Wine and Bike: In Pursuit of the Vine
There is perhaps no experience quite so delightful as cycling along the South Tyrolean Wine Road on a warm, sunny day. Italy’s oldest wine road reaps the benefits of the region’s dry, mild climate and more than 300 days of sunshine a year. Visitors will find a number of activities along the way—and some noteworthy culinary indulgences.
The serene and picturesque wine road comprises three different routes for cyclists. Each one follows a trail that winds through breathtaking landscapes with opportunities to stop and see castles or visit wine cellars along the way. Cyclists will have the opportunity to taste the region’s most important native grape varieties: Lagrein, Vernatsch, and Gewürztraminer. International reds and whites grown in the area are also on offer: Pinot Blanc, Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet all have a long history of cultivation in South Tyrol.
The three cycling routes that make up the South Tyrolean Wine Road meander along the Adige (Etsch) River and through the verdant orchards that thrive in the valley. The trails have no demanding grades: even beginning cyclists will enjoy winding through apple orchards and vineyards. You’ll pass old railroad lines, bike alongside lakes and ponds, and see medieval castles and stately mansions. Open wine cellars offer a welcome place to stop and take a break.
All three paths are open throughout the year. They can be cycled as a single trail or combined together for those seeking a longer route.
South Tyrol’s Main Native Grape Varieties
Each of the three main routes focuses on the winegrowing area in which at least one of South Tyrol’s ancient, indigenous grape varieties is grown. The region’s three most important native varieties are Lagrein, Vernatsch and Gewürztraminer.
The northern wine trail leads through the area where the highly esteemed Lagrein was historically cultivated. A wine called St. Magdalener is also popular here: the light red wine is a blend of Lagrein and Vernatsch.
The central wine trail runs through the area around Caldaro (Kaltern) Lake. Here, you’ll find another native variety, called Vernatsch, thriving in the Oltradige (Überetsch) hills.
The southern wine trail leads through what has been Gewürztraminer country for centuries. Winegrowing here can be traced all the way back to Roman times. The Gewürztraminer variety of grape, which makes the white wine so loved throughout the world, is native to the area around the village of Termeno (Tramin).
Our All-Round Service
We offer the following special tips and services in order to provide all-round service to cyclists. Our goal is to guarantee that visitors enjoy cycling through the quiet countryside of the South Tyrolean Wine Road as safe as possible.
The safety of our cyclists is our top priority. We encourage everyone to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your wine tasting.
We do everything possible to ensure that your bike is kept safe. Every stop along the route offers secure bicycle parking.
We make your journey more comfortable. For your convenience, wine you’ve purchased can be delivered directly to your hotel for a small fee (service available in some wine cellars only – please, ask).