Ever heard about a dreamland between Milan and Parma owning 21 wines with a Denomination of Controlled Origin called Vini dei Colli Piacentini? It looks exactly like Tuscany…but that’s in Emilia Romagna and a wine tour there is a must for both connaisseurs to amateurs!
11:30 am – Start your Piacenza wine tasting tour at a small family-run farm literally housed in an ancient castle with aristocratic origins! The surrounding 23 hectares of land are cultivated with historical local vines destined to be transformed into traditional wines such as Malvasia DOC, Ortrugo DOC, Sauvignon DOC and Gutturnio DOC, but also with more rare terroir grapes such as the whites used to obtain Monterosso DOC and some renouned varieties like Sauvignon DOC, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet. After visiting the ancient ageing cellars, where their most peculiar vini riserva are preserved and fine-tuned for years, it will be time for a mouth-watering tasting of their most iconic wines paired with Grana Padano PDO: a perfect bang-on!
12:30 pm – On to the following stop.
12:45 pm – Meet the staff person directly at the second estate, a niche family-run production in the panoramic hills south-east of Piacenza, the first province of Emilia-Romagna coming down from Milan: their biggest commitment goes to the so-called ancestral method affecting both the vine treatment and the wine refermentation in the bottle in order to obtain those delicate bubbles that only a traditional state-of-the-art procedure can favour. A typical brunch in full Emilian style will follow to delight your senses, to start with the 3 PDO cured meats Pancetta, Coppa and Salame, all paired up with their naturally sparkling white and red wines. A final toast with will their white Vin Santo di Vigoleno DOC, a rare and therefore extremely precious raisin wine obtained from a very specific low-yield grape that only grows up there in a few miles radius all around the stunning Castle of Vigoleno, will definitely make your day!
02:15 pm – Enjoy a final digestive stroll in one of the authentic medieval villages of the area such as Vigoleno or Castell’Arquato: their castles and walls are still there to testify of the strategic importance of this land and the unique historical and architectural heritage of Emilia Romagna.
04:00 pm – End of activities and back to your hotel / head on to your next destination.