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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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Pieropan winery cycle holidays italyThe Pieropan family has been producing high quality white Soave wines for four generations. The founder, Lionildo Pieropan, was a doctor in the town of Soave, and began by applying his knowledge of chemistry and biology to the production of wines from his families vineyards. Today, his grandson, also a Lionildo, continues to operate the estate with his wife, Teresita, and  their two sons, Andrea and Dario. WIth over 50 hectares under cultivation today, the family is able to produce enough grapes to allow them to deliver both their traditional as well as single-vineyard wines, while implementing a replanting program to continue to improve their stock. Recently, they have also acquired vineyards in the adjacent Valpolicella region, and have began producing some red wines - the Ruberpan Valpolicella and an Amarone.

pieropan courtyard bike tours italyPieropan has consistently delivered award-winning Soaves, noted by Gambero Rosso, Slow Food, and Wine Enthusiast. They are available in the US.

I have tasted two of the Pieropan Soave wines, the Classico and the Calvarino. The Classico is the youngest, freshest wine Pieropan offers, a blend of 85% Garganega, with the remainder Trebbiano di Soave. All grapes are from the Pieropan vineyards in the Soave Classico zone, from west facing slopes with volcanic soil.  The color is a bright yellow, with a hint of green. A very wonderful floral nose, and a well-balanced palate, with a crisp acidity to balance the long-lasting, full fruit.

Calvarino Label bicycle trips italyThe Calvarino Soave is a single-vineyard wine, from the Calvarino vineyard. The name comes from “Little Calvary”, referring to the fact that the clay and basalt soil of these fields is quite difficult to work with, and it’s hillside position requires a climb up a rather tortuous path. This is Pieropan’s signature Soave, with 70% Garganega grapes, and 30% Trebbiano di Soave. Also a straw yellow with hints of green, it develops a more golden color as it ages. A powerful, complex floral nose, well-balanced and sophisticated, with a persistent, mineral palate.

Both wines make excellent aperitifs, and pair well with a variety of first course vegetable and fish dishes, including risottos and frittatas.