The Grape Escape

5 Days (4 nights) from £380 per person

Piedmont is a red wine dominated region, with the local celebrities being the Barolo and the Barbaresco. We recommend a tasting that allows you to compare the two. Wine lovers will be drawn to the sophisticated wine scene here, however Piedmont is refreshingly unpretentious. Most tours and tastings will need to be prearranged, as they are not geared up for group tours or casual drop-ins; they tend to be small family-run vineyards, for whom wine production rather than tourism is their focus. Aside from being home to some of Italy’s most flavoursome and iconic wines, the landscape itself  is a main attraction. You’ll enjoy a picturesque palette of vineyards, rustic castles, medieval towers and charming little towns situated on crests of the rolling hills. This is the epitome of wine with a view. 

If you know your wine, then you will probably have heard of the Barolo and Barbaresco, but the region also produces other respectable wines such as Barbera, Dolcetto and Arneis. It is a real pleasure to explore the charming wine towns, which are highly accessible by bicycle and car. These included Barolo, La Morra, Dogliani, Serralunga d’Alba and Barbaresco…. Raise a glass to our classic Grape Escape tour! 

Day 1 - Welcome to Piedmont!

Your flight arrives into Turin airport in the afternoon. If hiring a car, collect your car from the rental company, or meet your private transfer. The drive to La Morra should take just over an hour and you’ll enjoy your first glimpse of the snow-capped Alps en-route! Check into your boutique hotel, taste your first (but not last) glass of Barolo wine in the courtyard, before heading out to sample the local cuisine. 

Where to stay

Day 2 - Vineyard tour of Marchesi Di Barolo

This morning at 10.30am you will visit one of the most famous vineyards in the Barolo region, the Marchesi Di Barolo. You will be taken on a tour of the cellar with an English speaking guide, followed by wine-tasting and lunch in the Cantina (which boasts sweeping views of the vineyard). 

You will then retreat back to your hotel this afternoon for some time at leisure. We provide plenty of recommendations for your free time.

Day 3 - Our kind of bank!

Today you will visit ‘La Banca del Vino’ (the wine bank) in Bra which is a 15-minute drive from your hotel. You will explore the historic cellars of the Agenzia di Pollenzo, which holds some of Italy’s finest wines. You will be taken on a tour, followed by five wine tastings. You may want to order some ‘slow food’ for lunch… 

We recommend that we make a dinner reservation for you at the nearby Michelin starred restaurant.

Day 4 - Wheels & Wine

Make sure you pack active-wear, as today you’re in for a treat! You will meet Alessandro at his bike shop nearby, where he will demonstrate the best route for your day out and set you up with your e-bike (road bikes also available). This is the best way to explore the hilly UNESCO region, as it enables you to cover decent ground and soak up the amazing scenery, rather than being hit with exhaustion (there are rather steep hills!). We reccomend stopping in the pretty village of Serralunga d’ Alba where you can visit a wine estate, before tucking into a bowl of deliciously fresh tarajin pasta. 

Day 5 - Ciao Italia!

This morning you will say goodbye to your Italian home and make your way back to Turin airport. There are morning and afternoon flights with British Airways. 

Have your last cup of strong Italian coffee, before flying over the Piedmont hills and snow-capped Alps. You’ll be planning your return visit in no time!

What's Included

  • Prices start from £380 per person
  • Accommodation on B&B basis
  • Entrance fees – 3 glasses of Barolo wines (accompanied with breadsticks) at Marchesi Di Barolo, 5 wines tasting at Wine Bank, tour of cellar and tasting at Massolino estate
  • All excursions and activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered