|Type of Tour:||Wine & Beyond|
|Guide Price:||From £545 to £699 per person|
|Number of Meals:||2 breakfasts + 1 dinner|
|Number of Winery Visits:||1 truffle festival experience + 1 winery|
|Number of Wines Tasted:||6 wines|
|Tour Transport:||Full day guided and transported wine and truffle tour|
|Dates / Availability:||Friday to Sunday or Saturday to Monday in November and December|
The beating heart of Piedmont is the Alba White Truffle Fair, which takes place every October and November. And this year, as they celebrate their 90th anniversary, the event has been extended to 8th December, which gives us even more opportunity to truly appreciate and celebrate this revered Piedmontese delicacy.
The white truffle season in Piedmont officially begins on 21st September, and from this date, the truffle hunters (trifolao) and their dogs are officially able to harvest. Part of the charm of the truffle is the knowledge of the hunt; the highly-skilled dogs must sniff out the unique fungal aroma, leading the trifolao to the source, where they then delicately extract the truffles before re-compacting the soil, completing the extraction.
For truffle lovers, the chance to visit the Fair is certainly one for the bucket list, and we provide that very opportunity during this two night Grape Escape. Of course, Piedmont is also home to incredible rich red wines, and on this weekend tour, you’ll explore the Fair as well as the wines of either Barolo or Barbaresco as preferred!
Checking in at 4* Albergo Cantine Ascheri on Friday or Saturday as preferred, there will be time to freshen up before starting the trip in style with a tour and tasting at the hotel’s own winery.
On Saturday (or Sunday), you will be met at your hotel by anEnglish-speaking specialist driver/guide, who will accompany you throughout the day on a private basis. The morning will be spent in Alba, visiting the White Truffle Fair. Your guide will share with you their extensive knowledge of the city, also pointing you in the best direction within the exhibition. The ‘World Market’ is home to many stalls selling the best truffles from the Langhe, Roero and Monferrato Woods. With cheese and truffle fondue, pasta with shaved truffles, and many more delicious options, trying the food within the Fair is always recommended, and there will be plenty of opportunities to buy too! Your guide will ensure that you have the very best experience,and having a local Italian-speaking expert with you at such an event is absolutely invaluable.
In the afternoon, you will head out to the UNESCO Classified vineyards to visit either a Barolo or Barbaresco winery as preferred. Here, you will see first-hand the full wine-making process from press to bottle, and will taste a selection of the wines produced at the estate.
You will be dropped back at your hotel at the end of the day, where you will round your unforgettable trip off with a typical Piedmontese dinner, served alongside local wines.
Alba Truffle Festival- Day One
Alba Truffle Festival- Day Two
Alba Truffle Festival- Final Day
The outline itinerary is indicative and is subject to minor changes depending on supplier availability. Availability cannot be guaranteed until we have received a confirmed booking, together with the deposit payment (or payment in full where the dates of travel are in less than 60 days). If the named accommodation / visits are not available, we will endeavour to find suitable alternatives of a similar grade; this may be subject to a supplement or a rebate depending on the price available.
Everything you booked was perfectly timed. The hotel and restaurant were beautiful.
Susan- London, UK
Bring friends and spend less!
A £154 per person discount applies for four or more people travelling together.
If you would like to make your Grape Escapes holiday even more special, there are a number of additional activities that we can arrange for you. To complement the experience, these could be arranged to fit in/around your current itinerary or we can arrange additional nights and room upgrades at your hotel, as well as your travel arrangements, a stop-over en route and even a visit to another part of the country! See below for some of the most popular upgrades.
Given the wide range of travel options, the package price does not include travel. Please see our travel page for further information.
For more information on our Wine and Beyond tours, please see our Wine and Beyond page.
To secure your booking, a deposit of £100 per person is required (or 20% if the total price of your trip exceeds £500 per person). Your remaining balance will then be due 60 days before you travel. Please call us on +44 (0) 1920 46 86 66 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to request a booking form.
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