Bountiful Piedmont

By now their names are familiar everywhere: Barbaresco, Barbera, Nebbiolo, and most famous of all, Barolo. The Langhe area of southern Piedmont, the land of some of Italy’s most prized wines, has become a well-known destination for wine connoisseurs and truffle-lovers, and is a great spot for cookery courses featuring authentic Italian cuisine. Less known, however, are its other charms: the number of stunning medieval castles that dot the countryside, standing majestically on the Langhe’s tall hills; the awesome sight of the snow-covered Alps that can be seen encircling the region on a clear day; the genteel hospitality of the residents, who will welcome you into their homes and hearts and impart their pride of place to you; the breathtaking views of steep hills and valleys, blanketed with vineyards.

The cuisine of the Langhe area of Piedmont encompasses the best of Italian cooking and embraces the land’s proximity to France: emphasis is placed on starters and main courses, while first courses feature such staples as home-made pasta al ragù (meat sauce), and melt-in-your-mouth gnocchi in a creamy sauce flavored with the region’s famous cheeses. Not to be missed are the second courses, such as the traditional “Brasato al Barolo,” or veal marinated and cooked in Barolo wine, and desserts such as the earthy torta di nocciola (hazelnut cake) in chocolate sauce.


Latest Review

We gave this trip 5 stars
William & Barbara
New Jersey
Trip taken October 2011
Brico dei Cogni was wonderful. The place is very nice and the hosts Livio and Claudia cared for all our needs and were very friendly. Its location in the middle of vineyards on rolling hills is very scenic. We had a room with doors that opened out onto a balcony that overlooked the vineyards. In the cooking classes, Nona Victoria and Claudia taught us recipes for the courses of the two meals we prepared. Livio provided a nice selection of local wines to accompany each course so we were able to try a lot of different varieties. And he provided a wine for the cooking time, which was very nice. We ate at a table in the kitchen with the family which was a treat. Breakfast each day included 2 kinds of salami, 4 or 5 cheeses, condiments for the cheese (cogni, pear), breads, tarts, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, orange juice, coffee with warm milk, etc - a nice spread. We recommend Brico dei Gogni to all. All in all we were quite happy with our trip.

Trip Details

Your 2 cookery courses are given in the trattoria kitchen. The chef will share not only their recipes, but also their love for the Piedmontese cuisine, land and culture. During each class you will participate in the preparation of a full meal. A very special experience, in one of Italy’s most beautiful areas. (Please note classes can be either in the morning followed by lunch or in the evening followed by dinner, depending on availability).


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Itinerary

Day One

Please note that depending on days of the week and season, some activities or order of events may change. Cooking classes can be either in the morning followed by lunch or in the afternoon followed by dinner.

  • Arrival at Malpensa airport or Milan train station and transfer to the Langhe; check in to your charming B&B accommodations.
  • A driver will be at your disposal to take you to and from dinner. (Meal not included).
  • Overnight.

Cheese maker in Piedmont Italy


Day Two

  • Breakfast.
  • Explore the magic of the uncontaminated Upper Langa: a panoramic tour through Diano, Montelupo, Borgomale, Cravanzana, and Bossolasco, as far as Murazzano. Visit to a cheese producer to see the pasture, sheepfold, milking room, and cheese-making and aging process, followed by a tasting lunch.
  • Return to your accommodations for the first lesson on “the cuisine of the Langhe:” the lady who runs your accommodations will show how a typical menu is prepared (one starter, one pasta dish, one main course, one dessert); the dishes prepared during the lesson will then be tasted afterwards at dinner, paired with local wines.
  • Overnight.

Grinzane Cavour castle in Piedmont


Day Three

  • Breakfast.
  • Today will be spent discovering the growing area of Barolo, one of the most highly- prized wines in the world: tour plus tasting in a winery where the “King of wines” is made.
  • Time on your own to visit the charming towns of Barolo and Monforte.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • In the afternoon, tour of Grinzane Cavour Castle, its Country Life Museum, and the Regional Enoteca with traditional wines carefully selected by the masters of the Order of the Knights of the Truffle and Wines of Alba.
  • A driver will be at your disposal to take you to and from dinner. (Meal not included).
  • Overnight.

Barolo and Barbaresco vineyards in Piedmont Italy


Day Four

  • Breakfast.
  • Depart for Barbaresco wine country, and travel through the towns of Barbaresco, Treiso, and the characteristic old village of Neive. You may wish to stop and walk through the towns, or to have another wine tasting at one of the local enotecas.
  • Visit the tower of Barbaresco (entrance ticket included), and take the lift up to the panoramic terrace overlooking the Langhe and Roero hills.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Experience a guided visit to a Barbaresco wine cellar or an ancient distillery, followed by a tasting.
  • A driver will be at your disposal to take you to and from dinner. (Meal not included).
  • Overnight.

