From March to November
Arrival Wednesday afternoon. Arrival snack and welcome dinner. Transfers and two guided excursions in the Wine Country. Winemaker dinner with a variety of wines from the Desderi Cellar. One day at free disposal – for example in Asti. Prices from 8 to 25 participants.
This is a weekend loaded with excitement: Excursions in the wine country with guide, transfers, lunches at exquisite restaurants, wine maker’s dinner with matching wines, wine tastings from bottles and barrels. We have selected the best that the area has to offer.
Day 1, Wednesday
Upon arrival at Malpensa airport – or Linate, Torino or Bergamo – a private coach will be waiting for you. The transfer to Cascina Desderi takes approximately an hour and a half. After check-in, an arrival snack will be served in the gazebo – finger food and some wine.
In the evening, a welcome to Piedmont dinner is served, with different kinds of wine being included.
Day 2, Thursday
After a hearty breakfast, get ready to explore the wine country! A guided tour of the region includes a visit to Calamandrana – in the heart of the Barbera and Moscato district. We pay a visit to a small family run vineyard, and will sample the wines of Cascina Desderi from barrels and bottles. A detailed presentation explains all the stages of the wine making process, from the pruning in February, to the crushing of the grapes after harvesting, to the final result in the bottle. The tour proceeds to Canelli into the Belbo Valley. From here we ascend the winding roads of the panorama route taking us via Treiso to Alba before entering the alluring Barolo district. The famous villages of Diano d’Alba and Grinzano Cavour lead us to the most famous of them all; Barolo. Here we enter the impressive courtyard of Marchesi di Barolo – the count of Barolo and his elegant winery. If the owners are at home, they will welcome us before entering the intimate dining room where a wine luncheon has been prepared solely for us. Each dish is matched with the wines of the farm – five courses in total accompanied by four exquisite wines. The lunch is a typical slow-food experience – the main course having been cooked in Barolo wines for hours. Back in Cascina Desderi around four.
This lunch is a typical Italian pranzo – and a very sumptuous one – so no evening meal has been planned for today. If, however, a light bite is needed later in the evening, the chefs of Cascina Desderi will gladly prepare an evening meal. Alternatively, you can pay a visit to Ristorante Alla Piazza and sample the dishes of their Italian, International and Oriental buffet.
Day 3, Friday
Today is a free day – to be spent the Carpe Diem way… After a long and comfortable breakfast, start planning your day. In the summertime, enjoy the garden, la terrazza and indulge in the refreshing waters of the pool. Spring and fall offer walking and trekking on the narrow roads surrounding the farm. A trip to Asti is also highly recommended – a market town with a quaint old town with interesting sights and museums. The pedestrian street, Corso Alfieri, offers elegant shopping with a variety of stores. A pizza lunch at one of the many piazzas is the perfect place to see – and be seen.
This evening a special wine maker’s dinner has been prepared – course is followed by course and each dish is paired with wine from the cellar of Cascina Desderi. Even some vintage bottles from the farm’s private cantina will be served with the main course.
Day 4, Saturday
A new day, another breakfast and an exciting exursion – in the Kingdom of Wine and Savoia. The first stop this morning is the old town of Asti where we visit the impressive cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta. Then out of town, on small country roads through rustic villages to the hilltop village of Govone, in the Roero wine district. We pay a visit to a former Savoy Palazzo – proudly set on the very summit of the Govone village. From here we cross the Tanaro Vally and climb the Barbaresco Cliff – arriving at the wine village with its famous landmark; the Barbaresco Torre – the striking tower on the edge of the steep hillside. After this visit, we proceed deeper into the Barolo wine district and climb the winding roads to the highest located of the eleven Barolo villages; La Morra. On the sloping hill, amongst vineyards, we stop for lunch at the renowned Ristorante Bovio where a seven-course lunch is awaiting. Three different wines are paired with the seven courses of this exquisite meal.
This lunch is a typical Italian pranzo – where the appetizer is followed by pasta and then a secondo and dolce. This is a heavy meal that you feel in your body for hours and hours, so no evening meal is included today. The chefs of Cascina Desderi will gladly prepare some cheese, ham and salami if the hunger should return in the wee hours…
Day 5, Sunday
A last farewell breakfast is served before boarding the coach for a transfer back to Malpensa airport. (If you have chosen an evening departure, a program with meals and an excursion can also be included today).
Arrival Friday afternoon. Arrival snack and welcome dinner. Transfers and two guided excursions in the Wine Country + one “Savoia” tour to Torino. Winemaker dinner with a variety of wines from the Desderi Cellar. Farewell dinner. Many days at free disposal – for example in Asti, Acqui Terme or Alba. Prices from 8 to 25 participants.More Details Cascina Desderi Modules List
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