The rolling Langhe hills were the birthplace of the Slow Food movement and organization, whose central goal is to both reconnect consumers with producers as well as promote and protect quality food production the world over. Every 2 years Slow Food holds the Salone del Gusto event in the stunningly beautiful city of Turin, where producers from all regions of Italy, as well as many others from around Europe and the world, come to show their amazing produce.

This year Taste of Life Tours has put together a one-off tour featuring a day visiting the Salone del Gusto event as well as several more days focusing on the incredible food, wine, culture and scenery of this northwestern corner of Italy. With numbers strictly limited to a maximum of 8 people, participants on this boutique tour are ensured an unparalleled fine food and wine experience.

Tour Inclusions:

All accommodation.
All transport.
All entrance fees, appointment tastings and visits.
All meals, inclusive of top local wines (no house wines on our tours) bar lunch at the Salone del Gusto event.

€4063 pp twinshare/double

Single Supplement €500
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Itinerary

Day 1: Friday 7th October – Turin:

Rendevous in the amazing city of Turin at our stunning accommodation in the heart of the old centre – centro storico of town. We will head out on foot into the city for apperitivo drinks dinner.

Day 2: Saturday 8th October – Turin:

Today is the day to spend at Salone del Gusto. There is so much to see and taste at this massive event and it can be a little overwhelming. As such I recommend that we spend the morning walking together around the different event sites looking, smelling, talking and most importantly tasting the amazing array of Slow Food certified products from producers all over Italy and the world. We will take things at a relaxed pace, this is a Slow Food event after all, and I urge you to see and taste as much as possible.

Lunch is not included today, but I expect you will be quite full from the constant tasting throughout the morning. Of course there are a plethora of eating and drinking options at the event so should you feel the need, or perhaps just want to have ‘another plate of that amazing prosciutto’, it is very easy to grab a bite to eat at any time. In the afternoon you have the option of breaking off from the group to do your own Salone del Gusto exploring, or you can stick with me doing more of the same.

Once your legs (and stomach) tire from the walking and tasting, feel at leisure to head back to our hotel for a break from all of the gourmet mayhem. We will meet up together in the early evening and once again head into the city on foot for apperitivo drinks and dinner at one of our favourite Turinese restaurants.

Day 3: Sunday 9th October – Turin – Alps:

For our last morning in the city of Turin we will start the day with a tasting at what is, in my opinion, the BEST artisan chocolatier in Turin. A fact not many people are aware of is that this corner of Italy was the birthplace of sweetened chocolate and a tradition of fine chocolate making stretches back centuries.

Following this incredible tasting  we will take a final lunch in the city then we will bid ‘arrivederci’ to Turin and make our way south and west into the Italian/French Alps to the Castelmagno region. We will be staying in some incredible renovated apartments at a tiny alpine hamlet at around 1800 feet ASL, right on the mountainside. Here we will witness the milking of the special cows, directly on the mountainside, during the late afternoon followed by a hearty meal prepared fresh that day in the refuge kitchen. The wines for dinner will be special, as the group behind this project to save the abandoned village and almost extinct Castelmagno d’Alpeggio cheese are made up of several of the Barolo zone’s best and most famous producers, and all of their wines are socked in the refuge.

Day 4: Monday 10th October – Alps:

During our time up in the Alps we will have the opportunity to experience the outdoors, on-mountain milking of the special alpine breed of cows they rear here, see the making of the famed and rare Castelmagno d’Alpeggio Cheese (known as ‘The King of Cheeses), do some alpine hikes if you wish and of course enjoy some amazing food and fine wines. These couple of days in the Alp are a great opportunity to relax in the peace and quiet of the mountains, but we will organise plenty to do if you want to.

If you do not feel up to the hikes, feel free to relax back at the apartments, take a coffee or a drink down at the bar in the Rifugio, have a look around the village, or just relax in the mountain air and do nothing.

Day 5: Tuesday 11th October – Alps – Barolo Zone:

We can do an optional alpine hike to start the day today. Depending on the group, we can make this hike as long, short, easy or difficult as you like. Suffice to say that any time spent wandering the alpine meadows up here is both relaxing and inspirational. Be sure to bring your camera along on any of the excursions we do!

Or you can catch up on some more relaxing, take a few more photos throughout the surrounds of the scenic alpine setting, or perhaps get another look at the making of the famous Castelmagno cheese. We will take a final lunch on the mountain before making our way across to the rolling Langhe hills and the famed  Barolo zone and the stunning UNESCO listed hilltop town of Monforte D’Alba for the remainder of the tour.

Day 6: Wednesday 12th October – Barolo Zone:

Our first full day in the Barolo zone will be spent with a focus on wine tasting. We will do 2 appointment wine tastings today with some of the area’s best producers during both the morning and afternoon. We will try and secure tastings in both the Barolo and Barbaresco zones so that you can gain an appreciation of the differing styles of wine in each of these two areas which are geographically so close together and work with the same varieties and techniques, yet produce quite different styles of wine.

Day 7: Thursday 13th October – Barolo Zone:

We will aim to start today with a truffle hunt, hopefully for the famed Alba White Truffle. We cannot guarantee the finding of a truffle, but the local trifolau (truffle hunters) are very good at what they do and we rarely come back empty handed. If we find some we can purchase them direct from the hunter (at a far better price than market price) and take them to our next experience which is a cooking class at a fantastic local family restaurant known as an agriturismo.

An agriturismo is a working farm which also offers accommodation. The one we plan to visit is home to perhaps our favourite country restaurant, where the younger generation chef and his mother prepare some incredible cuisine with both modern inspiration as well as significant respect for the traditional dishes of the area. Much of the fresh produce is grown right on the farm itself.

After a few hours of preparing several dishes, you will have a short break before a long lunch from what we all prepared together in the morning.

For the later afternoon a siesta may be in order, or we can do a bit of scenic driving and town touring, or organise another wine tasting for those who are keen. One of the key reasons we keep our tours so small group is that it allows for more flexibility whilst on tour.

This evening we will have a dinner to remember at one of our favourite haunts and a place with one of the best cellars in the region. It will be a meal to remember with wines to match.

Day 8: Friday 14th October – Barolo Zone – Turin:

Check-out and carry on your travels. Following breakfast I will collect the group and transfer you on to your continued travels. I can organise to drop you elsewhere in the Barolo area if you desire to stay on longer in the region, or get you to one of the local train stations, or back to Turin city or Turin airport.

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