Cycle Through Wine Country
Picture yourself cycling down a quiet country lane with sunshine illuminating the vineyards around you, stopping for a glass of locally produced wine and then continuing on to a local B&B for dinner and more wine. A cycling tour through wine country could both improve your fitness and give you the opportunity to drink amazing wine straight from the producers, could there be a better combination! Bike tours through wine country are available in all the wine producing countries, including North America, France, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and South America, so your options are incredibly varied, perhaps the best way to make a decision is based on the weather or the country of origin of your favourite wine.
When it comes to choosing a tour, you have two options, a self guided tour or an organised group tour. While a self guided tour gives you the opportunity to spend as much time as you choose in a particular place, allowing for total flexibility, a guided tour takes out the stress of organising (what could potentially be a complicated schedule) yourself. Although considerably more expensive, if travelling in a group appeals to you, a guided tour might be your best bet.
Before booking a bike tour you will need to consider several different factors, including your destination country, regions within the country that you are specifically interested in, and how long you want to be on the tour for (tours can be from one day to a week in duration). If you opt for a guided tour, accommodation, transport and all food are usually included, however this comes at a price (often a relatively expensive price!), you will also benefit from a knowledgeable guide, and some good group discounts at the wineries.
Detours in France offer customisable wine tours, which is a great option if you want a mixture of a guided and self guided tour…. www.detours-in-france.com/france-wine-tour.html
United States based Lifecycle Adventures also offer some great options….www.lifecycleadventures.com/
And if you fancy something a little further afield….www.winetoursbybike.co.nz