Wine Enthusiast’s Wine Travel Experiences 2020: We’re in the Piedmont section! My personal recommendations.

Piedmont, Italy is one of Wine Enthusiast magazine’s seven best wine travel experiences of 2020 – and, OMG – they mention Girl’s Gotta Drink! 

A big thank you to our readers and clients for your continued support. This site has been going since I moved in 2013 and I could not be more proud of the enthusiasm and energy y’all express for the content and wine travel programs.

I was beyond thrilled when Lauren Mowery of Wine Enthusiast was in touch with me in the fall looking for tips on truffle hunting experiences in Barolo. I mean, that’s my jam! So, I tried to contain my excitement at the very idea of inclusion in their annual wine travel round-up. I didn’t want to tell too many people in case I made the cutting room floor.

But, there it is: A photo and a little paragraph highlighting my site and giving a teeny glimpse of our wine travel programs.

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My top travel picks: How about a bit of a highlight reel?

I thought I’d use this as an opportunity to highlight some of our partners – both local and global. And, a summary of posts on wine travel in Barolo and Piedmont, Italy as well as other parts of Italy.

First: My top travel partners in Piedmont, Italy

We have some great partnerships with fantastic vendors. You can find a lot in various posts, but here’s a quick reference list:

Langhe Wine Bars / Dining:

  • Voglia di Vino – restaurant and enoteca (Alba): We work with Luca and Daniela on everything from aperitivo experiences to more involved wine tasting programs at their wine shop near the restaurant. Stay tuned for special offers and wine shop discounts.
  • Ape Wine Bar (Alba): Always a favorite stop with clients for a fun meal or aperitivo. The food is delish and the staff is fantastic. But, the unsung hero of Ape Wine Bar Alba is the amazing manager, Vanessa. In addition to her focus on top-notch hospitality, her wine pairings are spot on.
  • La Vite Turchese (Barolo village): We have been incorporating specialty tastings with Stefano and Elisabetta into our tour programs for a couple of years now. Always a big hit with clients. Inquire for options and details when booking your Barolo wine tour.
  • Locanda Fontanazza (La Morra village): The food, the atmosphere…Mattia and Valentina have created fantastic dining and offer rooms.
  • Risié wine bar (Alba): Always a favorite of mine with great bubbles and bites for aperitivo and just lovely staff.
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Speciality tasting at Voglia di Vino with a fun group in November 2019.

Hotels / Lodging: Get a bottle of wine from Girl’s Gotta Drink when you coordinate your booking through us! Reach out for more info via the Barolo wine tour booking or Contact pages.

  • Locanda Voglia di Vino: Stylish rooms in Alba’s historic center.
  • Corte Gondina Boutique Hotel: A lovely boutique hotel in the Barolo village of La Morra – spa and pool onsite.
  • Villa Vitae: A fantastic villa divided into six elegant, noble apartments with a pool and space for onsite group dining.
  • Castello di Sinio: Restored castle just located perfectly between Barbaresco and Barolo with easy access to the primary wine town of Alba. Owned by a fellow American expat, Denise also is the chef at her amazing on-site ristorante. And, don’t miss the pool for those leisurely sunny days while you are on holiday.
  • Palas Cerequio: In the La Morra vineyard area just outside the village of La Morra. Pool, restaurant, and more.
  • Réva Wine Resort: A gorgeous new resort just outside of Monforte. They have an indoor and outdoor pool, a spa, and a Michelin-starred ristorante on-site.
  • Hotel Langhe: About 1.5 km / 1 mile from the Alba’s historic center. Nice rooms, pool, and tennis court.
  • The Monvigliero Vineyard Villas: A four-house villa property in the Barolo vineyard area of Verduno. Large outdoor pool, equipped for events of all sizes and types. Sleeps up to 40; villas can be rented individually up to the entire property.
  • Villa Ribota: Gorgeous villa in the Barolo vineyard area of Novello with a large outdoor pool; sleeps up to 12.

Other:

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Villa Vitae in the Barolo village of Castiglione Falletto.

Second: Wine travel partners – others

Around Italy:

  • Etna Wine School: If you aren’t familiar with the wines of Etna, get yourself some and start a very tastey education. Benjamin Spencer of Etna Wine School just finished the first encompassing book on the wine region, currently available for pre-sale. Find out more and order the book here. Then, start planning a trip to Etna and hire Ben. It’s epic wine travel.
  • Explore Florence and Tuscany / Alexandra Lawrence: Seriously the best art, history, and cultural tour you’ll ever experience. She’s ace. She’s now also offering tours in Bologna!
  • Girl in Florence: Check out Georgette’s site for more than just Florence and Tuscany information – she’s got travel tips for all of Italy, France, and a whole lot more.
  • Romeo and Juliet Guide: If you are planning some Verona travel, check out my ladies in the city of love. And, click here for a discount code that Girl’s Gotta Drink readers can use to save when booking with them. Tour Verona, the Valpolicella wine region, Garda, and more.

 

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Verona wine tasting experience at Bacco wine shop with Romeo and Juliet Guide.
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Etna wine tour.

Other:

  • VinConnect: Check out the VinConnect portfolio to get early offers from top European producers. Order them easily online – no obligation – when each producer sends their one, two, or three offers each year (new release, library, and special offers, etc.) Wines are shipped direct-to-consumer. USA customers only.
  • Lazenne: Wine travel luggage and other travel gear. For more on their products, read Bringing Wine Home From Italy.
  • Carpe Travel: Great travel resource with a hefty focus on wine travel in the USA.
  • Word on the Grape Vine: Client turned friend – Josh drills down technical topics on wine that make things easy to understand. A great resource for wine education.
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Wine tasting with a view from Cigliuti in the Barbaresco winemaking area of Neive.

Third: Our top wine travel articles

When I moved here in 2013, the region was still very undiscovered and quite hard to navigate for a would-be traveler. Since I struggled so much in my early attempts to explore the area, I put on my public relations hat created content to help people get around. As a result, the site kind of took on a life of its own.

Here are some of the posts y’all seem to enjoy the most for travel in the region as well as beyond:

Piedmont travel:

Around Italy:

There are my wine travel highlights!

What locations are on your wine travel wish list for 2020? I’d love to hear in the comments below. I’ve been talking about a trip to Burgundy with my friend Josh of Word on the Grapevine, hopefully another trip back to Eta with Etna Wine School, and maybe…just maybe, Champagne – stay tuned!

And, for inspiration, don’t forget to check out the Wine Enthusiast list of 7 Best Wine Travel Experiences of 2020!

 

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