Andy Levine of DuVine Cycling & Adventures Co. on Expanding to Greece & Favorite Spots in Boston
By Mackenzie Cummings-Grady| March 16, 2017 |
Andy Levine's two-wheeled adventure company celebrates 20 years of five-star leisure.
Andy Levine is an unapologetic perfectionist. “We curate our trips based on fine culture. For example, anyone can make crap coffee,” he says while sipping a macchiato, “but it takes time and money to find that good espresso. That’s how I run my business, and my life.”
Levine is the founder and president of DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co., a Somerville travel company that creates top-tier bike tours around the world. “After college, I was cycling through vineyards in France. I could smell the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay,” he says. “You can’t experience that through the windshield of a bus. Biking engages all your senses.” Twenty years later, Levine’s company offers trips to 21 countries—with 50 different itineraries.
In 2017, Duvine is expanding to Greece, Peru, and Corsica. As for the threats of terrorism, Zika, and other travel hindrances, Levine has an opinion: “Are you going to bury your head in the sand and be afraid, or are you going to live your life? My uncle always said, ‘Enjoy yourself, it’s later than you think.’” He finished his macchiato with a slurp. “Now that was a good cup of coffee.” 667 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-776-4441
Andy on Why He Loves Boston
What about traveling in the US?
"In the summer I love visiting the ocean, so exploring the Cape, Martha’s Vineyard, and Nantucket are really beautiful. Not to mention, New Hampshire and Maine are amazing in the summer."
What are you drawn to when you're home in Boston?
“I like the art and culture scene, like the ICA, Boston Ballet, the Boston Public Market. I also just enjoy how the people in Boston are passionate about sports, family, and giving back to the community.”