Buongiorno Northern Italy! Ultra Luxe Tour for 3 Couples

This 7-day trip for three couples is dedicated to the pleasures of Northern Italy, whose riches are vast.

Breathtaking vistas and succulent wines are yours to discover.

You can dine at refined restaurants that casually flaunt their Michelin-star ratings, or chow down with the locals at small eateries that have spent generations perfecting traditional recipes… All while sipping wines from storied cellars and basking in the regional history. Whatever your pleasure, this trip will leave you satisfied.

 

Ca’ del Bosco

Day 1: Benvenuti in Italia!

After your arrival in Milan, your driver will whisk you away to l’Eté du Vin 2024 Guest of Honor Ca’ del Bosco where you will be officially welcomed to Italy with a sparkling toast! Founded in 1969, Ca’ del Bosco is one of the world’s foremost producers of Franciacorta. Each step of the iconic winery’s viticultural practices and winemaking process is based on a relentless commitment to excellence. The winery’s state-of-the-art cellar, unique in Franciacorta, allows the winemaking team to produce the best wines possible and of the highest quality. Named “2023 European Winery of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast, Ca’ del Bosco will treat you to a a VIP tour, tasting, and lunch, setting the celebratory tone for your time in Italy.

 

Afterwards, your driver will transfer you to your first accommodation, L’Albereta. An enchanting Relais & Châteaux property in Franciacorta that rises among rolling hills and vineyards, L’Albereta invites you to live an unforgettable experience, because the art of hospitality means here the ability to guarantee absolute and sublime pleasure of the senses. Your first evening is free to explore and adjust as you have a whirlwind Italian adventure ahead of you!

 

 

Day 2: Franciacorta and Lake Iseo

Franciacorta, Italy’s prized sparkling wine, is lesser known outside the peninsula. In fact, Franciacorta is one of Italy’s best kept wine secrets, and Italians are currently drinking more than 85 percent of the production. Although Franciacorta is similar to Champagne — being that it’s both a sparkling wine region and a geographical area — it is distinguished by its unique territorial identity and, of course, its size.

 

Monte Rossa Winery is one of the oldest and most prestigious wineries in the Franciacorta area. Their history is characterized by many winning decisions, the first of which was to abandon the production of still wines searching for excellence in Franciacorta. Success! Enjoy a VIP tour and special tasting including Cabochon, their star of the estate. Learn why the motto is, “More Bubbles, Less Troubles!”

 

For lunch you’ll visit the Michelin starred Due Colombe Ristorante. Housed in a thousand-year-old hamlet, you’ll dine in a deconsecrated church under a brick-vaulted ceiling. The chef’s highly creative approach results in a successful reinterpretation of local peasant traditions and top-quality cuisine. Enjoy a 7-course tasting menu paired with wines.

Montesina Estate

 

After lunch you’ll head to Montesina Estate for a private tour and tasting. This Antinori property islocated in the heart of Franciacorta, near the hamlet of Calino. Here, the union between the experience of the Antinori family and the characteristics of Franciacorta’s terroir have given birth to two sparkling categories:  “Classics,” a selection of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc grapes, and “Vintage” wines, a selection of our best Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes made only in exceptional vintages.

 

After your appointments it is time for a stroll along Lake Iseo. Iseo, the tourist capital of the lake, has the structure of a medieval village with alleys and tower houses. Worth seeing are the Pieve di Sant’Andrea, the Church of Santa Maria del Mercato, and Piazza Garibaldi, where the largest open-air market in the entire area takes place. A lively shopping and tourist area, it stands out for its elegant boutiques and numerous restaurants. On the southern shore of the lake, you will find Sarnico. A town full of life, very popular for walks along the lakefront and as you wander through the characteristic alleys in the historic center you will discover shops of all varieties.

 

 

 

Convent of SS. Annunciata

Day 3: Chardonnay & Fine Dining

After breakfast you’ll check out of your hotel and visit the convent. Located on Monte Orfano, the Convent of SS. Annunciata, built in 1449, is a place for the spirit, and the friars of the Convent have chosen Bellavista to revitalise a unique and inimitable 5.45-hectare vineyard that dates back to the 11th century. You will walk the vineyard, visit the convent, and enjoy a vertical tasting of Curtefranca Vigna Convento SS. Annunciata.

 

Da Vittorio

For lunch you’ll head to Lombardia and Da Vittorio. One of the world’s temples of haute cuisine, Da Vittorio achieved its first Michelin star in 1978, and three achieved in 2010. The secret to its success is that the family has been working together for almost 60 years. All the dishes are prepared using carefully chosen, top-quality ingredients and are striking for their beautiful presentation and rich, intense, and traditional flavors. At Da Vittorio, guests are carefully looked after from start to finish, when the extraordinary cheese and dessert trolleys provide a fitting finale.

 

Next, check into Turin’s most storied hotel, Grand Hotel Sitea. Opened in 1925, the hotel is both hidden away on a quiet pedestrianized road and in the center of all the action. The Via Roma (home to all the big Italian fashion houses), the bustling Piazza San Carlo, Museo Egizio, and all the big royal palaces are all within easy walking distance.
The rest of your day is free to explore this magical city.

 

 

Day 4: Living Turin

The beauty of Turin is that it’s all about the niche. There are grand boulevards, ancient ruins, grand coffee shops festooned with chandeliers, world-leading museums, and household brands that pierce Italy’s borders (hello Fiat and Lavazza) but look beyond the obvious and you’ll quickly realize there’s no other city in Italy quite like it.

