Piedmont with Sarah Sutel Looper

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Heritage & Connection

Dive deep into the culture, cuisine, and craft of northern Italy with Sarah Sutel Looper

November 6 - 12, 2024

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7 Days, 6 Nights

Best of Piedmont, from Bra and Pollenzo to La Morra and Torino

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Sleeves rolled high, you’re elbow deep in fresh white truffles, fragrant olive oil, and nutty Raschera cheese. This is Piedmont’s legendary cuisine up close and personal, a hands-on masterclass in timeless flavors and produce so fresh it still tastes like the sun. Fittingly, you’re in Bra, the birthplace of Italy’s Slow Food Movement and a picturesque hub for the kind of organic, producer-driven fare you’ve been sampling all week: glistening mozzarella in Costigliole d’Asti, biodynamic Barolo in Monferrato, and bite-sized, velvety chocolate layered with thick gianduia cream. Later this week, you’ll dive even deeper into the Langhe’s storied terroir, but right now, flour-dusted and firmly rooted in the camaraderie of the kitchen, you feel the magic of Piedmont deep in your bones. This is Northern Italy in all its glory.

Joining us is the incredibly talented wine director, Sarah Sutel Looper. The former Tasting Director of Wine & Spirits, Sarah has lent her expertise to some of New York’s buzziest restaurants. Her real passion, however, lies in education. Whether she’s leading pairing courses at home in New York or teaching tasting techniques in her highly addictive—and highly popular—“Bodega Wine Mondays” series on Instagram, Sarah’s committed to making wine accessible to all. We can’t think of a better guide to savoring Piedmont’s most iconic blends and bottles.

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 Deeper

Behind the scenes with local chefs, farmers, and winegrowers


With makers and artisans celebrating centuries of tradition


Fresh burrata, specialty coffee, artisanal chocolate, and hyperlocal wines


The best of Italy's culture and cuisine, from historic wine cellars to family-owned cafes

3 Reasons to Travel with Sarah Sutel Looper

Sarah Sutel Looper’s accolades stretch far and wide: she’s led wine programs at some of New York’s most revered dining spots, from the Metropolitan Opera to Greenwich Village's Mas Farmhouse. Sarah is unquestionably among the wine world’s elite, yet she’s most passionate about sharing her expertise with others—spreading joy one Barolo at a time.

A Taste for Piedmont

Sarah’s been traveling to Piedmont since 2011. Her connections to the region’s winemakers, chefs, and vintners run deep from hand-punching Pinot Noir with Giulia Negri to walking the vineyards with Pier Busso, experiencing Piedmont’s iconic terroir at its most intimate.

Somm for Everyone

Deemed the working class hero of the wine world, Sarah breaks down complex tasting themes with ease and fluidity. She’s a favorite lead wine educator at Murray’s Cheese in NYC and deeply passionate about sharing the full story of both the wine and its maker.

Foodie First

Though Sarah’s best known for her extensive wine wisdom, at her core she’s a foodie—and a bonafide one at that. A graduate of The Culinary Institute of America’s Baking & Pastry program, her pairings are agile and innovative, the just-right match for anything from citrusy Moscato to tannic Barbaresco.

Your Experience

“The Langhe is a unique and magical place where the cuisine pairs perfectly with the local wines.”
Sarah Sutel Looper

Turin, Bra, La Morra, Pollenzo

“Tasting through different houses is essential to opening up one's mind to the world of Nebbiolo.”
Sarah Sutel Looper

Day by Day

Day 1: Torino

Welcome to Torino! We begin the only way we know how—immersing ourselves into the electric buzz of this lively and ancient city. With Sarah leading the way, we’ll traverse spacious boulevards and cobblestone alleys into the soulful center of Torino, where the architecture alone contains 2,000 years of storied history. As a local expert points out the myriad cultures that have left their mark on the city, we’ll pass by the Royal Palace, the Church of San Lorenzo, and finally, a haven for traveling writers and dreamers, the Palazzo Carignano.

Our stroll through history will lead us to one of the city’s most iconic coffeehouses: Al Bicerin Cafe. Women-owned-and-operated for centuries, the wood-paneled cafe is a Turinese institution, an elegant symphony of marble-top counters and glass candy jars stacked rows deep. Inside, we’ll sample exquisite pastries, snack on seasonal delicacies, and sip on one of the city’s proudest inventions: a steaming Bicerin made of espresso, rich drinking chocolate, and fresh, frothy milk.

