hazlenuts, from cheese to truffles.

Highlights

• Half-day visit with local guide to the village of Barolo with a wine-tasting, with transfers included • Wine-tasting of three regional wines at the hotel


Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,790

Holiday Code FHIT12

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury wine-tasting holiday in Piemonte

Arrive at Turin airport, collect your hire-car and drive to your hotel in Benevello near Alba. You stay at the 4-star Villa d’Amelia, surrounded by acres of hazelnut groves and vineyards. The hotel’s 37 rooms and suites are individually decorated in a way that maintains warm, yet neutral colours, but with interesting charcoal accents and coolly elegant marble bathrooms. The outdoor swimming pool is heated, so is available for use later in the year. Walking paths and mountain-biking routes vein the picturesque landscape around the hotel. The hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant serves modern interpretations of local cuisine from seafood to locally grown vegetables and herbs. The bistro restaurant alternately offers a light and refreshing menu, and the bar offers a taste of the region through local wines and cocktails.

During your three full days in Piemonte, there will be a wine-tasting of three regional wines at your hotel and also a half-day’s visit of Barolo with a local guide, along with a wine-tasting and transfers from the hotel to Barolo and back. Then you have the rest of the time to soak in the very special atmosphere of this part of Piemonte with its patchwork of steep vineyards and elegant villages on hill-tops. Barolo and Barbaresco, two of the most revered red wines in the world, hail from the heartland of this region, both produced from the ‘Holy Grail’ variety of Nebbiolo grape (named after the morning mists that hover atmospherically over the vines here during harvest time). In addition to these, there are other high-quality wines to tempt your palate including Barbera, Dolcetto and Moscato. One of the most appealing and fascinating aspects of the wines of Piemonte is their variety and how this exists within a very small geographic area, with small, individual differences from how the producer decides to vinify, whether more traditional or modernist, the influence of the climate and soil when the vineyards are at slightly different altitudes and facing different directions. It is not only these classic red wines that are produced in Piemonte but Arneis is a herby white with notes of almonds, the classic Gavi di Gavi, Timorasso with its peach and apricot notes and of course the frothy Moscato d’Asti, a wine that actually smells of grapes but also elderflower and with its fizz and naturally low alcohol is the ideal wine to liven your palate at the end of a meal. Villages such as Barolo and Barbaresco are close by for wine-tasting experiences. The 16th century Castello Falletti in Barolo has been converted into a wine museum and enoteca, and now provides the perfect environment in which to taste the dark, full-bodied Barolo red wine. Montegrosso is the home of Barbera wine, while Costigliole d’Asti and Canelli specialise in the sparkling Asti Spumante. A visit to Alba will be a cultural highlight of your stay in Piemonte, with its austere medieval narrow winding alleyways and brick towers. The pretty old town, with the peaceful ebb and flow of day-to-day life, makes for a very relaxing afternoon’s walk, before descending into the underground museum and ruins of Alba’s medieval and Roman history. Aside from the magnificent Cattedrale di San Lorenzo, parts of which date back to the 6th century, Alba’s pride and joy may well be Macrino’s Vergine Incoronata, which hangs in the council chamber of Alba’s Palazzo Comunale. Just south of Alba sits the Grinzane di Cavour Castle, which is still the meeting point of the ‘Order of the Knights of the Truffles and Wines of Alba’. Its museum gives essential insight into the Order, as well as wine-making traditions, folk traditions, and Count Camillo Cavour himself.

Depending on the time of your flight back to London, spend more time exploring Piemonte or drive to the airport and return your hire-car ready for the flight back.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,790

Holiday Code FHIT12

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include ● Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Turin return, economy
● 4 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Superior double room at the Villa d’Amelia, Benevello near Alba
● Hire of a Group B car for the duration of holiday
● Half-day visit with local guide to the village of Barolo with a wine-tasting, with transfers included
● Wine-tasting of three wines from the region, at the hotel
● Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

Additional information Supplements
Single use of double £470 per person
Upgrade from superior double room to deluxe double room £90 per person in a double, or £180 in a single
Deposit payment £400 per person

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

From about

£1,790

Holiday Code FHIT12

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Our prices include • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Turin return, economy
• 4 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Superior double room at the Villa d’Amelia, Benevello near Alba
• Hire of a Group B car for the duration of holiday
• Half-day visit with local guide to the village of Barolo with a wine-tasting, with transfers included
• Wine-tasting of three wines from the region, at the hotel
• Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints

