Welcome to your travel guide for exploring Piedmont. Nestled in the enchanting landscape of northwest Italy, the Piedmont wine region beckons travelers with a thirst for adventure, cultural immersion, and exquisite wines. Prepare to be charmed by the region’s rich history, breathtaking scenery, and unmatched hospitality as we delve into the heart of Italian viticulture.
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Imagine yourself strolling through vineyard-laden hills, surrounded by the majestic Alps and the gentle embrace of the morning fog—a sight that has inspired the dreams of countless Winetravelers. Piedmont’s diverse terroir, ranging from the rolling slopes of Barolo and Barbaresco to the sun-drenched plains of Asti and Gavi, is home to an array of exceptional wines that have earned the region international acclaim.
As you meander through this picturesque landscape, you’ll encounter passionate winemakers who are eager to share their love for the land and the fruits of their labor. Discover the secrets behind the world-renowned Nebbiolo grape, the backbone of the powerful Barolo and Barbaresco wines, as well as the vibrant Barbera, the versatile Dolcetto, and the enchanting Moscato d’Asti.
The Piedmont region is not only a haven for wine aficionados but also a treasure trove for gourmands, boasting a culinary heritage that is as rich and diverse as its wines. Indulge in the region’s famed white truffles, melt-in-your-mouth risotto, and succulent braised meats, all expertly paired with the perfect glass of wine. These flavors intertwine to create a gastronomic experience that will linger in your memory long after your visit.
Beyond the vineyards, Piedmont’s picturesque towns and villages offer a glimpse into the region’s fascinating history, with centuries-old castles, medieval churches, and vibrant local markets. As you explore the charming cobblestone streets, you’ll uncover captivating stories and local insights that reveal the essence of Piedmont’s unique spirit.
All of that being said, it can be difficult to figure out where to go and what to do first. Luckily, we work with a variety of local Piedmont tour guides that have delivered countless memorable experiences for Winetraveler readers. Join us as we embark on this unforgettable adventure through the Piedmont wine region, where the allure of the landscape, the warmth of its people, and the magic of its wines converge to create an experience that will touch your soul and awaken your senses. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious traveler seeking new experiences, Piedmont’s remarkable wine tours and tastings await your discovery. Let us be your guide on this extraordinary journey through Italy’s most enchanting wine region.
Tour Operator: Langaround – Piedmont Wine Tours
Embark on an unforgettable journey through Piedmont’s picturesque wine country with Langaround – Piedmont Wine Tours, a private tour designed to cater to your individual tastes and interests. Experience the magic of the region’s top wineries without the hassle of navigating the winding roads yourself. Instead, relax and immerse yourself in the breathtaking views and exquisite wines that make Piedmont a world-renowned destination for wine enthusiasts.
Your customized itinerary will whisk you away to two or three hand-picked wineries, each chosen to reflect your personal preferences and showcase the region’s flagship wines. As you meander through the stunning Piedmont hills, you’ll have the opportunity to savor the elegant flavors of Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, and other exceptional offerings, all while basking in the warm hospitality of the local winemakers.
Adding to the indulgence of your full-day experience, Langaround ensures worry-free transportation directly from your hotel. This allows you to truly unwind and savor every sip of the prestigious wines from the region without a care in the world.
No exploration of Piedmont would be complete without indulging in its rich culinary traditions. Your tour will include a stop for lunch at a charming, authentic eatery (at your own expense), where you can sample delightful local dishes that perfectly complement the region’s wines.
Don’t miss this exclusive opportunity to discover the enchanting world of Piedmontese wine, tailored specifically to your desires.
Tour Operator: Meet Piemonte
Indulge in the exquisite flavors of Piedmont’s renowned Barolo wines with Meet Piemonte’s captivating 4-hour guided tour. This enchanting journey through the UNESCO-listed Langhe region will treat you to breathtaking views and unforgettable tastings, as you immerse yourself in the rich history and heritage of Piedmontese viticulture.
Your adventure begins with a scenic drive through the lush landscapes of the Langhe region, where rolling vineyards and picturesque villages create an atmosphere of pure magic. At the heart of your tour lies a visit to a charming, family-run winery, where you’ll be welcomed with open arms and a generous sampling of four to five exquisite wines, each meticulously crafted to reflect the unique terroir of Barolo. Throughout your experience, Meet Piemonte’s expert guides will share their passion and knowledge, providing fascinating insights into the region’s winemaking traditions and the stories behind each glass.
