We gather at the Milano airport and depart with our private mini-coach to the region of Emilia-Romagna. After about 1 hour we stop in Fontanellato, a small "borgo" counting a little more than 6,000 inhabitants recognized as one of the "Borghi più Belli d’Italia" (most beautiful hamlets of Italy).
We will have time to walk around the village on our own before sitting down in "centro" to go through the itinerary of the trip, sipping an aperitivo to inaugurate our wine and food 10-day experience.
Departure and check in our hotel in Reggio Emilia where we will stay 3 nights.
After an informative and tasty visit to a Parmigiano Reggiano cheese "caseificio", we stop in Parma for a few hours and embark in a 'gourmet tour' of the town's tastiest shops! How many different DOP appellations of prosciutto and salami can there be? Well, that is what we'll find out while doing a walking tour of Parma, where a local guide will take us through a tasty discovery of some of the most renowned DOP products such as prosciutto di Parma, Culatello di Zibello, various cheeses and olive oil, to name a few. You will certainly appreciate walking that tour to avoid "rolling" on the bus after having tasted so many good things.
Then we will move on to the area of the Lambrusco Reggiano DOC, in the valley of the Enza river. We will visit the wine museum, have a look at the balsamic vinegar cellars and the vineyards, and conclude our visit by a tasting of wines, balsamic vinegars and local food.
We visit an aging cellar where the culatello (the inner, best part of the prosciutto) spend its time to mature with the fresh area of the region. Here it builds all the flavours and aromas making it one of the top sought-after food rare delicacy.
Arrival at Ferrari in Maranello where we will visit the Ferrari Museum before hitting the road driving the Ferrari California, for those of you interested in that experience (extra charge). Free time in the trendy Maranello village and then on to our next experience: a treat of what Italy considers its "black gold": the Modena balsamic vinegar - Aceto Balsamico di Modena.
The "Visita Golosa" includes history, folklore, a visit of the refining and ageing rooms, including where the eldest vinegars are aged, and the Museum. We will have lunch at the acetaia, served as a buffet featuring local products such as Parmigiano, pearls of balsamic vinegar, focaccia, and of course...Emilia-Romagna wines.
Check out and, on our way to Le Marche, with a stop in Bologna, capital of the Ragù, Tortellini, Fettuccine, Mortadella and much more. We learn about all of this during our cooking class in Bologna. A memorable day, for sure! Oh...and of course, we will enjoy the fruit of our labour and treat ourselves with Emilia-Romagna wines to pair with the lunch.
After lunch, we depart for Portonovo, on the Riviera del Cornero, on the Adriatic Sea, a 2 and half hour drive, depending on traffic. A good excuse to 'nap'!
We will get ourselves comfortably “installed” for the next three nights in this ancient military fortress, right on the sea in the most beautiful section of the Adriatic coast: Monte Conero, also giving the name to a prestigious DOCG wine appellation.
Verdicchio is the main indigenous white grape varietal of Marche. It boasts two main appellations: Verdicchio Castelli di jesi and Verdicchio di Matelica. Let's taste it and understand the unique characteristics, compared to other similar crispy, white wines such as Sauvignon Blanc.
A blend of culture, history, food and wine.
We visit hidden jewel towns such as Montecarotto and Ostra Vetere, today famous for their wine production of Verdicchio and Lacrima, two indigenous grape varieties only grown here. Experience ancient food such as Cicerchie and Lonzino di fico. We learn all about the character of this region, from the Adriatic coast to the hills rich of agricoltural goodies.
A beautiful Fettuccine dish seasoned with fresh artichokes and mushrooms, typical from this region