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Bike, Hike, Walk, Ski

You pick your activities; we’ll create your perfect tour. Kathy and Vernon work directly with you to create a trip to match your desires for accommodations, daily mileage, terrain, and activities such as wine tastings, cooking classes, shopping, and city tours.

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Food and Wine

Any tour of Italy is incomplete without indulging in the amazing food and wine. But to truly appreciate It, and what makes Italy so unique, requires a understanding of the regional history, culture and geography. All become part of your adventure with Kathy, chef, food blogger, and Certified Italian Wine Professional, and Vernon, mountain guide, MS in European Literature and avid history enthusiast.

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Your Unique Adventure

Not all private trips are custom. Most tour companies don't have the flexibility to deviate from their set itineraries, so there are always compromises. With Italiaoutdoors Food and Wine, your adventure will be as unique as you are, and your itinerary will be personally designed by Kathy and Vernon to meet the fitness goals and varied interests of your group.

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The ItaliaOutdoors Difference


Truly Personalized Service and a Custom Plan for Every Trip

Kathy and Vernon

NO MIDDLEMEN

You communicate directly with Vernon and Kathy. We know your dreams for an Italy adventure, we’ll have it ready for you when you arrive.

No Group Too Small

SMALL FOOTPRINT

Our small footprint allows us to travel like locals and enjoy spontaneous adventures as we explore the path less traveled.

 

Custom Plan

UNIQUE ITINERARY

Each tour itinerary is unique and serves as a framework for an exceptional journey, where a thoughtful plan adjusts to your pace.

 

Authenticity

KNOWLEDGE

We focus on just a few select tours to provide an exceptional level of regional knowledge and an unforgettable authentic experience.

Customize Your Adventure - Bike - Walk - Hike - Ski
With Italys "Best Local Guide 2013"

Read about our tours in Adventure Cyclist August 2015

Our passion is creating intimate, personalized cycling, skiing, walking and hiking adventures that explore an authentic Italy
- its outdoor beauty, its hidden back roads, its small family producers, its traditional wines, at your preferred pace.
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The Val D’Oca Cantina Produttori di Valdobbiadene is a consortium of 600 growers, representing 614 hectares of vineyards in the Conegliano Valdobbiadend Prosecco Superiore DOCG zone. Val D’Oca (Valley of the Goose, a food product of the region) was formed in 1952 by a far-sighted group of local growers who realized that, by joining forces, they would be in a better position to keep up with the rapidly changing market and technological advances in wine production.

For over 50 years this consortium has assisted its member growers in improving the quality of its wines, promoting their wines, training growers in the latest methods of cultivation, and now converting vineyards from traditional farming to organic. It also is continually investing in production improvements and quality control.

I served two of the Val D’Oca proseccos during our Italiaoutdoors Fall 2011 Chefs on Bikes tour. For our welcome aperitif, I like to serve a top notch prosecco, and the Val d’Oca Valdobbidene di Cartizze DOCG fits the bill. From the Cartizze “Grand Cru” area of  the region, the prime 107 hectares of vineyard real estate in Valdobbiadene, this prosecco is perfect for a special aperitif, or with desserts and biscotti. This is made from 100% Giera grapes, using the classic prosecco Charmat method. Soft, tiny bubbles accompany the pleasant aromas of apple and peach, with a clean, refreshing palate.

A couple of days later, we began our cooking class a tasting of the Millesimato Val D’Oca. A winner of 4 grappoli from the Duemilavini awards of 2010, this was also wonderful. Aromas of apple with floral notes, it worked as an aperitif, but would also pair wonderfully with fish and shellfish.