Monday, October 14th – Visits to the Contratto Winery and the Scagliola Winery.
Svetlana at the Contratto winery.
We took a tour of the Contratto museum.
Some Contratto wines aging in the cellar.
The Contratto bottling operation.
Sampling some nice Contratto wines with some aged parmigiano cheese.
The view of Monferrato from the Scagliola winery.
The Nebbiolo harvest was coming in during our visit.
Red wine aging in the Scagliola cellar.
Steel fermentation tanks for the white wines.
We sampled 10 different Scagliola wines.
Tuesday, October 15th – We visited the Wine Bank at Agenzia Pollenzo where we had a tour and a wine tasting and we had an amazing wine dinner at Villa Tiboldi.
We stayed at Villa Tiboldi for two nights.
Our wine dinner at Villa Tiboldi.
Dinner at villa Tiboldi started with some great appetizers.
Veal Fassone with white truffles.
The wines served with dinner. We had Arneis, Roero, Barbera, and Moscato.
The panna cotta was everyone’s favorite.
Agenzia Pollenzo, home to the Wine Bank.
Our charming host at the wine bank Alexandra.
Examples of Italy’s finest wines are stored in the Wine Bank. Several hundred thousand bottles.
The wine tasting at the Wine Bank. We tasted two 2005 Barbarescos, two 2005 Barolos, and a 1998 Barolo. A nice start to the day before lunch.
Wednesday, October 16th – A Piemontese cooking class at Villa Tiboldi and a visit to the Malvira winery.
The cooking class with the chef of Villa Tiboldi.
Don helping to make the ravioli filling.
Fresh pasta! Yum.
Our chef laying out the ravioli filling in the fresh pasta.
Nebbiolo grapes waiting to be made into the king of wines Barolo.
Enjoying the peppers and ravioli made in the cooking class.
After lunch a visit to the Malvira winery.
We tasted 11 beautiful white and red wines with vinatges from 1998 to 2012.
A wine tasting at the Malvira winery.
The view from La Morra village on our way to our new hotel in Barolo village.
Thursday, October 17th – we hunted truffles with our truffle hunting guide, had a beautiful lunch with white truffle dishes, and visited Azienda Agricola Abate where many varieities of delicious fresh cheese are made.
Massimo, our truffle hunter and his truffle hunting dog Birba.
Birba has found something!
Two prized white truffles that Birba found.
Our truffle hunt included a nice lunch with truffles at Agriturismo San Martino.
Our beautiful lunch at the restaurant features dishes prepared with white truffles. We washed lunch down with a nice bottle of Dolcetto and one of Grignolino.
Our wonderful group at lunch.
Eugenio explains how they make fresh cheese from cow sheep and goats milk at Azienda Agricole Abate.
Some of the aging cheese at Azienda Agricole Abate
Snacking on fresh cheese, salami, pancetta, lardo, and some fresh, young Dolcetto wine at Azienda Agricole Abate.
Friday, October 18th – Viits to the La Spinetta winery, the Fontanafredda winery and our move to Barolo village.
The hotel Barolo where we stayed our last night in Italy.
A view of the fields around Barolo from the Barolo tower.
A wine aging barrel in the La Spinetta cellar.
Many more wine aging barrels in the La Spinetta cellar.
Fontannafredda winery. Notice the distinctive stripes on the building which were the king’s colors.
The day was capped with a nice 5 course dinner at Fontanafredda served with 4 wines, a nice Alta Lunga sparkling wine, a Barbera, a Barolo, and a Moscato.
A room full of aging barrels in the Fontanafredda cellars.
More aging barrels at Fontanafredda.