A Triple Itinerary of Understanding the Wine, Land & History of Tuscany While Experiencing the Unparalleled Beauty of an Outdoor Excursion
TUSCANY WINE and BIKE (TWB) announced their new 2014 Wine Tasting & Culinary Biking Tour Itineraries effective April 26, 2014 through September 27, 2014. Led by local freelance oenologist and Winemaker Carlo Travagli and cycling enthusiast Luca Casini, TWB tours trek on mountain bikes across the provinces of Siena, Firenze, Pisa and Pistoia through the scenic, historic Chianti Wine Region of Tuscany.
“Each itinerary is actually a ‘triple itinerary’ that provides our guests with an understanding of the wine & cuisine, area & geography, and the culture & history of the places we will explore,” says Travagli. “I created these tours to give people an intimate look at my home — this extraordinarily beautiful, dynamic agricultural and world renown wine growing region.”
On the TWB TOUR, participants will awaken their senses through the vibrant colors, intoxicating scents, and breathtaking sights as Tuscany’s most robust seasons dramatically unfold before them. Cycling through fragrant olive groves, rolling vineyards, vibrant sunflowers fields, majestic woods, and other fascinating scenic spots, participants will uncover the most authentic aspects of Tuscany, often missed and overlooked by visitors using conventional means of transportation, additionally they will:
Discover the Pearls of Tuscany, the historical points of interests, churches and buildings rich with art, centuries-old villages and towns as they follow paths and ancient roads like the “via Francigena.”
Experience Tuscan life, people, culture and places traveling through towns and farmlands, with opportunities to stay overnight.
Learn about one of the world’s most famous winemaking regions, the microclimates, viticultural areas and revered varietals, and the role of its landscape and history.
Savor the distinct flavors of the countryside including the local harvests, cherished honey, succulent olives & oils, sumptuous salumi, handcrafted cheeses, and enjoy the regional artisan products and cuisine of TWB select regional partners.
Taste regional wines among the vineyards and cellars while visiting local estates, receiving both lessons and guided tastings by Travagli, an award-winning winemaker of Chianti, Chianti Classico (Gallo Nero Black Rooster), Sangiovese, and IGT Super Tuscan wines.
No rigorous physical conditioning is required for the majority of the TWB itineraries. “Most of our itineraries are designed for tourists without extensive athletic training.” Travagli stresses. “It’s for pure enjoyment and we try very hard to match each itinerary with the interests, comfort level, and ability of our guests.”
However, for both intermediate and advanced cyclists, Travalgi and Casini have designed several challenging itineraries including the 7-day Bio Week Tour. The Bio Week Tours have additional activities such as cooking lessons, donkey treks, and urban bike tours. Customized Tours are also available. For more information, visit the Tuscany Wine and Bike website, Email TWB or call (+39)333 9206700.
10 Choices of TWB Tour Itineraries include:
Difficulty level guidelines:
*Easy Going is a tour where no athletic training is necessary. Suitable for tourists of all levels and children (10yrs+). No dangerous downhill or steep slopes.
**Intermediate/Medium is for the weekly rider who cycles 2-3 times a month covering distances of 20-25km with a slope not higher than 500 meters. A minimum of training is necessary. This tour has been created for Mountain Bike enthusiasts and lovers of outdoor excursions.
***Hard Going is a tour where some light training is necessary. It is for the active rider who cycles once or twice a week, covering distances of about 35-45 km with slopes of about 1,000 meters. This tour is tailored for trained people, mountain bike enthusiasts and lovers of outdoor excursions.
About Tuscany Wine Bike (TWB):
TWB is a complete wine tasting and culinary biking tour experience created by local freelance oenologist and Winemaker Carlo Travagli. Led by Travagli and cycling enthusiast Luca Casini, the tour treks on mountain bikes across the provinces of Siena, Firenze, Pisa and Pistoia through the historic and scenic Chianti Wine Region of Tuscany, located on the Central West Coast of Italy. TWB has developed a biking tour designed to capture and uncover the most authentic aspects of Tuscany, often missed and overlooked by visitors using conventional means of transportation. TWB provides participants with everything they need to explore Italy’s most renown wine growing region including all equipment, expert guides, oenologist guided wine tasting, meals provided by regional partners, varied itineraries catered to both conditioning level and interests of the participants, round-trip pick-up service, optional lodging, technical support and emergency recovery service, and insurance. For more information, visit the Tuscany Wine and Bike website. To keep up with the latest TWB activities and special offerings, register for their newsletter, join TWB on Facebook, and follow TWB on Twitter. Email TWB or call (+39)333 9206700.