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Wine Lovers’ Delights in Piedmont’s Barolo Wine Country


** This is a sample itinerary to give you ideas for your custom designed tour so prices are approximate only.

4 nights

You’re a fan of Barolo and Barbaresco wines, among Italy’s top reds, and want exceptional, authentic experiences to get to know the winemakers and their wines and the food that complements them.

Enjoy private, truly insider visits with welcoming winemakers of specially selected Barolo and Barbaresco wineries, from small family-run to medium sized, so you discover a range of philosophies, methods and personalities. They share their stories and passion for their wines, as you sit down together to drink their wines and discuss them. You feel part of their lives.

In typical restaurants in a variety of towns, savour the food that complements the wines.

Soak up beauty in this exquisite countryside of hills covered with vineyards, hazelnut trees and forests and crowned with castles and little town.

We can customize this tour for you. If you’d like to visit specific wineries, just let us know.

Read about the “Italians you will meet” on this Italy wine tour.

4 Night Italy Wine Tour Itinerary

Please note: If you’d like to visit specific wineries, just ask us. We can add cooking classes, hikes, food visits too.

Traveler’s Story

Tom Fraser, Atlanta GA USA

I heard about the Italian Cooking Schools through a couple of my friends, that had used Margaret Cowan to arrange their culinary trips. I contacted ICS to inquire if they could make the arrangements for a wine trip to Piedmont.

I have just returned from my second incredible trip to Piedmont.

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Day 1: Welcome to Barolo wine country

Meet at Turin airport or railway station. Drive to town of Barolo. Stay in a three star hotel in Barolo with swimming pool and beautiful views of Barolo castle.

Dine in a typical restaurant, drink great local wines and eat authentic Piedmont specialties.

Day 2: Discover Barolo wineries in La Morra area

Explore the La Morra area. Drive along its winding country roads and gaze at spectacular Barolo wine valley views. At a Barolo winery like Rocche Castamagno in La Morra, you taste their wines on their terrace with panoramas of poetic hills.

Enjoy a light lunch in a great restaurant or wine bar nearby.

Drive to a medium size, family run winery. The charming owner is an encyclopedia of facts about Barolo wine and tells you everything you always wanted to know about Barolo as you tour their winery and drink their wines together.

Drive back up the hill to experience two Barolo wineries. At the smaller, family run Mauro Veglio winery, you taste their wines with them around their cozy tasting room table.

Next door, visit the Elio Altare winery. Tour their cellars, taste their wines. You may hear the inspiring story of Elio Altare’s comeback that made him the mentor for Barolo wine makers today.

For dinner, savour local dishes at a fine restaurant

Day 3: Taste Barbaresco wines at wineries

Drive up through magnificent wine country hills to the Barbaresco wine country. Outside Barbaresco, arrive at a small, family run winery for a tasting and light lunch with their fine Barbaresco wine.

Drive to hill town of Barbaresco to experience a quite a different wine adventure at the large Produttori Barbaresco, the co-operative winery of Barbaresco producers.

Outside Barbaresco, visit a small family winery with old style traditions. Around the wooden table in front of the fireplace, relax with the owner and taste his great wines.

Outside Barbaresco in a restaurant surrounded by hills of vineyards, dine on exquisite local dishes.

Day 4: Experience Barolo wineries near town, Barolo

Drive to city of Alba to visit the famous Pio Cesare winery, one of the biggest Barolo producers.

Enjoy a light lunch in Alba, with a delightful medieval heart and its famous medieval towers like Tuscany’s San Gimignano, where you have time to explore.

Drive back to the wine country hills to visit another great Barolo winery for a private tour and tasting.

Back to your hotel in Barolo to relax.

At the Brezza family’s wine cellar in Barolo, a family member takes you on a short tour before you sit around a wooden table to taste their wines and talk about life. When you dine in their restaurant that evening with views of Barolo castle and vineyards, they feel like pals.

Day 5: Ciao for now

Depart for Turin or for Alba’s train station.

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  • 4 nights at a 3 star hotel with private bath and continental breakfast
  • visit and wine tastings at 8 wineries
  • 3 light lunches and 4 multi course dinners
  • private transport in comfortable minivan
  • local guides
  • pick up and drop off at Alba train station or Turin airport

Not Included:

  • wines with your meals so you can choose which wines you want to drink.

Tour Dates

** This is a sample itinerary to give you ideas for your custom designed tour so prices are approximate only.

Please ask us for dates you’d like.


Tour Prices

2 or more people
Staying at a 3 star hotel, subject to foreign exchange fluctuations

CDN: $3315 about
U.S.: $2520 about
Euros: €2210


2 or more people
Staying at 4 star villa hotel with pool

subject to foreign exchange fluctuations

CDN: $3570 about
U.S.: $2715 about
Euros: about €2380

Single Supplement (1 person) Please ask.

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