Truffle Hunt

HUNTING FOR THE WHITE TRUFFLE FROM ALBA

An excursion amongst the Langa & Roero woods in search of the elusive mushroom.

ACCOMPANY THE TRIFULAU (EXPERT TRUFFLE HUNTER) AND HIS DOG FOR A WALK AMONGST THE NATURAL TRUFFLES GROUNDS IN LANGA AND ROERO.

Among the beautiful UNESCO Hills, you’ll discover the truffle’s characteristics, history and the techniques on how to search for it (and find it)

And in the end, you can feel that inebriating feeling of victory, when the dog finally unearths the mysterious mushroom.

How the hunt is carried out

SEARCHING FOR TRUFFLES IN LANGA

The hunt takes place during the day, in collaboration with the Associazione Trifulau Colline di Langa (Langa Hills Trifulau Association), between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m..

The real protagonist of the excursion is the dog, nicknamed Tabui in jargon, which sets the group’s pace, moving through the trees and sniffing at the base of the trunks.

After walking through the woods, often moving “back and forth”, the tabui is suddenly stricken by the scent at a precise point and starts to turn the earth over lightly to attract the trifualu’s attention.

The trifulau then comes along with his ‘sapin’ (small hoe) and delicately opens the hole where the dog began digging, he then pulls out the truffle with his hands causing an explosion of fragrance.

The truffe hunt is simulated, in the sense that the truffes are previously buried by the trifulau so as to give a demonstration of their work and that of the tabui (the truffle dog).

Since the hunt takes place in a natural truffle setting, we may also found truffles that haven’t been buried artificially, but that naturally grown on site.

WARNING: never trust those who say they will take you on a “real”, and not simulated, truffle hunt.

All paths and the search sites are jealously guarded by each trifulau, and is it highly unlikely they will let anyone else know their secret.

Walking through the woods in search of truffles, whether they be black or white, is one of the most intense emotional experiences that our region can offer.

Details

WHERE

The search takes place in one of the following places:

Barolo – Natural Tartufaia
Neive – Natural Tartufaia
Trezzo Tinella – Natural Tartufaia

RATES

Basic price: 122,00€ for 2 people + 12,00 € per additional person.
Children: free up to 10 years of age.

Interpreter’s fee (if you need it): 122,00 €.

The prices include VAT.

WHEN

The search can take place any day during the year, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m..

Recommended periods:
Black Truffle: all year round except from 15th March to 15th May.
Alba White Truffle (Tuber Magnatum Pico): October, November and December.

USEFUL INFO

Each search for truflles lasts roughly 1 hour/1,30.

Spoken languages: Italian, English, German, French, Spanish and Russian.

Clothing: it is highly recommended to bring adequate clothing for an excursion in the woods and in the open countryside, along with boots or leggings.

Book your Truffle Hunt and Search

Terms and Conditions

PAYMENT:
when booking, either through paypal or credit card. The confirmation email will include the name and details of the accompanying Trifulau and of course where to meet.

CANCELLATIONS BY THE CLIENT:

  • within 10 days of the booking date, the entire amount will be refunded;
  • from 9 to 3 days before the booking date, 50% will be refunded, net of commission charges;
  • within the last 3 days the entire amount will be withheld.

CANCELLATION BY THE ASSOCIATION
for whatever reason (for example due to poor weather conditions), the entire amount will be refunded.

OTHER INFORMATION
Any delay by the booking exceeding half an hour, with respect to the agreed time, will result in the cancellation of the search without any reimbursement.

Any truffles found during the search are considered as being property of the accompanying ‘Trifulau’.