Evviva the Grand Wine Tour

Tasting Barolo at Michele Chiarlo with Max Coppo during the Grand Wine Tour

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: one of the best things about living in Milan is the city’s close proximity to Piedmont. The northern Italian region sits on one side of the age-old debate of Italy’s best food region. And it’s widely considered Italy’s top wine region—wines made from the Nebbiolo grape, like Barolo and Barbaresco, are among some of the world’s most celebrated as are those made from Barbera. So it’s only fitting that the Grand Wine Tour was founded by a local producer.

Max Coppo, the fourth generation to take the reins at Coppo winery in Canelli, founded the Grand Wine Tour in 2018, and it currently counts 15 participating wineries All have to uphold the standards of the association to bear its mark of excellence, otherwise, they’re shown to the door.

Anyhoo, I recently enjoyed 24 hours on the Grand Wine Tour in the Alba area between Roero, Le Langhe, and Monferrato, and I wrote about it for La Cucina Italiana. Needless to say, I can’t wait to go back—24 hours isn’t enough in that particularly exquisite neck of the Piemontese woods.

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