Piedmont: Land of Barolo & Truffles
Updated for 2015!
A Gourmand’s Fantasy and a Feast for the Eyes.
Featured in bon appetit.
Our tour of Piedmont unveils a region that has achieved the status of gastronomic and enological perfection. Considered Italy’s greatest single wine region, the most important and distinct vineyard centers of Gavi, Acqui Terme, Alba, and lower Monferrato area serve as the focal points of our tour. With great wine comes delightfully paired cuisine; the cuisine of Piedmont is a blend of Northern Italian and French influences with the truffle and mushrooms as seasonal key players. In the fall, the tour may coincide with one of the “Fiere del Tartufo,” the International Truffle Fair, which attracts countless gourmands and high caliber chefs to the fairytale town of Alba, Moncalvo or Acqui Terme. Here, in the fall you can savor the delicacies produced by local artisans and witness the enchantment of the Tartufo Bianco, the revered white truffle.
- Lesser-traveled, gorgeous country roads
- Sumptuous dinners at Enoclub in Alba and Schiavia in Acqui Terme
- Introduction to World famous and well kept secret local wines such as Barolo, Barbaresco & Barbera with our local hosts & sommeliers
- Meet with a truffle hunter & his dog for a lecture on truffles
- Emerald valleys & vineyard-laden hillsides
- Accommodations at 4 and 5-star hotels
Day by Day
Day 1 — Monterotondo di Gavi
We meet in the hotel lobby at 1:00 pm for lunch, introductions and an orientation to the trip. After a bike fitting, we take a short warm-up ride in the hills behind our lovely villa to the new “Museo dei Campionissimi” – an awesome exhibit of cycling memorabilia, pictures, and movies. Our ride for this afternoon will be approximately 12 miles. In the evening we enjoy a scrumptious dinner at hotel restaurant which allows us to savour the local yummy delicacies: buon appetito!
Day 2 — Gavi to Acqui Terme
Today we pedal from Gavi to Acqui Terme, passing Castles of Monferrato, a hilly area where each village is protected by a castle. The vineyards of Dolcetto, Cortese, and Moscato are the landmarks of this ride. Acqui, according to a legend, was founded by Greek colonies, and has been well known for its hot waters since Roman times. During our stay, we’ll have the chance to enjoy the thermal facilities of our hotel and to uncover the best secrets of local gastronomy.
Day 3 — Acqui Terme
In the morning we ride across one of the best kept medieval villages of the area, Cassine, then discover the hypnotic geometry of Nizza hills, famous also for the Barbera wine. On our first visit to a local winery, we taste wines and eat a picnic lunch with the owner and oenologist, Daniele. The area features hills covered with vineyards and spectacular views of tiny villages.
Day 4 — Acqui to Alba
This morning we pedal to Alba crossing the Alte Langhe, the highest and wilder portion of this territory where Cortemilia is the main town, famous for its hazelnut cake. This area is also famous for the Robiola di Roccaverano, a sheep and goat milk cheese. A majestic view of the Alps will be on our side for almost all the ride.
Day 5 — Loop to Barolo
Today we pedal through the vineyards of Barolo and Monforte passing by La Morra, famous for its belvedere from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the Langhe area. Along the way a local truffle hunter will give us a special demonstration with his loyal dog. Before dinner, a local guide will lead us through town to discover the most important monuments of Alba.
Day 6 — Barbaresco and Santo Stefano Belbo
In Barbaresco, we can pay a visit to the local wine cellar which is housed in a deconsecrated church. As we descend, the landscape offers a patchwork series of vineyards as well as fruit and nut tree farms. We continue on rolling terrain, entering the hills around our final destination in Santo Stefano Belbo: Relais San Maurizio. It’s time to enjoy life, and to finally soothe our tired legs at the pool of our hotel in the countryside or to indulge ourselves with treatments at the Spa.
Day 7 — Arrivederci!
After breakfast, around 9 AM, we will provide one shuttle to Asti train station (40 min ride), where you can catch your next connections to Turin 45 min or Milan in 2.5 hours.
- Bike rental equipped with odometer, map case, handlebar and seat bags and bike pump
- Ciclismo jersey and water bottle
- Shuttle at end of tour to Asti train station
On The Tour
- 3 cycling clinics
- Guided walking tour of Alba
- Truffle hunting demonstration
- 2 wine tastings
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations and breakfasts
- 5 dinners
- 2 lunches
Here’s a sampling of some of the amazing places you’ll stay on your journey.
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A beautifully refined farmhouse, dating back to the 17th century, set on the property of one of the finest vineyards in the region, Villa Sparina. It mirrors the surrounding countryside in both its simplicity and in its careful preservation of the original rural architectural features.
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Located in the historical heart of Alba close to the Piazza del Duomo, this early 19th century building has been recently renovated with special care taken to preserve the original architecture.
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Relais San Maurizio
Relais San Maurizio is a unique, unforgettable place. Refined and romantic, it is the ideal place for a true time of wellness, relaxation, soothing the senses and the spirit. The frescoed halls, the 31 rooms with unique decorations, the gardens and the park with centuries-old trees are all truly enchanting. The large outdoor swimming pool at the top of the hill provides a 360° view of the surrounding landscape.
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