Fine wine at the foot of the Alps
The wine region of Piedmont is legendary for two wines: Barolo and Barbaresco, both made from the fragrant red Nebbiolo grape. If you want to visit a top producer, such as Pio Cesare (whose cellar walls date from 50 BC) or GD Vajra, it’s vital to book, but otherwise just wander into one of the regional enotecas, in either Barbaresco or Barolo, where the wine museum WiMu, housed in an ancient castle, is not to be missed.
But there are many other lovely wines in the Langhe, and Michelin-starred local David Palluda’s Osteria dell’Enoteca is a good place to discover some of them, while the little trattoria Ristorante Battaglino in Bra, capital of the slow food movement, showcases local bottles.
Whatever you do, don’t go back to Milan
without a meal: this is one of Italy’s finest food regions, which, given the stiff competition, is really saying something. Back the hotel, ask Seta’s
sommelier for the perfect pairings from its 1,100 label-strong cellar.