(Bridgewater, MA) — Tourissimo, a leader in active travel to Italy, is introducing a NEW 7-day “Grappa and Prosecco” cycling tour of the Conegliano-Valdobbiadene Superiore Prosecco wine making area of Italy. Guests will learn about the ancient origins of wine making and how the reputation and qualities of the wine have evolved throughout the centuries. The cycling is just as varied and dramatic as the Vento region’s history, ranging from a challenging climb up Mount Grappa to the hilly terrain of Prosecco.
The tour includes multiple wine tastings, dining at a MICHELIN-starred restaurant, exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, overnighting at 4 and 5-star hotels, and cycling one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. Prices start at $4,695 per person double. Venice is only one hour away and makes for a great add-on to the tour.
“For the Prosecco wine lover, this is an absolute dream vacation,” said Tourissimo Co-Founder and Managing Director, Beppe Salerno. “The tour is rich in history, and the scenery is nothing short of spectacular with panoramic vistas and patchwork landscape of steep terraced hills, woodlands, and meadows. The cycling is absolutely amazing, and the food, wine, and accommodations are as good as it gets.”
The Prosecco area is wedged between mountains and the plain before the Adriatic Sea. It is extremely hilly, with grapes growing at 150 to 1,600 ft above sea level. A route between the towns of Conegliano and Valdobbiadene has been named the Strada del Prosecco (“Prosecco Wine Route”), and it’s the perfect riding playground for wine lovers.
The landscape is characterized by ‘hogback’ hills, ciglioni – small plots of vines on narrow grassy terraces – forests, small villages and farmland. Since the 17th century, the use of ciglioni has created a particular chequerboard landscape consisting of rows of vines parallel and vertical to the slopes.
“One goal with this tour, in addition to cycling some of the most beautiful terrain in Italy, is to educate guests about why a Conegliano Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG is a superior product, why it is worth spending more for a quality sparkling wine,” said Salerno. “Because DOCG producers—with the limited growing area, lower yields and extremely high cost of production—can not compete with DOC on price, more and more of them are seeking to explore the particularities of their diverse growing area and long viticultural tradition, and find new ways of expressing them in their wines.”
- Walking the walls of medieval Cittadella
- Exploring the hills of Prosecco, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Having coffee in Piazza degli Scacchi in Marostica
- Cycling along rolling roads surrounded by vineyards
- Experiencing a Grappa tasting at a famous grappa produce
- Soaking up the village of Asolo
- Enjoying multiple wine tastings at Prosecco Superiore DOCG producers
- Picnicing at mulino della Croda
- Learning Monte Grappa WWI history and visiting the memorial-museum
- Two professional tour guides throughout the program
- All accommodations in 4-star hotels (one 5-star)
- All breakfasts, all lunches, and all dinners
- Wine and beer with meals, coffee, cappuccino, and gelato stops
- Two wine tastings
- Logistical support during the tour and luggage transfer
- Guided tour of Bassano and grappa tasting
- Shuttle at the beginning and at the end of the tour
- Bianchi bike rental
- GPS navigation and maps
For more information, visit https://www.tourissimo.travel/bike-tour-prosecco.
For more travel features, visit:
‘Like’ us on facebook.com/NewsPhotoFeatures