Umbria for Wine Lovers🍷🍇

Umbria's Best Wine Tours & Tastings by Bike

Cycling Tours in Italy's Best Wine Country

Umbria Wine Tours & Tastings

Explore & delight in Umbria's rural wineries, discover new wines, grapes and flavours along the broad open valleys, garnished by the vines of virtuoso winemakers, ancient olive groves and towering cypress trees, making Umbria one of the outstanding yet lesser-known wine regions in Italy.

🚴🏻‍♀️ 🍇🍷Visit the Vineyards of Lamborghini, Gritti, Montefalco Sagrantino & Torgiano Rosso Riserva🍷 🍇 🚴‍♂️

Umbria for Wine Lovers is a Fully Guided Cycle & Wine Tour

Summary

  • ☀️ 8 Days | 7 Nights
  • A La Carte Dinners, Bed, Breakfast, Selected Lunches & Wine Tastings
  • 10 Umbrian Vineyards & Wine Tastings including ...
  • 🍇 Wine Tasting, Education & Dinner with Patrick Piccioni
  • 🍇 Stay at the Lamborghini Wine Estate
  • 🍇 Gritti Family Wine Estate & Goretti Vineyard
  • 🍷 Enoteca Wine Club🍷 Wine & Olive Oil Museum🍷 Montefalco Sagrantino
  • Montone 🚴‍♂️ Niccone Valley 🚴‍♂️ Lake Trasimeno 🚴‍♂️ Castiglione del Lago 🚴‍♂️ Torgiano 🚴‍♂️ Montefalco
  • 🚴‍♂️ Cycles Tracks & Quiet Country Roads
  • 🧳 Daily Luggage Transfer
  • Fully Guided Itinerary English Speaking Guide with local knowledge 😎

Statistics

  • ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy 🚴🏻‍♀️
  • SADDLE TIME: 2h to 3h per day
  • CYCLING SPEED: 10 to 12 MPH / 15 to 19 KPH
  • TOTAL DISTANCE: 172 km | 107 miles
  • MAXIMUM CYCLE DAYS: 5
  • LONGEST STAGE: 28.5 km | 17.7 miles
  • REST DAYS: 1 | OPTIONAL REST DAYS: 1
  • CALORIES BURNED: 6,950 kcal (estimated)
  • BIKE: Raleigh Motus Grand Tour Low Step Electric Bike with Bosch Active Line Plus & Battery Range 135 miles
  • Tripadvisor READ REVIEWS

Day by day

Day 1: Your First Evening

After your welcome and introduction, local wine expert, sommelier and patron of L'enoteca wine club, Patrick Piccioni, delicately decants your first glass of Umbrian wine as a prelude to a wonderful wine week ahead.

Over dinner, Patrick offers a glass by glass preview of your week, with wine matched to local Umbria cheese, meats and flavours. 🍇 🍷

Highlights

Patrick Piccioni Wine Tasting, Education & Dinner

Accommodation

Hotel Fortebraccio, Montone, Umbria

Lovely hotel, incredibly friendly helpful staff. Good rooms with a view of the rolling Italian countryside. Excellent breakfast too...

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 2: The Wines of Carlo Massimilliano & Ursula Gritti, Niccone Valley

I GIRASOLI DI SANT'ANDREA

The portrait of Andrea Gritti, the 16th Century Doge of Venice, adorns the I Girasole di Sant’ Andrea wine named Muda offering a clue as to the quality of the wine.

The Girasoli estate dates from 1994 when Carlo Massimiliano Gritti and his wife Ursula purchased land in Valle del Niccone and bought I Girasoli di Sant’Andrea, ( The sunflowers of St. Andrew ) bringing together a unique family history and rural Italian wine.

While the main focus is on wine production, the estate is also involved in the cultivation of tobacco, and the production of extra virgin olive oil, under DOP Colli del Trasimeno status.

Following the death of her husband, Ursula took on the management of the estate. Today she cultivates the varietals of Friulano, Trebbiano, Grechetto, and Pinot Nero, in combination with Sangiovese, Malvasia, and Petit Verdot, Merlot grapes being the queen of reds.

