Piedmont Truffle Bike Tour

Decadent and Delicious: A Story Behind Every Dish

6 days / 5 nights Level: 3Price From: $6,195Collection: Specialty

Tour Highlights

  • Celebrate Piedmont’s gourmet season with two Michelin-starred dinners and private tastings at Barbaresco and Barolo estates
  • Indulge in a three-night stay at the luxurious Relais San Maurizio
  • 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
  • Hunt for white truffles with a local tartufaio (truffle hunter) and savor this seasonal delicacy on fresh pasta

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

    Not Just Nebbiolo

    Welcome to Piedmont! Your guides will meet you at the Tortona train station for a transfer to Monferrato, the sleepy wine region finally awakening to claim its place on prestigious wine lists worldwide. Meet our friend Michela at her historic family winery for a home-cooked lunch and a chance to taste some of the area’s undiscovered vintages. After, we’ll explore the vineyards by bike, following a scenic ridge through the wildly successful new Nizza DOCG wine region churning out top-quality Barbera. Our destination is the luxurious Relais San Maurizio where we’ll unpack for the next three nights. Our first dinner together is a fitting introduction to this gourmet capital at Michelin-starred Guido da Costigliole.

    Meals: Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Alice Bel Colle, Rocchetta Palafea, Canelli
    Accomplished: 23 miles / 37 km, elevation gain: 2,358 feet / 719 meters
    Shorter Option: 17 miles / 27 km, elevation gain: 1,601 feet / 488 meters
    Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

  • Day 2

    Barbaresco Bike Ride

    Today we ride through the heart of the Langhe hills, descending to the lower slopes where the perfect marriage of soil and sunlight nurture the Nebbiolo grape. Generations of winemakers have refined this world-famous wine on these very hillsides surrounding the ancient tower of Barbaresco. In the village of Barbaresco itself, pause for a coffee and some superb people-watching: renowned winemakers mingle with vineyard workers, chefs, and worldly wine-lovers—all characters drawn to the region during this time of year. We’ll meet a young Barbaresco producer for a relaxed lunch and tasting at a private estate. After lunch, transfer back to our hotel or continue biking to its luxurious front doorstep. Retreat to the bar or soak in the spa before a truffle-themed dinner at our friend Fabrizio’s classic ristorante.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Castagnole delle Lanze, Barbaresco, Treiso
    Accomplished: 34 miles / 55 km, elevation gain: 3,323 feet / 1,013 meters
    Shorter Option: 20 miles / 32 km, elevation gain: 1,876 feet / 572 meters
    Accommodations: Relais San Maurizio

  • Day 3

    Nocciole of the Alta Langa

    Ride into the wildest parts of the Langhe: narrow roads, crumbling medieval towers, and endless hazelnut trees line our route. The area’s remoteness made it a hotbed of Resistance activity during WWII, and monuments to these partisan fighters still punctuate the hilly landscape. But today is all about nocciole (hazelnuts), and our destination is our friend Isabella’s hazelnut farm. After a hazelnut-themed lunch of sweet and savory dishes, a ridgeline ride serves up some of the best views in all of Piedmont. This evening, we’re treated to another Michelin-starred meal at La Ciau del Tornavento, where the impressive wine cellar lends itself to thoughtful wine pairings with our dinner.

    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

  • Day 4

    Truffles, Taleggio, and Tajarin

    Say goodbye to San Maurizio as we ride towards the Barolo region and all its gourmet spoils. Though both black and white truffles are found in Barolo, the white truffle—with its fleeting season and more pungent flavor and aroma—is considered a treasure, with demand (and a price tag) to match. That makes our mid-morning meeting with our local friend quite literally priceless: we’ll join him and his truffle-sniffing dog on a hunt for these elusive morsels. Next, we turn our tastebuds to Piedmont’s artisanal raw-milk cheeses. Threatened with extinction during Italy’s post-war industrialization, preservation of these unique local cheeses became the rallying cry for a group of concerned citizens, and the Slow Food movement emerged. At a small dairy farm, we’ll taste these origin-protected cheeses—you can decide whether they were worth fighting for. On the other side of one more climb is a mouthwatering plate of tajarin pasta at our friend Massimo’s hilltop trattoria, followed by a thrilling descent to our boutique hotel on a historic Barolo estate. This evening you are free to explore Alba, the gourmet capital of the region and home to a world-famous truffle fair. Your guides are happy to offer recommendations and help secure reservations.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch
    Destinations: Mango, Benevello, Alba
    Accomplished: 32 miles / 52 km, elevation gain: 3,310 feet / 1,009 meters
    Shorter Option: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 2,729 feet / 832 meters
    Accommodations: Cascina Galarej

  • Day 5

    Piedmontese Royalty

    Our bikes bring us through the heart of Barolo, with famous cru vineyards every mile of the way. The first climb of the day moves through one winemaking town after another, arriving into medieval Monforte. From here on out it’s officially Barolo heaven: our route passes renowned estates on the approach to Barolo, where the castle of the Marchese di Barolo stands as a focal point. Lunch at our favorite local producer isn’t complete without wine pairings, then complete the loop back to our next hotel—an estate once owned by the King of Italy. Tonight, we dine like royalty at our final dinner prepared by a private chef.

    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Destinations: Monforte d’Alba, Barolo, La Morra
    Accomplished: 33 miles / 54 km, elevation gain: 3,336 feet / 1,015 meters
    Shorter Option: 20 miles / 33 km, elevation gain: 2,037 feet / 621 meters
    Accommodations: Cascina Galarej

  • Day 6

    Off to Asti

    Challenge yourself with an optional morning loop ride or take a stroll through the estate before enjoying one last breakfast on-property. 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, 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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Average Temperature + Precipitation

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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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