SOAVE MTB RIDE
Today I did a great mountain bike ride into the hills of Soave, located in the Verona province of the Veneto. Soave is well know for it's white wines and the walled city that has stood in the area since the 10th century.·The town sits just off the main east to west transportation lines at the base of the Lessini Mountains.
There is no train stop in the town of·Soave, you would need to make your way to the town of S. Bonifacio, which is 3 km south of Soave. There is a morning train from Verona, Vicenza, Padova and even Venice that you can take your bike on, making this a very good one day excursion away from the major tourist centers. Due to the long walk from the station to the town, there are very few tourist hanging out in the square. At least for the moment, I keep hearing more and more about Soave in the US travel circles, so you might want to visit before it gets crowed. From the train station it is a quick ride over to Soave, there can be heavy traffic on this road but they are wide and it is normal commuting route for school kids and workers so it is safe. But do go slow and pay attention.
The route takes you through the main street within the walls of Soave. There is a great bread shop and small store on the left side of the street that you can grab something to take with you on your ride. Exit out the back entrance of the city walls and ride along SS. 365 for about 2 km than at 7.2 km you will start a nice each climb up a switch backed road that leads you up through the vineyards. At around the 9 km mark you will see the Balestri Valda winery on your right. A nice visit and possibility of doing a wine tasting.
If you do not decide to stop the road continues on an easy climb up to the town of Cazzono di Tramigna and then Castelcerino. Castelcerino is the land area of the Caffefe wine producers. They also have a cellar and place for tasting within the walls of Soave that you can visit and taste after you have completed your ride.
After Castelcerino you start a short down hill for about 3·kms along a farm road. At 16.8 you arrive at your challenge for the day and nice 5km climb with some very short sections that go up to 10%. But then you peak out and start another wonderful descent through grape vines, cherry trees, and olive trees arriving to the township of Montecchio di Crosara. This is a great place to have a cafe and then you start contouring your way back toward·Monteforte d'Alpone and then Soave.
The route is 3-4 hours if you do not stop for wine. There are several good selections for lunch within the walls.·I really enjoyed my food and wine at the Trattoria da Amedeo, simple foods, good wine selection, and good price.
I recommend a mountain bike for this ride since there are several small roads that are not well paved. If you wish the gpx file for this route email me.·
This if route is suitable for an cycle tourist - (not a beginner route) Soave is a nice place to have some relax and way for you as you take a ride.
This route passes several good wine producers, if you have a chance stop and visit.·
Check Points: S. Bonifacio -·Soave - Costeggiola - Cazzano di Tramigna - Castelcerino - S. Giovanni - Montecchio di Crosara - Meggiano - Brognoligo - Monteforte dìAlpone - Soave - S. Bonifacio
|Soave Wine Road 1 - Route Information|
|Route Length||49 km|