Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines 

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

The beauty of living in Zurich is that so much of Europe is a just drive away. The other week we took off from Zurich to explore the Piedmont region of Italy with Mövenpick wines and Maserati. The object of our mission was to discover and explore beautiful vineyards, producing amazing wine which you can buy in Switzerland through Mövenpick Wines.

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

We had a fabulous time, going behind the scenes, taking to the wine makers, exploring their cellars and admiring the beautiful vineyards. Oh, and of course, we were lucky enough to enjoy some amazing tastings not just of top quality Italian wine, but of some delightful Grappa too.

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

Two Different Maseratis

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

We drove in two different Maseratis – a Maserati Levante and a Maserati Quattroporte saloon. Both cars were beautiful to drive, extremely smooth and comfortable – both as a driver and a passenger – something which is important on a drive of a decent length like this.

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines

Coppo Wines

Coppa Winery Piedmont Italy

Our first destination was Coppo Wines which is a UNESCO World Heritage site situated in the town of Canelli. There we met with Francesco Gallino and were shown round the amazing underground cellars. At one point the cellars are an extraordinary 40 metres below ground.

Coppa Winery Piedmont Italy

The original cellars were built in the late 18th century and in 1800-1900 they were considerably extended to create the vast caverns they are today, covering an amazing 5,000 square metres. This network of “Underground Cathedrals” represents a temple of wine dedicated to the hard work of the vintner and all those who work in the vineyard.

Coppa Winery Piedmont Italy

After our tour we met with Luigi Coppo, a fourth generation member of the family, and enjoyed a tasting of some of their wonderful wines. We tried some great wines, including this sweet white wine below, which was a perfect match for the pannetone. As someone who doesn’t usually like sweet wines I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was and how well it went with the dessert.

Coppa Winery Piedmont Italy

Coppo Winery

Adress: Via Alba 68, 14053 Canelli

Tel: +39 0141 82 31 46

Visit the Coppo Winery website here.

Take a look at the selection of Coppo wines available at Mövenpick here

Destillerie Berta Grappa

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines 

Our next stop was Destillerie Berta Grappa where we were shown round by Giulia Tigrino. It’s open to the public and is a great place to visit as there is plenty to see and do there. As well as a museum there is a shop where you can purchase all types of grappa and grappa infused goodies. (Do make sure to check out the Grappa infused “Amaretti di Mombaruzzo” – they were amazing!)

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines 

After a quick tour of the nearby vineyards, we visited the distillery where 5,000 litres of Grappa are stored in French oak casks. The smell was quite intoxicating as you enter the cellars – you really feel enveloped in the aroma of Grappa. The room is quite a spectacle as the Grappa is serenaded with classical music (yes, seriously!) as it matures and there is a colourful light show taking place in the  cellars. Apparently these are all factors to help produce the best Grappa possible.

Destillerie Berta Grappa

We finally rounded off the visit with a tasting and a spot of shopping.

Destillerie Berta Grappa

I’m not a connoisseur of Grappa by any means, but it was interesting to compare the effect of the different levels of maturation on the liqueur. The young Grappa is a pale yellow colour but by the time it gets to 8 years or 10 years it is totally different on the palate. I must say they were all very good but my favourite had to be the 10 year old Grappa which was deliciously smooth and complex.

Destillerie Berta Grappa

Address: Via Guasti Giuseppe 34/36, 14046 Mombaruzzo

Tel: + 39 141 739528

Visit the Destillerie Berta Grappa Website here.

See the selection of Berta Grappa available at Mövenpick here

Relais Villa Prato

 

Relais Villa Prato Piedmont Italy

Winding our way through the narrow streets of Mombaruzzo we arrived at the beautiful Relais Villa Prato where we enjoyed a wonderful dinner and overnight stay. I only had a short time to enjoy the hotel’s relaxing spa facilities and have a quick swim in the outdoor pool, before it was time for an Apéro on the terrace. We had a totally delicious dinner with lots of local specialities in the charming company of Anna Clara Berta, a member of the Destillerie Berta, along with selected wines from the region to accompany each course. Of course, to round it all off we indulged in some fine Berta Grappa and some traditional Italian sweet treats.

Dinner at Relais Villa Prato Piedmont Italy

Villa Relais Prato

Address: Via Roma 15, 14046 Mombaruzzo

Tel: +39 141 77003

Visit the Relais Villa Prato website here

Michele Chiarlo Wines

Michele Chiarlo Wines Piedmont italy

Our final stop was at Michele Chiarlo Wines where Alberto Chiarlo, son of the founder, welcomed us to the family’s cellars and took us though a tutored wine tasting.

Alberto Chiarlo of Michele Chiarlo Wines Piedmont italy

The wines were superb and it was an absolute delight to taste them. Alberto explained which vineyards each one was from and the unique qualities of each wine. Michele Chiarlo has approximately 150 hectares where they produce Barbera, Cortese, Nebiolo and Moscato grapes. The success of their wines Alberto said, is due to the wonderful microclimate they enjoy and the favourable conditions of the land.

Michele Chiarlo Wines Piedmont italy

Next he took us round the cellars, explaining about the history of the cellars themselves and more about the wines and the vineyards. We then sat down to the most amazing Italian lunch which featured regional specialities cooked by an 85 year old local lady, which included Vitella Tonnata, and a stunning spinach and cheese mousse with a cream sauce.

Michele Chiarlo Wines Piedmont italy

Then it was off to visit the vineyards for a final time. The rolling hills and the trees felt more Tuscany than Piedmont, and it was great to see where the vines are grown to produce some of these really outstanding wine.

Alberto Chiarlo of Michele Chiarlo Wines Piedmont italy

All too soon it was time to head back to Zurich leaving the beautiful Italian scenery and sunshine behind.

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines 

Michele Chiarlo Wines

Address: Strada Nizza-Canelli  99, 14042 Calamandrana

Tel: + 39 141 769030

Visit the Michele Chiarlo website here.

Visit the Mövenpick Michele Chiarlo Wine Selection here

Piedmont Region of Italy

Powering Round the Piedmont with Maserati and Mövenpick Wines 

I highly recommend a trip to this beautiful region of Piedmont in Italy and whilst you’re there do take the opportunity to try these marvellous wines. So that you don’t miss out, you can of course always order them at the Mövenpick store or of course on Mövenpick’s online shop.

For more information on Maserati click herel.

Mövenpick Wine Fair 26th & 27th October 2019

If you would like to taste some great wines in Zurich don’t miss the Mövenpick Wine Fair which is taking place on 26th and 27th October at the Papiersaal in Sihlcity in Zurich. For more information on the Mövenpick Wine Fair click here.

Mövenpick Wine Tasting papiersaal Zurich

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