HIGHLIGHTS: 

Guided visits and tastings at Parmigiano, Balsamic Vinegar and Lambrusco producers', family-run estates,  full typical lunch

 

PR RE BO MO MI CO FI PC VR (Reggio Emilia)

AVAILABLE: Monday to Saturday

WHERE: province of Reggio Emilia (between Parma and Modena)

 FROM: Parma, Reggio Emilia, Bologna, Modena, Milan, Como, Firenze, Forte Dei Marmi, Piacenza

DURATION: 6 hours + transfer times;

TYPE OF TOUR: niche, slow-pace, off-the-beaten paths

TOUR TIME: Ideally 8:30 in the province of Reggio Emilia

 MEETING: Directly at the dairy (if self-drive); Your hotel / train station (if car&driver selected)

 

 

Wishing to stay away from the beaten-paths? Go for cheese, vinegar & wine, then: the Food Valley of Italy is full of magic secret corners just around the turn!

 

08:30 amMeet the guide directly at the dairy and dive into the most authentic making of Parmigiano-Reggiano PDO: from the curdling into the typical copper heaters to the salting and the final ageing in the so-called wheel cathedrals, you will be a privileged witness of almost all the steps of production of this out-and-out food icon. Tasting at the end.

11:00 am ab.: Head on to visit a unique producer of both Traditional Balsamic Vinegar PDO and typical local wines in a green hillside area of breath-taking beauty!
During the tour you will discover when and how Traditional Balsamic Vinegar was born here, as well as (some of) the secrets of its inebriating flavor: ageing into small casks made of ash, oak, chestnut, juniper, cherry or mulberry wood will let each single drop taste different from the other! Tasting at the end.

To follow: And did you know that the balsamico producers are excellent wine makers at the same time? A glass of their Lambrusco and other typical organic wines paired with farm-to-table delicatessen will make your perfect country-chic aperitif!

To follow: Happy ending with a typical Emilian lunch including cured meats, the ever-present pasta and a homemade cake:

02:45 pm: End of activities and back to your hotel or head on to your next destination.

Inclusions:

  • guided visit & tasting at a Parmigiano-Reggiano dairy;
  • guided visit & tasting at a country-chic production of both Traditional Balsamic
  • Vinegar PDO and typical wines like Lambrusco among other;
  • typical 3-course lunch at a castle's restaurant or a local agriturismo to availability.

Exclusions: 

  • Everything not mentioned in the inclusions

 

Cancellation policy:

  • No fee up to 8 days before the starting day;
  • From 7 days to 3 days before the tour starting date: 50% penalty;
  • 48 hours' notice: 70% penalty;
  • 24 hours' notice: 100% penalty.

 

Please note: 

  • Program: the described program may undergo minor changes in the timings
  • Pick-ups: If you choose the car+driver option the price is calculated considering a pick-up from Parma or immediate surroundings (max 15 Km). Pick-ups from other locations can be purchased with a surcharge to be agreed upon by email request.
  • Our drivers are NOT driver-guides, since this kind of professional profile is forbidden by the Italian law.
  • Guide: the tour does not include a private guide: each visit is run directly by the producers at fixed times.
  • Lunch: the lunch can be arranged at a castle’s restaurant, a family-run trattoria or an agriturismo depending on availability.
  • It is not guaranteed to see the craftsmen at work at every production: being artisanal and not industrial products, the working cycle is not repeated every day at the same time (eg. Traditional Balsamic Vinegar DOP, wine making).
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