8 nights and 9 days
15th of September 2018 to the 23rd of September 2018
Cheese and Sparkling Wine Tour
The best traveling memories starts and ends with food and wine. If you agree to that, this is the tour for you. This is our tour for real foodies.
But of course we will also give you the chance to enjoy some of the most beautiful landscapes in Italy.
We start in Bellagio on the shores of Lake Como. Admire the suggestive scenery and feel the glamorous atmosphere. If you’re lucky you might sit down right next to George Clooney having a sip of wine in the local bar.
As the foodie you are, we’re sure you love cheese. Lombardy is the home of some of Italy’s most famous cheeses. We’ll take you to Val Brembana to meet the best producers of Taleggio cheese. In the same valley also other kind of cheeses are made. For example Formai de Mut and Branzi. Listen to the stories of the families who’s been producing these cheeses for ages, generation in generation. Maybe try to make a wheel yourself…and of course taste them. Relish these cheeses with the local dish polenta taragna and you’re stuck forever.
Come with us to the mountains in Valtellina and find out how the alpine Heritage cheese of Bitto Valley is produced. Indulge into a plate of pizzoccheri, a short tagliatelle made of 80% of buckwheat. Traditionally they are cooked with cabbage and potatoes and layered with Bitto cheese. To be enjoyed with a glass of red Valtellina Superiore.
You love sparkling wine? Then again this tour is for you. Discover Franciacorta, where the name refers to both the geographical region and the wine itself. It’s produced using méthode champenoise, but don’t mistake it for Champagne. Franciacorta is distinctly Italian, an expression of the regions unique terroir.
Let’s cross the “border”. Yes, that is how it actually feels when entering Alto Adige (Südtirol), the most northern part of Italy. You will hear the locals speak German and even the street signs are bilingual. The explanation to this is that this part of Italy became Italian as late as 1919 when it was separated from Austria and awarded to Italy after the I World War.
This region will enchant you with its variety of landscapes: snowed peaks, green meadows, woods, lakes and freezing cold streams. Admire the Dolomites, a UNESCO World Heritage, turning pink and coral colours when hit by the sunlight.
Here you will taste a cuisine that is distinctly different from the other regions of Italy thanks to its Austrian heritage. Try the traditional dish Canederli, bread dumplings made with Speck (smoked ham) or cheese and boiled in broth.
We will take you to discover where the best milk in Italy is produced, on the many alpine farms in the area. With the best milk you make the best cheese. Over 90 varieties of cheese are made in this region. We will not be able to make you taste all of them, but quite a few. And what goes with a platter of cheese? Of course, a glass of wine. Now again you’re in the right place. Some of Italy’s best wines are produced here. If you prefer red, try the iconic Schiava or the age-worthy Lagrein. If you’re more into white why not taste a glass of traditionally off-dry Gewurztraminer or its lighter more flowery friend Muller Thurgau.
Come with us to the land of food, wine, and above all, fantastic cheeses!
You will just Love It.
Price: AU$ 7,450 plus GST per person in double room.
A 15% surcharge will be added for single occupancy.
Included: all meals, accomodations, tastings, visits, guides and transport during the tour.
Not included: airline tickets, travel insurance, personal expenses, optional activities and everything not mentioned as included.