Piedmont | Wine
Vitigno-Piemonte

Piedmont is 43% mountains, 30% hills and 27% flatlands. It borders with Switzerland, France, Valle d’Aosta, Lombardy, Liguria and Emilia Romagna. Vineyards occupy 51.000 hectares and the main vines are: Nebbiolo, Barbera, Dolcetto, Freisa, Brachetto, Grignolino, Cortese, Moscato bianco, Arneis, Chardonnay, Pelaverga, Erbaluce, Bonarda, Croatina, Vespolina.


Piemonte

Wines

  • Dolcetto delle Langhe Monregalesi
  • Dolcetto di Dogliani
  • Alba
  • Albugnano
  • Alta Langa
  • Asti
  • Barbaresco
  • Barbera d’Asti
  • Barbera d’Alba
  • Barbera del Monferrato
  • Barbera del Monferrato Superiore
  • Barolo
  • Boca
  • Brachetto d’Acqui
  • Bramaterra
  • Calosso
  • Canavese
  • Carema
  • Cisterna d’Asti
  • Colli Tortonesi
  • Collina Torinese
  • Colline Novaresi
  • Colline Saluzzesi
  • Cortese dell’Alto Monferrato
  • Coste della Sesia
  • Dogliani
  • Dolcetto d’Acqui
  • Dolcetto d’Alba
  • Dolcetto d’Asti
  • Dolcetto di Diano d’Alba
  • Dolcetto di Ovada
  • Dolcetto di Ovada Superiore
  • Erbaluce di Caluso
  • Fara
  • Freisa d’Asti
  • Freisa di Chieri
  • Gabiano
  • Gattinara
  • Gavi
  • Ghemme
  • Grignolino d’Asti
  • Grignolino del Monferrato Casalese
  • Langhe
  • Lessona
  • Loazzolo
  • Malvasia di Casorzo d’Asti
  • Malvasia di Castelnuovo Don Bosco
  • Monferrato
  • Nebbiolo d’Alba
  • Piemonte
  • Pinerolese
  • Roero
  • Rubino di Cantavenna
  • Ruchè di Castagnole Monferrato
  • Sizzano
  • Strevi
  • Terre Alfieri
  • Valli Ossolane
  • Valsusa
  • Verduno Pelaverga


