Turin Epicurean Capital 2019, extended edition
For its sixth edition, Turin Epicurean Capital partners with Incoming Experience to offer some of its international guests, a unique tour of the UNESCO World Heritage Langhe wine district, here in Piedmont.
DAY 1 – The first stop of our trip was Pollenzo, a roman city, which since 2004 is the main seat of the University of Gastonomic Sciences. The Wine Bank, staged in the in the nineteenth-century cellars of the Agenzia di Pollenzo, is a unique showcase through which you can learn about the history of wine in Italy (think that almost 100 thousand bottles are hosted!). Beatrice welcomed and introduced us to the history of the Bank and of the precious wine heritage preserved within it. To continue, a guided walk in Bra to discover its churches, historic buildings but above all, retracing the footsteps of the Slow Food movement, which was born here among the tables of the Osteria del Boccon Divino.
Before returning to the hotel, we couldn’t miss a panoramic stop at the Castello of Grinzane Cavour, that boasts a 360° view on the Langhe landscape and owns a vineyards which constitutes an important center of research and experimentation on the Piedmontese wine heritage and presents one of the largest collections of grape varieties in Europe.
The day ended at the Porta delle Langhe Restaurant, with a traditional dinner which included a selection of the best local products and a restful sleep in the rooms of Best Western Hotel Langhe Cherasco.
DAY 2 – The second day opened with the hotel’s rich buffet breakfast , and continued with the first stop of the day: Cadia Vini, a small family-run winery in a beautiful panoramic site. Thanks to the help of the trifolau Gianni and of his four-legged mates Vicky and Lady the participants discovered the secrets of the truffle hunting and learned about the different qualities of this Piedmont treasure. Noemi, Marinella and Bruno’s daughter, guided us trough the family winery and the vineyards and proposed a merenda sinoira accompanied by a Cadia Wine-tasting, Arneis, Pelaverga (of which about 140 thousand bottles are produced per year), Barbera e Barolo.
We moved to WiMu, the Barolo Wine Museum created from the imagination of the desginer Confino.Here it was possible to make an interactive visit in the history of wine. Our guests really enjoyed themselves!
The last stop of the day before the dinner was the Cantine Storiche Marchesi di Barolo, where the 5th generation of Abbona family continues the tradition in wine productions started more than two hundred years ago. Here the participants were able to visit the winery and taste high quality wines.
The dinner was at Casa Nicolini, where the kitchen of the territory is proposed in a panoramic terrace with a splendid view over the vineyards of Barbaresco.
The return for the night is at the Best Western Hotel Langhe Cherasco.
DAY 3 – After the hotel breakfast, the last day of our journey started with the visit of the Tenuta Fontanafredda, where Elisa guided the guests in the wineries, to discover every aspect of wine making, then followed an exclusive tasting of two different bottles of Barolo. The Tenuta hosts an hotel, a guesthouse, a Michelin starred restaurant(Guido Ristorante), a Bistrot and the Osteria del Disguido, in which our guests enjoyed a lunch with high quality ingredients.
The day ended with a guided stroll in Alba, home of the Palio degli Asini and of the Fiera del Tartufo.