When wine is your priority, your reason for traveling, and perhaps your whole raison d’etre, you want a wine tour that’s educational and focused. That’s what our XTREME tours are about. Designed for dedicated wine enthusiasts, collectors, and educators, these tours eliminate some ‘extracurricular’ activities in order to provide more time for winery visits and tastings. They also include those special wineries that might not normally open their doors to nonprofessionals, but will for us. Whether you already have ample knowledge about Tuscan or Piedmont wine, or just want an intensive introduction, there’s nothing better than learning from the source and tasting in situ.
Spotlight on Barolo, Barbaresco and Barbera
Get to know Piedmont wine like a pro. Delve into the intricacies of Barolo and Barbaresco while visiting marquee names. Compare traditional versus modernist styles and the effect of terroir on single-vineyard nebbiolo. Discover Piedmont’s lesser known grapes. Feast like a Savoian king on Piedmont’s refined, French-influenced cuisine.
Spotlight on Brunello and Bolgheri’s Super Tuscans
Explore two cult wine regions with diametrically different histories: Montalcino, famed for its reds since the days of Charlemagne, and Bolgheri, a new wine zone where French grapes are grown under a Tuscan sun. Find out why Brunello reins supreme, what makes Super Tuscans so super, and why Sassicaia inspires such awe.