Pedal Piedmont

Biking in Barolo and Gavi Wine Country

Tour Overview:

  • Bike in three distinctive regions of Piedmont rolled into one tour: the Langhe hills, home to Barolo; Asti, of Asti Spumante fame; and the white-wine region of Gavi
  • Enjoy post-ride wine tastings at the Marchesi di Barolo, Marchesi di Gresy, Giacomo Bologna, Villa Sparina and more
  • Refuel with gourmet wine dinners featuring Piedmont’s elegant, French-influenced cuisine
  • Visit the wine towns of Alba, Asti and Gavi
  • Located in view of the Italian Alps, the hills of Piedmont are famous for their wine and truffles. They’re also a biker’s paradise. This is the territory of such cycling legends as Fausto Coppi. It’s an area where, every Sunday, you’ll see pelotons of bikers out for a morning spin…up the mountains. And it’s where you’re likely to find your own bike nirvana.

    The PEDAL PIEDMONT sample itinerary combines three subzones of Piedmont, all well known for their wine: There’s Gavi in southeast Piedmont, a wooded landscape crisscrossed by river valleys and limestone hills. There are the gentle slopes around Asti, land of barbera and moscato. And there are the grander Langhe hills south of the Tanaro river, which are home to Barolo and Barbaresco. All offer a magical environment. Everywhere you turn, there’s a hillcrest topped with a stone village, medieval fortress, or regal palace. There are well-groomed vineyards, thick chestnut woods, tidy hazelnut groves, and quaint tiny farms. And the Alps often provide a dramatic backdrop in the distance.

    The sample itinerary is structured with dual activities in mind. During the first part of the day, we bike. In the later afternoon, we’ll have time to relax and visit the wineries for a private tour and tasting. (We arrive by van, not bike; contrary to some people’s preconceptions, we never bike from winery to winery.) Of course, since this is a customizable tour, we can tailor it to your interests. If you want more miles and less wineries, no problem. Or vice versa. We can even mix in some hiking in the Langhe. We can add or subtract days or regions, or substitute higher-end or more economical accommodations. Just give us a call to discuss your ideas, budget, and projected dates. All you need is a group of four or more bikers for your dream biking vacation.


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