The Wog With The Grog Tour – Piemonte 4-11 October 2017

Fresh from our trip to Italy, The Wog With The Grog is proud to present to the first ‘The Wog With The Grog’ Italian tour.

We just came back from a reccie, or reconnoissance, trip (hard work, we know) and met up (again!) with our trusted tour operators in Italy.

Jo-In Tour Operator is based in Torino and know their stuff. Meg Dunne, a team member at Jo-In, is an Aussie living her dream (and working!) in Italy.

Here is more on the reputable tour company, doing amazing things in Italy, and now joining forces with Aussie travellers (via The Wog With The Grog) with their tour for the Australian public (and Italophiles from the around the world – we welcome them all!). The group is small – 16 people max – and the tour is bespoke, curated to include artisan elements of Italy like you’ve never experienced before.

Here is more on Jo-In:

The Jo-In Tour Operator Incoming activities are developed and implemented by a team of 30-year-old professionals who turned their vocation into a job.

Alessandro Cesca is a sommelier, with a passion for wine and food, profoundly linked to Piedmont and a connoisseur of the local produce and excellence. Elisa Papais an unusual Tour Leader specialized in the many secrets, historical anecdotes and curiosities of Turin. Greta Bocca is the driving creative force of the team: a writer, photographer, video maker and social media manager. Matteo Fornaca, experienced traveler, is the brains behind the Jo-In project.

“We would like you to understand who we are through the story of our friendship, as Jo-In is basically fundamentally a group of friends working together. We would like you to see the many notes our endless list of notes and options which are the source of our ideas for the tours we organize. But mainly we would like you to be our travel companion, to share our curiosity and make available to you our knowledge of the cultural heritage we have learnt grown to appreciate, for pleasure first first from our personal interest, and later as professionals. Jo-In is a reliable and imaginative Tour Operator. Jo-In is the result of our skills, our professional experience, and but mainly of what we believe in”.

Jo-In Tour Operator Incoming is a branch of S.T.I. Soluzioni Turistiche Integrate, an Italian startup established in 2013 by a group of young professionals with a wide experience in the fields of tourism, communication, organization of events, cooperation, software and applications.


And so, this tour.

Where do we go?

Here is the itinerary:

A tale to be told through touching, kneading and smelling.

Join us for an exclusive and unforgettable experience! Discover the extraordinary Piedmontese cuisine in a charming location situated in the heart of the region. During the tour we will travel in comfort with private van and driver. Stay at a historic Italian homestead which is perfectly situated in the centre of the daily activities to ensure the least amount of time spent travelling. The accommodation also has its own wellness centre and spa so you will have the opportunity to be pampered during your free time in the evenings. All meals and activities are included in the tour and you will have the chance to be accompanied in some of them by a sommelier.

The rolling hills of the Langhe preserve historic villages, castles, churches and art sites. A picturesque area to been seen, but above all, to be tasted. This is the land of some of the greatest Italian wines such as, Barolo and Barbaresco and is also a land of magnificent gastronomy; here you will find dishes that cannot be replicated anywhere in the world.


Day 1 – October the 4th

The tour begins in Turin, where you will meet at the hotel and rest away any jetlag. In the evening we will have a welcome dinner together in an amazing historical restaurant in the city center.

Day 2 – October the 5th

The day will start with hotel check out, followed by Turin’s secret food tour!

Our secret food tour is the best way to get to know the city and it’s heart of delicacies, flavors and genuine atmosphere. The route runs through the historic centre, between the narrow streets of the Roman Quarter to discover the most authentic places in the centre. The history of Turin will be introduced by three greedy moments to be revealed down the pebblestone streets.

In the late afternoon you will participate in Vermouth Experience. Wine, sugar, herbs: these are the ingredients of the drink of kings and queens. Get to know the History of this wine, while tasting some of the best Vermouth in the world. Then prepare a personalised vermouth, according to your taste, with the help of one of the most renowned Vermouth experts. This will be followed by dinner in a local pizzeria and then transfer to Camino for check-in at the hotel.

Day 3 – October the 6th

Today we visit a family run winery that produces the famed local wines with tastings and a paired light lunch while taking in the picturesque scenery of the vine covered rolling hills. We move on to a Salame Cotto producer, a salami like this is only found in Piedmont. For the final flavour explosion of the day, we will eat dinner in a local trattoria, serving only age-old dishes.

Day 4 – October the 7th

Starting off with a visit to a Piedmontese hazelnut grove. Taste the “Tonda Gentile trilobata”, the variety of hazelnut cultivated in this region. Then, learn the ‘tricks of the trade’ in a sweet tooth’s ideal cooking class: la torta di nocciole! The afternoon will consist of a visit to Barolo winery and a private tour of the underground cellars followed by tastings of the divine local grapes. Dinner at a Michelin Starred restaurant, a truly unforgettable taste experience.

Day 5 – October the 8th

Today we give you the chance to experience a real truffle hunt and alongside a Trifolao (traditional truffle hunter) and his trusted dog to find the hidden gem of the woods. After hunting and gathering, taste a delicious truffle lunch in a small local restaurant. In the evening we will put your culinary skills to the test in a fun and interesting cooking class with a chef. Our main aim is to spend time with good food and good company!

Day 6 – October the 9th

The day will start off  by uncorking a bottle of the local red wine at a historic winery. Spend the morning wandering the grounds and taking in the view while sipping on a glass of fine wine. We will visit one of the many small artisan dairies in Piedmont that retains this extensive cultural and gastronomic heritage. Learn how cheese is produced and get your hands messy learning how to shape local cheese.

Day 7 – October the 10th

Use the morning to take advantage of spectacular location of our accommodation! Enjoy a free morning strolling around the countryside or take up the opportunity to hire eBikes, go hiking or treat yourself to a morning in the hotels own wellness and spa centre. Thanks to the abundance of raw material in the region, the world of spirits and liqueurs in Piedmont had major development with peculiar productions of spirits.we will visit a historic distillery who will open their doors to us and teach us one of the oldest methods of distilling grappa. Of course, with a tasting to top off the experience. We will transfer back to the hotel to freshen up for our final dinner in a unique local restaurant.

Day 8 – October the 11th

Check out and farewell! Airport transfer for those heading out of Piedmont.

€ 3000

Max 16 Participants


– 1 overnight stay in a 4-starred hotel in Torino city center with breakfast (double room occupancy)

– 6 overnight stays in a wine resort in the Monferrato area with breakfast (double room occupancy)

– All the activities mentioned in the programme

– 7 dinners

– 6 lunches

– English speaking assistance and escorted guide all over the tour

– Transfers all over the tour

– Allianz Global Assistance health and luggage insurance (check T&C)

– City taxes


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