Greedy DOP Tour: Parmigiano Cheese and Traditional Balsamic Vinegar

Join our 4 hour tour and discover the food traditions of Parma! Visit production plants and taste amazing delicacies!
Wine tasting, Culinary experience, Local activities, Walking & Sightseeing
€170.00
  • 2 persons and more: €95.00 per person
  • 3 persons and more: €85.00 per person
  • 4 persons and more: €75.00 per person
  • 5 persons and more: €65.00 per person
  • 6 persons and more: €55.00 per person
  • 8 persons and more: €45.00 per person

When to book - availability

All year long

Highlights

  • Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese producers and tastings -
  • Traditional Balsamic vinegard producer and tasting 
  • Lambrusco Museum 
  • Behind the scene of master cooking
Languages: English, Italian
Duration: Check for more information
Group size: 1-8
Starting / Meeting point: Defined after booking
Description

During this tour you will learn about Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese, made every day by many cheese masters who turn milk into cheese, using their hands and heads and about the Traditional Balsamic Vinegard. 

First mentioned in writings in 1046, Balsamico is a real Jewel for all Gourmet lovers, chefs or slow food fans. Never to be confused with ordinary Balsamic Vinegar, Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale it is produced solely from the best grapes.

ITINERARY:

8.30 Meeting with the guide by the Parmigiano Cheese producer.
The cheese factory is located in Parma’s surrounding. We have more then one dairies to visit, the name of the location, according to availability, will be communicate at the booking

8.30 – 10.00 Visit of Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese production
You will watch behind the scenes the master cooking,separating the rich whey and lifting this magnificent DOP product and gain sight into the particular methodology he uses. The shaping and salting rooms are equally enthralling as we begin to realise the enormous amount of care and daily toil this product requires. Moving on from the salting vaults we enter the ageing room: the stagionatura. Here among 2000 wheels is where the fullest, richest aroma ignites the senses as we learn how after 12 months the Consorzio experts, test and skillfully hammer the cheeses before the ritual of branding. Only then do the 38 kilogram wheels that pass this test finally mature on wood for 2 or more years. Tastings of different seasoned cheese at the end. h. 10.00 – 10.15 drive to Montecchio Emilia area

10.15 - 11.30 Visit of Traditional Balsamic Vinegar producer
The Balsamic tour takes us into the unchanging world of the wine and balsamico maker. Firstly you will see the splendid 40 acre vineyards and be guest of this supplier of top outlets across the world… including Harrods of Knightsbridge London. We can then visit the Lambrusco Museum before entering the world of the balsam makers – 4 generations continuing 100 years of family tradition winning the Gambero Rosso in 2011 and World Wine Challenge for best sparkling wine in 2010. The finest of the annual grape yeild are crushed and the “must” is then slowly boiled over charcoal for 24-30 hours. The ‘must’ is aged and decanted in different woods for a minimum of 12 years. You will visit the Must maturing room and the batteria lofts and taste 15 year old, 22 and 28 year old Balsamico.

NOTE: These are private and self driven tours. A car is essential for your visit; the farms are located in different areas (depending on the land of origin of the products) and it s not possible to take public transport to transfer from one plant to the other. If you have not a car, we can offer you with a surcharge a small economy car for rental ( we can deliver it at your hotel in Parma, or at Parma train station) You can drive it yourself all along the tour. Otherwise, if you prefer not to driver, we offer you a private chauffeur driven service, by fully licensed Chauffeuring Company, with professional drivers and luxury vehicles, for your full comfort and safety. Feel free to ask for the prices "

What's included

  • Visit at local producers' plants 
  • Tastings

What's not included

  • Transport

Cancellations

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