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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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Breganze, Italy

The Breganze DOC is located in the Veneto, just north of the city of Vicenza. Torcolato is the classic sweet wine of the Breganze DOC winemaking tradition. It is produced from pressing dried grapes, often the indigenous vespaiolo varietal, but can include other varietals such as garganega and fruiliano.  When they are harvested, the bunches of grapes are left on their branches. The branches are weaved together to form long strands of grapes (torcolate), which are hung from the wooden beams a well-aired attics or barn. As they dry, these grapes lose much of their water, concentrating the flavors and sugars. The initial fermentation process lasts 2-3 months, and is halted before complete, allowing some of the residual sugars to remain in the wine.  The wine is then stored in small casks for two years before bottling.

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Cantina Beato Bartolomeo Breganze

Cantina Beato Bartolomeo is the local co-operative winery of the Breganze zone. Due to the small size of the Breganze DOC, this cooperative plays an influential role in this zone. Founded on Valentine’s Day in 1950, when 121 farmers from this district joined to form a cooperative, which they named after Bartolomeo da Breganze, a friar and bishop from the 13th century. In 1968 the region was awarded its DOC status, indicating the quality levels the wines from this region had achieved. Today the Cantina boasts over 1000 member farmers, who are paid in proportion to the quality levels achieved by the grapes they deliver to the co-operative.

The Beato Bartolomeo Bosco Grande Torcolato is 100% Vespaiolo grapes, which have been harvested by hand and dried on torcolate in lofts until January, when the sugar concentration of the grapes has reached 35%. This wine is a bright, golden yellow color and rich in the scent of apples, flowers, vanilla and raisins. It is full bodied, well-balanced and complex with a long-lasting finish. Made from 100% Vespaiolo grapes, it pairs well with the traditional sweets from the Veneto region, along with hard cheeses and foie gras.