And its neighboring wine regions Alto Piemonte, Canavese, Valle d’Aosta

4 days

28 March - APril 1, 2019

Carema, where Italy borders Switzerland and France, home to vineyards on steeply terraced land and known as a wine growing area for two thousand years.

Carema, where Italy borders Switzerland and France, home to vineyards on steeply terraced land and known as a wine growing area for two thousand years.


The voyage begins at the Milan Malpensa airport in the morning. A private car awaits to make the short trip (45 minutes) to Lago Orta. There will be time to recover and refresh at the lakeside hotel and have a light lunch in town at La Motta overlooking the lake. The afternoon is dedicated to an initiation into the magic of the wines of Alto Piemonte with a tasting and vineyard visit with one of Neal's team of dynamic vignaioli, perhaps Massimo Clerico in Lessona or the Conti sisters in Maggiora who produce a fine Boca. Dinner will further immerse us in the traditions of the Alto Piemonte as Gianluca and Raffaella of the agriturismo, La Capuccina, will cook their farm-raised produce for us before we return to Villa Crespi to recharge for the coming days.

Friday 29 March

After breakfast, we will have a cooking class or a tasting with one of Neal’s producers and then drive to Torino. Once in that fabled city, one of Italy's best-kept secrets for history, architecture, great contemporary art and the capital of the increasingly influential Slow Food movement, we will spend an hour or so on an architectural walk in the company of a local historian. Dinner will be at Scannabué, located in the happening district of San Salvario, where it joins modish restaurants and bars that line the lively streets.

saturday 30 March

The day begins with a visit to the world-renowned Egyptian Museum. Then, we will convene for lunch at Del Cambio, established in 1757 it is one of the oldest restaurants in the world. In 2014, it underwent a massive restoration by a team of 100 craftsmen and today features the dishes of chef Matteo Baronetto, who worked for nearly two decades under Milan-based chef Carlo Cracco.

The afternoon will provide free time to shop, relax or visit one of the city's stellar con- temporary art collections, including options such as:

The Castello di Rivoli, a cutting-edge contemporary art museum that also features great medieval, Old Master and modern paintings. The building is a former royal residence of The House of Savoy, built in 1718, but its foundations date back to 1159, which makes the museum a must-visit for art lovers and history buffs alike.

The Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, established in 1995 by major art patron Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo. The foundation supports young Italian and international artists with particular focus on commissions and the production of new work. The museum space is one of the premier destinations to view experimental con- temporary art in Torino.

In the evening we will attend a performance at Teatro Regio, Teatro Carignano, or an- other cultural venue in this city of multiple temptations and perhaps have a late-night treat at Caffé Mulassano, an historic café in the heart of the city that will leave you with another unforgettable moment.

SUNDAY 31 March

After a copious brunch in Torino we will drive to the village of Carema to join Neal, and many of his wine producers from various regions, to celebrate his induction as an honorary citizen of Carema.  The ceremony will take place in the 17th century Chapel of San Rocco and will be followed by a reception at the ancient stone fortress of Gran Masun.  Immediately following, all will gather for dinner at Ramo Verde, a gem of a trattoria located in the heart of Carema, before returning to Torino to recover from the festivities.

Monday 1 april

Luigi Ferrando, Carema, Alto Piemonte

Luigi Ferrando, Carema, Alto Piemonte

We will grab a morning pastry and a coffee at Al Bicerin and then depart Torino by private car for Milan Malpensa and the journey home. This unique cafe, opened in 1763, is well known as a place where the most fashionable women of Torino enjoy a morning coffee after receiving communion at the Santuario della Consulata, the baroque church across the plaza.

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