A letter from the Founder.
It was on a cycling trip from La Rochelle to Barcelona in 2013 with my two daughters, Zoe and Annie, that I was lucky enough to discover the hidden gems of the Empordà in Catalonia. We cycled through beautiful parts of France, but it was without doubt the northeastern knuckle of Spain that stuck in all our memories - mountains, coastline, medieval villages, paddy fields, orchards, vineyards, olive groves, dedicated cycling & walking routes and to top it all off, the incomparable pleasure of sitting down to a feast of fresh local food and delicious wine with weary legs after a long day exercising.
With that sweet taste of the Empordà still in my mouth, I approached Catalan friend, Josep Maria, to set the wheels in motion for Bacchus’ original cycling, walking, wine, olive oil and gastronomy tours - aiming to give friends and family an ‘under the skin’ experience of the region and a chance to get to know the dedicated and enthusiastic characters behind their food and drink.
Two years down the line and after a number of fantastic tours in the Empordà, we are excited to be taking this concept further afield under the leadership of Managing Director, Gareth Davies. With new and exciting destinations on the roadmap, including Andalusia this year and the Douro Valley in 2018, we hope you will be able to join us for the ride.
Anthony Wallington OBE
Founder and Executive Chairman, Bacchus on Bikes