To cap off your day of wine-filled wonder, enjoy some leisure time to explore the enchanting village of Barolo. Stroll through its winding streets and discover charming shops, where you can find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your unforgettable journey through Piedmont’s wine country.
With Meet Piemonte’s Lowest Price Guarantee and the choice of including private transportation or not, you can tailor your experience to suit your needs. Hotel pickup is available if you are staying in Alba, Barolo, La Morra, Monforte, or the surrounding areas. For groups of up to three people, transportation may be arranged in the guide’s car, ensuring an intimate and personalized experience.
Tour Operator: Oneonthehill – One day with a Sommelier
Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Langhe wines with an exclusive insider tour operated by One Day with a Sommelier. This is a personalized adventure through the captivating hills surrounding Alba. With the expert guidance of your sommelier guide, you’ll uncover the secrets behind the region’s top-rated Barolo, Barbaresco, and other exquisite wines while learning about their storied history and production techniques.
Your sommelier guide will lead you on a fully customizable itinerary, visiting the A-list wineries of Le Langhe that best suit your tastes and interests. As you explore these esteemed cellars, you’ll have the unique opportunity to meet the passionate winemakers behind some of Italy’s most prized vintages. Gain exclusive access to the vineyards and barrel rooms where these exceptional wines are meticulously crafted, deepening your appreciation for the art of winemaking.
To ensure a stress-free experience, One Day with a Sommelier offers convenient pickup in Alba and all-day transportation via a luxurious Tesla. Revel in the pleasure of imbibing the region’s finest wines without the worry of navigating the winding roads yourself.
As the perfect accompaniment to your wine-tasting journey, your tour also includes a stop for a delightful lunch or dinner (meal not included) at a local eatery. This allows you to savor the exquisite flavors of Piedmontese cuisine, expertly paired with the region’s celebrated wines.
Let One Day with a Sommelier be your guide on this unforgettable foray into the heart of Piedmont’s renowned wine country. With an in-depth, personalized experience led by a knowledgeable sommelier, you’ll uncover the true essence of Langhe wines and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Tour Operator: Albaway sas di Maria Margherita Airale
Discover the alluring world of truffles, one of Alba’s most prestigious and celebrated delicacies, with an exclusive experience operated by Albaway sas di Maria Margherita Airale. This extraordinary adventure invites you to join a local truffle hunter and her loyal dogs as they skillfully search for these elusive treasures hidden within the enchanting wooded hills.
Under the guidance of an expert forager and a licensed guide, you’ll learn the fascinating art of truffle hunting, gaining invaluable insights into these prized culinary gems. This intimate, small-group experience ensures a personal touch, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the captivating world of truffle foraging.
After your exhilarating adventure in the woods, unwind and indulge in a delightful wine tasting at a charming, family-run cellar. Here, you’ll savor the distinct flavors of Barolo, Barbera, and Arneis, all while basking in the warm hospitality of your gracious hosts.
Priced from $138.79, this extraordinary experience also includes beverages, snacks, raincoats, and boots to ensure your utmost comfort and enjoyment during your truffle hunting adventure.
This guided hike and wine tasting tour experience is operated by Margherita of Albaway sas di Maria Margherita Airale (who also runs the previously mentioned truffle hunting experience). Your journey begins in Alba’s charming main square and takes you on a scenic walk through the town’s surrounding rolling vineyards.
Under the expert guidance of Margherita, you’ll explore the stunning Langhe wine country on foot, without the need to worry about following a trail map. As you meander through this enchanting landscape, you’ll be treated to spectacular views that capture the essence of Piedmont’s beauty.
After your hike, unwind and indulge in a delightful wine tasting at a nearby cellar. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to sample local wines, perfectly paired with gourmet specialties from the area, showcasing the unique flavors of the Piedmont hills.
Priced from $70.48, this convenient ring route begins and ends in Alba’s main square, ensuring a seamless and enchanting experience.
In Barbaresco, we’re happy to announce that we can recommend a couple of tours operated by small, family-run wineries. These aren’t the traditional tour operators that will take you all over the region (though, they still might if you ask), these are tours run by family members of some storied wineries within Barbaresco. Currently, these two are our favorites, but note that transportation is not included:
Cantina Francone: a renowned winery that has been passionately tended by five generations of winemakers in the charming town of Neive. Operated by the Cantina Francone family themselves, this unforgettable experience offers a rare and intimate glimpse into the evolution of viticulture and winemaking in this picturesque corner of Italy.
