Welcome to my first post on PiemonteMio – my revamp of Darryl’s great blog about life here in Piemonte (Piedmont): I hope you like this post and the site generally! Let me know if you have any suggestions for content, places to visit, eat, drink, stay…
If you’re planning an Italian trip, get in touch:
Italy has so much to offer – Venice, Rome, the Lakes, Tuscany, Sicily…Each is like visiting a different country.
If you are planning a trip focussed on food and wine, though, then I think that nowhere in Italy can offer as much as Piemonte. The wines are the most interesting in the land and the cuisine, courtesy of the Savoyard Empire, is a sublime blend of French and Italian. The wines are easily accessible, the food wonderfully seasonal and crowned with the glorious White Truffle.
Fancy a tailor-made tour? Then look no further:
You could explore by yourself, of course: this can – and has been for me – a wonderfully serendipitous way to get around and to see, hear, smell and taste a place. But you can easily miss the true nature of a region if you do this. The glories of Italy’s regional tables are to be found in small, family-owned growers, producers and eateries. People making authentic wines or foods deeply rooted in the area and restaurants making seasonal dishes from locally-sourced ingredients. To visit these places it helps to have someone local, someone who lives and breathes the region: often you’ll need a translator, too!
This is where PiemonteMio comes in…
I started in the wine trade in 1996, selling wine in the UK and making it in Australia, and in Piemonte/Piedmont, Italy. I have now lived in Piemonte for over 14 years and know the region’s hidden gems very well. In addition to the wines and white truffles, Piemonte is home to some serious grappa producers and is rightly known for the quality of its chocolate, artisanal beer, pasta, cheese and other foods.
I will show you the region as the locals experience it, rather than as tourists experience it: taking you to the places that others do not know about. I will look after all the planning and appointments, including lunch, and will be with you throughout the day to show you just a little of our wonderful region, and assist you with anything you might require, such as shipping wines home.
My tours are private and aimed at those with an interest in food and wine and will include visits to producers passionate about their area and its wares. I can offer you single-day or multi-day tours, where we go into more detail in the different regions. However, these are not tours that require any specialist knowledge. When all is said and done, you are on holiday and though you may wish to learn more about an area and its culinary delights and culture, it should be a relaxing and fun experience!
So if this sounds like the sort of thing you are after, why not get in contact? You can e-mail me on: firstname.lastname@example.org or call on +39 348 166 3798.
To whet your appetite, here is a Sample Wine Tour Itinerary !
I hope you enjoy the blog – and that I see you soon in Piemonte!