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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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Located in Colbertaldo, a small village in Valdobbiadene, I stumbled upon this winery as I was exploring the region for our future Bike the Wine Roads tours - with a handwritten message board in their driveway announcing they were “Aperto”, unheard of in Italy on Sunday.

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Vineyards of Col del Lupo


I stopped by, and was warmly welcomed by the family. Col del Lupo was started by grandfather Aldo Adami (I assume some relationship with the nearby Adami family of prosecco growers), then fully developed by his daughter Diana. Nephew Marco greeted me, sat me down to taste a few wines, and brought me some nice snacks to enjoy as I tasted. Marco is oenology graduate, and currently head of operations at Col del Lupo.

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Visit with winemakers at Col del Lupo on our cycling tour


It was a bit cloudy and rainy that day, and I was encouraged to return someday when I could truly appreciate the panoramic vistas from the summit of their hillside vineyards. The hills are made up of yellow lime-rich marlstone, mixed with sandstone and clay, with the optimum exposure to the sun. Each hill has a slightly different soil makeup, with its own unique terroir, each imposing its own flavors and scents on the wines that result.

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Col del Lupo prosecco

I tasted two of the proseccos, the Col del Lupo Prosecco Valdobbiadene DOCG Extra Dry and the Brut. Both are elegant sparkling wines, straw yellow in color and a fine, crisp perlage. Both are produced exclusively from prosecco grapes from their Rive of Colbertaldo vineyards. Fruity and floral aromas emanate from both, a combination of apple and rose. The Extra Dry is delicate, fresh, and just slightly sweet with some acidity to balance it well. It has a residual sugar content of 18g per liter. The Brut, with 11 g per liter, is crisp, brilliant and dry. Both are perfect antipasti wines, and would pair well with fish and shellfish first courses. But to me, the best way to enjoy them was with Momma’s snacks at Col del Lupo itself. Unfortunately, they sell only to private clients, restaurants and agrotourismos, so you will have to travel there to enjoy them.