Your adventure begins in the winery’s small family museum, nestled within the remuage cellar of the Valsellera Classic Sparkling Wine, and continues in the barrel ageing cellar, where their esteemed red wines are meticulously crafted. As you explore these enchanting spaces, you’ll gain a deeper appreciation for the dedication and passion that has shaped Cantina Francone’s legacy. The pièce de résistance of your visit is a spectacular tasting of five exquisite Barbaresco and Barolo wines, all expertly produced by Cantina Francone. Immerse yourself in the warm, traditional atmosphere that is the hallmark of this cherished family-run cellar, as you savor every sip of their exceptional offerings.
This experience is priced starting at $54.21, which includes a guided tour of the family museum, visits to the Classic Sparkling Wine Room and red wine aging room, as well as the indulgent wine tasting.
Tenuta San Mauro: Experience the essence of Italy’s enchanting wine country with an exclusive private tour operated by Tenuta San Mauro. Led by a knowledgeable sommelier, this delightful journey will take you through UNESCO-listed Monferrato vineyards. As you explore the verdant landscapes, you’ll visit Tenuta San Mauro’s esteemed cellars, delving into the winery’s storied heritage and gaining a deeper understanding of their meticulous winemaking process. Your tour will continue in the cellar, where you’ll witness the care and dedication that goes into crafting each bottle of their exceptional wines.
The highlight of your visit is an exquisite wine tasting, expertly paired with a selection of delectable local products that showcase the authentic flavors of the region. This indulgent experience will immerse you in the warm, inviting atmosphere that defines Tenuta San Mauro, leaving you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.
Private tour prices currently start at $43.37. This includes wine tastings, local products and snacks, and departure and return from Tenuta San Mauro Winery, located in the picturesque town of Castagnole delle Lanze.
Tour Operator: Vinicola Arno S.r.l. Società Agricola
This exclusive tour at Vinicola Arno S.r.l. Società Agricola offers an unparalleled opportunity to explore every step of the winemaking process, from the lush vineyards to the enchanting cantina where the transformation unfolds. During your visit, you’ll be captivated by the sights and scents of the winery’s vats, where the art of maceration comes to life. Delve into the history of the over 200-year-old cantina, adorned with both large and small oak barrels that lovingly age the winery’s exquisite red wines.
The culmination of your journey lies in the beautiful tasting room, boasting stunning views of the amphitheater winery. Here, you’ll have the pleasure of savoring a thoughtfully curated selection of wines, expertly paired to showcase the unique flavors and aromas that define the Asti Vinicola Arno S.r.l. Società Agricola winery.
Tour prices start at $32.53. Embrace the unparalleled beauty and rich heritage of this remarkable winery in Asti.
Tour Operator: Ways
This luxurious getaway curated by Ways offers the perfect escape for those planning on staying in Milan, seeking a day of refuge to indulge in the world-famous Barolo and Barbaresco wines without staying overnight in Piedmont.
Embark on a scenic journey through the stunning Langhe wine country aboard a comfortable private minivan. Leave the stress of navigating confusing rural roads behind, and instead, immerse yourself in the breathtaking views that define one of Italy’s most picturesque wine regions. Throughout your full-day excursion, you’ll have the opportunity to tour two boutique wineries nestled in the vineyard-covered hills. Gain a deeper understanding of Piedmont’s exceptional wine production, and savor tastings of Barolo and Barbaresco, Nebbiolo blends, and other top wines from Piedmont, each expertly paired with local cuisine.
This private tour starts at $943.33 and includes private transport, an English-speaking driver, two winery visits, two wine tasting sessions complemented by local pairings, and lunch.
Turin is truly a paradise for foodies. Whether you’re looking for a gourmet night out or you’re more interested in sampling the city’s street food, we’ve got two guided experiences that are sure to tantalize your palate regardless.
I Eat Tours Turin: This street food-focused walking tour offers a tantalizing taste of the city’s gastronomic delights, unveiling the rich heritage and unique flavors that make Turin a true foodie paradise.
Explore the charming neighborhood eateries that define this vibrant city, and sample an irresistible array of local delicacies, from mouthwatering street food to exquisite restaurant fare. With the guidance of your passionate and knowledgeable guide, you’ll uncover the fascinating stories behind Turin’s celebrated cuisine, and learn about the integral role each dish plays in the city’s culinary culture. Your epicurean adventure includes a carefully curated selection of the finest food samples, along with wine tastings, water, and Turin’s prized coffee. From $107.34, this delightful experience features a friendly, animated food ambassador who will lead you through the city’s old town, capturing the true essence of Turin’s gastronomic wonders.