Brasato di manzo al Barolo


Day Five

  • Breakfast, followed by a very special day. Transfer to Alba for a morning in the historic capital of the Langhe, with its numerous enotecas and places where good food and wine are an intrinsic part of the culture. Time to explore on your own.
  • Lunch on your own in Alba.
  • Transfer to your accommodations for your second lesson on “the cuisine of the Langhe.” The chef will show how a second typical menu is prepared; the dishes prepared during the lesson will then be tasted afterwards at a final dinner, paired with local wines.
  • Overnight.

Day Six

  • Breakfast, then transfer to Malpensa airport or Milan train station.

Trip Details

Included in the 5-Night Trip

Accommodations

5 nights accommodations at a B&B with private en suite bathroom

Food & Beverages

  • Daily breakfast
  • Tasting lunch in the Upper Langa
  • 2 meals (lunch or dinner) following cooking lessons, local wine included

Classes & Instructors

Your 2 cookery courses are given in the trattoria kitchen. The chef will share not only their recipes, but also their love for the Piedmontese cuisine, land and culture. During each class you will participate in the preparation of a full meal. A very special experience, in one of Italy’s most beautiful areas. (Please note classes can be either in the morning followed by lunch or in the evening followed by dinner, depending on availability).

Excursions

  • Visit of the Upper Langa with stop at a cheese producer
  • Excursion into the Barolo area with wine tasting
  • Visit of Grinzane Cavour Castle and its Regional Enoteca
  • Excursion into Barbaresco wine country, including the tower of Barbaresco and a winery visit with tasting
  • Excursion to Alba

Transfer Details

  • Round-trip transfers from Milan Malpensa airport or Milan train station

Miscellaneous

  • Driver services for excursions and dinners, as per itinerary (please note the driver is not a guide, and you will be free to explore these towns and villages on your own)
  • Entrance fees for Grinzane Cavour Castle (with audio guide) and Barbaresco Tower

Accommodation Information

The Trattoria del Bivio is an Inn in the traditional sense of the word, offering both wonderful food in the restaurant as well as lodging in the 6 charming bedrooms. The rooms are spacious and simply outfitted, with en suite baths. The property also has an indoor pool and WiFi.

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Year-Round Pricing:

based on 2 people

5-night Program
US$2900 per person based on double occupancy
  • Subtract US$500 per person when booking 4 or more people

30% deposit due to confirm booking.
Balance payment due 60 days prior to tour start date. Questions? Please contact us!

Single occupancy rate: please inquire.


Tour Dates

Available any week for 2 to 12 people. Other start dates also possible.

2019
March 31-April 5
April 7-12
April 14-19
April 21-26
April 28-May 3
May 5-10
May 12-17
May 19-24
May 26-31
June 2-7
June 9-14
June 16-21
June 23-28
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August 4-9
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October 6-11
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November 3-8
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November 17-22
November 24-29
December 1-6
December 8-13
December 15-20
December 22-27

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Reviews

We gave this trip 5 stars
William & Barbara
New Jersey
Trip taken October 2011
Brico dei Cogni was wonderful. The place is very nice and the hosts Livio and Claudia cared for all our needs and were very friendly. Its location in the middle of vineyards on rolling hills is very scenic. We had a room with doors that opened out onto a balcony that overlooked the vineyards. In the cooking classes, Nona Victoria and Claudia taught us recipes for the courses of the two meals we prepared. Livio provided a nice selection of local wines to accompany each course so we were able to try a lot of different varieties. And he provided a wine for the cooking time, which was very nice. We ate at a table in the kitchen with the family which was a treat. Breakfast each day included 2 kinds of salami, 4 or 5 cheeses, condiments for the cheese (cogni, pear), breads, tarts, croissants, fresh fruits, cereals, yogurt, orange juice, coffee with warm milk, etc - a nice spread. We recommend Brico dei Gogni to all. All in all we were quite happy with our trip.
We gave this trip 5 stars
Kathleen & Donald
Texas
Trip taken April 2010
Everything about our trip was fantastic! The Bricco dei Cogni was so pretty, comfortable and inviting. Livio, Claudia and "Mama" took us in like family. We so thoroughly loved the two cooking classes, and the food was divine. Our driver, Enzo was from Alba and knew every place like the back of his hand. The fact that he spoke English AND we had him all to ourselves for five days was incredible. We covered so much territory, saw so many charming cities, wineries, etc. We can't spot talking about it. One really neat highlight was the visit to the cheese farmer. We know that Slow Food had its beginning in the region, and it is clear that everyone has really embraced the concept. We've told everyone we know about this wonderful trip, we certainly hope to do another International Kitchen tour, who knows, perhaps the same one!