Friuli & Venice
The Heart of Friuli
Celebrate the wine, culture & cuisine of northern Italy with Master Sommerlier Bobby Stuckey
June 24 - July 1, 2023
8 Days, 7 Nights from Trieste and Cormons to Venice
Per person, limited to just 12 guests
Join Us in Italy
Experience the very best of Friuli and Venice with Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey. Limited to just 12 guests — reserve your spot.Reserve Now
A hanging branch, a simple twig, a flowery bough—in Friuli it’s called a frasca, and in the last few days, you’ve learned how this age-old symbol for new wine has shaped centuries of winemaking tradition. It’s a story that resonates as your footsteps whisper off the walls of an ancient cellar while you listen to and learn from one of the world’s most innovative winemakers. He recalls the season when the rain puddled around the roots of the vines — creating a distinctive vintage he now beckons you to taste. This is a winemaker who does not see any visitors, ever, and yet here you are, fully immersed in the history, cuisine and wine of this truly unique pocket of Italy — one seldom explored, and never like this.
Along with you is Bobby Stuckey, a master sommelier and cofounder of Colorado’s Frasca Food and Wine, and one of the world’s authorities on wine. Bobby’s muse is Friuli, the little-known province in northern Italy and one of Europe’s most innovative wine regions. This is a deeply personal excursion into the heart of Friuli and Venice alongside one of its preeminent experts, meeting local winemakers, farmers and artisan chefs he’s proud to call friends. This is your exclusive invitation to experience Friuli and Venice through the relationships Bobby has cultivated over years and decades.
Join Bobby on this celebration of Friulian culture and cuisine—and, of course, of wines that rival the best in the world.
The Paragon Experience
Join us in celebrating the beauty of human potential
Paragon provides unparalleled access and intimacy. Go behind the scenes with Master Sommelier Bobby Stuckey and meet winemakers like Enzo Pontoni and Christian Patat, and discover the secrets of Friuli and Venice like no other traveler can.
Force for Good
Paragon supports causes handpicked by our luminaries. On this departure a $20,000 donation is supporting first-generation student scholarships at the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University's W. A. Franke College of Business.
Pinnacle of Craft
This is a singular opportunity to meet, learn and celebrate with passionate winemakers and chefs at the peak of their creativity and craft, providing unparalleled access and intimacy at Michelin-star meals, exclusive tastings and private cellar visits.
Celebrate People & Place
Bobby Stuckey is an award-winning Master Sommelier and co-founder of Frasca Food and Wine. Bobby has visited Friuli more times than bottles in his wine cellar, each visit deepening his bonds with local winemakers, farmers and artisan chefs he’s proud to call friends. Thanks to Bobby’s deep connections, we’ll have profoundly personal access to the beating heart of Friuli at renowned wineries, and at rustic lunches in local homes and exquisite Michelin-star kitchens.
We believe that exploration and discovery are essential elements of the human experience.
Force for Good
It is time to redefine luxury as an experience that serves a higher purpose, one that serves to improve the lives of people and places. It's the reason why we are a Certified B Corp. Because how we travel matters.
Each Paragon experience supports charities handpicked by our Luminaries. We call it the The Paragon Giveback. On this departure a $20,000 donation is directly funding scholarships for first-generation students at Bobby's alma mater, the School of Hotel & Restaurant Management at Northern Arizona University.
People and Planet
Our goal is that the places we visit are protected and flourishing for future generations. It’s why we are a certified Climate Neutral business, and why we support environmental and social-justice nonprofits.
Day by Day
Where We Sleep
Our boutique luxury hotels mix elegant character and timeless charm with the rich history of Friuli and Venice.
Grand Hotel Duchi d’AostaTrieste
The grand dame of Trieste, this luxury hotel has welcomed royalty since the late 1800s. It's in the heart of the city, on Trieste's famed Piazza Unità d’Italia, with incredible sea views from rooms adorned with rich, bold colors and all the modern comforts you'd expect. Harry’s Piccolo, Trieste’s premiere fine-dining restaurant, occupies most of the ground floor.
La Subida has been in the hands of the renowned Sirk family since it was opened by Josko Sirk and his wife, Loredana, in 1960. Originally run as a small osteria and inn, the estate has grown with the family (who still lives on the wooded grounds). Each of La Subida's private guesthouses is unique, mixing modern design with elevated rustic charm. The property hosts the highly acclaimed Michelin-star restaurant, Trattoria Al Cacciatore.
Venice's most iconic luxury property is this grand 16th-century palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal. Renaissance tapestries, trompe-l’oeil staircases, original frescoes by Tiepolo — art is everywhere, with 24 impeccable rooms and two precious modern treasures: private outdoor gardens on the canal. Up on the rooftop terrace you may bump into the young aristocratic owners, Count Giberto and Countess Bianca, who still live in the palazzo with their family in a private apartment.
Bobby Stuckey Friuli & Venice
Based on double occupancy
Number of Travelers
Reserve today with a $10,000 per-person deposit plus room supplements (if relevant). Full payment is due 30 days later. We will contact you with a reminder when full payment is due.
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What does the price include?
Seven nights at unique, exclusive four- and five-star accommodations including some of northern Italy’s top properties; exclusive VIP access and tastings; private travel and transportation from beginning to end; airport transfers; all entrance fees; daily breakfasts, most lunches and dinners including Michelin-star dining at some of the region’s most iconic kitchens.
What does the price not include?
International roundtrip airfare to Italy; travel insurance; activities not included in the Itinerary; hotel incidentals including room service, laundry service and hotel bar tabs; food and beverages not included in itinerary; gratuity for our Paragon tour leader.
Who is going on this trip?
This exclusive Paragon experience is limited to 12 guests, plus Bobby Stuckey and our Paragon team. 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.