Piedmont with Jeff Porter
One Exclusive Departure | November 13 - 19, 2024Call to Book
Heritage & Connection
Dive deep into the culture, cuisine and craft of Italy with Jeff Porter
November 13 - 19, 2024
One departure only — reserve your spot today!
7 Days, 6 Nights
Best of Piedmont from Bra and Pollenzo and Torino
Savor this moment. You step onto a terrace and look out at the expanse of vineyards, noting the shades of green that paint the hillsides and Alps in the distance. Flavors linger in your mouth, from sparkling wine harvested from the nearby vineyards, rich chocolate made locally, truffles sniffed out by dogs as you cheered them on, fresh herbs and artisan coffee. Despite the endless array of food, immersive experiences and incredible company, this trip has been a lesson in slowing down. For as much as the Piedmont way is to preserve the local ecosystem, flavor and tradition, it also keeps the memories alive.
Joining us is the incredibly talented wine and Italy expert, Jeff Porter. He’s both a renowned sommelier — with accolades including a coveted spot on Wine Enthusiast’s 40 Under 40 Tastemakers — and a storyteller who crafted the web series, Sip Trip, to take us into the world of wine across Italy in snappy digital shorts. Piedmont is a nostalgic place for Jeff. It served as his gateway into a decades-long love affair with Italian wine and culture, and is source of inspiration that he cannot wait to share with you. It’s going to be a feast of the senses, with Jeff as our trusted merrymaker leading us to life-altering espresso, his favorite Piedmont wine bar, and so much more.
If your idea of the perfect adventure is tinged with local wines, ancient history, and plenty of truffles, then this is the trip for you. Join us as we celebrate the artisans, chefs, and visionaries of Italy’s cuisine culture.
Go behind the scenes and meet local chefs, producers and winemakers at the top of their craft
Get hands-on with makers and artisans celebrating centuries of tradition, and with Jeff Porter
Dine at Michelin-star kitchens and in humble family homes, and taste some of Italy's finest wines
The best of Italy's culture and cuisine, and connect with curious and passionate travelers like you
3 Reasons to Travel with Jeff Porter
Jeff is a seasoned sommelier who brings levity, friendliness, and sophistication to his wine recommendations. Whether he’s recounting his time working alongside award–winning chef Nancy Silverton in Los Angeles, or describing the notes of a particular wine as a writer on the pages of Wine Enthusiast, he takes the intimidation out of wine tasting.
At 18, Jeff took a dishwashing job to pay his medical school bills. After the restaurant closed for the night, Jeff would sit down with the owner for a meal and glass of wine. Here, he realized that in this humble “fermented grape juice,” you experience the story of human life: craft, culture, nature. He called his parents soon after to let them know med school was out.
Igniting the Senses
Jeff paints scenes overflowing with sights, sounds, and tastes when he talks about this upcoming Piedmont trip. Church bells chime in the village of Torino as you drift further into the imagination to find clouds of farina, or flour, settling on hand cut, tyre-shaped pasta.
That One Wine
Jeff cannot wait to share one particular wine on this trip: “The beauty of Nebbiolo is there's a nervousness to it. There's a jittery quality that is electric. It's not an easy wine, but it's a wine that when you get to know it and you answer its questions, it gives you everything back.”
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Snug in the heart of Torino, and a stroll away from Piazza Castello, the Grand Hotel Sitea wears its 100-year history on its sleeve—elevated ceilings and elaborate period furniture all contribute to an aura of refined grace. Their attention to detail, however is decidedly modern—from ultra-modern pillows to the gentle and outgoing concierge.
Storybook windows look out onto vine-covered hills and imposing castles — a landscape so dreamy even UNESCO has recognized it as a World Heritage Site. This idyllic luxurious retreat sits a few kilometers from Alba and Bra, between the Langhe and Roero hills, and virtually next door to the acclaimed University of Gastronomic Sciences. It's the perfect home base for our time in Piedmont.
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Reserve your spot today with a $1,500 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 180 days prior to your trip departure date. We’ll email you a reminder. If your trip departs in less than 180 days, we’ll collect full payment either 30 days from when we receive your deposit, or 60 days prior to your trip departure date, whichever is sooner. For details read our Deposit FAQs
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What does the price include?
Six nights at boutique four- and five-star accommodations; private travel for all day trips and excursions; private tours with local guides and cultural experts; exclusive VIP access and tastings; guided activities, adventures and expeditions; departure airport transfer; entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners; local beverages with meals.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare to and from Italy; travel insurance; transportation to the trip’s starting point; activities not included in the trip itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for tour leader.
Where does the trip start and end?
Our adventure begins and ends in Torino, Italy. The closest airport is the Torino International Airport (TRN). We recommend arriving one day early to ensure you’re at our starting point on time.
What travel documents are needed?
US citizens are not required to have a visa to enter Italy for stays up to 90 days. Your passport must be valid for three months beyond your planned departure date, though we recommend that your passport be valid for 6 calendar months beyond your planned departure date from Italy.
Not a US citizen? Please check with the Italian Embassy or Consulate for information and requirements.
Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?
For solo travelers, there is a $2,000 single-supplement fee—paid at the time of booking to secure a private room. These spots are extremely limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.
Who is going on this trip?
This trip will have no more than 14 guests, plus our Modern Adventure team. Our experiences are fun and inclusive and you can expect to be joined by a diverse group in terms of age, background and interests—including solo travelers, couples and friends traveling together. This adventure is for travelers age 18 and above.
Who is leading the trip?
This trip is led by an expert Modern Adventure trip leader. They’re an experienced travel guide, a representative of Modern Adventure and your go-to person for questions or concerns on the trip. We’ll be joined throughout our adventure by local, expert guides who are deeply knowledgeable with respect to local cultures, customs and history and are passionate about sharing that with us.
What is the cancellation policy?
You may cancel before July 16, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after July 17, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after September 14, 2024, there is a 100% cancellation fee. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance as we are not able to make exceptions to this policy in cases of family/medical emergency or cases of the trip being canceled (see our Terms and Conditions for full details).
Do I need Travel Insurance?
We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Travel insurance allows you to seek reimbursement for your trip costs; if your trip plans change for unforeseeable reasons, or if you need to get medical help, emergency transport, and for theft, loss or damage of items while traveling. For best coverage, always insure the full trip cost within two weeks of your initial trip deposit and note that most ‘Cancel For Any Reason’ policies must be purchased on the date of your initial deposit.