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Weekend for aspiring wine enthusiasts

Weekend for aspiring wine enthusiasts

A weekend for a first approach to the world of wines... Expert teachers and a gastronomic guide will accompany you on the journey to discover this precious nectar. Give yourself a true gastronomic weekend, completely dedicated to the tasting of typical products and wines.

1st day: Arrival at Lake Maggiore and first wine course

Arrival and accommodation in a 3-star-hotel on Lake Maggiore. Meeting with other group members. The first afternoon is focused on an introduction to the world of wines: historic origin, analysis of taste and smell. You will learn general and organoleptic properties of wine, how to manage a bottle of wine correctly, from purchasing to serving. Dinner in the hotel followed by a first wine tasting session: two white wines and two red wines.

2nd day: Wineries in the Novara hills and dinner on the Fishermen's Island

The day is dedicated to visiting wineries in the area of the Novara hills. By private transfer and with a local gastronomic guide, visit to four agricultural enterprises to learn how good wines are made and to taste their best products. The selected wineries for your visit are the following: Cantina Mirù in Ghemme, Anzivino in Gattinara, Castello Conti in Boca (vertical tasting of Boca DOC) and Dessilani of Fara Novarese. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon and in the evening departure from Stresa by motorboat to reach the "Isola Superiore dei Pescatori" (Fishermen's Island) with its old fishermen's village and typical narrow alleys, dinner in a gourmet restaurant on the island... After dinner, private motorboat back to Stresa.

3rd day: Last wine course

After breakfast last lesson with a teacher who will explain how to taste a wine. The following subjects will be discussed: DOC and DOCG (Protected Designation of Origin and Protected and Guaranteed Designation of Origin), current and future classification, product complexity and clearing up myths, sommeliers are not magicians, brief hints about combining food and wine. To end this meeting appropriately, wine tasting of a great red Piedmontese wine. Lunch in hotel and departure to get back home.


  • 2 nights with breakfast in 3-star-hotel at Lake Maggiore in double room;
  • dinner in hotel (3-course-menu, drinks not included);
  • lunch in hotel (3-course-menu, drinks not included);
  • 2 wine tastings in hotel;
  • 2 half-day lessons with an expert wine teacher in hotel;
  • private return transfer from Stresa to the Novara hills;
  • 1 full-day private guiding service for the Novara hills;
  • visit and tasting in 4 wineries in the Novara hills;
  • return transfer by motorboat from Stresa to the Fishermen's Island;
  • dinner in a gourmet restaurant on the Fishermen's Island (3-course-menu, drinks not included).
  • hotel city tax.
Wines tasted in the cellars
  • Ghemme DOCG - Nebbiolo - Bianco Colline Novaresi (Mirù) (white);
  • Maulet VDT Bianco (white) - Nemesi VDT rosso (red), Bramaterra DOCG - Gattinara DOCG (Anzivino);
  • Boca DOC annate (Castello Conti);
  • Fara DOC - Nebbiolo Spanna - Spumante di Erbaluce (Dessilani).

Price: starting from 485,00 € per person in double room
Number of days: 2 nights, 3 days, according to hotel availability
Minimum number of participants: 8 people
Maximum number of participants: 16 people
Period: from April to October 2017