Imagine you are cycling across combed green hills painted by vineyards, through hamlets and medieval towns: the dream is called Langa Classica, the homeland of Barolo, considered the greatest red wine of Italy by many. The zone of production extends into eleven communes of south Piedmont, a region which has become a main hotspot for goumands, but also a popular destination for cyclists thanks to its breathtaking landscapes and bikeable roads.
The Barolo road
Belvedere of La Morra
The highlands of Monforte
Serralunga scenic crest
The gourmet dinner
The wine samplings
The town of Barolo
Castle of Serralunga d’Alba
Fontanafredda Royal Estate
Departure/Arrival: Castiglione Falletto
When: On Request – from March to November
Cost: 375€ per person
Level of difficulty: demanding
Lenght: 2 days/1 nights
Distance/Elevation Gain: 80 km/1310 metres
Terrain: paved secondary roads
Accommodation: hotel 3***
Meals: restaurants, trattoria
Note: in case of bad weather the tour might be cancelled
2 days/1 night
80 km/1310 metres gain
Imagine yourself cycling across enchanting green hills covered with vineyards, passing through medieval hamlets and rural villages: this is Langa Classica, the homeland of Barolo, often considered Italy’s greatest red wine. The zone of production extends into eleven communes of south Piedmont, a region which has become a culinary hotspot for goumand and wine lovers, but also a popular destination for cyclists thanks to its breathtaking landscapes and bikeable roads.
Day 1: we meet in our hotel in Castiglione Falletto for a quick breafing and the set-up of our bicycles. We start with a descent along the crest surrounded by Nebbiolo vineyards, then we tackle the ascent to Castello di Grinzare Cavour, symbol building of Langhe, the place where modern Barolo wine was first vinted in 1844. Down the hill of Grinzane and up again along the road of Serralunga, but just for little: right at the beginning of the climb we make a detour for visiting the historical undergound cellars of Fontanafredda, the amazing estate donated by King Vittorio Emanuele II to his morganatic wife Rosa Vercellana, declared European Winery of the Year in 2017. Back on the saddle we pass through the Serralunga castle and reach the hilltop, where a panoramic highland road leads to the little town of Roddino, famous for its Tajarin homemade pasta: it’s past midday, it is definitely a good idea to stop for lunch in our favourite family restaurant!
The second part of the day will be mostly donwhill: following the meal we ride the panoramic descent leading to to Monforte d’Alba, one of the most famous towns of Langhe, where we pay a visit to a special farm winery run by young and enthusiasts makers. Finally the descent to Castiglione Falletto, a rolling sweet downhill amongst the vines which bring us to destination. Tonight we reserved a tasty dinner in a traditional trattoria langarola!
DISTANCE: 34 km
ELEVATION: 460 mt
Day 2: time to discover the heart of the region, the celebrated Langa del Barolo! We will spend the full day riding amongst the Nebbiolo vines, crossing medieval villages and scenic routes, and of course tasting wines in the cellar! Down from Castiglione we reach the Tanaro Valley and take the climb through the median ridge of Perno, the less beaten route of the area and yet the most authentic. Here on top it departs the scenic road to Barolo, the capital of wine! We stop in the village dominated by the Falletti castle and visit the curious Corkscrew Museum. Back on the saddle we tackle the challenging ride to La Morra, the sentinel of Langhe with its beautiful terraced square overlooking the vineyards. After a light lunch in the village, we take the outer ridge to Verduno and Roddi embracing the valley below, it will be a very pleasant downhill ride along peaceful roads. We hit now an offroad section following an amazing trail in the vineyards. Again we ride downhill to the lower valley where the median ridge begins. A steady rise with wavy curves brings us to our destination Castiglione Falletto. It has been a challenging day, no pain no gain, we will celebrate the end of the tour with a sampling vintaged crus in the cellar of a Maestro winemaker!
DISTANCE: 46 km
ELEVATION: 850 mt
Costs may vary depending on the travel period and number of participants. The figures shown are therefore approximate based on average.
PRICE 375€ PER PERSON INCLUDES:
– night stay in 3*** hotel, double room accommodation with breakfast
– 3-course gourmet dinner drinks excluded
– two light lunches drinks excluded
– two wine tastings in historic cellars
– touring bicycle+helmet
– taxes, entrances, fees
Additional services such as support van, private transfer to/from the start/end of the tour, electric-assisted bicycle, licensed tour guide, shall be quoted upon request.
The tour will be escorted by an english speaking volunteer local expert: he is not a licenced tour guide but a trustworthy companion, fine connoisseur of the places, culture and oenogastronomy. He will join for free, if the clients enjoyed the tour they can tip him at the end.