PDO Culatello Tours Zibello

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HISTORY

When it comes to tradition, we cannot fail to mention the art of making Culatello. It is said that back in 1332, during the wedding banquet of Andrea Conti Rossi and Giovanna dei Conti Sanvitale, Culatello samplings were carried out. It is also said that the some Culatello had been brought to the bride and the groom as a gift and that later on the Pallavicino’s offered some Culatello to Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan.

The first explicit and official quotation about Culatello dates back to 1735 and it is found in a document kept in Parma. The first literary references date back to the nineteenth century, by the local poet Giuseppe Callegari and the sculptor Renato Brozzi, who would exchange views on Culatello with the famous poet Gabriele D’Annunzio.

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CHARACTERISTICS

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Culatello di Zibello is a type of cold meat made from the posterior muscles and inner thigh of the pig, properly cleaned on the surface and trimmed to obtain the classic pear shape. To put it in simple words, Culatello consists of muscle bundles from the thigh, which is the best part of the ham. Its curing must be carried out in well-ventilated areas at a temperature between 13° and 17° C for no longer than 10 months as of the salting phase. During this period ventilation, natural light exposure and moisture are allowed depending on the climatic factors in the production area.

PRODUCTION AREA
The area where the Culatello Zibello is produced includes the following municipalities in the province of Parma: Polesine, Busseto, Zibello, Soragna, Roccabianca, San Secondo, Sissa and Colorno.

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The load down – 3 Kings tour: The Parma Food and Wines

Your 3 Kings tour day starts with  

‘The King of Cheeses’

Our much revered Parmigiano Reggiano Tour



Your FWT day starts with an incredible visit to one of the most revered makers of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.  

Here we enter another world…

  • COOKING
  • SALTING
  • AGEING
  • TASTINGS

You will be amazed when you enter the cooking room to watch behind the scenes, the master and his family, cookingseparating the rich whey and lifting this magnificent DOP product.

As we begin to realise the huge amount of care and daily toil this product requires we visit the salting and sculpturing room. From there we enter the ageing room: the stagionatura.


Here among countless row of wheels is where the  richest aroma enlivens the senses we learn how the Consorzio  test and skillfully hammer each and every wheel before the ritual of fire branding.

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Of course the tour is not complete until we watch the masters lift the wheels and celebrate the birth of the King of cheese.



The best part of all! … we taste this wonder with a dash of honey, balsamico and if we can twist you arm, a refreshing glass of crisp Malvasia white wine. A truly special start to our fabulous Food n Walk tour day.

Tour starts 9am (duration 2 hrs)

Food preparation takes place 365 days per annum. Non-slip footwear is advised – thong flip-flops are not suitable as some floor areas are wet.

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2.  The Prosciutto di Parma tour

…Langhirano Parma Ham 100% natural, it’s in the air!

  • SCENIC DRIVE
  • SALTING
  • CURING
  • AGEING
  • BRANDING ROOMS
  • RESERVE ROOM

Our second destination is equally awe inspiring as the first… the stunning drive and vinyard ascent is a photographers dream!

We have found a real treasure, a remarkable curing workshop of Prosciutto di Parma. Located high above the Langhirano valley  in the heart of the Parma Ham DOP production area, .


Our Parma Ham factory

It’s all in the AIR

It is the along these Apennine foothills that conspire to create the unique conditions necessary to cure only genuine Parma Ham.

They say just salt, air and time is needed…

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But there is something else perhaps most fascinating of all that characterises this great legendary product:

the abiding union between Parmigiano Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma.

We will see where the fresh haunches are selected an salted, visit the cooling, salting and “resting” rooms, each emulating the traditional annual curing seasons.

Best of all we will take you to the extraordinary cellar branding areas where the “Naso” or master nose deciphers the perfume of only the perfect product.

This is where we have truly the advantage over the rest because these vault house graded products aged in wood.

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Please Note: most days the Prosciutto workshop  is a buzz with activity – On weekends this may not be the case.  We have access to the factory and will see all the processes for the gourmet Parma Ham.
 

Lunch is served!  Your afternoon delight!

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… on the Parma hillside

  • SCENIC VIEWS
  • TASTINGS
  • WINE TASTINGS
  • CASTLE GROUNDS
  • COFFEE 

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Top:  Your castle Lunch awaits

Above: OMGG!!!  Tortelli D’erbetta – finished in butter and Parmigiano Reggiano


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Our lunch destination is above the Parma Ham Valley – simply the best lunch in Italy


 PARMA TRADIZIONALE Lunch Menu

‘Salumi Misti’ freshly sliced DOP cold cut products:
 
Parmigiano Reggiano
Prosciutto di Parma
Culatello, Coppa
Felino Salame
 
 GOURMET Menu
…and for the full gourmet lunch the addition of:  
 
Tortelli filled with delicious spinach and ricotta, finished of course with freshly grated parmesan in clarified butter.
 
All this sipping IWC award winning wines overlooking wonderful vistas and the food valley area from the vinyeards of Langhirano.
 