 

Turin, Piedmont’s capital

At first glance, Piedmont’s capital looks more like a romanticized ode to Paris. Explore the ultra-moody streets, however, and you’ll get an authentic dose of Italy. Extraordinary royal palazzi, avant-garde galleries, bookstores, chiseled gardens, and miles upon miles of baroque architectural masterpieces – and then there are the restaurants. In short, there’s not one palazzo, courtyard, street, shop, or institution left untouched by this city’s infectious drive for its epicurean, historic and deeply artistic personality.

 

Today you’ll venture out on a guided walking tour with tastings. And we mean tastings! Taste tapas, tiny sandwiches, canapés, Bicerin (a concoction of espresso, chocolate and milk, the official drink of Turin), focaccia, cheese, cured meats, and wine.

 

Your afternoon is free to continue to explore the city, and in the evening, you’ll embark on private Vermouth experience! Invented in Turin, in 1786, Vermouth soon became one of the most famous and appreciated beverages all over the world. This Vermouth class will teach you the secrets to creating your own Vermouth!

 

 

 

 

Prunotto

Day 5: Barolo & Barbaresco

Wave goodbye to your new best friend, Turin, as this morning you’ll head to the land of Nebbiolo, Langhe! There you’ll be welcomed by another 2024 l’Eté du Vin Guest of Honor, Prunotto! Visit the heart of Barolo country in a small, picturesque village of Bussia Soprana. While there, explore the rich winemaking heritage of Alba’s historic winery and the acclaimed Vigna Colonnello vineyard in a journey to discover the area’s extraordinary beauty. Your time with Prunotto includes an estate and cellar tour, wine tasting, and lunch.

 

After lunch the vineyards of Marchesi di Grésy are calling your name. The di Grésy family have a history in the region, one that includes viticulture, although it wasn’t until the early 1970’s that the family business underwent the metamorphosis that produced Marchesi di Grésy as we know it today.  Surrounded by the beautiful vine-covered amphitheater of Martinenga, you will enjoy a vertical tasting of five different Barbaresco.

 

 

Castello di Guarene

Your driver will then deliver you to your final accommodations for the trip, Castello di Guarene. This Relais & Châteaux property is luxury personified. With heavy drapes, paintings, lavish period furniture, carefully restored parquet floors, this former summer residence for the Counts of Roero, built on the site of a medieval fortress, is a delight for the eyes. Surrounded by gardens designed in the style of 18th century Italy, overlooking the city of Guarene, it offers splendid views over the Langhe hills, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 6: Alba, Langhe, & Cheese!

Convinced that great wine can come only from the finest grapes, Pio Cesare’s unique winemaking method relies on minimal intervention to produce classic wines of distinctive character. Since 1881, Pio Cesare’s has focused on shorter maceration, separate lot fermentation, judicious selection for barrel and large cask aging, and bottling schedules determined by the ideal structure of each wine. From world-class Barolo and Barbaresco to crisp Cortese and sweet Moscato, the wines of Pio Cesare offer exceptional quality and variety. Enjoy a VIP private experience at this iconic winery, with tasting of wines, exceptionally selected from the private Pio’s Family cellar.

 

For lunch, visit La Piola. Operated by the Ceretto wine family, La Piola offers good food, tradition, and conviviality. In the Piedmontese dialect, the piola is the village inn, the place where you eat traditional dishes and drink generous glasses of local wine. Hidden within this term is an additional meaning, which describes a feeling: in a piola you go to feel good, together.

 

To work off that meal, you’ll next embark on a walking and driving tour of Alba and Langhe that features towns and castles. With your own private guide and driver at your disposal, visit the beautiful villages of Alba and the Langhe along with towers, farmhouses, castles, and churches.

 

Giolito Fiorenzo buys and ages cheeses in his multipurpose shop/aging cave/cheese in Bra. About a hundred years ago, Bra was an important trading hub because of its location on the rail line connecting the port town of Genoa to the northern Italian interior. The large rounds of Bra cheese take their name from the town not because they were made there, but because the merchants of Bra, Fiorenzo’s grandmother amongst them, would gather the large rounds, age them, and ship the cheeses off to Genoa to make oversees voyages. Enjoy a private cheese tasting with accompanying wine.

 

 

Day 7: Arrivederci, Italy!

Wake up knowing that your stay is complete, but the memories will last forever! A transfer to the Milan airport following breakfast will get you on your way back to the states, satiated and content.

 

This trip for three couples includes:

 

  • 2 night stay at L’Abereta in Franciacorta

 

  • 2 night stay at Grand Hotel Sitea in Turin

 

  • 2 night stay at Castello di Guarene in Langhe

 

  • 4 private VIP winery tours and premium tastings

 

  • 6 European-style breakfasts

 

  • 5 lunches with wine

 

  • 2 private gourmet experiences

 

  • 1 Walking tour with tastings

 

  • All transfers provided by chauffeured air-conditioned Mercedes van with professional English speaking driver

 

Please note: The itinerary presented is a complete trip for three couples. You can customize your itinerary, upgrade your accommodations or add additional days. Work with Nashville Wine Auction staff after the auction to book and/or upgrade your trip. Additional costs over what is listed above are the responsibility of the buyer(s). Please contact Nashville Wine Auction staff with potential travel dates to verify supplier availability before booking flights.

 

Restrictions: Itinerary subject to change based on availability at time of booking. Trip does not include airfare/train travel, additional meals, drinks, and transfers not specified in the itinerary. Personal expenses, tips and gratuities, travel insurance (strongly recommended) are also not included. For best availability of suppliers, a minimum of three months advance notice of selected dates is required. Trip restrictions apply, see Trip Guidelines in the Auction Rules and Reference section of the catalog.