Designed to accommodate vegetarian options upon request, this comprehensive and delectable introduction to Turin’s rich food and wine scene promises an unparalleled experience for every discerning palate.
Do Eat Better Experience: Embark on a culinary adventure like no other with a gourmet walking tour through the heart of Turin, tailored especially for gourmet enthusiasts and operated by Do Eat Better Experience. Discover the city’s prestigious cuisine, celebrated for its decadent array of delicacies ranging from truffles to chocolate.
Led by a passionate foodie guide, you’ll explore Turin’s finest restaurants, food shops, and cafés, delving deep into the city’s rich culinary history and traditions. Along the way, indulge in a variety of mouthwatering specialties, including grissini (breadsticks), agnolotti and tajerin pasta, vitello tonné (veal with tuna sauce), steak tartare, and a delightful selection of Torinese chocolates.
To complete your gastronomic journey, savor the distinct flavors of bicerin, a sumptuous chocolate-infused coffee drink that embodies the spirit of Turin. This exclusive experience starts at $103 and includes water throughout the trip, lunch, a local guide, coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages.
Piedmont is well-connected by road, rail, and air. The region’s main airport, Turin-Caselle, offers international flights and easy access to major cities like Turin, Asti, and Alba. You can also fly into Milan, just a couple of hours’ drive from Piedmont. Trains and buses operate throughout the region, although renting a car provides greater flexibility to explore the picturesque countryside and visit smaller wineries at your leisure. When driving, do note that Italy’s narrow and winding roads can be challenging for some; take your time and enjoy the scenery.
While Italian is the official language, you’ll find that locals are proud of their regional dialect, Piedmontese. This distinct language, though related to Italian, has its own unique charm. Although many locals speak English, especially in popular tourist areas, it’s always appreciated when visitors make an effort to learn a few Italian phrases. Start with the basics: “Buongiorno” (good morning), “Grazie” (thank you), and “Salute” (cheers)!
Piedmont’s locals are known for their warmth and hospitality. Embrace the Italian concept of “la dolce vita” (the sweet life) and take the time to truly connect with the people you meet. Visit local markets, dine at family-owned trattorias, and strike up conversations with winemakers. You’ll find that their passion for their land and their crafts is contagious, and these interactions will leave a lasting impression on your heart.
In Italy, tipping is not as customary as it is in some other countries. However, it’s always appreciated when you acknowledge exceptional service. In restaurants, a service charge may be included in the bill, but if not, a tip of around 10% is considered generous. For other services, like tour guides or taxi drivers, rounding up to the nearest euro or adding a few extra euros as a token of appreciation is a kind gesture.
As you explore Piedmont’s wineries, make sure to book your visits in advance, as many smaller wineries require reservations for tastings and tours. Dress comfortably and modestly, especially when visiting churches or religious sites. Finally, be prepared for the Italian tradition of “riposo,” the afternoon break when many shops and businesses close for a few hours. Take this time to rest, indulge in a leisurely lunch, or perhaps enjoy a rejuvenating “passeggiata” (stroll) through the stunning vineyards.
This enchanting region is home to several captivating subregions, each with its own unique charm and allure. As you plan your journey through Piedmont, be sure to include these captivating subregions in your itinerary, immersing yourself in their rich history, diverse flavors, and stunning landscapes.
Nestled amidst rolling vine-covered hills, Langhe is renowned for its prestigious wines, including the iconic Barolo and Barbaresco. As you meander through this picturesque subregion, discover the art of winemaking at local cellars, indulge in sumptuous cuisine, and soak up the beauty of the UNESCO-listed landscape. Langhe promises an unforgettable experience for wine aficionados and food enthusiasts alike.
Known as the “capital” of the Langhe subregion, Alba is a vibrant city that serves as an ideal base for exploring Piedmont’s wine country. Famed for its delectable white truffles and prestigious wines, Alba offers a rich gastronomic experience, with a plethora of restaurants, cafes, and food shops to satisfy your cravings. Wander through the city’s picturesque streets, uncover its historical treasures, and indulge in a memorable truffle hunting adventure in the nearby woods. Alba promises a diverse and captivating experience for travelers seeking the very best of Piedmont’s culinary and viticultural traditions.
