Piemonte Biking Tours
Vini Rossi Favolosi
In Piemonte, the Nebbiolo grape is the foundation for superb Barbarescos and the mighty Barolo—“the king of wines and the wine of kings.” In Tuscany’s coastal Maremma region, bold blends that start with Cabernet changed the course of appellations and created legends like Sassicaia and Ornellaia. Finally, Brunello embodies the supreme expression of the Sangiovese’s lively, deep character. By travelling to one region after another, and comparing all three, we take you on the oenological odyssey of a lifetime and offer you unparalleled insider access through authentic meetings with the most interesting players in the business. No matter how much you know about wine, there’s nothing like a face-to-face encounter with royalty.
We use premium hotels that are unique expressions of the region. Often they’ve had a previous life as a monastery or a castle, but in every case they offer an exceptionally comfortable stay.
These are stylish 4-star properties that offer a casual and comfortable stay. Often without a 24-hour concierge or room service, they tend to be smaller family-run hotels that are perfect for the region.
“I can’t say I really ‘work out,’ but I’m in good shape and am relatively active.”
“I enjoy a good walk or ride, and feel comfortable while on the move.”
“I get moving at least once a week, and don’t mind a little sweat.”
“I get moving a few times per week and enjoy some exertion.”
“I want to feel invigorated each day and going hard how I like to do that.”
The right number of like-minded travellers to make new friends.
Your dates. Your group. Your way—always.
Combines the hallmarks of any B&R itinerary (excellent hotels and beautiful routes) with the freedom of pacing each day exactly the way you like.
Our friends on the ground are there to set you up with insider access and expert tips—then disappear when you’d prefer to be on your own.
Our B&R guides are with you throughout, anticipating needs, translating languages, providing advice and—above all—facilitating fun.
10 Days / 9 Nights
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Day by Day
A private coach takes us from Turin to the Savoy castle of Magliano Alfieri, where we begin a ride to the home of Barolo, “the wine of kings.” An informal introduction to the Nebbiolo grape from Silvia Altare, a topnotch Barolo producer, precedes dinner at our hotel.
A ride through the Langhe hills takes us to the cobbled streets of Monforte d’Alba and beyond, where we’ll visit Elio Grasso’s stunning cellar and taste his fine wines before continuing on to explore Serralunga and Barolo. Dinner tonight is at our favourite local restaurant, whose dishes rival its world-class wine list.
Get an early start on a stunning ride, or sleep in then catch a lift to Alta Langhe—your choice. Either way we’ll reconvene to meet our friend Beppe and his truffle-hunting dog Diana, before we partake in the rare privilege of a visit to the Gaja cellar, where Angelo Gaja revolutionized Italian winemaking.
Onward to Tuscany, where wine expert Filippo Bartolotta explains the revolution created by Sassicaia. An afternoon gelato fuels us for a ride along the cypress-lined roads to Castagneto Carducci before dinner at our hotel's Alain Ducasse restaurant.
Taking advantage of one of Tuscany’s most unspoiled regions, we ride through its agricultural heartland this morning, then take advantage of the hotel’s spa or a walk among the property’s vineyards. Tonight you’re in for something special, as you’ll dine and dance outdoors.
Today we'll rejoin our bikes in Montalcino and set out for the Ferrero estate, where Claudia Ferrero will welcome us with a taste of her Brunello and a picnic lunch in the vineyards. After dinner at our hotel, we’ll retire to the ruins of a 12thC castle and end the day with a grappa under the stars.
Take advantage of the extensive grounds at Castiglion del Bosco today, or opt to ride and take in gorgeous local scenery. This afternoon we'll watch the making of liquid gold—extra virgin olive oil—before returning to Montalcino for dinner on your own among the town’s myriad trattorie and ristoranti.
From the picture-perfect town of Radda in the Chianti Classico region, we pedal to the estate of our local friends Patrizia and Massimo for an authentic Italian cooking demo. Ride this afternoon or relax at our hotel before dinner at its cozy and elegant La Torre restaurant.
Bike along quiet country roads to the Tignanello, which shook up Italian winemaking nearly 50 years ago, for an exclusive tour. Dinner at Osteria di Passignano, paired with the most exquisite wines, makes for a fitting end to our oenological odyssey.
After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, your private transportation to Florence leaves at your convenience. Arrivederci!
Palas Cerequio, La Morra
This new all-suite boutique hotel is nestled among the vines of its owner, renowned Barolo producer Michele Chiarlo. With a mix of contemporary and classic décor, spa elements in each room, a lovely little pool and an underground tasting room, we’ll feel right at home. View hotel's website >>
Inspired by the charms of the Mediterranean and Tuscan Maremma, Alain Ducasse, joined by the wine making Moretti family, created this top-tier resort a few miles from the coast. Its 33 rooms and suites are complemented by an exceptional spa and Ducasse standard culinary team. Listed among The Leading Hotels of the World, the entire property’s quality is of the highest standard. View hotel's website >>
Castello Banfi, Montalcino
A simply stunning estate overlooking a quiet corner of Tuscany’s Montalcino area, the beautifully restored village is comprised of 14 rooms and suites, a restaurant, swimming pool, spa and fitness centre. Stylish touch is apparent in all aspects of the design and layout of the property, ensuring an elegant yet authentically Tuscan experience. View hotel website »
Castello del Nero
This 50-room hotel captures all the grandeur of the past while providing guests with the full complement of modern comforts and amenities, including an in-house ESPA spa. Surrounding the hotel’s 700 acres are picture-perfect views of cypress tree-lined drives, olive groves and parasol pine clusters. View hotel's website >>
We cover hilly terrain, but we’ve kept the average daily distance to a moderate 36 km (22 miles). As much as possible, we avoid the steepest climbs, but please be aware that both Tuscany and Piemonte are hilly. Complimentary E-Bikes available. We know some of the hillier sections on this trip might be daunting to some riders. For this reason, we are offering complimentary electric-assist bikes on this departure. For more info please contact a B&R Travel Advisor.
You can't enjoy a great biking trip without a really great bike. On this trip you'll be riding a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars. We also equip you with handlebar bag, helmet and water bottle.
All breakfasts, six lunches and seven dinners, including wine
Use of a customized hybrid or a racing bike with drop bars, equipped with handlebar bag and helmet
Services of B&R guide(s) and support van
All special events, private tours, guest experts and entrance fees
All transportation from rendezvous to drop-off
All baggage transportation
Detailed maps, route suggestions and water bottle
All gratuities for baggage, porters and hotel service
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We take pride in choosing guides who are not only exceptional travelling companions, but who’ll go far beyond the call of duty to ensure an unforgettable experience.
“Superb trip! Jam packed with extraordinary wine tastings with fascinating local experts plus guided by an enthusiastic wine expert and seasoned B&R guide. Excellent!”
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