If your idea of the perfect holiday includes cycling through beautiful vineyards, tasting some of the world’s finest wines, dining in local eateries, and residing in luxurious boutique hotels, then why not cycle one of the world’s most beautiful wine routes this year, and indulge both your senses and your passion for sports in one of these exquisite destinations.
Made for globetrotting cyclists and self-proclaimed oenophiles, these bike friendly wine regions each have something unique to offer international travellers, and as they are designed for wine lovers on two wheels, you can safely cycle from one vineyard to another, tasting home-grown wines and olives, and sampling homemade cheeses, bread and, in some locations, decadent treats made by local artisan chocolate makers…
Cycling the Yarra Valley, Australia
A fabulous location for a cycling tour, Australia’s Yarra Valley is bursting with breath-taking scenery, beautiful vineyards that offer everything from wine tasting to delicious gourmet lunches, and mostly even terrain along the Warburton to Lilydale Rail Trail. You can easily spend a whole day visiting boutique wineries in the region, before heading to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie to end your cycling adventure on a sweet note!
Cycling the Colchagua Valley, Chile
One of the most successful wine producing regions of South America, the Colchagua Valley in Chile is the picture-perfect destination for a bike friendly wine tour. While you may need to book an organised trip, rather than heading into the wine lands yourself, it is well worth paying that little bit extra to traverse the dramatic landscapes nestling below the Andes Mountain Range. This is one of the few places in the world where the Carménère grape flourishes, so sampling local wines is a must.
Cycling Marlboro, New Zealand’s South Island
While there is no designated cycle path, the Marlborough Wine Trail was made for cycling, and with over 30 wineries to choose from, you can tickle your taste buds with Marlborough’s famous Sauvignon Blanc and its world-class Pinot Noirs. Most locals recommend that you start in Blenheim and take the New Renwick Road, which will lead you from one outstanding winery to another. If you’re a lover of Sauv Blanc – Cloudy Bay should not be missed!
Cycling the Cape Winelands, South Africa
South Africa produces some of the world’s best new world wines, and so the Cape Winelands are literally overflowing with award-winning wineries. With Franschhoek, Stellenbosch, Paarl and Wellington to keep you busy, you could do a different cycling tour every day, before heading across to the Hemel en Aarde Valley to tackle the less-famous, but equally beautiful Hermanus Wine Route. Satisfaction guaranteed!