memories that will last a lifetime
tour piedmont at your own pace
PRICE: $3,700 per person based on double occupancy ($800 supplement for single room occupancy)
DEPARTURE DATES: Choose your date from May to October
DURATION: 5 Nights / 7 Days
LEVEL: Beginner (road bike) – Easy (e-bike)
This tour is dedicated to those that love to discover new territories away from the typical chaotic tourist spots. You will visit enchanting little towns while pedaling through picturesque hills where there are vineyards as far as your eye can see. Piedmont has a lot to offer and to discover. The south of the region produces great wines like Barolo, Barbaresco, Barbera, Gavi, Derthona (Timorasso) and many others. Piedmont is ranked as the first region of Italy in terms of quality and number of DOC and DOGC, not only for the great wines but also for the incredible food and gastronomic products like white truffles, taglierini, bagna cauda, and chocolate. Not surprisingly, the Slow Food movement was born here. On road bikes or on e-bikes are the perfect way to uncover and savor all the different characteristic of this fabulous region. Salute!
The tour will start from Barolo, home of the famous Barolo wine, and head to Tortona hills, home of the Derthona (Timorasso) wine that has been defined by many wine connoisseurs as the white Barolo. This is one of the few aged white wines that is getting a lot of attention from the international wine community. While making our way to Tortona, we will visit the Langhe Hills, Nizza and Barbarescothe to then head to Acqui Terme, a roman city famous for their hot springs and the Dolcetto wine. Leaving Acqui will will head to Gavi hills home of the Gavi wine to then conclude our tour in the Tortona hills.
ALBA WARM-UP RIDE
After the bike fitting and the tour briefing, we will test the bikes on a short loop around Alba, a perfect ride with a mix of flat, hills and downhill. During the ride we will have the first approach to Nebbiolo vineyards, a mandatory stop will be in the tiny village of La Morra, considered the natural terrace of the Langhe. Once back in Alba, we will tour the town and discover its history and facts. An epicurean dinner will introduce us to the richness of the local cuisine.
ALBA LOOP TO MONFORTE
Today’s ride will be a panoramic loop in the Langhe area, touching some of the most important municipalities where Barolo wine is produced, of course we will stop in the village for the first wine tasting at a castle – Enoteca Regionale. Here, we can find a selection from most of the producers in the area which includes 11 different villages. Next stops will be in Monforte and Serralunga, both in the ridge of the hills. After some “mangia e bevi”, we finally arrive near Grinzane Cavour for the truffle experience where a local “trifulau” ( truffle hunter ) with his cute dog will show us how to find this precious mushroom. Don’t miss a stroll in the afternoon during your free time, remember we are in the capital of Nutella!
Distance: 67 km – 42 miles
Elevation: 1,610 mt. – 5,280 ft
ALBA TO ACQUI TERME
The begin of day will start with a short visit to Enoteca Regionale in Barbaresco where we can taste the “little brother” of Barolo wine. On the way to Acqui Terme, despite the short distance, we will cross hills where different varieties of grape are cultivated, such as Moscato, Dolcetto, Brachetto, and Barbera. We will ride through Nizza Monferrato, famous for its antiquity market -especially old bicycles and souvenirs. At lunch we will be hosted by a family that runs a “little Barbera” business production. Once we reach our final destination in Acqui Terme, you will stroll in the historic center of the roman town and have a well deserved gelato in your hands. You will also be able to see the natural hot spring called “La Bollente“ located in the towns main square which Acqui Terme is famous for. This spring has been used since Romans founded the town.
Elevation: 1,808 mt. – 5,930 ft
ACQUI TERME TO BORGHETTO BORBERA
Riding to our last destination, we will cover a different area called Monferrato. This part of Piedmont is less known and less touristic compared to the Langhe, but with more untouched hills and very history. We are between the mountains of the Apennines (Lower Alps) and the Po river lowlands, the local hills are shared between the villages with its own castles and vineyards of Dolcetto and Cortese. Cortese grape is used to make Gavi wine, one of the most well known and appreciated white wines of Piedmont. It will be mandatory to stop for a wine tasting accompanied by some local Amaretti cookies. We can decide to also visit the Gavi fortress (Forte di Gavi), one of the largest forts in the northwest of Italy, which dominates the town of Gavi from the top of the hill. Today we will prepare our own dinner during the cooking class that we have organized for you at the restaurant.
Elevation: 1,593 mt. – 5,225 ft
BORGHETTO BORBERA LOOP TO CASTELLANIA
On our last day ride, (sigh)… We will visit the Colli Tortonesi, mostly known for the production of Monleale (Barbera) and Derthona (Timorasso). Derthona wine has been recently discovered with enormous success. This is one of the few white wines that delivers the best taste once it is aged. Many wine connoisseurs refer to Dethona wine as the white Barolo. On the route, we will stop for a tasting and we will visit the village of Castellania. For those passionate about cycling, this is the small hillside town where Fausto Coppi was born and lived during his youth. Fausto Coppi is a true legend for Italian cyclists and in 2017 Castellania had the privilege to host the departure of one stage of the “Giro d’Italia”.