FWT's fab Parma Lunch spread

 
And for a special treat – a world number one DOC traditional dry Lambrusco with full nectar nose, rich berry flavours and fresh clean finish.  Other wines include Malvasia, all grown in theimmediate  surrounding hills.
 
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Our lunch finishes  at .2.30pm with light sweet biscotti or torta, with coffee or Grappa.  
 

 
Please request any special dietary requirements.
  


3.  The amazing Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale RE 

Our final destination Balsamico settles your day in the most perfect way.


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The Balsamico producer

 … visit the Aceto batteria, the Vineyards and the hillside vistas… the incredible flavors finish our paradise 3 Kings tour.

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  • SCENIC DRIVE
  • PHOTO SHOOT
  • IN THE LOFTS
  • TASTINGS
  • WINE TASTINGS (OPTIONAL EXTRA)

(Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia)

We are proud of our Balsamic tour because it is a rare location: special and utterly unique.

The consorzio for this original DOP Balsamico product dates back to the 11th century.

         

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale it is produced solely from the finest grapes and never from soured wine vinegar like its Modenese industrial counterpart.


The sweetest white Trebbiano grapes are used to make this nectar, naturally grown and hand harvested – only the finest are selected by taste from the vineyard.

You will visit the Balsamic Must maturing rooms and the batteria lofts and taste 15 year old, 22 and 28 year old Balsamico from the antique barrels.

This sweet elixir helps you savour and digest a truly great day you will remember  for years to come.



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Delicious Delicious Delicious Italy!! – welcome to Food n Wine tours Balsamico, Parmesan and Parma Ham tours

TRULY THE MOST BEAUTIFUL Parma tour – with Food n Walk Tour bookings manager Nick

Angelo and Nick serve up a great day in the Food Valley

Welcome to real Italy … 

 

Angelo, Parma’s much mooted tour guide will ease you around this beautiful Italian gourmet food tour.

Food n Walk Tours Parma consist of superior quality self drive guided visits, to the production sites of some of Italy’s most famous DOP food products such as Prosciutto di Parma Ham, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese as well as breathtaking strolls through Traditional Balsamic Vinegar studios of Reggio and Modena.

 

THE BEST PARMIGIANO REGGIANO CHEESE TOUR

Parma FWT Parmigiano Reggiano cheese factory visit. Visiting a “Caseificio” is like going back in time. The “King of the cheeses” actually has very old origins and today, like 7 centuries ago, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is still made following the same traditional and genuine methods. Parmigiano Reggiano cheese is protected by the European Union and can only be produced in a restricted area, the so called “zona tipica”, which includes the provinces of Parma, Reggio Emilia, Modena, and a part of Bologna (left of the Reno river) and Mantova (right of the Po river). It takes about 2 hours to see the whole production, preferably early in the morning.
 
 
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Villino di Porporano – the affordable Luxury Cool B&B country house, Parma

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Villino di Porporano – the affordable Luxury B&B country house, Parma

When I first arrived at Villino to collect my clients for our Parma food tour, I was amazed how near it was to town … 8 minutes by car and here I was surrounded by countryside and the aroma of fresh coffee.

Elena arrived at the elegant gates of this wonderful country home.. greeted not only by her immediacy but by two pooches who immediately gave my shins a delightful massage!

”Come in Nick … want a coffee?”

Truth be known I’d just grabbed one but seeing the beautifully poured cappuccini on the cotton clad 17th century walnut table in the dining room I opted for another without a moment’s hesitation… that’s two in the space of half an hour!  God help my tourists!

Then followed the most delicious home baked brioche I had ever tasted and I felt completely at home…

”Where are you from Elena?”

”Near Abbruzzo in the centre but my husband is from Parma… I have just finished renovations here…”

”It looks fantastic… I love the style mix…”

Elena responded with a modesty so typical of Italians who really have a wealth of talent… yet decline such flattery.

The place is gorgeous and opens out in many directions into the garden, patios and into the beautiful dining area with rooms a generous extension of this masterclass of comfort casa interior design.

Coming from an interiors background I was and still am impressed.

 

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Villino is the perfect retreat from the charming but zestful Parma whirl and makes a perfect romance or relaxation location with now a new pool – a big tick now for all the boxes.

But what really makes this place special is Elena and her family and in a city where to be honest genuine accommodation is not surprisingly a plenty the Villino is one of a hand full of places we regularly recommend to our clients.

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That aside the food and trimmings are a dream – just look at their Tripadviosr reviews!

Welcome to Parma… it’s a given.