 Appellation: Umbria IGT
 Wine Types: Red Wine, White Wine, Rose Wine, Sparkling Wine.
 Grape Varieties: Friulano, Trebbiano, Grechetto, Pinot Nero, Sangiovese, Malvasia, Merlot, Petit Vewrdot

 

Highlights

Riverside Ride | Wine Tasting & Lunch at Gritti Estate | Niccone Valley

Statistics

48.5 km / 30 miles | Saddle Time: 2hrs 58min | Difficulty: 🚲

Accommodation

Agriturismo Relais Parco Fiorito & Spa, Piazzano, Umbria

"An amazing experience of hospitality and culinary excellence. From the moment we arrived, we were made to feel special and welcomed. The tour and observation of the winemaking were both educational and intimate. The farm-to-table and organic philosophies make for a tremendous experience.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 3: Avignonesi | Wines on the Edge

Our route takes us to the border of Tuscany and the Montepulciano wine area. The major part of the 175 hectares of vineyards that form the Avignonesi estate is in Tuscany!

Sangiovese wines have been produced on this site for centuries, and the state-of-the-art winemaking facilities today take a back to basics, no un-natural intervention approach that biodynamic viticulture entails.

 

Highlights

Avignonesi Wine Tasting, Tour & Lunch | A Glimpse of the Lake

Statistics

40.6 km - 25.2 miles | Saddle Time 2h 24m | 🚴‍♂️ 🚴‍♂️

Accommodation

The Lamborghini Estate, Panicale, Umbria

This is a special place, in a beautiful part of Umbria. The accommodation is very comfortable, brilliant swimming pool & terrace, close to the really superb restaurant. Wonderful food with fine wines from the Lamborghini estate and an excellent 9 hole golf course.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 4: The Lamborghini Estate | REST DAY

As well as making cars, Lamborghini also makes great wines.

Ferruccio Lamborghini, the famed founder and force behind the iconic car company, came from a farming background and following his exit from the Lamborghini company in 1974, Ferruccio returned to his roots and established the Lambuorhini Wine Estate.

Take the day to taste wines, play the 9 hole golf course, swim or take in the Umbrian sun.

Highlights

Wine Tasting & Tour | 9 holes of Golf | Swim

Statistics

REST DAY

Accommodation

The Lamborghini Estate, Panicale, Umbria

Amazing place. Very quite and isolated. Exactly the way we wanted!!!.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 5: The Family Goretti Wines

Cycling along the shores of Lake Trasimeno, this huge silver expanse of water dominates everything. We stop for a light lunch and wine tasting courtesy of the Family Goretti. Julia or Sarah, the Goretti sisters are usually on hand to guide us through their grandmother's cookbook, the incredible wine collection not to forget their wine-based beauty products.

This is a wonderful family business and experience.

Highlights

Shores of Lake Trasimeno | Goretti Tasting & Light Lunch

Statistics

37.595 km - 23 miles | Saddle Time 2h 16m | 🚴‍♂️

Accommodation

Boutique Hotel Al Grappolo D’oro, Torgiano, Umbria

This Boutique hotel is everything that you could dream of - stylish, cosy, peaceful. In the middle of nowhere and near to all, you can think to visit! Perugia, Assisi, winery, olive oil farm, all minutes away!

Day 6: The Wine & Olive Oil Museum

Start the day visiting this fascinating collection of winemaking artefacts including a full-sized ancient press. Take 30 minutes and visit the olive oil museum next door. And just to make sure that you are set for the day, we’ll take a taste of the local Lungarotti wine before departing for Bevagna, our lunchtime stop and our final destination Montefalco, rated by Forbes as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy.

Highlights

Wine & Olive Oil Museum | Riverside cycling | Bevagna

Statistics

32.3 km - 20 miles | Saddle Time: 2h 7m | 🚴‍♂️

Accommodation

Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel & Spa, Montefalco, Umbria

“I strongly recommend Palazzo Bontadosi! The town itself is incredible. In a very beautiful building in the central piazza of the town, the Palazzo is elegant with a modern interior. The team working here is attentive and beautiful to look at and never made me miss something. The Spa was an experience as much as the food/service at the restaurant, where I have tried the best wine and truffles combination. Don't miss a lunch on the terrace where the view is amazing.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 7: Sagrantino and the Wines of Montefalco

We’ll take you for a short ride today to experience one of Italy’s best and lesser-known wines - Sagrantino.

The terrain surrounding the village is delightful and the village itself an Italian dream.

You will want to spend an hour or two just watching the world go by from your seat in the piazza, clasping a Sagrantino.

Highlights

Sagrantino Wine Tasting & Countryside

Statistics

14 km - 8.5 miles | Saddle Time: 1h | 🚴‍♂️

Accommodation

Palazzo Bontadosi Hotel & Spa, Montefalco, Umbria

Amazing hotel and views from the windows are like a Renaissance painting. The restaurant is good too. This little village is a hidden jewel.

