Piedmont Bike Tour

Barolo, Barbaresco, and Beyond in the Birthplace of Slow Food

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $5,395Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Ride through vineyard-clad hills to the renowned wine villages of La Morra and Barolo
  • Meet our friend Michela for some oven-fired focaccia and a tasting of her little-known wines in the garden of her classic Piedmontese farmhouse
  • Pedal into the unexplored Alta Langa region, through a landscape dominated by nocciole (hazelnut trees) to a hazelnut-themed lunch at a family farm
  • Unlock the secrets of Piedmontese wine production during dinner with a local producer, featuring his Barolo, Barbaresco, and lesser-known bottles
  • Celebrate Piedmont’s renowned cheese culture during a visit to a family of shepherds

Eat

Homemade plin pasta, white truffles, risotto, hazelnuts, and bagna càuda with garden-fresh vegetables

Drink

Bold Barolo, Barbera, and Barbaresco wines; light and easy-drinking Dolcetto; fruity Arneis; sparkling Metodo Classico

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  • Day 1

    Exploring the Monferrato

    Welcome to Piedmont! Your guides will meet you at the Tortona train station, then it’s off to the countryside for a homemade lunch at a historic family winery. Take in your first views of Piedmont’s iconic vineyards before we hop on our bikes and ride along vine-clad ridges across the Bormida River. Tiny hilltop villages dot the route as we make our way to our first luxury hotel. Savor a glass of local Dolcetto by the pool or challenge yourself to a longer ride through the thoughtfully cultivated hillsides. This evening we’ll regroup to explore the cobbled streets of Ovada and dine with our chef friend at his cozy osteria.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Cassine, Carpeneto, Cremolino
    Accomplished: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 1,774 feet / 541 meters
    Shorter Option: 17 miles / 28 km, elevation gain: 1,230 feet / 375 meters
    Accommodations: Nordelaia or Relais San Maurizio

  • Day 2

    Through the Langhe Hills

    Cycle over the famous Langhe hills, an intimate landscape filled with vineyards, truffles, and gracious medieval towns like Morsasco and Alice Bel Colle. Take in panoramic views of lush vineyards as we pedal through the Barbera-producing region of Nizza and into Canelli, the capital of the local sparkling wine industry. Enjoy lunch at a hidden osteria, then continue riding to the converted monastery of San Maurizio, a luxurious Relais & Châteaux property with meticulously manicured grounds and unsurpassed views of Dolcetto and Moscato vineyards. Relax at the pool or soak in the spa before heading to visit our local winemaker friend for a convivial evening, tasting his full selection of wines, eating, and chatting about the world of Piedmontese wine as the sun sets over the vineyards.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Santo Stefano, Montabone, Rocchetta Palafea
    Accomplished: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 2,699 feet / 823 meters
    Shorter Option: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 1,840 feet / 561 meters
    Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio or Relais Villa d’Amelia

  • Day 3

    Hazelnut Ride

    Ride into the wildest parts of the Langhe today: impossibly narrow roads, crumbling medieval towers, and endless hazelnut trees line the route. The remote nature of the area made it a hotbed of Resistance activity during WWII and, to this day, monuments to these partisan fighters punctuate the hilly landscape. Given the abundance of nocciole (hazelnuts) here, our ultimate destination today is our friend Isabella’s hazelnut farm for a hazelnut-themed lunch of sweet and savory dishes. The ride back follows a ridgeline with some of the most spectacular vistas in the region. Tonight, we’ll dine at our favorite local restaurant where the chef lovingly prepares his own interpretation of traditional Piedmontese cuisine, highlighting the local flavors of the region.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Santo Stefano, Scorrone, Castino
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 3,293 feet / 1,004 meters
    Shorter Option: 28 miles / 45 km, elevation gain: 2,640 feet / 805 meters
    Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio or Relais Villa d’Amelia

  • Day 4

    Truffles, Cheeses, and Nebbiolo

    Say goodbye to San Maurizio as we ride to the Barolo region. Our route follows the crest of the Langhe ridgeline with views towards the Apennines and the Alps. The hills here are lined with hazelnuts and vineyards, with prized Piedmontese truffles hidden below ground. Our friend Silvio—a truffle hunter and cheesemaker—is a keeper of Piedmont’s gourmet treasures, and we’ll taste artisanal pecorino at his family farmhouse. After one more climb, our reward is a mouthwatering plate of tajarin pasta at our friend Massimo’s hilltop trattoria. A final thrilling descent brings us to our hotel in the medieval village of Monforte. This evening, you are free to choose a local restaurant for dinner in town.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Mango, Benevello, Monforte d’Alba
    Accomplished: 29 miles / 46 km, elevation gain: 3,460 feet / 1,055 meters
    Longer Option: 35 miles / 56 km, elevation gain: 4,005 feet / 1,221 meters
    Accommodations: Villa Beccaris or Palas Cerequio

  • Day 5

    The Barolo Loop

    Pedal out of town through the vineyards to the castle of Grinzane Cavour, the historic home of Camillo Cavour, Italy’s first Prime Minister. Sip a cappuccino and soak up some history before we climb to the world-recognized wine village of La Morra. Follow your guides to lunch featuring local Barolo, of course! Riding back towards Monforte, we’ll pass through the village of Barolo itself and some of the area’s most prestigious cru vineyards. This evening, we reconvene for a short walk through Monforte’s cobbled streets to a wonderful farewell dinner paired with world-class local wines.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Grinzane Cavour, La Morra, Monforte
    Accomplished: 25 miles / 40 km, elevation gain: 2,647 feet / 807 meters
    Longer Option: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 3,392 feet / 1,034 meters
    Accommodations: Villa Beccaris or Palas Cerequio

  • Day 6

    Off to Asti

    Challenge yourself with an optional morning loop ride or take a last stroll through the town of Monforte. Enjoy a final breakfast in the limonaia. Your guides will then transfer you to the train station in Asti as you head on to your next destination.

    Meals: Breakfast

DuVine itineraries may be subject to slight route changes, hotel substitutions, and other modifications.



Arrival Details

Airport City: Milan or Turin, Italy Pick-Up Location: Tortona Train Station Pick-Up Time: 10:00 am
Departure Details

Airport City: Milan or Turin, Italy Drop-Off Location: Asti Train Station Drop-Off Time: 11:30 am

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Weather by Month
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Accommodations

  • Thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region
  • Luggage transfers

Meals

  • Daily breakfasts, all lunches, nutritious snacks, and après velo cocktails
  • 4 gourmet dinners at our favorite local restaurants and renowned culinary establishments
  • Carefully selected local wine, beer, or spirits with every meal

Activities

  • Wine tastings and activities as outlined in the tour itinerary
  • Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, parks, and all other exclusive events
  • Gratuities for baggage, porters, and hotel service

Gear

  • Top-of-the-line bicycle selection
  • Bike helmet
  • Complimentary DuVine gear, including a custom cycling jersey, DuVine t-shirt, water bottle, and drawstring bag
  • GPS in most destinations

Support

  • Expert bilingual guides with extensive local knowledge
  • Support vehicle that follows the day’s route, distributes refreshments, and offers lifts
  • Pick-up and drop-off before and after your tour from predetermined meeting points
  • Daily bike maintenance to ensure optimal performance
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