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Exterior of Hotel Relais San Maurizio
Piemonte, Italy's Langhe Wine District
Beautiful Wine Roads of Canavese
Garden of Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA
Indoor swimming pool in Hotel Relais San Maurizio
Indoor swimming pool in Hotel Relais San Maurizio

Northern Italy's Wine Adventure March 4-16, 2019 Back

  • Tour Code : TUR-01491
  • Type : Small Group
  • Duration : 13 days
  • Departs from : Milan
  • Meeting Place : Malpensa Airport


This exclusive small group tour offers you the opportunity to meet and interact with Northern Italy’s top wine makers and tour their centuries old wineries. An experience designed to delight both the most knowledgeable wine connoisseur or the novice. On your journey, you will be guided by Susan and Al Fulchino, owners of New Hampshire’s Fulchino Vineyard, who proudly carry on their family’s wine-making past and Italian heritage.

Explore ancient wine cellars before you swirl, sniff and sip the finest examples of: Amarone, Barbera, Sangiovese, Teroldego, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, Asti, Prosecco and more! Learn authentic Italian cuisine in hands-on cooking demonstrations and then experience true relaxation and rejuvenation at world-class spas.

Enjoy the moderate, early spring weather as you tour Italy during a less busy time of year for tourists.



Day 1 - Arrival in Milan and private transfer to Relais San Maurizio

Where we visit : Piemonte
Meeting Location : Malpensa Airport
Upon arrival at the Milan Airport, a private driver will be waiting to transport you to the exclusive Relais San Maurizio, an ancient 17th century monastery that has been transformed into a breathtaking resort and spa. You will have time to enjoy the superb spa, famous for incredible treatments that can help improve circulation, metabolism and improve the overall appearance of skin. Our day concludes with a gourmet welcome dinner at the chateau where you will enjoy multiple wine pairings over the course of your meal.

Meals : Dinner, Wine Tasting

Day 2 - Langhe Wine Region

Where we visit : Langhe Wine Area
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin a private wine tour experience of the Langhe Wine Region, world-famous for producing some of Italy’s finest wines.

Our tour begins with Barolo wines, visiting Agricola Marrone and Marchesi di Barolo wineries where we will enjoy a light lunch with wine tastings. On our wine pilgrimage of the Langhe region, we will be enchanted by the hills and valleys of the area dotted with medieval villages and castles, each more beautiful than the last. Return to Relais San Maurizio in the evening for another night of rest and relaxation.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Wine Tasting

Day 3 - Barbaresco Wine Region

Where we visit : Langhe Wine Area
After breakfast, we visit the Barbaresco hills and its maze of vineyards huddled against the slopes of glorious little hill towns and discover the delightful and robust red wines crafted from the Nebbiolo grape. Enjoy a private tour of some of the region’s most well-known wineries, including Cantina del Glicine and Montaribaldi, tasting Barbaresco, Barbera, Dolcetto and Nebbiolo wines. We return to Relais San Maurizio to freshen up before dinner at the Locanda di Charme in Neive.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Wine Tasting

Day 4 - Barbera Wine Region and Spa Lago delle Sorgenti

Where we visit : Acqui Terme
After breakfast at the hotel, we shall tour and taste the great wines of Barbera, Montferatto and Asti. One of many highlights of the day will be a private tour of the wine caves and beautiful property of the family operated Coppo Winery in Canelli. Canelli is considered the undisputed capital of Italy’s famed sweet, sparkling wine, Moscato d’Asti. Coppo Winery is known as a Barbera d’Asti specialist, producing three distinct Barberas: L’Avvocata, Camp du Rouss, Pomorosso.
The historic wine estate Marchesi Alfieri will be your next stop in the rolling hills between Asti and Alba. Marvel at the historic cellars of Marchesi Alfieri, located inside a castle dating back to the Middle Ages. The estate’s location makes it an ideal location to produce wines in the grand Piedmont manner.
Conclude your day at Spa Lago delle Sorgenti where you will experience true thermal waters that emerge from Acqui Terme’s underground at a temperature of 104 degrees F.
Return to Relais San Maurizio for dinner and restful sleep.



Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Wine Tasting

Day 5 - Balsamic Vinegar Tasting and Cooking Class

Where we visit : Emilia-Romagna
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Relais San Maurizio and travel to the region of Emilia Romagna. Learn to cook with balsamic vinegar made from the Lambrusco and Trebbiano grapes of Modena and enjoy a light lunch at the Acetaia Leonardi Vinegar farmhouse. After our cooking demonstration, we check in to the prestigious and elegant Palazzo di Varignana Spa & Resort. The 18th century villa has been restored to its original splendor and we have two days to enjoy its massive pool and magnificent spa. Enjoy a wonderful dinner at the resort, paired with locally produced wines.

Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Wine Tasting, Cooking Class

Day 6 - Ham and Cheese Tastings (plus rare Maserati automobiles)

Where we visit : Modena, Parma
After breakfast at the hotel, we journey to Parma for a tour and tasting at La Perla Salumifico, where ham is considered a “work of art.” For over 20 years, the Lanfranchi family has dedicated itself to the production of “Crudo di Parma” ham that is appreciated worldwide for its natural taste and sweetness. After sampling some of the finest ham in Italy, we travel to the outskirts of Modena to taste the finest Parmesan cheese in the world and discover a rare collection of Maserati motor cars in a nearby barn at the Hombre cheese factory. Maserati’s headquarters are in Modena and the patriarch of Hombre Farm jumped at the chance to acquire this rare collection of cars produced in his boyhood home town and the priceless automobiles are kept safely tucked away on the dairy farm. We return to the Palazzo di Varignana Spa & Resort for dinner and relaxation.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Wine Tasting

Day 7 - Valpolicello Wine Region and the Dolomites

Where we visit : Trentino-Alto-Adgie
After breakfast and departure from our hotel, we travel to the most famous red wine area in northern Italy’s Veneto wine region, the Valpolicello wine district. The region’s most famous wine, Amarone della Valpolicella, is made from partially dried grapes to increase its concentration. Our winery tours and tastings on this day include Terologo and Trentodoc wines, produced in Trentino. After this delightful tour, we check in to Parkhotel Sole Paradiso located in the region of Trentino Alto Adige. Surrounded by the awe-inspiring rock formations of the mighty Dolomites mountain range, Parkhotel Sole Paradiso is located in the village of San Candido and has been delighting guests since 1882. Relax in the wellness center before savoring the renowned cuisine of the resort’s restaurant featuring fresh ingredients, natural flavors and an outstanding selection of Tyrolean desserts.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 8 - Alto Adige Wine Region

Where we visit : Trentino-Alto-Adgie
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart for the northernmost part of Italy on the border with Switzerland and Austria – the Alto Adige region defined by crystal-clear mountain lakes and woodlands. Here you will taste some of the most refreshing and zesty Pinot Grigio and age-worthy red wines like Lagrein as we tour the rolling vineyards dispersed with olive trees in a region more evocative of Austria than Tuscany. Return to the Parkhotel Sole Paradiso for rejuvenation at the wellness center before another incredible evening of gastronomic delights in the resort’s restaurant.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner, Wine Tasting

Day 9 - Friuli Venezia Giulia Wine Region

Where we visit : Friuli-Venezia-Giulia
After breakfast and departure from hotel, we continue our journey to an area known as “white wine heaven.” Friuli Venezia Giulia’s vineyards benefit from a breezy, sunny climate on the Adriatic coast. Set amidst the Carnia and Julian Alps, bordered by Austria in the north and Slovenia in the east, the wines of this spectacular region are worshipped by many Italian wine lovers for their unmatched aroma and exquisite taste. After visiting numerous wine cellars for tastings, we arrive at Hotel L’Ultimo Mulino, an old river mill immersed in the green and peaceful countryside of Friuli. You’ll truly believe you are in a fairytale with its Old World charm as we dine on the cuisine of the past in this wondrous setting.
Visit 2 of these 4 listed wineries.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10 - Valdobbiadene Wine Region

Where we visit : Bassano Del Grappa, Verona
After breakfast and departure from hotel, prepare for a change of “taste” as we journey to the hillside vineyards of Valdobbiadene, the celebrated home of Prosecco. We shall also try the sinfully sweet Bassono del Grappa on the way to Verona, known as one of the most romantic cities in Italy, where we shall check in to Residenza Antico San Zeno. The hotel property dates back to the Middle Ages and is within walking distance of Juliet’s house and the most prestigious shopping streets in Verona. The hotel chef has planned a special dinner of his sweet and savory specialities, paired with two amazing local wines. An enchanting end to a perfect evening!
Meals : Breakfast

Day 11 - Verona

Where we visit : Verona
After breakfast at the hotel, we will meet our local guide for an in-depth tour of Shakespeare’s celebrated city, Verona. The bustling city of romance is filled with medieval and Roman history, beautiful views, bridges and shopping. Our tour includes the Pontifical Basilica of Saint Anthony in Padova, recognized as one of Christendom’s most celebrated churches and home to world-renowned art treasures. We will enjoy an evening dining experience at one of Verona’s best restaurants featuring fine local wines.
Meals : Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12 - Bologna and Cooking Class

Where we visit : Bologna
After breakfast and departure from hotel, we travel to Bologna to the private home of Al and Susan Fulchino’s family for a remarkable cooking class. The Fulchino family will share their passion for true Italian cuisine and accompany you to a local farmers’ market to choose the freshest ingredients for your hand-crafted lunch. The rest of the day we will discover the medieval and Renaissance wonders of the fascinating city of Bologna. It is one of Italy’s most overlooked destinations, despite its history, rich food culture and lively, yet relaxing atmosphere. Our day will end at Hotel Mercure in Bologna following a memorable farewell meal and celebration.
Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Wine Tasting, Cooking Class

Day 13 - Departure

Where we visit : Emilia-Romagna
After breakfast at the hotel, we will privately transport you to the Bologna airport or rail station for your safe journey home. Arrivaderci Italia!

Meals : Not applicable




Tour Highlights and What's Included

  1. Complementary Bottle of Wine
  2. Cooking class
  3. Culinary guide
  4. English speaking professional tour guide
  5. Wine and Olive Oil Tastings

What's Not Included

  1. Everything not clearly specified under “rates include”.
  2. Food and beverages not mentioned in the program
  3. Gratuities of any type

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