Safari in the rice fields

  • * DISCOVER THE WORLD OF RICE BY VISITING A RICE FARM AND ENJOYING THE LOCAL RICE DISH

  • * EXPLORE AN "INFERNOT", AN UNDERGROUND CAVE USED TO PRESERVE WINES IN THE MONFERRATO WINE AREA

  • * VISIT A WINERY AND TASTE THE EXCELLENT LOCAL WINES

  • * TRAVEL THROUGH AN ENCHANTING LANDSCAPE OF SWEET HILLS COVERED WITH VINEYARDS

180,00 €

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  • This tour is about meeting local people who will welcome you into their family run businesses and tell you about their daily lives and their work. You will visit a rice farm and then a winery; you will learn how rice and wine are produced, about the struggles with nature and the respect for the environment. 

  • The rice farm stands in the middle of the fields that are flooded in April and May and turned into the so-called “squared sea”. You will learn from the people at the farm how the ears of rice are grown and harvested, and you will visit the laboratory where the rice grains are transformed into the final product that you find in stores. You will have the opportunity to see a room furnished the way it used to be when the “mondine”, young girls coming from all areas in Northern Italy, spent their days working in the fields pulling weeds with their feet in the water and singing merry songs which filled the countryside. A famous saying states: “rice is born in water and dies in wine” meaning that rice has to be cooked with wine. The lady of the farm will show you how the typical dish, the “panissa” is prepared and then you will taste it at lunch.

  • After lunch you will travel to the Monferrato wine area to visit a winery, the vineyards and to taste the local wines. Enjoy your visit and admire the gentle landscape of hills and vineyards extending as far as the eye can see.

  • You will stop at a very small village to visit the public “Infernot”, of which the village inhabitants are deservedly proud. The Infernot is a small underground room entirely dug in the sand stone that, for its almost constant temperature and humidity characteristics, is the perfect place for the preservation of the finest wines. Most houses in the area have their private Infernot, there are also some public ones open on specific occasions

  • Inclusions:

return train tickets Milan - Vercelli
- transportation to the farm and winery
- lunch with the typical dish
- visit to a winery with wine tasting
- visit to an Infernot
- assistance of an English speaking tour leader