Vino & Velo Wine Consulting

Tourism is on a sabbatical this year due to COVID and while we’re going to miss spending time on our bikes with everyone we’re very excited to shift our focus from the Velo part of our name to the Vino, and the aromas, tastes, and feelings that that word inspires. Many wineries rely on tourism for the majority of their sales, whether it be directly to visitors in their cellars or to local restaurants and wine shops. During these difficult times we’re uniquely positioned to connect wine producers, especially boutique and small family wineries, with wine lovers…or wannabe wine lovers.

Leif is a certified AIS (Associazione Italiana Sommeliers) sommelier. He’s passionate about wine but what he loves even more is the challenge of finding the perfect wine for every occasion. In the last fifteen years he has crisscrossed the country with guests visiting wineries in every corner of Tuscany and many other regions. In the past his knowledge of wine and the producers has been a valuable complement to our main business of bike tours. Now is the time to take that deep knowledge of Italian wines to the next level and focus on getting Italian wines into the cellars of people wanting to expand their wine experience without traveling.

Leif stands ready to take the menu from your special occasion and choose the perfect wines to make your day unforgettable. If you’re interested in growing your wine cellar Leif can help you find wines and producers that will round out your selections so you’ll always have the perfect wine on hand. He can guide wine clubs in creating outstanding tasting events. Maybe your company would like to switch things up and give wine as bonuses or corporate gifts this year. The possibilities are endless.

Once the wine is chosen Leif will act as liaison between you and the vineyard. This is where his language skills and personal connections with many of the vineyards will become apparent as he helps assure a smooth order and shipping process.

Contact us at leif@vino-velo.com for more information about how we can work together to make your wine dreams come true.

Endings and Beginnings

We are at the end of our 2016 season! We’ve done some of the same tours and activities we do every year but we’ve also added some new things, one of which is this new website and blog. It’s an exciting change for us!

We’d like to thank our partners, colleagues and especially our clients for a fantastic year of cycling, hiking, wine, food and lots of smiles. It’s a joy to go to work each day with the goal of having as much fun as possible with very special people.

We’ve celebrated birthdays, many of them 50th birthdays this year, with people from all over Europe and the United States. We’ve celebrated weddings, anniversaries and honeymoons. We’ve helped celebrate the “empty nest” and ticking items off the “bucket list”. It’s been an honor to be a part of each of these celebrations.

We’ve spent serious time with people working to improve themselves, whether it’s on the bike, on the trails, behind the camera or communing with nature. And we’ve spent a serious amount of time with people just having fun.

Now we take a deep breath, do a ride just for fun, and start planning for next year’s tours. It’s already shaping up to be an exciting year. Hope to see you in 2017!