Often referred to as the “King of Wines,” Barolo is a charming village and a subregion that produces some of Italy’s most prized red wines. As you wander through its cobblestone streets, immerse yourself in the area’s rich history and visit centuries-old wine cellars where you can sample the exquisite Barolo wines. Don’t miss the chance to explore the stunning vineyards and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding hills, which create a picturesque backdrop for your wine-tasting adventures.
Tucked into the southern part of Piedmont, Gavi is a picturesque town surrounded by lush vineyards and rolling hills, perfect for those seeking a serene wine tasting experience. This subregion is famous for its production of Gavi di Gavi, a refreshing and crisp white wine made from the Cortese grape variety. As you explore Gavi, you’ll find a unique blend of history and viticulture, with ancient castles, medieval churches, and charming wineries waiting to be discovered.
Wine enthusiasts will delight in the opportunity to visit local vineyards and wineries to learn about the meticulous process of crafting Gavi di Gavi wines. You’ll also have the chance to sample different expressions of this versatile white wine, which boasts a broad range of flavors from zesty citrus to delicate floral notes.
Beyond its vinicultural offerings, Gavi is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, with numerous hiking and cycling trails that meander through the region’s verdant countryside. The area also boasts a rich culinary heritage, with local trattorias and osterias offering an array of mouthwatering regional dishes that pair beautifully with Gavi wines.
Gavi is an enchanting destination that combines the best of Piedmont’s wine, history, and natural beauty. It’s an essential addition to your Piedmont itinerary, providing a refreshing contrast to the region’s more famous red wine destinations and an unforgettable experience for wine and nature lovers alike.
Another jewel in Piedmont’s wine crown, Barbaresco is a delightful village and subregion renowned for its elegant and complex red wines. Discover the intricate winemaking processes that give Barbaresco wines their distinctive character, and visit local wineries to sample these captivating libations. The village itself boasts charming streets, historic buildings, and stunning vistas of the vineyard-clad hills. It’s a must-visit destination for wine lovers seeking an authentic Piedmont experience.
Located on the left bank of the Tanaro River, Roero is a hidden gem in Piedmont, boasting a unique terroir that produces exceptional wines, such as the vibrant Roero Arneis and elegant Roero Nebbiolo. This subregion is also known for its lush landscapes, dotted with vineyards, orchards, and woods. Immerse yourself in Roero’s natural beauty and explore its charming villages, where you’ll find welcoming locals, delicious cuisine, and fascinating history.
Famed for its diverse wines, including Barbera d’Asti, Moscato d’Asti, and Ruché, Monferrato offers a delightful journey through vineyards, hilltop towns, and historic castles. This subregion is perfect for those seeking a taste of Piedmont’s rich culinary traditions, with an array of local dishes that pair perfectly with the area’s wines. As you wander through Monferrato, marvel at the stunning views, indulge in gastronomic delights, and uncover the secrets of this enchanting subregion.
Renowned for its sparkling wines, particularly Asti Spumante, Asti is a must-visit subregion for those with a penchant for bubbles. Discover the centuries-old winemaking techniques employed by local wineries, and immerse yourself in Asti’s vibrant culture and history, which includes a rich tradition of annual festivals and events. This subregion is also home to a variety of charming towns, where you can indulge in delicious cuisine, explore historic sites, and experience the warmth of Piedmont’s hospitality.
The main grape varieties found in Piedmont include Nebbiolo, Barbera, and Dolcetto for red wines, and Moscato, Cortese, and Arneis for white wines. Nebbiolo, the king of Piedmont grapes, is the grape responsible for the region’s most prestigious wines, Barolo and Barbaresco. These wines are celebrated for their complex aromas, structured tannins, and excellent aging potential. Barbera and Dolcetto are more approachable, producing fruity, easy-drinking reds. Moscato, on the other hand, is the primary grape in Asti, yielding sweet, aromatic sparkling wines, while Cortese and Arneis are used for crisp, refreshing white wines.
What makes Piedmont truly special is the harmony between its unique landscape, passionate winemakers, and time-honored traditions. The fog that often blankets the region’s rolling hills plays a crucial role in the ripening process of the grapes, creating an air of mystique and romance. The deep connection between the people and the land is palpable, as generations of families have tended to the vineyards and crafted exceptional wines that reflect the essence of Piedmont.
In addition, the region’s rich culinary heritage, which includes dishes like truffles, risotto, and braised meats, complements the wines and further elevates the gastronomic experience. Piedmont’s unique combination of natural beauty, diverse terroir, and dedication to preserving traditions, alongside its world-class wines, makes it a truly enchanting destination for wine enthusiasts and casual drinkers alike.
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