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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.

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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 the center of the Veneto region, about 75 km north of Venice, the Montello e Colli Asolani DOC is one of the many wine regions in the Veneto. Established in 1977, it originally covered the two basic blended wines - a rosso and a bianco -that had traditionally been produced in this area. Today, and many revisions to the DOC regulations later, this area uses modern wine production techniques to produce a wide range of wines, with a new emphasis on varietals rather than blends.

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Vineyards in Montello e Colli Asolani wine zone


This is one of the smaller DOCs in the Veneto, covering the communes of Monfumo, Castelucco, and Cornuda, with parts of others, including Caerano di San Marco, Crocetta del Montello, Maser, Montebelluna, Nervesa della Battaglia, Pederobba, and most notably Asolo and its surrounding hills (hence the name Colli Asolani.) Montello is yet another hill in the Treviso province, lying next to the Adige River. From the top of Montello, one can see across the plains to Venice and the Adriatic.

Today, the area produces wines from many internationally known varietals, including Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, as well as local varietals Manzoni Bianco and Bianchetta. All varietal wines produced according to the DOC regulations must include at least 85% of the named varietal.

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Gasparini winery


You will also see Montello e Colli Asolani Venegazzu wines from this area. Venegazzu is the designation made under this DOC to refer to red Bordeaux blends (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot) from specific vineyards within the Volpago del Montello commune; Venegazzu being a small neighborhood at the foot of the Montello hill in Volpago. The descendant of the Venetian Doge Leonardo Loredan selected this hamlet as the ideal location for their summer home, a magnificent Palladian villa, and planted vineyards around the estate.

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Gasparini Cabernet

This region has also been known for its sparkling wines, not surprisingly, given its proximity to the Valdobbiadene Conegliano Prosecco DOCG zone, which is just next door. So in 2009, the DOC regulations for the area were again revised, standards tightened, and the DOCG Colli Asolani/Asolo Prosecco appellation was born. Note that these new regulations included the stipulation that the name Prosecco was no longer the name of the grape variety, but instead only referred to the specific region where this wine could be produced. The grape formerly known as Prosecco is now known as Glera.

In addition to Prosecco, this region also produce some very distinctive spumante style sparkling wines made from other varietals, including Chardonnay, Pinot Bianco, and Pinot Grigio.

Quality producers in this region include Ida Agnoletti, Conte Loredan Gasparini, Serafini & VIdotto, Emilio Sartor, and Villa di Maser. Producers of the DOCG Prosecco include Bele Casel, Villa di Maser, and Bedin.