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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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Villa di Capezzana Carmignano

Carmignano is a very small but prestigious wine zone in Tuscany - one of the 6 DOCG zones in this region. Located in a valley about 16 km west and north of Florence, it is barely 100 hectares, and consists of only 20 producers in total. The leading producer in this appellation is Capezzano, an estate that is responsible for nearly 50% of this regions’ total production.

Etruscan artifacts demonstrate that wine was produced in this region as far back as 1000 B.C. In 1716, Cosimo deMedici III issued an edict that identified four distinct districts of Tuscany that produced the best wines. This was, in essence, the first attempt to identify wine ‘zones’, stipulating the areas in which the grapes must be cultivated, and forbidding the use of the names of these specific wines in any other area. One of the four regions was Carmignano.

After initially being lumped in to the Chianti wine zone when the modern day DOC regulations were developed, Carmignano earned its rightful place as its own DOC in 1975, and was then elevated to DOCG status in 1990.

The wines of Carmignano, like many Tuscan wine zones, are based primarily on the native Sangiovese. Here, however, a long tradition of cultivating Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon in this region has lead to the inclusion of these two varietals in the production of the Carmignano wines, the first Tuscan wine to allow this. Local legend claims that Catherine deMedici was responsible for the introduction of these varietals in the region, but regardless, they flourish in the terroir of these hills.

The regulations for Carmignano DOCG  specify the blend should contain a minimum of 50% Sangiovese, with up to 20% Canaiolo Nero and a maximum of 20% Cabernet Franc and/or Cabernet Sauvignon. Wines made from younger vines and declassified wine can be labelled as Barco Reale di Carmignano DOC.