Meet the Wine Families of Piemonte!

My dear friend Suzanne Hoffman, author of award-winning Labor of Love: Wine Family Women of Piemonte, has developed wonderful relationships with the local wine families in her 30+ trips to this region over the last two decades, and leads unparalleled experiences for small groups…and the time has come for me to take advantage of her expertise!

I first met Suzanne in 2010 while participating in the Beaver Creek Culinary Weekend. She loved our family story and our wines even more. The following year, Suzanne asked if I could present our wines at an in-home tasting for some of her oenophile friends. Then, in 2012, she had me conduct a winemaker dinner for the local Chaîne des Rôtisseurs chapter at Mirabelle with Belgian Master Chef Daniel Joly. Suzanne even arranged for a Schweiger Vineyards winemaker dinner at the wildly popular Vail Valley restaurant, Zino, in 2013. She is family to us in every sense of the word and I always look forward to my opportunities to visit with her and her husband, Dani.

Piemonte is the enchanting region of northwest Italy that was once undiscovered, but now one of the most popular destinations for lovers of gastronomy, art, and culture.

I had an opportunity to scratch the surface of Piemonte this last July while visiting one of my coopers. They set up marvelous vineyard and winery tours, lunches, and despite their best planning, my family (almost) got our rental stuck in the mud. Suzanne’s knowledge of this region goes so much deeper and I can almost guarantee, that unlike my family experience, you won’t have to get out and push (unless you want to).


The Alps cradle Piemonte, Italy’s second largest region after Sicily, and dominate its diverse landscape of valleys, vineyard-carpeted rolling hills, and fertile flatland nourished by the Po River.

The region is home to myriad agricultural bounties – wine, rice, cheese, meat, hazelnuts, and the world-famous tartufi bianchi, or white truffles.  It is rich not only in gastronomic and vinous pleasures, but in history, culture, and architecture.  Despite its capital, Turin, hosting the 2006 Olympics, its notoriety as a premier wine region, and growing popularity among wine tourists, Piemonte remains an under-discovered part of Italy.

Tour Highlights

  • Highly personalized culinary, wine, and cultural experience with expert guides in a small group (maximum of 12 guests)
  • Quality time during winery visits and all dinners with local wine producers
  • Dine at quaint trattorie and Michelin star restaurants
  • Personalized visits to some of Piemonte’s leading wineries
  • Visit with local guide to Alba’s Saturday morning mercato
  • No hidden costs

Suzanne’s Labor of Love Piemonte tours sell out fast, so don’t wait to join in on this bucket list worthy adventure!

Anduma a Piemonte!  Let’s go to Piemonte!

Schweiger Vineyards Winemaker Andrew Schweiger at the winery

Andy Schweiger, Winemaker