A 5 hour food tour that will lead you to discover the magic of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, Traditional Balsamic Vinegar (TBV) and Prosciutto di Parma production.
Tour schedule :
6.45 am Meet your driver directly at your address and drive for approx 1 hr and 30 min. from Florence to Parma (you need to be early bird but sleep on the way to Parma)
8.30 – 10.00 Meeting with the guide by the Parmigiano Cheese producer. The cheese factory is located in Parma’s surrounding. 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. Final tasting of more cheese.
10.00 – 11.30 drive to TBV area and visit
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. You will visit the Must maturing room and the batteria lofts and taste 15 year old, 22 and 28 year old Balsamico from the antique barrels. Final tastings of 15 year old, 22 and 28 year old Balsamico
11.30 – 12.30 drive to Langhirano area and visit of Prosciutto di Parma
We will see where the fresh haunches are selected an salted. Then visit the cooling, salting and “resting” rooms, each emulating the traditional winter to spring curing seasons. Best of all we will take you to the cellar branding areas where the “Naso” or master nose deciphers the perfume of only the perfect product for the ultimate branding of the twin crowns of Parma Ham. After the visit of the Prosciutto producer, you willl be taken to a food boutique nearby, at the foothill of beautiful Torrechiara castle, for a little tasting of Prosciutto and typical Parma’s specialities.
3.30-4.00 pm We will back to Florence