Find out more:
Travellers Tales article

Day 8: ✈️ Departure

We've had a super week! And finishing it here just seems right.

Ciao e arrivederci!

Highlights

Morning coffee in the Piazza

Journey Map

Arriving at the Lamborghini Wine Estate - OK, so you'll be on an electric bike, but its still a thrill

STAY | The Lamborghini Wine Estate

A Wonderful Wine Highlight

Yes, Lamborghini makes Wine!

Ferruccio Lamborghini was the man behind the famous car brand. The vineyard that he created in his later life is not as well known internationally as the car brand but rest assured, the wines produced here are of the same demanding quality and experience – exciting, racey distinctive and great quality.

Spend two nights at the Lamborghini Estate and use your rest day to play the 9 hole golf course, swim and relax by the pool and of course taste the wines!

The Goretti Girls (L to R) Irene, Sarah & Giulia

VISIT | The Goretti Family Vineyard

Wine Tasting & Light Lunch

L’Arringatore is one of my favourite wines and when it is served up by Giulia, somehow it just adds to the whole event!

The wine tasting, mini-tour and light lunch at the Goretti family vineyard is a wonderful experience.

Delight in the imagination and extent of the wines, beers, grappas and brandy produced by this family, not to mention the Winetherapy products or Nonna Marcella‘s lite lunch with olive oil, cold cut meats, cheese and fresh tomatoes.

self guided umbria bike tour
RIDE | The Niccone Valley on the Umbria Tuscany border

Nice & Easy Does it...

The Raleigh Motus Grand Tour

Umbria is known as the ‘green heart of Italy’ and sits in the shadows of the spectacular Apennine Mountains.

Whilst much of Umbria’s terrain is a little higher than its Tuscan neighbour, the valleys tend to be longer, wider and more forgiving making for more comfortable cycling enabled by the Raleigh Motus Grand Tour.

The cool valley breezes of the dry Umbrian summer months create an ideal cycling climate and distinct and unusual wines not often found outside of the country and this memorable cycling terroir.

Why You Should Go Guided

In the words of Nigel & Alwyn Vaughan:

We were uncertain whether to opt for the guided or the self-guided trip. Having opted for the guided option we now realise that there are some significant advantages ...

- Tim [the guide] knows various interesting small paths and 'white roads' which you would never find on a self-guided tour, which adds interest.

- Potential difficulties with navigation are removed and should there be a mechanical issue with a bike, expert help is immediately on hand.

- All the decisions are made for you – the details of the route, where to eat and have coffee, and even advice on exactly what to eat, so it is all very easy on the brain!

- Tim's local knowledge and stories add a dimension that you would not otherwise get.

- Tim's easy-going personality also made for a very enjoyable holiday.

All in all, this is a great adventure on an electric bike!

 

FAQ'S

🍷 Umbria for Wine Lover's 💜

Am I fit enough? 
The Umbria for Wine Lover’s cycle requires 1 to 2 hours of cycling per day. Electric Bikes do not give you a free ride. You need to pedal. While the eBike makes things much easier, you still require a reasonable level of fitness. The fitter you are, the greater your enjoyment. The oldest person that we have had is Geoffrey who at 84 years of age. The youngest was 12 years.
 

How busy are the roads?

Italian roads tend to be much quieter than people are used to. The vast majority of your itinerary is along quiet country roads. There is one exception – crossing the Assisi valley. The first 3 or 4 miles (30 mins maximum) is through a small town.
 

Is this trip for me – I don’t cycle regularly?

We strongly recommend that you put in a little time on a bike before you arrive. The fitter and more comfortable you are on a bike, the more you will get from your vacation.
 

Whats happens to my luggage?  

Each transfer day sees your luggage moved by our support vehicle from one hotel to the next. We provide you with luggage labels.
 

What should I wear?

You do not need a whole wardrobe of special cycling clothes! Our eBikes have a very comfortable Gel Saddle and a suspension seat post. Despite this, you might choose to wear padded cycling shorts/skirts for extra comfort. Our eBike Leaders wear padded underwear, which we think is more flexible than the padded short. You can then choose to wear this with your favourite shorts. And yes, there are ladies versions too! A few well-chosen items will help keep you cool/warm and comfortable on your eBike trip. Sun cream and a neckerchief or scarf are a very good idea.

 

Footwear – You need a pair of shoes that are resistant to weather and have a good grip. They should also be comfortable for walking. Our eBikes do not use the cleat system.

 

Do you provide Helmets?

 Yes, we provide helmets and it is included in the price.
 

Do I have to wear a helmet?

