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Piedmont - From the Vineyard to your Glass

Sunday: D-O
 Welcome cocktail in Asti with short introduction to your Piedmont trip, welcome dinner at a renowned Asti restaurant. Overnight at hotel.

Guided tour of a farm near Asti, to know and see how to prepare the ground, how to plant and grow the vines and to create a   vineyard; country lunch; visit to different kind of vineyards, then transfer to the Professional Tourism School of Agliano Terme to have an interesting lesson in wine serving temperature and in the importance of choosing the right glass; typical dinner. Overnight in hotel.

Transfer to Pessione (TO) to visit the wine-making cellar of Martini & Rossi Establishment, with its wine machinery; seminary about the first phases of transformation from the grapes to the must and the wine; visit to Martini Historical Museum; country lunch; afternoon visit to a joinery near Asti, specialised in wooden barrels realisation; gala dinner at a Michelin restaurant near Asti. Overnight in hotel.

Wednesday: B-L-D-O
Visit to the Asti Spumante Consortium, including a lesson in charmat and champenois methods; traditional lunch tasting the typical Monferrato dish called “fritto misto”; afternoon transfer to Cisterna d’Asti, to visit the castle with its exhibition of ancient stores and laboratories; dinner at a renowned Asti restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Thursday: B-L-D-O
Visit to the ageing cellar of a farm near Asti, including seminary about the different kind of wooden containers and tasting of some differently aged wines; country lunch; afternoon excursion to Nizza Monferrato: visit to a distillery, lesson in “grappa” distillation and tasting, visit to Bersano Museum of old country life; typical dinner at a characteristic wine restaurant in Asti. Overnight in hotel.

Friday: B-L-D-O
Visit to Gancia Cellars in Canelli, to see the production of “spumante” and vermouth; visit to the Regional Enotheque of Asti Moscato and lunch; afternoon visit to a cork factory and to various establishments specialised in the production of the machinery for pressing, wine-making, bottling and labelling. Traditional Asti dinner at restaurant near Asti. Overnight in hotel.

Visit to a cellar near Asti, tasting and seminary about the main DOC and DOCG of the area; country lunch; afternoon at leisure in Asti for shopping in the local market and shops; wine cocktail tasting at a coffee-bar in the city centre; farewell dinner at a good Asti restaurant. Overnight in hotel.

Sunday: B-L
Delivery of diplomas, goodbye wine cocktail and “Light Lunch”.

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