Energized by our decadent merenda, we’re off next to an elegant welcome dinner. In quintessential Torino fashion, we’ll wander into one of the city’s most iconic kitchens for an evening of hyperlocal specialities expertly paired by Sarah with some of the region’s premier sparkling wines. As we savor seasonal antipasti and delicate Moscatos, we’ll raise our glasses in toast to the beautiful road ahead.

Day 1: Torino Highlights

  • Torino walking tour
  • Coffee and chocolate at Al Bicerin
  • Welcome dinner
  • Stay at GH Hotel Sitea Torino

Day 2: Torino & Around

Buoyed by a luxurious dose of caffè from Mara dei Boschi, this morning we’ll wind our way through Torino’s famed cafes and mom-and-pop pasticcerias, tasting artisanal gelato, melt-in-your-mouth chocolates, and hazelnut-crusted confections as we go. It’s a decadent indulgence of edible art, and Sarah—a former pastry chef and sweets enthusiast—is the ultimate guide. 

Following our morning dolci, we’ll make our pilgrimage to the countryside where our Piedmont wine education begins. Here, within one of Italy’s most heralded appellations, we’ll sample one of Sarah’s favorite varietals—the eclectic and volatile Nebbiolo grape, originally planted by the Romans. 

Next up, one of the most unique places in all of Piedmont: Ivrea, a mid-century planned industrial utopia, and a shining example of the ideals of the Movimento Comunità that pervaded Piedmont in the 1950s and ’60s. We’ll pass by the headquarters of Olivetti, the makers of coveted typewriters, and marvel at the blueprints of this ambitious social experiment.

Dinner tonight is simple and magical: a traditional trattoria to savor the more casual side of Piedmont. After that, it’s back to the hotel for an evening nightcap with Sarah to debrief the day’s adventures.

Day 2: Torino & Around Highlights

  • Morning pastry & coffee tour
  • Carema DOC tasting
  • Visit to Ivrea
  • Stay at GH Hotel Sitea Torino

Day 3: Costigliole d’Asti & Langhe

Today, we find ourselves standing in awe as we learn the art of soft cheese with a master cheesemaker. In the villa of Costigliole d’Asti, we’ll work our way through fresh mozzarella and burrata, tasting as we go, of course.

Soon we’ll turn to Sarah, as brilliant cheese requires brilliant wine. On a family estate just down the road in Monferrato, we’ll visit Cascina Roera for an immersive vineyard visit. As we’ll quickly find out, the Cascina isn’t just any winery. The small-batch operation preaches minimal interference in the hilltop vineyards. Later, with the help of Sarah’s sixth sense for Nebbiolo and Barbera, we’ll tease out the nuances of the family’s best vintages, then sit down for lunch with the winemakers themselves to learn more about their artisanal approach. 

After bidding adieu to our winery hosts, we’ll settle in at our new hotel to rest and relax. Dinner tonight is on your own. 

Piedmont, Italy, Langhe

Day 3: Costigliole d’Asti & Langhe Highlights

  • Cheesemaking demonstration
  • Winery tour & tasting
  • Dinner on your own
  • Stay at Albergo dell’Agenzia

Day 4: Pollenzo & Alba

We begin the day with hazelnuts. At Papa dei Boschi, an organic hazelnut farm in the heart of Alta Langa, we’ll sample the region’s most prized nocciolas, then learn how to elevate these nuts with just the right type of chocolate.

Next, the storied vineyards of Monforte d’Alba await. Our destination? Josetta Saffirio, a family-owned winery with an award-winning portfolio of sustainably produced Barolo, Dolcetto, and Barbera d’Alba. Today, the estate is run by Sara Vezza, a trailblazer in organic winemaking and our guide to a full flight of the family’s top vintages, all exquisitely matched with a regional spread of handcrafted salumi, salty Raschera cheese, and classic ravioli del plin. 

It’s a meal so dreamy we’ll practically float on to our next destination: Alba, the undisputed capital of truffles and hazelnuts (Ferrero is even headquartered in the heart of its downtown!). Surrounded by specialty shops and elegant osterias, we’ll stroll the pedestrian zone and take in the rich splendor of the architecture, not to mention the thriving art scene.

What’s for dinner? A lively cooking class in nearby Bra, a storybook town that just so happens to be the birthplace of the Slow Food Movement. White truffles, organic olive oil, and hyperlocal produce are ours to play with as we craft a spread that’s the pinnacle of Langhe’s best.