The Officine Turistiche‘s activities in Piemonte

Visit and Tasting at Santa Caterina Estate
Tenuta Santa Caterina is a modern estate in Monferrato with origins dating back to the 1700s. Its 23 hectares are almost entirely dedicated to eco-symbiotic agriculture. Centerstage are Grignolino, Freisa and Barberavines. Training systems are Guyot and Cordone/spur. The guiding principle of this estate is growing naturaland wholesome grapes. These qualities are nurtured in the vineyard and transferred to the cellar, where thewine is kept in tonneaux, rather than in barriques, as of old practice. Last generation stainless steel, instead, is selected for winemaking and aging.
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Visit and Cheese Tasting in Bra
In a courtyard in Bra, after stepping in through a small wooden door from where flow out inviting cheese aromas, you are immersed in tens of cheese rounds. Here is a small shop stacked with ready and refining rounds that come from trustworthy small producers. Part of the shop are also three little refining cellars.Giolito is a shop, a laboratory, a refining spot and a showcase, as there is an area dedicated to the exhibitionof traditional cheesemaking tools too. This activity guides you through Giolito and lets you taste a uniquecheese selection.
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A luncheon on the grass and wine tasting in the Langhe
A unique experience for all of your senses: the scent of the earth, of the grass and flowers mingle with the fascinating colors of singular hilly landscapes dotted by medieval castles. Set in the marvelous Langhe, this is the occasion to have an unusual luncheon in the open, with regional food and wine delicacies. The wineswill be Josetta Saffirio, a local winemaker whose cellar we’ll visit before heading for a vineyard picnic, all in the name of nature and taste
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Visit and tasting in a Turin’s chocolate lab
To Bruna and Giorgio Peyrano the world of chocolate can be discovered only through practice: “tasting andsmelling chocolate is not enough to decide whether it’s good or bad. All production stages behind it must be understood.” This short visit with tasting in Turin will let you understand the backstage scene of a historical chocolate factory active since 1915. The visit takes you to the family lab where cocoa beans, coming from trustworthy suppliers across the continents, are daily handled according to traditional methods and transformed into different types of chocolate and in the well renown Gianduiotti.
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Gavi: La Raia and Biodynamic Methods
Visit the biodynamic farm La Raia, set in the green Gavi hills. A walk through its vineyards will easily let you run into fallow deers, pheasants and foxes. Among the many sophisticate Piedmont red wines, we find a simple white wine, not highly structured, able to give us fresh tastes, Gavi Docg. In the tasting, paired with local products, there will also be another wine typical of the area, grainy ruby red Barbera Doc
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Visit and Tasting in the Langhe
“Being a peasant is a big responsibility: at stake is our heritage and the heritage we’ll pass on to future generations. Ours has always been a family business with a clear sense of belonging to the land. This responsibility is handed down from father to son, through generations…” Let yourselves be guided by Sara, the owner of Josetta Saffirio, through a visit at the end of which you’ll be able to taste 5 wines: the classic Barberaand Nebbiolo, the austere Barolo, Nebbiolo Spumante Brut and the rare Rossese Bianco.
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Hunting Truffles and Wine Tasting
This is a unique and moving experience. You will have the chance to go truffle hunting in the middle of the marvelous Langhe. By following the trifolau and his dog, you’ll discover this hidden treasure, adding insight and understanding to truffles and their natural environment. At the end of the hunt, there will be a visit to the wine cellar and a tasting of 5 different kinds of wines paired with typical Langhe cured meats and cheeses. On the list are classics such Barbera and Nebbiolo, the austere Barolo, Nebbiolo Spumante Brut and the rare Rossese Bianco.
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Wine cellar visit, pairing and cooking class
This activity is for those who love traditional food and want to meddle with dough. After visiting a wine cellar, you will learn how to cook 5 traditional dishes from the Langhe. Chef Matteo Morra will lead you through thecooking, pairing each dish with a wine. You will prepare by hand a 5 course meal, freshly made pasta anddessert included, which will be savored with wines coming from Cantina Josetta Saffirio.
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The San Magno hike and the king of cheeses
A self drive hike here lets you discover an ancient transport route used throughout the centuries by mountain people and by San Magno followers. At the Terre di Castelmagno company you will get to know mountainCastelmagno and mountain pasture Castelmagno thanks to a guided tour and to a tasting menu. The path starts at Campomolino, 1150 meters high, and takes you to Borgata Chiappi, 1720 meters high. From here, you can also reach the San Magno Sanctuary, 1760 meters high.
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Guido Clerici
Guido Clerici | Photographer since 1990, belongs to the Ordine dei Giornalisti (Italy’s Order of Journalists) since 2004. He has published covers, articles and advertisements on major Italian and international magazines (GQ Italy, GQ Germany, GQ Russia, GQ Spain, AD Russia, Traveller Russia, Max, Abitare, Interni), portraying national and international celebrities such as John Malkovich, Casey Stoner, Chef Cracco, Vico Magistretti, Winton Marsalis, Pistorius and many others. He works with companies and architecture and design studios making pictures for brochures, catalogues, and websites. He has been represented by Grazia Neri, Italy’s main photographic agency, and Agenzia LUZphoto of Milan. Beside photography, he works in the food-and-wine and tourism field. Between 2010 and 2012 he earns a Travel Agency Technical Director title, a Sommelier diploma with AIS and a Cheese Taster title with ONAF. Through Officine Turistiche, a website offering environmentally friendly wine-and-food itineraries, he also offers photo shooting, websites design, and event management.