Piedmont Bike Tour

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

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $4,895Collection: Classic

Tour Highlights

  • Prepare dinner with our dear friend Elisabetta at her family home in Barbaresco
  • Discover classic Piedmontese cuisine—including cheeses, oven-fired focaccia, and a hazelnut-themed lunch—during exclusive visits at family-owned farms
  • Ride through vineyard-clad hills to the renowned wine villages of La Morra and Barolo
  • Spend two days at the luxurious Relais San Maurizio, a former monastery with abundant organic gardens
  • Drink your fill of Barolos, Barbarescos, Barberas, Dolcettos, and other local wines at private tastings with producers

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 Voghera 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 to the town of Acqui Terme. Explore the historic town center and enjoy a gelato before climbing up to Guido’s beautiful farmhouse hotel where we will spend the night. Toast to the trip ahead with a glass of Guido’s wine, relax by the pool, or join his mother, Clara, in the kitchen to learn the secrets of Piedmontese cuisine.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Alice Bel Colle, Castel Rocchero, Acqui Terme
    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: Cascina Marcantonio

  • Day 2

    Through the Langhe Hills

    Cycle over the famous Langhe hills, an intimate landscape filled with vineyards, truffles, and gracious medieval towns like Montabone and Rocchetta Palafea. Take in panoramic views from this scenic ridgeline before descending into the medieval town of Canelli, 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 our friend Elisabetta’s house in Barbaresco for a convivial Italian evening of cooking, eating, and drinking local wine.

    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

  • Day 3

    Hazelnut Ride

    Ride into the wildest parts of the Langhe today: impossibly small roads, crumbling medieval towers, and endless hazelnut trees line the route. Stop for a coffee in Vesime where local Resistance fighters built a secret airfield during WWII to receive supplies from the Allies. After, head to our friend Isabella’s hazelnut farm for a hazelnut-themed lunch. The ride back follows a ridgeline with some of the most spectacular scenery in the area. Tonight we’ll dine at our favorite local restaurant where the chef lovingly prepares his own interpretation of typical Piedmontese cuisine.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Vesime, Cortemilia, Castino
    Accomplished: 38 miles / 61 km, elevation gain: 4,077 feet / 1,243 meters
    Shorter Option: 24 miles / 38 km, elevation gain: 3,139 feet / 957 meters
    Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

  • 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: 2,545 feet / 776 meters
    Longer Option: 31 miles / 50 km, elevation gain: 3,267 feet / 996 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: Voghera Train Station Pick-Up Time: 12:00 pm
Departure Details

Airport City: Milan or Turin, Italy Drop-Off Location: Asti Train Station Drop-Off Time: 12:00 pm

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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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