Day 4: Pollenzo & Alba Highlights

  • Hazelnut grove visit
  • Winery lunch
  • Cooking class
  • Stay at Albergo dell’Agenzia

Day 5: Langhe & Around

This morning we step outside our hotel and explore the Roman amphitheaters and temples next door, then move on to the University of Pollenzo for a tour of its historic campus before descending into their coveted Wine Bank, which features more than 100,000 bottles of Italy’s most celebrated wines.

Then, we’re lacing up our walking shoes and experiencing the legendary terroir of Langhe. We start with a bonafide, Piedmont-style truffle hunt. Led by an expert trifolau, we’ll retreat to the forest with specially trained dogs for a guided experience on locating, identifying, and cooking up these flavorful fungi. 

As a sumptuous award for our morning adventures, we’re feasting at one of the most revered kitchens in all of Piedmont: Chef Marco Battaglino’s Osteria Battaglino. There, we’ll treat ourselves to an unforgettable spread of local cheeses, handmade pastas, tender meats, and bright, hyperlocal wines expertly picked by Sarah. 

What’s next? One of the region’s most picturesque and biodynamic wineries, San Fereolo. After a private tasting of their award-winning vintages—widely considered the best representatives of Dogliani terroir—we’ll make our way back to the hotel just in time for sunset. The evening is yours to enjoy.

Day 5: Langhe & Around Highlights

  • Pollenzo & Wine Bank visit
  • Truffle hunt
  • Lunch at Osteria Battaglino
  • Stay at Albergo dell’Agenzia

Day 6: La Morra & Around

After a dreamy breakfast in our picturesque hotel, we’re heading to the nearby village of Barbaresco for a masterclass in the region’s namesake wine. Awaiting us there are Milva and Renato Fennochio, renowned winegrowers with a diverse portfolio of award-winning vintages. After a tour of their vineyards and cellar, we’ll sit down together for an exclusive tasting of their organic Barbarescos.

For lunch, we’re going off the beaten path to Reppublica di Perno. A exquisite restaurant disguised as a casual bistro, we’ll have a feast rooted in the very fabric of Piedmont tradition. Later, we’ll have time to digest with a walk through the storybook village of Barolo before Sarah leads us deep into terroir. We’ll tour the vineyards of a local estate, then sample their award-winning portfolio of young wines as an aperitivo to a farewell dining experience that is truly incredible. 

Over a bounty of artisanal flavors and regional specialties in La Morra, we’ll share the memories we’ll never forget and raise our glasses in toast to an incredible week of discovery and exhilaration.

Day 6: La Morra & Around Highlights

  • Barbaresco tasting
  • Lunch at Reppublica di Perno
  • Farewell dinner in La Morra
  • Stay at Albergo dell’Agenzia

Day 7: Torino Departures

Arrivederci! All beautiful things must end, and so we go our separate ways. After a leisurely breakfast, we’ll transfer to the Torino airport to catch our flights onward and home. Until next time: Ciao!

Day 7: Torino Departures Highlights

  • Transfer to Torino airport

Where We Sleep

From historic urban sanctuaries to dreamy vine-covered retreats, our accommodations are packed with authentic Italian character and style.

GH Hotel Sitea Torino


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-lux pillows to the gentle and outgoing concierge.

Albergo dell’Agenzia


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.

Giorgio was a delight, so warm and open. Traveling with him in his native Piedmont was such a privilege.
Sam T.
I was blown away by how flawlessly Modern Adventure fulfilled and exceeded my expectations.
Josh S.
Scuffing through the leaves on the truffle hunt in the woods, and then later eating at the truffle-dog owner's home—incredible!
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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. What travel documents are needed?

    US citizens are not required to have a visa for stays in Italy of less than 90 days. Just bring a valid US passport. For citizens of other countries, please check with the Italian embassy or consulate for information and requirements.  

  5. Do I need to pay a solo traveler supplement?

    For solo travelers, there is a $1,800 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.

  6. Who is going on this trip?

    This trip will have no more than 16 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.

  7. 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.

  8. What is the cancellation policy?

    You may cancel before July 4, 2024 and receive a full refund minus a $500 per-person service fee. If you cancel on or after July 5, 2024 there is a 50% cancellation fee. On or after September 2, 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).

  9. 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.

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