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Tasting Tours

Villanova d'Asti, Italy
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About Tasting Tours
TASTING TOURS is a licensed tour operator specialized in bespoke private wine tours in Piedmont, northern Italy, where some of the finest Italian wines are produced – Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera to mention but a few. Our tour company customizes private food and wine tours with licensed tour guides/wine experts and chauffeurs who will introduce you to the local history, traditions and the extraordinary food and wine heritage. We also provide transportation services with our elegant Mercedes V minivan. We arrange transfers with private driver from/to the main airports and train stations of northern Italy, e. g. Milan (Malpensa or Linate airports), Genoa or Turin. Our chauffeured minivan is also available for tours in the famous Langhe and Monferrato wine districts, as well as for day-trips to Turin, the Ligurian coast (e.g. Genoa, Portofino, Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo, Sanremo, etc.) , Milan or the lakes (Lake Maggiore, Lake Como).
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Karen V wrote a review Oct 2019
109 contributions66 helpful votes
We took Silvia’s two day “Grand Crus of Barolo” tour and were not disappointed. We know a bit about wine and studied up on the wines of the region before the tour, so we wanted to make the most of our time in the area. Silvia was the perfect choice. She is so knowlegable about the wine, food, and history of the area, and she is very personable. No matter your level of wine knowledge or interest, Silvia will make the trip memorable. We tried a wide variety of Barolos from different parts of the region and even stopped at a couple of castles for a short photo break. By day two, we felt we were touring with a friend. We highly recommend Silvia if you are spending time in Barolo. We cannot forget to mention how great Fabbio, our driver, was! Thank you so much Silvia.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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reader08 wrote a review Oct 2019
Boston, Massachusetts23 contributions47 helpful votes
We thoroughly enjoyed a private full day tour of Barbera and Barbaresco wineries. We are wine "hobbyists", some limited knowledge but certainly no experts. We visited two very different wineries in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Our tour included the guide, Silvia, and a car and driver. Silvia really made the tour so pleasant and informative. She gave information not only about the wines, but also local history and winery family stories that added greatly to our enjoyable day! In each winery we were given a tour of their wine making processes by winery staff (all very knowledgeable and welcoming), followed by tastings of 7 to 10 varieties at each location. We have taken guided wine tours in several regions of France with some excellent guides - we think our day with Silvia and Wine Tours in the piedmont was the best one yet!! Thank you Silvia!
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Date of experience: October 2019
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LAX_DEN_RON wrote a review May 2019
Denver, Colorado45 contributions64 helpful votes
Silvia and Fabio with Tasting Tours are absolutely amazing. This is our 3rd trip to Piedmont that we have used Silvia as a guide, and each tour has been unique and interesting. Silvia has access to some wonderful wine producers (Azelia, Elio Altare, Chiara Boschis, Pira) to name a few. Her wealth of knowledge about the area, history, food, and traditions is literally endless, which makes for a highly curated experience every day you spend with her. And her level of knowledge about wine and each producer will blow you away. On our most recent trip, we had 6 days of tours with Silvia and 18 guests. She took care of us all like family and everyone fell in love with her and Fabio. On your next trip to Piedmont, have Silvia help you plan your trip. You will not be disappointed….you will be amazed!
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from SilveryAsti, Owner at Tasting Tours
Responded May 31, 2019
Many thanks for these kind words...really appreciated! It was a real pleasure to welcome you here again, we love what we do, and we hope people can feel it too. Hope to see you again in the future! Grazie mille! Silvia & Fabio
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marksanford wrote a review Jun 2018
Simpsonville, South Carolina89 contributions47 helpful votes
After considering many options, we decided to engage Tasting Tours for our first day in the Piemonte region of Italy. Silvia was incredibly helpful in setting up a tour for the four of us that included both wine tasting in Barbaresco & truffle hunting (and tasting). Although Silvia was not able to accompany us on the tour (I'm still disappointed in not meeting her, but that gives yet another reason to return]), Elisabetta provided an excellent introduction to the region, it's villages, wines & culture. Fabio drove the van, navigating the narrow roads with a skill that left us all feeling very comfortable. It had rained steadily the day before our tour, so Silvia had rearranged our itinerary to delay the truffle hunting until afternoon, giving the woods a little time to dry out before we entered. Although I don't recall the truffle hunters name, Bill the dog was highly entertaining. He was also skilled and located 2 black truffles during our hunt. The Barbaresco wines we tried at Marchesi do Gresy were tremendous as was the explanation of what makes the wines unique. Overall a great experience and one I'd highly recommend to anyone seeking a private tour in the region.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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Response from SilveryAsti, Owner at Tasting Tours
Responded Jun 8, 2018
Dear Mark, many thanks for your feedback, it is always very helpful for us. I promise I'll be your guide next time - my little daughter will be older by then! See you soon then. Silvia Aprato
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SHD24 wrote a review May 2018
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1 contribution1 helpful vote
Silvia (from Tasting Tours) put together an exceptional 3 day tour for us starting with recommending a stay at the Villa d'Amelia (great food and service) combined with visiting a number of first-rate wineries in Barolo and Barbaresco. Sylvia led the tour on the first day with Elisabetta guiding us on the other two days. Both of them are incredibly knowledgeable about the region and wineries with excellent relationships that allowed us to access some of the best wine estates and (more importantly) purchase a number of exceptional wines even though supply is extremely limited. Most importantly, the two of them as well as Fabio (the driver) are lovely people and fun to be around. We look forward to doing this again soon and would recommend to anyone without a moment's hesitation.
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Date of experience: April 2018
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Response from SilveryAsti, Owner at Tasting Tours
Responded May 2, 2018
Many thanks for the appreciation. It has been a pleasure to take you around and show you some of our jewels. Hope to see you again in the future. Silvia
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