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The Best Ways to Sip and Cycle Through Wine Country

How to visit Napa and Sonoma Wineries by bike.

Roche Winery & Vineyards

Roche Winery & Vineyards

 

Don’t let the curvy roads scare you, Napa and Sonoma Wine Countries offer beautiful and safe routes for sipping cyclists. Here are some favorite bike-friendly wineries, cycling tours, and races for all levels:

For the casual rider, resorts like Solage in Calistoga and the Andaz in downtown Napa provide cruiser bikes and suggested routes. Sonoma has a slew of places to stay, like The Lodge at Sonoma Renaissance Resort & Spa, that do the same. Just about every bike shop in Napa and Sonoma offers bike rentals and insider advice for riders. Among these, top picks include St. Helena Cyclery in Napa Valley and Wine Country Cyclery in Sonoma. For more curated tours reach out to Napa Valley Bike Tours or Trek Tours, both have great reputations and plenty of options.

Ladera Vineyards in Napa Valley offers a “Cycle the Road Less Traveled” package, which includes bikes, helmets and everything you need for a six mile ride of mostly flat terrain with moderate hills sprinkled throughout. After checking out Anguin and the local vineyards and forests, head back to the winery and refuel and relax with a picnic lunch in Ladera’s gardens. The experience ends with a guided tour of the historic Ladera “ghost winery” and tasting. $125 per person and requires two weeks advance booking.

Velo Vino in St. Helena will make you an espresso while you pick up a custom fitted bike, provided by Calistoga Bike Shop, and help you pick the perfect route. Owned by the Clif Family, you’ll also be able to stock up on Clif Bars and energy supplements for the ride. When you’ve had enough, they’ll welcome you back at the winery for a post-ride tasting and food pairing on their comfortable outdoor patio. Curated options include the “White Road” for $120, which includes a road bike and “Tour de St. Helena” for $75 with a cruiser bike

Roche Winery & Vineyards and Wine Country Cyclery provide a tasty food and wine pairing and barrel tasting with full-day bike rental for $65. The friendly staff will help you plan your cycling trip on safe roads through vineyards and to your choice of wineries. When you’re done with the ride, head back to Roche for a barrel tasting, light bites, and kick back on the well-shaded porch in Sonoma Square.

Here are my 6 favorite rides in my hometown of Napa Valley. And if you’re looking to race, or ride for a cause, check out Cycle 4 Sight, Tour De Cure, Delta Velo, or one of the options found here. The Wine Institute also recently compiled this list of places to sip, cycle and hike all over the Bay Area.

 

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