Arrival in Milan's Malpensa Airport and meet your driver for a private transfer to Grazzano Badoglio. Arrive at the Relais Tenuta Santa Caterina, a refined country wine retreat with six unique suites. In the afternoon, you'll have the opportunity to visit their renowned wine cellars and a guided tasting of some of their estate grown wines. In the evening, there are nearby reastaurants and your hosts can assist you with recommendations and reservations.
(Accommodations, Relais Tenuta Santa Caterina)
Piedmont`s wine landscapes constitute an outstanding example of man s interaction with his natural environment. Following a long and slow evolution of wine growing expertise, the best possible adaptation of grape varieties to land with specific soil and climatic components has been carried out, creating a unique combination, enrolled in UNESCO World Heritage since 2014. The scenery of the Langhe region is gorgeous, with rolling hills covered in vineyards, medieval hill towns and villages perched atop their peaks, but what really attracts visitors is that here, glorious pages of Italian wine history have been written. Your English-speaking driver will take you to Barbaresco, a one-street town full of charm, of medieval atmosphere and, of course, of the namesake wine, made from Nebbiolo grapes grown on the clay soil rich in limestone which characterizes the area.
Head then for Neive, a little town listed among the most beautiful historical towns on Italy in reason of its perfectly preserved medieval center coiling towards the Clock Tower in the main square. Your next stop will be in San Martino Alfieri, a delightful village named after the Alfieri family, wine producers since 1600, whose mansion house still dominates the surroundings. A tasting of some of their most representative wines will be introduced by a visit to the Orangerie (winter garden) and cellar. A short drive takes you to Costigliole d Asti and finally to Canelli, the birth place, in 1865, of the first Italian spumante, to visit one of the wineries underneath which are hidden some of the so-called Underground Cathedrals: a network of about 20 km of cellars excavated in the tuff hill on which the city is built. Wine was not just aged in these corridors in the past, but the entire wine making process was carried out here. The remains of this vinification can still be seen today, creating a tangible memory of the past and leading you to a more conscious degustation of sparkling wines. So, at the end of the day, you will certainly agree with Ernest Hemingway that wine is one of the most civilized things in the world and one of the most natural things of the world.
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Relais Tenuta Santa Caterina)
Upon your return to your hotel, relax with a glass of Barolo, or take advantage of their outdoor heated swimming pool, whirlpool tub, steam room, and Finnish sauna. In the evening, if you choose to dine in, the property offers two restaurants; the Michelin-starred Damiano Nigro and the more informal, DaMa'.
(Breakfast, Relais Tenuta Santa Caterina; & Accommodations, Villa D'Amelia)
(Breakfast, Lunch & Accommodations, Villa D'Amelia)
(Breakfast, Villa D'Amelia; Accommodations, Albergo Terminus)
(Breakfast & Accommodations, Albergo Terminus)
After breakfast, meet your driver for a private transfer to Malpensa Airport, or continue on to your next Avanti destination).
(Breakfast, Albergo Terminus)