The journey and how you get there There are scheduled flights with British Airways from London Gatwick to Turin, usually twice a day. You collect a hire-car at Turin airport and the drive to Benevello is about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

Additional information Supplements
Single use of double £470 per person
Upgrade from superior double room to deluxe double room £90 per person in a double, or £180 in a single
Deposit payment £400 per person

Luxury wine-tasting holiday in Piemonte

Expressions Holidays includes this hotel in this holiday.
Hotels included in this tour
Benevello
Relais Villa d'Amelia

Relais Villa d'Amelia is a 4-star property in a beautiful countryside location. Michelin-starred cuisine, excellent spa and wellness facilities and immaculate gardens afford guests a truly relaxing and restorative retreat.

Superior double room

From about Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a double or twin room for 4 nights.

Holiday Code FHIT12

Luxury wine-tasting holiday in Piemonte

About Piemonte

An Expressions tailor-made holiday to Piemonte beckons lovers of wine and food, art and architecture and dramatic, natural but also gloriously cultivated landscapes. Piemonte is essentially a country region of alpine peaks in the north, flat rice-producing river valleys further south, rolling vineyards with attractive villages, forested hills dotted with mediaeval castles and almost at its centre the city of Turin, known throughout the world as a great industrial centre but in fact, outstandingly rich in architectural gems, both modern and in particular Baroque. North of Turin is the Parco Nazionale del Gran Paradiso, with miles of unspoiled natural scenery of mountain peaks and meadows, of rare wildlife and flowers. The splendid palaces, parks and hunting lodges of the Princes of Savoy can be visited in the countryside near Turin on your holiday. Our Piemonte hotels are situated in the remarkable wine-producing regions of the Langhe and Asti, renowned for their beautiful scenery, magnificent wines and fine gastronomy.

Highlights of Piemonte

Turin, the regional capital, is a fascinating city of Baroque architecture and famous for its association with Fiat cars. Visit the car museum, the Mole Antonelli for a panoramic view. Visit some of the beautiful 18th Century House of Savoy palaces, many built by Filippo Juvarra, including Rivoli, Venaria Reale and Mandria. North of Turin is the subalpine region of Canavese with numerous castles many of which have been opened to the public very recently such as the Castello di Masino, now carefully restored. Lace is produced in the Valsesia. Alba is the centre of the white truffle and of course the local wines (Barolo, Barbera etc) should be tasted and purchased. Cuneo holds a market in the Piazza Galimberti every Tuesday.

Cultural highlights of Piemonte

Turin is laden with architectural treasures including the Palazzo Madama by Filippo Juvarra (now home to the Museo Civico d`Arte Antica which contains the 15th Century Portrait of an Unknown Man by Antonello da Messina), Guarini`s Palazzo Carignano, the Baroque buildings of the Piazza San Carlo.In Cuneo is the 18th Century Church of Santa Croce with a concave facade by Francesco Gallo. Vercelli had a school of art and its masterpieces can be seen in the Museo Civico Borgogna and in the Chuch of San Cristoforo are to be found frescoes and a 16th Century Madonna painted by Gaudenzio Ferrari. In the Palazzo Comunale of Alba is a painting of the Madonna and Child by the 16th Century artist Macrino d`Alba.The finest Romanesque buildings in Piemonte are to be found at the Abbey of Vezzolano at Albugnano.

Festivals in Piemonte

Many are linked to food and wine in this region. Asti holds an annual horse race in the Piazza del Campo del Palio, accompanied by mediaeval pageantry and coinciding with a local wine fair in September.

Gastronomy in Piemonte

Cuneo holds a cheese fair in November. Ivrea is famous for its Carnival celebrations including a Battle of Oranges. The region is renowed for its gastronomy and wine. Beef, cheese, butter, red wine, rice and truffles (particularly the white truffes of Alba) are all basic ingredients. Specialities include Manzo al Barolo (beef in red wine and garlic), Fonduta (hot dip of fontina cheese, milk, eggs, truffles and pepper), Bagna cauda (hot spicy sauce with garlic and anchovies), The wines of the region include Barolo, Barbaresco, Dolcetto.

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