Piedmont is famed for its rural landscape and tasty food. The agricultural sector is made of small farms and family businesses, many of which are embracing natural and eco farming. This tour will uncover the rustic heritage of the region taking us along minor roads through bucolic valleys and hills, giving us the chance to meet quality producers, biodynamic wineries and enjoy zero-mile food dinners.
The bike tour is free tip-based. It takes place all year on request. Please book in good advance
3 days/2 nights
160 km/2460 metres gain
THE INFERNOT HILLS | LANGA ASTIGIANA | THE ABANDONED VILLAGE OF MOLETO | ORGANIC AND BIODYNAMIC WINE TASTINGS | TANARO RIVER TRAILS | THE WWF NATURAL OASIS | THE PIC-NIC IN THE FARM | VALLE BELBO | THE ZERO-MILE FOOD DINNERS | CALOSSO SCENIC ROAD | THE HAMLET OF NEIVE
Piedmont is a region renowned for its beautiful landscapes and tasty cuisine. The agricultural sector is made of small farms and family businesses, many of which are embracing natural and sustainable farming. This “green” tour will take us through bucolic valleys and hills, along minor roads and trails. And it will let us enjoy some of the best biodynamic wines, zero-mile food and homey hospitality of Piemonte.
Day 1: we meet in Casale Monferrato, one of the most important medieval towns of the region for the tour briefing and the set up of the bicycles. We start cycling the scenic Mandoletta road which gently rises towards the hills of Monferrato Casalese. The area has been awarded by UNESCO as a world heritage for its unique vineyard and rural landscape: farming lands and vines, dotted with small hilltop towns built in sandstone blocks. Crossed Cella Monte we reach the abandoned village of Moleto: the large meadow on the side is just perfect for a quick outdoor lunch. Back on track we take the downhill to Ottiglio, then up again on the scenic Grazzano-Casorzo ridge. Now a fast and funny descent to the valley followed short climb to Grana, whose peak divides Monferrato Casalese from Monferrato Astigiano. Up and down like a roller coaster, this first part of the afternon has been pretty lively!
Here we go finally, we’re on top of the hills and just a stone’s throw there’s a young lady winemaker who runs a byodinamic winery. We reach it for a wine tasting: no fuss nor marketing here but a real family business, humble place and humble people devoted to growing grapes responsibly, with the goal of being 100% natural! We say goodbye and it’s time for the last quick climb to the country relais where we will stay overnight. Dinner with homemade dishes in a family osteria nearby.
DISTANCE: 51 km
ELEVATION: 840 mt
Day 2: the day begins with the ride to the Tanaro river valley. The first leg follows a panoramic ridge on the highlands: the view over the hills is amazing, in the bright days it’s even possible to spot the Alps behind. Then it start the long descent to the river Tanaro valley. We cross the bridge and after a quick stop for lunch we approach Alto Monferrato Astigiano hills, known for the production of Barbera wine, the most popular and traditional of all the Piedmontese reds. The uphill road passes through the hills beside hamlets and small towns of medieval origin, dominated by castles and bell towers. Past Montegrosso we head towards Castagnole delle Lanze, which marks the border between Monferrato and Langhe del Barbaresco, another renown wine production area, home of the precious Barbaresco red. We skip the provincial road and take some b-roads running across the vineyards until we reach an historic winery. Organic certified makers, mowing herbs by hand and limiting the production to keep the soil healthy, they’re a true example of eco-friendly farming. After the visit and the sampling we hit the road again, just few kilometres and we arrive in Neive, our destination. Tonight a friendly osteria will welcome us for dinner.
DISTANCE: 56 km
ELEVATION: 680 mt
Day 3: the Moscato production area: today we’ll get to know this tasty white wine, exploring its terroir and meeting the markers. Off Neive the roads leads towards Mango across the Langhe vines, a super-scenic and regular climb followed by the descent to the Belbo river valley. We reach Santo Stefano hometown of the famous writer Cesare Pavese whose rymes can be found on plaques all over the region. A quick stop to the local market to buy food for our picnic lunch, and right in front of us a large hilly wall: the highlands of Moscato. We start climbing a beautiful road running through the vineyards which rises with a series of tight switchbacks. The road shape reminds a bit the Stelvio pass, but less tough thankfully! We shift down to the lightest gear and take the challenge!
Once we get to the 650 meters high ridge the road flattens, giving an enchanting view over the valley below. We ride several kilometres along the ridge until we reach a unique WWF natural oasis. The warden runs a farm here and he’s also a wine producer: he’ll be happy to host us for a picnic in his garden and serve us some of its Barbera and Moscato crus. Surrounded by nature and silence, it’s the kind of place you would stay forever, but we can’t, we have to we move on. We follow the highland road, below us stands Canelli, the capital of Moscato and final destination of the tour. We ride for over ten kilometers on top of the Langa Astigiana highland, then take the funny and snaky descent towards Canelli. Just before the arrival we meet a low anthropogenic impact farm, where we stop for visiting and a sampling of their Moscato and Barbera wines, our goodbye toast!
DISTANCE: 53 km
ELEVATION: 940 mt
Start/End: Casale Monferrato/Canelli
When: On Request – from March to November
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Cost: free tip-based
Level of Difficulty: demanding
Lenght: 3 days/2 nights
Distance/Elevation Gain: 160 km/2460 metres
Terrain: paved backroads
Accommodation: relais and family hotels
Recommended bicycle: Gravel, Touring. You can join with your own bike or we can help renting one (regular or E-bike). Please inform us if you need a bicycle
Note: in case of bad weather the tour may be be cancelled
The tour is on request, you choose the date and we’ll do our best to make it happen. It takes place all year round according to the time availability of the bike host. Usually Spring and Fall are the best periods considering weather ad temperatures.
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The outing is free tip-based: EASYTORINO is not a tour operator nor about guided tours nor a professional actuvuty. It’s a welcome club of locals who love to share their places with the travelers, like with friends. You will pay your personal expenses (meals, visits, accommodation) directly to the businesses. They may vary depending on the travel period, menu chosen, type of room, number of participants. The figures shown are therefore approximate based on average.
PERSONAL EXPENSES 300€ PER PERSON INCLUDES:
– two night stays in small family hotel, double room accommodation with breakfast
– two 3-course gourmet dinners drinks excluded
– one picnic lunch drinks included, two lunches in osteria drinks excluded
– three wine tastings
Additional services such as luggage transport, private transfer to/from, bike rental, shall be quoted upon request.
The ride is hosted by an english speaking local expert (bike host) from our group. He’s not a licenced tour guide but a volunteer, fine connoisseur of the places, culture and oenogastronomy. He will pay his expenses like any other but it would be nice to split his bills (accommodation and meals) amongst the participants. If you enjoyed the tour you can tip him at the end.