For starters, many of local wineries within this pristine area are prohibited from serving or selling food outside of the context of an educational food-and-wine pairing experience. You will also find that delis and markets are few and far between once you’re out bicycling through the scenic countryside; and as you might imagine, when you do come across a local deli, it’s not unusual to encounter a 30-minute wait (or longer) to have sandwiches made-to-order at these relative oases.
And if you’re planning to purchase wine during your bike ride, carrying it while biking can pose another obstacle. Even if you bring a backpack, you’ll risk damaging your prized finds by exposing them to heat.
With all this in mind, you can improve your experience exponentially by choosing a Self-Guided Bike Tour. You’ll still pedal at your own pace, stopping at wineries you’ve chosen to visit (we can help if you need suggestions!); but, you’ll enjoy the added conveniences of having your wine purchases picked up for you and a delicious box picnic lunch delivered to a winery* with a picnic area along your route or a local park with shaded picnic tables. *Wine tasting appointment required when you will be picnicking onsite at a winery.
It’s the fool-proof way to pull off a perfect day of biking to wineries “on your own” – with just the right amount of support!
Tour usually finishes close to 4:00 p.m. Let your Tour Guide know if you need to finish by a certain time.
BEST SUITED FOR
Casual riders interested in visiting local wineries in a fun, recreational way.
HOW MANY WINERIES?
Sonoma, CA 95476
One mile south of Sonoma Plaza
~15 min from Glen Ellen
~20 min from Kenwood
~20 min from Downtown Napa
~30 min from Yountville
~60 min from San Francisco
BIKE TOUR PRICE
$108 per person
Wine tasting fees are not included. Fees average $20-25 at most wineries; your fees may be waived with minimum purchase (varies by winery).
GOOD TO KNOW
- Our exclusive Bike to Wineries Map and Planning Guide will be emailed to you when you confirm your reservation – we provide all of the tools, information and advice you need to plan an awesome day!
- Late-model Specialized Sirrus or Vita hybrid rental bike & helmet
- Delicious box picnic lunch optionally delivered to a winery along your route (you must have a confirmed tasting appointment at the winery where you plan to picnic)
- Van support, including wine-purchase pickup service
- Handlebar bag
- Bottled water
WHAT TO WEAR & BRING
- Wear casual, comfortable clothing.
- Shorts or cropped pants are ideal; long pant legs should be tapered or we can provide a pant-leg strap.
- Warm layers are often a good call for cool mornings
- Comfortable shoes; covered toes highly recommended
ABOUT THE WINERIES
When you’re looking for world-class wines, the Sonoma Valley boasts an embarrassment of riches.
Casual riders will find 11 wineries located within 5 miles of our driveway. And avid riders who are up for a 30- to 35-mile roundtrip ride will find an additional 7 wineries to explore in the picturesque Carneros District. See our Location & Routes page for specific information including a link to our route map.
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CLASSIC HALF-DAY SONOMA VALLEY BIKE TOUR
The perfect option when you don’t want to commit to a full-day tour and prefer to leave your afternoon open for exploring on your own. You’ll pedal along scenic roads hosted by a local Tour Guide and visit two local wineries for tastings.