Cycling Italy: Piedmont Wine Tasting & Cuisine
About your bike tour
Italy's Piedmont region is an ideal destination for cyclists and this tour combines fantastic wines, delicious Italian and French cuisine with scenic pedaling through rolling hills dotted with vineyards and castles.
We'll ride through the wine regions of Barbera, Barbaresco, Langhe, Monferrato, Asti, Dolcetto and, of course, Barolo. Our gourmet dinners will highlight Italy's "Slow Food" movement and we'll enjoy a thermal spa in Acqui Terme.
About Piedmont: Bordered by France to the west and Switzerland to the north, Italy's Piedmont region offers an assortment of splendid scenery and fascinating history. Here, among fertile valleys of the Po River, the Kings of Savoy built castles and fortified cities to protect wine merchants from marauding pirates, and Count Camillo Cavour first introduced the idea of a unified Italian state.
Highlights: Arrive in Turin, bicycle fitting and welcome dinner
Arrive today in Turin and shuttle to Pollenzo, a small village along the banks of the Tanaro river. Pollenzo has become the center of the world's first University of Gastronomic Sciences. Associated with Italy's well known "Slow Food" movement, both the University and the village of Pollenzo have become centers of innovation for international cuisine.
We’ll fit bikes this afternoon and then enjoy a special welcome dinner together.
Our first ride today will be into the Roero region, cycling through vineyards famous for its white “Arneis” wine. Our route takes us along small country lanes, through tiny hilltop villages north of Pollenzo. Once back in town, we’ll have a special visit to the University’s “Bank of Wine” for a wine tasting and introduction to what the Slow Food university is attempting to do.
A loop ride today takes us through the vineyards of Le Langhe and the famous hills of the Nebbiolo grape. Along our route you'll pass through the stunning landscape of La Morra, as well as vineyards around Barolo, Monforte d'Alba and Verduno. We’ll have a stop in the Barolo “enoteca”, housed in the town castle. Take your time cycling today as the scenery on this ride has caused several cyclists to run through more than one set of camera batteries.
We leave Pollenzo today to ride to Asti, home to the world famous Asti spumante as well as other important wines such as the Dolcetto d’Alba, Barbera d’Asti, Nebbiolo and Barbaresco. Our first stop is in Alba, the Piedmont's truffle hunting capital. We’ll then continue to the small town of Barbaresco where there are wine cellars and the “enoteca” to visit before continuing on to Asti. As capital of the Monferrato wine region, Asti’s role in Piedmont is of prime importance. Wine festivals are common here, and gourmet cuisine is always well-accompanied by white and red wines.
We pedal through more wine country to reach the town of Acqui Terme, home to ancient thermal spas. We’re in southern Piedmont now, famous for its Brachetto d’Acqui, a sweet sparkling rosée wine as well as other red and white wines. Our hotel has a spa within it, so take time this afternoon to enjoy the spa and walk around town to visit the Gothic cathedral built in the late 10th Century.
We’ll head north today toward Alessandria to reach the small hilltop town of Nizza Monferrato. Anybody wanting longer miles can keep riding, others can return to the spa in our hotel. Enjoy dinner on your own tonight in one of the several restaurants surrounding Acqui Terme’s lively “piazza.”
We bicycle through another famous wine region, the “Cortese di Gavi” area. Our final day of cycling brings us to the imposing fortress in Gavi, restructured in the 17th Century from a simpler castle to the gigantic defense structure you see today. The fortress is massive compared to the delicate vineyards that surround it. We’ll enjoy a final dinner tonight and toast to our bicycle tour!
We’ll shuttle to the larger town of Alessandria so you can catch a train to Milan, Turin or Venice from here. Wherever you head, we hope the memories of Piedmont and its wines will follow!
Photos of this bike tour
What we love
- the price of this trip includes the wine tastings, delicious dinners and the bikes
- downtown of Turin
- truffle in Alba
- vineyards wherever you look
What to know
- High quality road bike or hybrid included in price.
- Longer cycling routes of 75-85 kilometers possible.
- minimum number of participants - 6
Train from Milan or Venice to Turin
From Alessandria, train to Milan, Turin or Venice.
April 14th – October 13th 2012
Accommodation & Rates
- $2,888: Double Room (1 bed)
- $2,888: Double Room (2 beds)
- $3,465: Single Room
- Rental of a quality road bike or hybrid included
- 7 days, 6 nights’ accommodation
- 4 dinners with wine
- 2-4 wine tastings and/or wine cellar visits
- all breakfasts
- 1 dedicated guides with support vehicle
- shuttle to Alessandria at tour end
- minimum number of participants - 6