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Cycling and wine tasting tours

Enjoy fun days in the saddle and sample delicious local wines on a cycling and wine tasting tour. Pedal past lush vineyards in the Rhône Valley, France, and sip New World wines in South Africa’s mountainous Stellenbosch region.
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About our cycling and wine tasting tours

Discover new destinations by bike and relax with sumptuous local wines on our cycling and wine tasting tours. From sampling fruity Rioja wines in Spain’s verdant countryside to exploring the world’s oldest wine producing region in Georgia, we have a variety of trips to choose from. 

A typical day on a cycling and wine tasting tour involves riding through the local landscapes, visiting historical and cultural sites, and sampling the region’s best wines. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore locations on your own or with other group members and enjoy delicious local cuisine and tipples in local bars and restaurants. 

You don’t need to be an experienced cyclist or wine expert to join our cycling and wine tasting tours. The cycling is graded easy, easy to moderate, or moderate, so you can choose a trip to suit your fitness and riding skill. And for the wine tasting, you can just follow the lead of a local sommelier and enjoy learning about all of the different flavours. 

 

Best destinations for cycling and wine tasting

Georgia
Thought to be the birthplace of wine, Georgia boasts swathes of vineyards and wineries. Soak up the warm sunshine on your back as you ascend the hills of the Gombori Pass on our Cycling in Georgia Tour and be rewarded with panoramic mountain views and a free-wheel descent through shaded woodland into Georgia’s Kakheti wine region. In the afternoon, we’ll visit a local winemaker to learn about Georgia’s underground Qvevri pots and sample some of the potent local Chacha grappa. 

France
Neat rows of lush vineyards dominate the landscape as you pedal along an old railway line through France’s Rhône Valley on our Cycle Provence Tour. Stop to sample locally produced Grenache wines and take a guided vineyard tour in the foothills of Mont Ventoux. A cycling holiday in the Loire Valley is also popular for its easy-going rides to medieval market towns, old chateaux and peaceful countryside, followed by fine French cuisine and local wine tastings. 

Spain
Stay in the heart of the ‘Sherry Triangle’ in Spain’s Jerez de la Frontera on our Self-guided Andalucia Cycling Tour. Pedal along the River Guadalete, pass lush vineyards and uncover ancient settlements before sipping fortified wine in a streetside tabanco bar at the end of the day. Alternatively, ride through rolling countryside and past vast wine estates in Spain’s Rioja region on our Self-Guided Rioja Cycling Trip and enjoy fruity local wines served alongside delicious tapas. 

View across vineyards of Stellenbosch district South AfricaSouth Africa
Imposing mountains rise from lush valleys in the Stellenbosch region in South Africa. Join our Cycle South Africa Tour to cycle through the thriving Cape Winelands, teeming with fertile vineyards. Gravel tracks take us through leafy forests from Lazerac to Jonkershoek Nature Reserve and back again before we enjoy wine tastings and sample some of the finest New World vintages.

Italy
From the glacial valleys of South Tyrol and the jagged mountains of the Dolomites to the vast waters of Lake Garda, enjoy predominantly traffic-free riding and wine tastings aplenty on our Italy Cycling Tour. The wild coastline of Cilento National Park also offers spectacular rides with vast ocean views and delicious wine tastings in the Cilento region’s verdant vineyards. While a self-guided cycling tour along the western coast of Sicily takes you through rolling countryside cloaked in vines and the opportunity to sample the locally made sweet Marsala wines. 

 

FAQs about Explore Cycling and Wine Tasting holidays

How challenging are your cycling and wine tasting tours?

Our cycling and wine tasting holidays vary in difficulty from easy to moderate, so you can choose a level that suits you. Visit our Cycling Grades page to find out more. Or, if you are unsure about your cycling ability, you might consider upgrading to an e-bike which is an option on most tours. 

Are your cycling and wine tasting cycling tours suitable for solo travellers?

Yes, of course! Explore's small group cycling and wine tasting holidays are perfect for solo travellers. Approximately half of the group who join the tour will likely do so alone, so you'll be able to enjoy days in the saddle and wine tasting excursions with like-minded adventurers. Take a look at our Guide to Travelling Solo to find out more. 

Do I need to know anything about wine to join a cycling and wine tasting holiday?

No, you don't need any wine tasting experience to join a cycling and wine tasting trip with Explore. Enjoyment of wine will make your experience more pleasurable, and wine connoisseurs are certainly welcome, but the tastings are very relaxed, friendly and accessible to all. 

Do I have to cycle to go wine tasting?
No, we also offer Walking and Wine Tasting Tours as well as other Food and Drink Tours.

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