Ride on Sonoma County's most beautiful roads and spend the day in the hilly Dry Creek Valley, cycling on country lanes and visiting local wineries.
This tour takes you to a setting that reminds guests of the scenic hills and valleys of Provence, France. Taste award-winning wines (don’t miss the Zinfandel, the varietal that the Dry Creek Valley is known for!) at small, family-owned wineries.
Your tour will include bike and helmet rentals, bottled water, visits to 3 to 4 wineries, and a Wine Country picnic lunch. Wineries you might visit include Everett Ridge, Lambert Bridge, Michael Bernard, Quivira, Michel Schlumberger, Preston, Bella, Raymond Burr, Rued, and Kokomo, among others.Please Note: Wine tasting fees are not included ($5 to $10 per person, per winery, subject to change). This tour departs from Healdsburg, CA. Healdsburg is located approximately 15 miles north of Santa Rosa and 70 miles north of San Francisco.
10:00 am daily
Ride on Sonoma County's most beautiful roads and spend the day in the hilly Dry Creek Valley, cycling on country lanes and visiting three to five wineries. This tour takes you to a setting that reminds guests of the scenic hills and valleys of Provence, France. Taste award-winning wines (don’t miss the Zinfandel, the varietal that the Dry Creek Valley is known for!) at small, family-owned wineries.
Please Note: Wine tasting fees are not included ($5 to $10 per person, per winery, subject to change). This tour departs from Healdsburg, CA. Healdsburg is located approximately 15 miles north of Santa Rosa and 70 miles north of San Francisco.
You will meet in Healdsburg at 10:00 am, then be fitted on a Marin Hybrid bike along with your helmet, bag, and comfortable gel-seat. Your guide will go over the “Rules of the Road” as well as how to operate the bike. You’re off at about 10:15 am, and your guide will explain the sights and local wine facts and history as you travel through the quiet country lanes of the Dry Creek Valley.
Dry Creek Valley is known for its spicy reds and great white wines, and you will get to sample the fine wines created form the vines you cycle past. After tasting several varieties, head over to your lunch stop at one of the most picturesque wineries where you will enjoy a delicious Wine Country picnic lunch. The menu typically includes: Herb roasted turkey, black forest ham, pasta salad, local organic salad greens, fresh baked bread, artisan cheeses, seasonal fruit, and dessert. There's even time for a game of bocce ball!
After lunch, rested and recharged, enjoy one or two more winery stops. You will arrive back at Healdsburg around 3:30pm, where your guide will bid you farewell.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the distance I will ride? -- Normally you will travel a distance of 15-20 miles. This is spread out over the course of the whole tour, with many stops at wineries in between.
What is the difficulty of the bike tours? -- The routes are geared towards “Enthusiastic Beginners” and are mainly flat, with only a few bumps here and there. If you want a higher level of difficulty and more miles, and it can be fitted into the day, please request so in the Customer Comments section when booking your reservations.
Are there wine tasting fees and how much do they cost? -- Recently more and more wineries are charging wine tasting fees. Your guides try to choose wineries that do not charge, but sometimes it is unavoidable. Wine tasting fees vary from $5-10 per person per winery. In most cases if you purchase wine from a winery you are reimbursed the tasting fee.
What is the weather like? -- Beautiful! It normally does not rain from the beginning of May to the end of October or November. The mornings can be foggy, but not cold. Summer highs vary from the 70's to 90's with low humidity. Tours operate rain or shine because it is usually expected to be sunny.
What should I wear? -- Wear comfortable, breathing clothes you can ride in. Layers are best as the mornings can be cooler than the rest of the day. Tennis shoes or similar shoes are great. If you decide to wear pants, please be aware that your right leg will need to be rolled up or cinched about the pants leg to make sure the bike chain does not eat your pants. Don’t forget your sunglasses, sun block and camera!
What is for lunch? -- You will be provided a delicious gourmet Wine Country style picnic. Pasta salad with sun dried tomatoes, pesto and artichoke hearts, tossed green salads with in season vegetables, local artisan cheeses, and fresh baked bread are just a few of the items that are typically served. The menu varies by what is fresh in season locally.
How many people will be on the tour? -- Group sizes are typically 8 to 10 people, the maximum is always limited to 12 people.
Is there van support for the tour in case I do not want to ride the whole day? -- Van support is available. On most tours, the group is self-sufficient and van support is not necessary. You may request the support van to follow in the Customer Comments section when booking your reservations.
What type of bike will I be using? -- You will use hybrid, upright bikes from Marin. Road bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers and tandems are also available – let your guide know if you would prefer to use one of the other bikes. Clip-less pedals are not offered, but you may take the pedals off to attach your own.
Minimum tour age is 4. Minimum age to sample wine is 21. Maximum 12 persons per order. Hotel pick-up not included.
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