Food and Wine Tour in the Italian Food Valley in Bologna

Food and Wine Tour in the Italian Food Valley in Bologna

Experience the finest Italian products: parmesan, prosciutto, balsamic vinegar and wine

Tour type: Group , Duration: 8 Hours

Product ID: 43297
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If you have a passion for food and wine and a craving to learn, you’ve come to the right place. Come and experience the finest Italian products all in one day! Visit boutique producers of Prosciutto, Parmesan Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, and wine. Experience lovely tastes with accompanying wines and learn how these fabulous foods are made.
At the end of the tour enjoy a delicious 6-course Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant including homemade pasta and a selection of local wines.
This once-in-a-life-time experience will take you to the Italian Food Valley, where the most famous and delicious Italian foods are made.
First you will visit a Parmigiano‐Reggiano DOP producer for a tasting. Parmigiano‐Reggiano is strictly bound to its place of origin. Both the production of milk and its transformation into cheese take place in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna to the west of the Reno River and Mantua to the east of the Po River. The secret of such goodness originates in the place of origin, in the natural feed, and in the high quality milk with no additives.
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If you have a passion for food and wine and a craving to learn, you’ve come to the right place. Come and experience the finest Italian products all in one day! Visit boutique producers of Prosciutto, Parmesan Cheese, Balsamic Vinegar, and wine. Experience lovely tastes with accompanying wines and learn how these fabulous foods are made.
At the end of the tour enjoy a delicious 6-course Italian lunch at a family-run restaurant including homemade pasta and a selection of local wines.
This once-in-a-life-time experience will take you to the Italian Food Valley, where the most famous and delicious Italian foods are made.
First you will visit a Parmigiano‐Reggiano DOP producer for a tasting. Parmigiano‐Reggiano is strictly bound to its place of origin. Both the production of milk and its transformation into cheese take place in the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, Bologna to the west of the Reno River and Mantua to the east of the Po River. The secret of such goodness originates in the place of origin, in the natural feed, and in the high quality milk with no additives.
During the long aging process, natural fermenting agents in the milk give the cheese its particular flavor and texture, in other words, its typicality. The verb “to make” is absolutely correct in this case because Parmigiano‐Reggiano cheese is not just manufactured, but “it is made” today as it was made eight centuries ago, using those same typical and genuine ingredients: the precious milk from the area of origin, fire, rennet, the expertise of old methods and the skill and knowledge of cheese masters. Then, it is aged naturally for two years or more; however, this implies a great deal of effort because cheese wheels must be brushed and turned continually, they must be taken care of, supervised and inspected day after day to assure their compliance with the rigorous maturation standard.
Then you will visit a Prosciutto DOP producer. One of the earliest references to ham production in our region appeared about 100 BC in the writings of Cato, who described the practice of burying pork legs in barrels filled with salt. The meat was then dried and smoked. As the process of making air‐cured Prosciutto was refined, the smoking step was discontinued. During classical times, hams from this region were one of the delicacies featured on banquet tables. The visit at the producer’s will conclude with a delicious Prosciutto tasting.
Have you ever heard about Italy’s black gold? The balsamic vinegar is produced only in the areas of Modena and Reggio Emilia. The families of the area have always been very proud of their production of balsamic vinegar, and have a set of barrels in the attic as a seal of ancient family traditions, if not a confirmation of noble family roots. Born centuries ago as a medicinal of exclusive use of kings and emperors, it has found its place in the kitchen as a product of excellence. It heightens the flavors and enriches every dish on the Emilian table, from the most simple to ones such as salads and row vegetables, to the most refined dishes such as filled pastas or meats.
You will be welcomed in a private property and taste this special traditional balsamic vinegar while learning the family recipes and secrets! 
Next, enjoy a wine tasting in the most famous cellar of the territory. Tour the winery and learn how grapes are picked, crushed, blended and bottled. You’ll walk through beautiful vineyards with the winery sommelier and then taste the finished product.
The day will conclude with a delicious 6-course gourmet lunch accompanied by a selection of local wines served in a family-run restaurants on the hills.

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Tour Timings
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Group size
1 - 15
Languages
English
The meeting point
Your accommodation in Bologna

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Includes
  • Visit to a Parmesan cheese producer with tasting
  • Visit to a traditional balsamic vinegar producer with tasting
  • Visit to a Prosciutto producer with tasting
  • Visit to a winery estate with tasting
  • Traditional 6-course Italian lunch in a family run restaurant with wines
  • Transportation by air-conditioned minivan with professional driver in Bologna
  • Pick-up and drop-off from/at your accommodation
  • Private licensed tour guide

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Cancellation Policy

In the event of cancellation penalties will be applied as follows: for cancellations up to 7 days before the tour starting day: 20% penalty; from 7 days to 3 days before the tour starting date: 40% penalty; from 3 days to 2 days before the tour starting date: 60% penalty; 48 hours notice: 80% penalty; 24 hours notice: 100% penalty.

Organized by

Olga Arena

As a tour guide for over 20 years, I have been escorting tours throughout Italy and Europe. Well-acquainted with the uniqueness of my country, I have become a specialist in creating custom-made tours of Italy. I am committed to the complete satisfaction of my clients' specific desires and interests. Through me, clients will be guided in the discovery of each destination and explore the rich traditions, history, art and epicurean pleasures.


Product ID: 43297

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