Places to Hike, Bike and Sip in the Wine Country

Wine-Institute-CyclistsSAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 30, 2014 — Now that the harvest rush has subsided, active wine lovers can take advantage of the good weather and enjoy vineyard landscapes with a hike or bike ride in California wine country and a wine tasting at the end.  All of California’s dozens of wine regions offer hiking and biking opportunities, as well as new “favorite” wineries and wines to taste and discover.  Below are just a few of the many opportunities to get out and active among the vines suggested by Wine Institute.

Free Self-Guided Vineyard Walking Tours in Sonoma County Wine Country
Take a free self-guided tour with no appointment necessary at several wineries in Sonoma County, getting a healthy burn as you take in spectacular views.  Stop in the tasting room to pick up a detailed walking-tour guide. You can finish at the tasting room and sample wines from the vines you just explored (tasting fee may apply).  Tours offered at wineries including: Schug Carneros Estate Winery, Landmark Vineyards, Balletto Vineyards, Mauritson Family Winery, Stryker Sonoma Winery and Francis Ford Coppola Winery.

Guided Sip & Cycle Tours of Sonoma County, Napa Valley and Carneros Regions
Whether amateur or pro, the landscape in and around Sonoma County and Napa Valley is breathtaking.  For those who prefer a guided experience, there are many options for bike rentals and guided tours that take you to wineries in and around Santa Rosa, some with picnic lunches or with tasting fees waived.  Vendors include Ace It Wine Country Bike Tour, Getaway Tours Sip ‘N Cycle Tour (Healdsburg, Santa Rosa, Calistoga, Carneros), Napa Valley Bike Tours, St Helena Cyclery and Wine Country Bikes’ Cycle Dry Creek and Madrona Manor Tour Package  (includes stay at the inn).

Hike or Bike Napa Valley on your Own
The Napa Valley Vine Trail offers a 47-mile path for exploring the world-famous region by foot or pedal at your own pace from Vallejo’s Ferry Terminal to the foot of Mount St. Helena in Calistoga.  For a packaged but still self-guided experience, Clif Family Winery at VeloVino offers bike rentals through Calistoga Bike Shop.  Start the day at the winery’s Clif bar for an espresso and a map of the winery team’s favorite routes.  End the day with a food and wine pairing experience and wine by the glass at the tasting bar displaying cycling memorabilia or at the outdoor patio and wine sensory garden.

About Wine Institute
Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the association of 1,000 California wineries and wine-related businesses that initiate and advocate state, federal and international public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine.  For information, see


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