We arrived at our next destination, Il Milin, just in time for a traditional Piemonte “extended” lunch. Located just ten minutes from Asti, Italy, Il Milin is a 19th century villa that offers two, two-room flats with kitchens, as well as three large double rooms that come with a breakfast buffet in the community dining room. We chose a double room that had a nice sitting area and a door that opened to the balcony. It was very reasonably priced at 70 euro per night that includes breakfast. http://www.agriturismoilmilin.it/piedmont/index.htm
To get to Il Milin, you are looking to turn on a small street at a few buildings located between crop fields. You will then wind up and over a hill and be in a scenic valley with vineyards and hazelnut groves lining the hills. This is home to the Rovero family farm, which Il Milin is a part.
Michela and Enrico and their children live in the adjacent wing to the villa and Michela is the hostess for Il Milin. If no one is in sight when you go to check in, knock on the door to the right of the main entrance door.
We were shown to our room and it was very large with a comfortable sitting area, wardrobe for our clothes and a private bathroom. Everything was immaculately clean and we got unpacked and moved in.
On the weekends, the Rovero family offers a traditional meal that pairs their local dishes with their Rovero wines. We walked down the country road from Il Milin to a group of buildings with a tiny chapel, restaurant, their wine and grappa tasting room and production buildings. Learn more about Rovero at: http://www.rovero.it/en/index.htm
The Gustin was also great! Of all the wines we drank on this trip, the Rovero family wines were the best. We enjoyed several bottles while there ~ you can choose wine and shots of their grappas in the common dining room, writing down what you’ve taken on their honor sheet. You then tally up when you check out. We bought a case for the road as we still had another week left.
We slept good and in the morning it was time to eat AGAIN! This is the common dining room where you can hang out and where breakfast is served. There is a kitchen off the dining room which guests can also use and they have a washing machine too (but no dryer).
Michela serves up a fabulous breakfast buffet each morning. She makes all of the breads and cakes and serves their Rovero jams and jellies and honeys. The cheeses and yogurt are local too! She’ll make coffee just for you or has hot tea choices for tea drinkers.
So many choices!
Time to move on… next stop, Lake Como!