Barbaresco-Barolo: Giro d’Italia Passes through Wine Country

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The Giro d’Italia will pass through the heart of wine country in Piemonte, racing through the Langhe hills that produce the King of Wine and that may soon be recognized as UNESCO World Heritage.

The Giro d’Italia cyclists will ride through 41.9 kilometers of some of Italy’s most famous hills on Thursday, May 22. The race begins in Barbaresco and ends in Barolo, passing through twelve other towns that are renowned for their fine wines.

The 190 pink-shirted cyclists will pedal through vineyards and forests, by wineries and castles of Treiso, Trezzo Tinella, Castino, Borgomale, Benevello, Diano d’Alba, before arriving in Alba. The highest point is Boscasso at 650 m of altitude, where the King of the Mountain award will be applied.  The Giro continues through other famous towns with cult-like status in the Barolo territory, including Grinzane Cavour, Castiglione Falletto, and Monforte d’Alba, finishing in Barolo.

The Giro d’Italia will attract over 1600 journalists, sports photographers, and broadcast news from 174 countries, many of whom will have the good fortune of enjoying this region’s excellent local cuisine.

Indeed, sports are not the only draw to this stage of the Giro d’Italia in Piemonte. “The cyclists will pedal through vineyards of a total of 33 different cru of Barolo and Barbaresco, from Rabajà to Bussia,” says Pietro Ratti, President of the Consortium of Barolo and Barbaresco, one of the sponsors of the event.

Take a look at Alessandro Masnaghetti’s maps of the Barbaresco and Barolo crus.

The first cyclist will depart from Barbaresco at 12:50 pm, while the last will depart at 5:15 pm. The springtime hillsides, in full green and flowering splendor, will surely make the race pleasurable for onlookers and contestants alike.

Finally, for passionate cyclists, the Consortium has created a tour pack through the Langhe and Roero that traces the very same route the Giro d’Italia will take. And while the Giro d’Italia contestants may not have the time to stop for lunch, cyclists who wish to take this route before the Giro passes through will take lunch in a breathtaking location while enjoying the cuisine of 3-star Michelin chef Enrico Crippa. 

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Translated by Diana Zahuranec


Last modified onThursday, 15 May 2014 15:37
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