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TRIPADVISOR EXTRACT for Villino

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 26 August 2012 NEW

My husband and I had a wonderful experience staying at this B&B. I think what I liked best was the beautiful grounds, Elena and her family, Paula, her assistant, the pool and the fantastic breakfast. Elena makes you feel like family. I was very sad to leave because she made our stay so nice. I loved the location, just outside…More 

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4 of 5 starsReviewed 17 August 2012

This B&B exudes sophistication and effortless charm. The fabric of the building and the rooms is very good, soft brick and linen. Airy public spaces comprise the large salon and loggia for breakfast. This meal was beautiful – with Parma ham (!) and feather light home made cakes, copious fresh orange juice, etc. Also, enjoy the fresh pool! The town…More 

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 29 July 2012

This B&B is in a separate villa building next to the owner’s home. The inside of the building has been completely renovated and the rooms fully decorated. The bathroom is modern and fully equipped. It is all beautiful. Elena the owner is a gracious hostess and a wonderful baker. Her homemade pastry for the breakfast is excellent. Sitting on the…More 

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5 of 5 starsReviewed 26 July 2012

I cannot talk highly enough about our stay. My family stayed for 6 magical nights during our recent trip to Europe and I am so glad we decided to stop in Parma and in particular with Elena and Guiseppe at Villino di Porporana. The rooms were of outstanding quality and we loved the way the beautifual building was restored. Paula…

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NEW Budget Tour – with Profile


 Streamline tour!  Same places as 3 Kings – simple lunch stop UBuy – lean prices!!!

COUPLES BUDGET BEATER TOUR!!!  a new optional Food n Walk Tour!

A budget tour taking in Parmigiano Reggiano Parma Ham Balsamico with a picnic lunch atop a mountain vista!!!

84.00 per person!!! SEPTEMBER OFFER (for tours booked after Sept 1 2012) – Couples Only – inc Balsamico tour n taste, Parmigiano tour n tasting, Parma ham tour n picnic…

The Best Pricepoint Food Tour in Parma!

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Torrechiara Castle Parma – Photo call in the heart of our Food Valley Golosi tour day

The BB day tour

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1. Parmigiano Reggiano – visit a small family producer
2. Parma ham – one of Parma’s leading Prosciutto makers
3. Balsamico Tradizionale – dropping in on a regal estate and truly artisan maker

Light Lunch is your call – not included in the tour total

Balsamico Vintage tastings 6.00 per person

Scenic Drive n Picnic or Light Lunch (you choose on the day in our langhirano Deli Cafe – )

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PARMIGIANO REGGIANO

Your FWT day starts with an incredible visit to one of the most revered makers of the famous Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.

COOKING
SALTING
AGEING

How they test the cheese

LIFTING THE CHEESE

TASTINGS
You will be amazed when you enter the cooking room to watch behind the scenes, the master and his family, cooking, separating the rich whey and lifting this magnificent DOP product.

Cheese Tour starts 9am (duration 2 hrs)

Food preparation takes place 365 days per annum. Non-slip footwear is advised – thong flip-flops are not suitable as some floor areas are wet.

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PROSCIUTTO DI PARMA

…Langhirano Parma Ham 100% natural, it’s in the air!

SCENIC DRIVE
SALTING
CURING
AGEING
BRANDING ROOMS
RESERVE ROOM

It is the along these Apennine foothills that conspire to create the unique conditions necessary to cure only genuine Parma Ham.

They say just salt, air and time is needed…

Please Note: most days the Prosciutto workshop is a buzz with activity – On weekends this may not be the case. We have access to the factory and will see all the processes for the gourmet Parma Ham.

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PICNIC

Choose from our delicious local quality gastrononia Cafe a selection of food as we head into the hills for our Ham Tour.

If it’s raining or a tad cool, we’ll choose to stay in the cafe.

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Balsamico Tradizionale Tour

SCENIC DRIVE
PHOTO SHOOTS
IN THE LOFTS
3 AGES TASTINGS – 6.00 euros per person
(Traditional Balsamic Vinegar of Reggio Emilia)

First mentioned in historical writings in 1046 (da Piacenza), Balsamico is a real elixir for all Gourmet lovers, chefs or slow food fans.

Aceto Balsamico Tradizionale it is produced solely from the finest grapes and never from soured wine vinegar like its Modenese industrial counterpart.

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PRICES (in euros)  84.00 per person
Tour Starts
8.45am finishes around 3.00pm

MEETING POINTS – Bar Gianni

We can come to you at your Parma Hotel or meet at the 3 Kings meeting point

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SELF DRIVE PRICES

89.00 euros per person min 2 ppl

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TASTING OPTIONS

Balsamico 3 ages tastings – Red, Silver and Gold vintages

6.00 euro per person

Special diet requirements can be catered for… Just let us know prior to booking.

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LUXURY DRIVING OPTIONS      

4 people 280.00

Mini bus 360.00

For special tour request please just ask.

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on the brink.. Season to season Passo Della Cisa Walks

 

Our food day brings you to the border with Tuscany at 1140m – we can walk the mountain trail all day and picnic … if you like

      

 

The Brink of Heaven – The incredible Passo Della Cisa walk

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Spectacular Italy! The Passo della Cisa Winter’s end March 2011

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Above:  The  Cai VF 00 track rising from Passo della Cisa

Today we went up to Passo della Cisa and I took a look at a trek link which is simply going to be out of this world when I get along it in April.

This is the link used for centuries since Saint Francis set course for Rome. At this point it reaches 1048mabove sea level.

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The Massa Carrara from Cisa

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The steps here (in Emilia Romagna)  lead past the church to the left or right adjoining the track behind thebell tower (sited in Tuscany) and pine clad mountains, climbing up the ridge following due west, across the Bratello range descending the valley toward Pontremoli… and Cinque Terre.

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