No, you don’t. It is not a legal requirement to wear protective headgear. If you choose not to wear a helmet, that is entirely your own decision and choice.
 

What is provided with the bike?

 – Water Bottle & Holder – Each bike is equipped with a handlebar-mounted water bottle holder and water bottle.

 – A Rear View Mirror is fitted on the bike to help you keep the group together and improve safety.

 – Pannier – each bike is fitted with a single safari pannier. There is sufficient room for wallet, cameras, sun cream etc.

 – Wet Weather Cape – yes, it does rain, occasionally. We provide a high-quality bike cape for each rider.

 – Battery Charger – each bike has a battery charger.

 – Power Adapter – to make charging easier.

 – Spare Inner Tube – we don’t expect you to fix punctures. We provide a replacement inner tube.

 – Pump – you have a small, portable pump for roadside emergencies. Each hotel keeps a large air pump.

 – Hi-Visibility Jacket – in case of roadside maintenance, we provide you with a Hi-Vis jacket.

 – Security Cable – to lock your bike.

The Lead Guest also carries…

 – BOSCH Nyon GPS

 – Tool Kit

 – Basic First Aid Kit

 

What should I carry with me?

Each day you need to carry, Passport, Insurance Documentation, Cash for the day, Credit/Debit Cards, Change of clothing to anticipate changes in weather.
 

What is the best time of year to take a cycle trip in Tuscany and Umbria?

Great question. We have written a whole piece on this – CLICK HERE

 

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“We are enjoying every moment! Last night treated with a live Italian music show in the piazza - what a wonderful and beautiful day it was!!! The routes are so beautifully thought out!”

Rochelle Joubert, South Africa

“Although we researched the tour, we underestimated how hilly the terrain was in Tuscany. However, this trip will remain in our memory for a long time to come. We will definitely be back! Thank you Inspired Italy, you made our holiday so much fun...”

Colin & Heather, Canada

“We are a family of four from the USA; 2 young adults and 2 older adults in our 60's. Inspired Italy exceeded our expectations providing us with a lifetime of memories of beautiful cycling scenery, fairytale medieval towns, fabulous meals, fantastic wine tours and beautiful, intimate boutique hotels.”

Montanino Family, USA

“Inspired Italy - it is their first-hand personal experience and knowledge which allows you to eat and stay at the most amazing places ..”

David C, UK

“The cycling was fun and I felt calm and exhilarated at the same time with a chance to feel the breeze, take in the views of the beautiful countryside”

Mary Thomas, UK

“Stunning Hotels, amazing dining, breathtaking scenery and all enabled by the fantastic team at Inspired Italy and their outstanding e-bikes!”

Andrew M

“I started e-biking after a hip operation. I had an initial idea that biking would involve staying in youth hostels. Far from it! This was really up market - great hotels, fantastic food and serious wine.”

Paul Gregory

“Ian and I loved your guided e bike holiday around Tuscany. It was beautifully organised with every little detail thought of, including the most perfect lunch stops and, of course amazing hotels!”

Sir Ian & Lady Collett

“Just wanted to let you know that we had an excellently enjoyable E-bike tour with Tim last week and to provide you with some feedback. The tour is very well planned and organised in all respects: the route which largely is on quiet roads through the absolutely beautiful countryside; the villages/towns that we visited which gave us real insights into rural Italian life in this region of Italy; the mix of hotels, all comfortable and family-run; and, of course, the very good wine and food.

The e-bikes are brilliant, very well-engineered, and what I really enjoyed is that you can select to give yourself as much physical challenge as you want, but, with e-assistance, you can climb significant inclines for long distances which only expert and extremely fit cyclists would otherwise manage. The itinerary is also perfect, including the rest day in the very interesting and worthwhile Assisi.

I thought I would also add a comment about the guided versus the self-guided decision. We were very uncertain whether to opt for the guided or the self-guided, but having opted for the guided tour we now realise that there are some significant advantages, which are not that clear from your information.

These advantages are...

- Tim knows various interesting small paths and “white roads” which you would never find on a self-guided tour, which adds interest.

- Potential difficulties with navigation are removed and should there be a mechanical issue with a bike, expert help is immediately on hand.

- All the decisions are made for you – the details of the route, where to eat and have coffee, and even advice on exactly what to choose to eat, so it is all very easy on the brain!

- Tim’s local knowledge and stories add a dimension that you would not otherwise get.

- Tim’s easy-going personality also made for a very enjoyable holiday.

So, all in all, this is a great product. Please pass our best wishes and great thanks to Tim, Louise and Matteo.

 ”

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