“The discovery of a wine is of greater moment than the discovery of a constellation. The universe is too full of stars”
FOOD & WINE TOUR GUIDE IN ALBA, LANGHE & ROERO
Don’t let my name deceive you! I am American with an Italian background, raised in Napa, California and transplanted to Piemonte Italy more than 12 years ago. Originally an English teaching job brought me here but little did I know that I would fall in love, both with my husband and the wine in this beautiful region. After studying and exploring this area at length, I just had to share the beauty of this unspoiled Italian region with you!
My goal is to give you an unpretentious experience and help find the PEOPLE who will leave you with unforgettable memories, not to mention the wine and food. Being against strict itineraries myself, I would like to create the most flexible and personalized wine and food tours possible and guide you in the right directions.
I have completed the first level of Associazione Italiana dei Sommelier (AIS) and worked in a well known Barolo winery for 2 years where I got to experience harvest and learn about the wine industry first hand. It took me a while to get my business started because as you probably know, everything in Italy is SLOW (except the driving!).
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In the last decade, I have researched and visited many wineries in that time and have perfected my Italian which helps me establish better relationships with the locals. Being married into a Piemontese family gives me a broader knowledge of the local mentality and culture as well.
Piemonte is no Napa Valley, and sometimes it can be useful to have a translator on hand, someone to book tastings (hard to do walk-ins here), and of course drive you around these confusing Italian roads! I hope my enthusiasm and passion for wine will make your experience even more fun.
Transportation is normally included in our tours with pick up and drop off services within the Alba area. A private driver with luxury vehicle, vintage cars, 9 seater vans or buses, or self drive tours can be arranged. If you are interested in taking the train from Torino, we suggest taking a direct 45 minute train ride from Porta Nuova station in Torino to Fossano where you can be picked up. For further information about how to reach our area, please read more on this page
During high season
May-June and Sept-Nov a standard group tour may be available for 2-8 people. An English speaking driver will pick you up in an air-conditioned van in Alba and take you to a few points of interest in the Barolo area, as well as 1 Barolo winery in the morning, a casual lunch spot, and 1 more Barolo winery in the afternoon. Your driver is available to give you local insight and is a certified sommelier and tour guide. We will provide you with maps and a detailed description of the local varieties when you hop on the bus. It will be fun to share this experience with other English speaking wine lovers from all over the world. You may come home with new friends and especially new wines!