Canelli, in the province of Asti, is one of the major inhabited centers of Monferrato. Even Canelli, together with Asti Spumante in 2014, became part of the world heritage of UNESCO, as the Piedmont wine landscape: Langhe-Roero and Monferrato.
One of the major attractions of Canelli is certainly the sub-cathedral cathedrals. Do not be misled by the name, they are not churches but cellars! Canelli’s underground cathedrals are a workplace where wine experts daily work to create perfect sparkling wines. During the tour of the underground cathedrals you will have an expert guide who will accompany the “Riserva del Nonno” in the various rooms, including the production hall of the Classic Method, which is still produced according to ancient traditions. You will have to go down 40 steps to reach the hidden underground cathedrals.
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Are you looking for a wine tour from Turin or Milan? Do you need to pick up or drop off at the Asti train station (the closest to Alba)? We are offering you this kind of service for free.
The starting time is customizable. Usually tour starts at 09:30 Am
The Canelli’s area includes the municipalities of Canelli and Calosso, in the Province of Asti and Santo Stefano Belbo, in the province of Cuneo.
This land represents the production center’s excellence of Asti Spumante, deriving from the processing of White Moscato. Asti spumante is a variety historically attested in Piedmont Region, where peculiar environmental conditions have allowed its spread and tied intimately the production of its aromatic grapes to these places. From the White Moscato is also produced the Moscato d’Asti, a sweet wine, not sparkling. Discover More
The adventurous start of your tour of Canelli starts with the 40 steps stairway to go down to the city basements. Here you can visit the production and processing spaces of fine and renowned wines. The journey takes about 40 minutes, where the wine-making processes will be explained.
At the end of the path you will have a range of wines to taste and taste to choose from. All the wines you will taste are produced in the rooms you have visited. You can also buy bottles of wine if you wish.
A few steps away from the underground Cathedrals is the Canelli Regional Enoteca. Here you can do different tastings of the main wines produced in Canelli and in the Asti area.
After the visits and tastings, you can have lunch or dinner in the restaurant of the Regional Enoteca of Canelli where you can taste 5 courses tasting of typical Piedmontese and Monferrato dishes.
There is no fixed schedule of wineries. At the time of pre-registration we will customize the tour to meet your needs and to take advantage of the best wine experiences available on that day, including any special events during your stay in Piedmont.
Absolutely yes! Our tastings are designed to inform all participants about wine, you will learn something new regardless of your level of knowledge. During the visits to the winery, the phases of wine production will be explained, in addition to the organoleptic information. During the tasting you will be able to recognize the characteristics of which you have learned during the visit, which must have a Piedmontese wine.
60 days before departure will be subject to 30% of the program price.
59 – 30 days before departure will be subject to 60% of the program price.
29 days or less upon departure will be subject to 100% of the program price.
Yes, of course, at the wineries you visit you can buy more bottles of wine than you tasted during the tasting.