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Wine Dharma

Gourmand's dream: a trail through Piedmont, Emilia and Tuscany

Parma's romanic square, the cathedral and baptistery dating back to 1200 Parma's romanic square, the cathedral and baptistery dating back to 1200 A thirteen-day grand tour of taste, with a full immersion in the Langhe, the most renowned viticultural region of Italy, with tastings guided tours at the best wine companies and at the Barolo Wine Museum. Then two stops in Emilia, in the cities of Parma and Bologna, Italy’s gastronomic capitals, where we’ll take cooking classes to learn everything about pasta and do tastings with local wine producers. The wine tour ends in Tuscany, on the hills of Chianti. Florence, Siena and Arezzo are but the vertices of a triangle full of marvels, with an attention on beauty, art, extra-virgin olive oil and, naturally, wine.

Bologna square with San Petronio and Neptune's Statue and fountain Bologna square with San Petronio and Neptune's Statue and fountain Our wine tour begins in the heart of the Langhe, in a hilltop estate surrounded by vineyards. A few kilometers away from Alba and Barolo, the village that gave its name to the Italian wine par excellence. We will visit the Wine Museum, located in the amazing castle that overlooks the town, with instruction on vine species, tastings and, finally, a dinner accompanied by Arneis, Gavi, Dolcetto, Barolo, Ruché, Barbaresco and Moscato d’Asti—the purebreds of the region.

From the Langhe to Turin, Italy’s first capital, renowned for its architecture, the Egyptian Museum, its luxuriant botanic garden, chocolate and cheeses, but also the elegant shops of the historic center. We will attend a cooking class that will introduce us to the secrets of centuries-old Piedmontese cuisine and its French influences. Who so wishes will be able to indulge in an afternoon of relaxation golfing on the hills or with a few hours in an exclusive spa. The more adventurous will enjoy treading through the woods accompanied by expert truffle seekers and their hounds.

Barrels full of black gold: Balsamic Vinegar from Modena, Emilia food-wine tour Barriques full of black gold: Balsamic Vinegar from Modena Parma will be our first stop in Emilia, with all its treasures—from Romanesque architecture to culinary and wine arts. The local wines—Bonarda, Lambrusco, Malvasia—will be coupled with the products of Italian excellence: Emilian meats (prosciutto di Langhirano, salame di Felino, culatello di Zibello), Modena’s balsamic vinegar and Parmigiano Reggiano. Our exploration of Emilia will continue in Bologna. In the city that still accommodates the oldest university of Europe everything is tasty, with a streak of lust that reminds of Renaissance splendor. Not to be missed: an evening cooking class with the sfogline, veritable pasta artists.

View from mount Amiata, Montelaterone, Grosseto, Chianti wine tour View from mount Amiata, Montelaterone village The tour of Tuscany will begin in Monteriggioni, a fortified village built by the Sienese in the thirteenth century, with fifteen towers standing out all around the town walls. We will be welcomed by the warm embrace of the Chianti Classico, the Nobile di Montepulciano, the Brunello di Montalcino and the Tuscan extra-virgin olive oil. Our wine tour, with instruction on species techniques, will be punctuated by moments of relaxation with excursions, wine tastings and trips to Firenze, Siena, Arezzo, San Gimignano, Montepulciano, Pienza and Montalcino.

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