Discover authentic culinary traditions, in the rolling hills of Torino and the Langhe region, famed for its white truffles, Barolos and Barbarescos.
A week of discovery following the visions of Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini. We will seek out authentic culinary traditions and the pleasures of the table, in the rolling hills of Torino and the Langhe region, famed for its white truffles, Barolos and Barbarescos. This region, known for its rich delicacies, is for many still an economy of small farms and artisan food producers, whose products and agricultural methods face extinction, and where traditions and quality reign supreme.
Cooking classes with our favorite Nonna (grandmother), wine tastings and visits to award-winning vineyards and the lesser-known gems. Learn the basics of Robiola di Roccaverano DOP cheese, and try your hands at the grape harvest or truffle hunting with a local Trifolau (in season). And of course, there will be plenty of feasting on all the local specialties; Coniglio griglio all’Arneis (grilled rabbit with Arneis wine), vitello tonnato (boiled veal with tuna & caper sauce), brasato al Barolo (Piemontese beef, slow-cooked in Barolo), agnolotti dal plin (tiny ravioli-like pasta filled with meat). And don’t forget the wines: Barbaresco, Barolo, Moscato d’Asti, Dolcetto & Arneis, for a start!
- ARRIVAL MILAN OR TORINO ITALY: Private transfer to the Villa Tiboldi 4*, a luxurious historic country house in the hills north of Alba, stroll through the surrounding vineyards before enjoying a glass of Malvirà wine and a refined Piemontese dinner.
- SLOW FOOD & SLOW WINE "PRIMER": Guided tour and tasting at the Banca del Vino (Wine bank), where the history of Italian wine could be preserved by selecting, stocking, and preserving the best wines from all of Italy. Lunch at Boccondivino, (divine mouthfull!), the restaurant run by the SlowFood Organization was one of the first opened under the movement. The specialties include no-frills, regional dishes, made with locally produced ingredients like Coniglio grigio all’Arneis.
- BAROLO, THE KING OF WINES: Hike through the grand cru vineyards of Barolo with stops at the regions ancient churches, castles and renowned wineries. Finishing at the medieval Falletti castle, which now houses a contemporary wine museum WiMu and Barolo’s Regional Enoteca.
- ALBA & LA SPINETTA: Visit to the historic city of Alba, take in the Fiera del Tartufo Bianco - White Truffle Festival (Oct 6 - Nov. 25, 2018), shopping, or optional history tour of the medieval town and subterranean secrets. Afternoon visit to one of our favorite wineries in all of Italy, La Spinetta, a modern Italian superstar winery, producing some of Piemonte's most delicious wines, all without the addition of chemicals or pesticides and using 75% Biodynamic techniques.
- CHEESE & ALTA LANGHE: Morning at the Casa del Formaggio Arbiora, Bubbio. Artisan producer of Langhe DOP cheeses, made from goat & cow’s milk, and aged in the stone cellars of the old mill in Bubbio. Afternoon hike in the Alta Langhe, the wildest part of Langhe Roero area, where the landscape is a picturesque mix of forests wood, “Tonda Gentile di Langa” hazelnut groves, pastures and of course vineyards.
- BUBBLES: The Langhe region also produces world-class sparkling wines in the champagne style, not to be confused with the lighter sweeter Moscato d’Asti. Contratto (founded 1867), is one of the great historic wine houses of the Langhe, Visit to the winery, historic caves and tasting.
- TRUFFLES, COOKING CLASS: Morning truffle hunt with a local Trifolau and his trained hunting dog. Afterwards, learn the secrets of the cuisine of the Langhe during a cooking class. Prepare a complete traditional menu And enjoy these dishes with your fresh truffles and paired with local wines.