“In fine, the truffle is the very diamond of gastronomy”
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
TRUFFLE HUNT IN LANGHE, ROERO & MONFERRATO
Truffle Hunt in Alba
You can be part of one of the few authentic truffle hunts around Alba, with our private Trifolao. Black truffles can be found nearly all year round and Alba white truffles only during the months of October through December generally speaking. There are good years and bad years mainly depending on the amount of rainfall and moisture too. Hunting with pigs is just a myth in these parts. They have always used dogs to search for the truffles with their actute sense of smell. Otherwise, we would be literally walking on a gold mine and not even know it! Dogs are smart enough to be trained and wait for the truffle hunter to get his pick out and carefully dig it out without damaging this delicate nugget. The Alba region is best known for its structured big red wines like Barolo and Barbaresco. But we can’t forget about the valuable and highly coveted Alba white truffles which draw thousands of people to the area every year. It is the same special terroir, giving us such unique wines, that generates these one of a kind funghi which can cost up to 5 euros per gram! It is not just the soil though, but numerous other factors and a bit of magic which produce these aromatic truffles.
Please don’t hesitate to ask me for any help or recommendations.
I would be happy to do it. Happy hunting!
International Alba White Truffle Fair
On weekends only during the months of October and November, you can visit the International Alba White Truffle Festival in the center of the town. There are numerous exhibitors who proudly show off their finds in glass cases. You are free to smell them, purchase them and even eat some shaved on an egg at the food stand if you like! It is a fun environment to be a part of since you can smell truffle scents throughout the streets of the city. I suggest coming towards the end of October or November when you are really sure to find local truffles. In the beginning of October, depending on the year of course, you may risk not finding as many local finds.
OUR TRUFFLE HUNT PROPOSALS
OUR TRUFFLE TOURS
Although I focus more on wine tours, the demand for truffle hunt tours is so high that I often combine it with my day tours. Otherwise, if you are interested in just a truffle hunt I would be happy to help you plan it. There are many different styles of truffle hunts out there and I am sure you will find the right one for you.
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!