Relax, recharge and explore the roads, food, wine and culture of Northwest Italy
Recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, the Langhe is home to the wine appellations of Barolo and Barbaresco as well as many others. It is also here that the Slow Food movement began thirty years ago. The chefs, restaurants and food purveyors take the concept to heart producing delicious food that embodies the movement’s ethics of quality, sustainability and reverence for the rich and historic traditions of Italian cooking native to this region. Here, where the sea meets the Alps – literally and figuratively — we are 60 miles from the Mediterranean coast and 60 miles to the maritime Alps as they rise to meet the French alpine border to the West.
We offer two lodging alternatives For private groups – A large, farmhouse set in the vineyards of Barolo with sweeping views to the Alps. Five bedrooms — twin bed or king configuration with private, adjoining bathrooms. A large kitchen/dining/living area that opens onto a terrace and pool. The property is a former “cascina” or farmhouse, recently renovated for large group gatherings. At this property during a typical week we offer 3 catered meals centered on the local “cucina tipica Piemontese”. The balance of dining is nearby in traditional trattorias and some new and interesting restaurants recently opened by inspired chefs. We also offer lodging in small, private hotels in the adjacent villages of La Morra or Monforte d’Alba. The properties feature on-premise dining, pool and spa facilities. Privately owned and managed, they reflect the owner’s good taste. For those looking for more modest accommodations we have relationships with a few wonderful bed and breakfasts. We are happy to craft the lodging choice to your desire. The Langhe is laced with thousands of kilometers of quiet, well paved country roads for cycling. The terrain is similar to the foothills of the Rockies and the mountains of New England. Climbs average 700 feet with an overall grade of 5-8%. The rides can expand or contract from 20 to 100 miles. A particular favorite is a 60 mile ride to the Mediterranean over the Apennine ridge. It can be combined with an afternoon swim in the Mediterranean Sea at Finale Ligure and a seaside trattoria dinner.
We organize and plan cycling itineraries to match the desired intensity of the group. We can arrange a dedicated guide for individuals who would like a more comprehensive and strenuous cycling experience. We now offer electric bikes as an alternative, allowing individuals to cycle the same itinerary as our road bike riders at a reduced physical energy expenditure. We’re impressed by the seamless integration of these bikes into our dedicated cycling tours. Spouses and friends can ride, experience, converse and participate in the day’s itinerary while determining the level of ease or physical effort they’d like to exert with the switch of a lever. We provide van support throughout the day for water, intermediate snacks and a change of clothing. During our day we often stop for an espresso and gelato to refuel for the miles ahead as we pass through the Langhe’s iconic hill towns — seemingly unchanged from the past.
The Langhe abounds in off-the-bike activities as well. There are castles, museums, open-air markets where local artisan’s cheese, pottery, crafts and cloths are on display. Turin is less than an hour’s drive for an afternoon of acquisitive pursuits as well as cultural and historic places to visit. An urbane and sophisticated city — rejuvenated by it’s recent hosting of the Winter Olympics – Turin is a pleasant surprise! We include winery visits and arrange tastings of Barolo and Barbaresco producers. Guests may purchase wines to accompany meals while with us. We also arrange shipments home for wines purchased here. There are many interesting food makers — such as artisanal flour and grain mills, bakeries and cheese producers to visit. In addition we will accompany those interested in walks to neighboring villages for an early evening aperitivo. We provide a carbon fiber road bike or electric bike breakfast and dinners, lodging, airport transfers, guiding and tours, wine tastings beginning at $2,800 per person double occupancy — single supplement $400 for agriturismo lodging to $3,800 per person double occupancy — $600 for luxury four star lodging Comprehensive trip cancellation / interruption / medical insurance is available through Travelex and can be included in the package for an additional $250.
Air Arrival Point
Milan Malpensa • 2 hour car transit
Rail Arrival Point
Voghera • 1 hour car transit
Time of Year
May through October
Intermediate to Strong
Bianchi carbon fiber race bike/electric
TEL: 802 291-0415
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- Robert Deeley