Hotel Castello di Sinio: An Oasis in Barolo, Italy

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Ristorante Hotel Castello di Sinio. Outdoor dining in spring and summer. Photo courtesy of Hotel Castello di Sinio.

Wondering where to stay in Piedmont wine country? Hotel Castello di Sinio. 

We’ve been talking so much about Denise Pardini and Hotel Castello di Sinio with all her yummy recipes on the site, it was time to get a little profile up on the hotel itself. So, when travel is back on, consider it for your visit to Barolo, Italy. Experience her incredible hospitality and magnificent cooking in person!

About The Castello

Denise began restoration on this 12th-century castle back in 2000, opening in the fall of 2005. I’ve had tons of Barolo wine tour clients stay with her with plans to dine out, but they end up so impressed with the Ristorante, they stay onsite most nights.

Hotel Castello di Sinio dates back to 1142, built by Marchesi del Carretto. And remains one of the oldest castles in Barolo, Italy. Even more cool? It’s the area’s only medieval castle to be converted into a hotel, so if you are into fairy tales, this is where to stay in Piedmont wine country. Denise’s restoration efforts include original materials of stone walls, terra cotta tile floors, and many massive chestnut timbers / ceilings.

Location is another main reason that this is where to stay in Piedmont wine country. Castello di Sinio sits between the primary wine areas of Barbaresco and Barolo, Italy, in the quiet village of Sinio. Denise and her staff oversee everything from wine tours (often using my guides when they are available!) to transfers (airport, train station, etc.) to dining recommendations / reservations, artisan food producer visits, truffle hunts, onsite wine education, and more.

In fact, Denise and I often work together on client programs – with my clients, we work together on specialty custom Piedmont wine tour packages.

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Photo Courtesy of Hotel Castello di Sinio.

Hotel Castello di Sinio: The Property

One of my favorite parts of the hotel is its beautiful, peaceful garden. It reminds me of the french countryside, bursting with brightly-colored flowers, a covered patio for aperitivo and breakfast – and, in the warmer months, outdoor dining!

Just around the corner is the beautiful pool with a striking vineyard view.


    • 9 suites
    • 5 classic rooms
    • Interior furnishings are plush with classic fabrics, antique furniture, 600-year-old doors, and pictures
    • Pool
    • Exercise room
    • Onsite ristorante
    • Wine cellar with about nearly 800 labels, 95 percent local
    • Garden with covered outdoor patio


That one time I stayed at Hotel Castello di Sinio

Back in November 2019, I was lucky enough to score a couple of nights at The Castello. One of the clients in a group program had to leave early, so the crew offered me the room. And, it was a suite! I had a living room, two bathrooms as well as the bedroom!

I wasn’t expecting the royal treatment, but OMG, it was like I was a legit guest!

Turndown service meant I returned from dinner to a gently lit room, both nightstands had the next day’s weather forecast, a mindfully delicious inspirational quote, and a handwritten note. Water was refreshed and the shutters closed.

As I left, I was greeted with a thank you gift, my luggage was ushered to my car – the car was brought right up to the door, AND turned for me to easily drive away (turns out, castle driveways are a bit tight). Oh – and, the windshield was clean! The group’s truffle hunt was canceled due to rain, so it needed it.

Specialty Programs: Winemaker Dinners

On that program, Denise and I developed a specialty pairing dinner with the charming Chiara Boschis of Barolo winery E.Pira and Figli. Since it was my group’s last night – and a big deal producer – I wanted the dinner to be extra special with one final culture touch.

Chiara is part owner in a restored borgata Castelmagno, about an hour and forty-five minutes from Barolo, Italy, and known for one of the area’s more revered cheeses: Castelmagno DOP.

About a month before the program, Denise sat down with me to plan a most epic five-course menu, using Castelmagno cheese directly from Chiara’s borgata. Denise’s planned a unique dish for each course that was perfectly paired with Chiara’s Barolo wines. You may wonder how many dishes one can make using a strong high country cheese and not bore the palate. Well, there are plenty.

From Dolcetto poached pear salad to poached egg with sauteed artichoke and cardoons with fonduta, roasted pumpkin flan with porcini mushrooms, open-faced truffle ravioli, and a Piemontese Beef Burgundy – yes, all with that strong, spicy, sharp Castelmagno cheese expertly incorporated into the dish.

Chiara shared information on the Castelmagnon cheese, her restoration project, and its production, and also introduced each of her wines. The service, food, and overall experience were truly something special.

Wine, Dine, and Stay in Luxury!

If you are looking for where to stay in Piedmont wine country, Hotel Castello di Sinio won’t disappoint. Ping me for a Barolo wine tour program that incorporates Denise’s incredible hospitality – five-star service and accommodations.

And, since many can’t travel right now, try some of Denise’s recipes to prep your palate. I can even put together a wine order for you that pairs with each dish. Click for all the Cooking with Denise recipes!

Book your visit at Hotel Castello di Sinio in Barolo, Italy!

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