The heat from your saddle. You know your feet are covered in blisters. Your legs don’t want to work. Still, you peddle. You look down and see the tread from your tires. You know by the terrain you are almost there. You picture sitting in the shade under a tree with a glass of wine sharing sips with your current sweetheart. Once you get to the winery, you will need to take a few more steps. Only these steps won’t be squishy from the sweat on your socks, they will be squishy from your first crush.
You know that first time your feet curled because of a crush?
That first feeling when you hopped off your saddle and your toes squished grapes on the first crush will always just be a memory. Still, that moment will always roar in your thoughts wherever your bike turns. The best part is when you venture on a long excursion and end up in an amazing local that you’ve never been.
As someone with mitochondrial disease, who abated most of her symptom through exercise, I will tell you the only way to find the fountain of youth is from the back of a bike.
The sweat from the ride will drip off you while you peddle on dirt roads to the winery of your choice. You can’t put a price on what awaits. The amount of joy you will feel when you enter your evening sits squarely on your shoulders.
That’s because the pain from the bike ride is directly connected to how you will feel when you sit down from some summer libations right after you crush some of the grapes used to make the wine. We’ve compiled a list of wineries you have to bike to. This isn’t just a bucket list, this is a barrel list.
Wineries in Walla Walla
When you are figuring out your path in the Pacific Northwest’s version of Napa Valley, you want to stop first at their visitor center. That’s what’s cool about heading to Walla Walla for your first bike/wine trip. They offer award-winning wines, and the hospitality is out of this world! They’ve still a few things to prove because there are few wine snobs left who doubt the quality of this region’s grapes. They will light up your world and the libations will be tasty.
Colchagua Valley, Chile
Your sweetheart’s lips will taste like the wine from this legendary local. Picture yourself kissing your darling after leaning into your saddle and trekking a hundred miles with nothing but your bike and your partner’s hand. Once you get here, you can forget all your worries. It’s getting here that takes the most time. A flight that takes up most of your day is to be expected. If you are planning on bringing your own bike, know that you will have extra baggage and extra things to get through customs. The Colchagua Valley is the place to bike ride to try some of the fine wine of South America. Wine tasting involves wetting your palette with the terroir of the region. Yes, you could stick to just French wines. Yes, they are most likely good. Wine is to be experienced. You experience it by tasting it around the world.
The Wachau Valley, Austria
The history of The Wachau Valley is enough to enter this region and taste the vintners. The sheer opulence of this country’s churches and monasteries is enough to really make a history buff squeal. If you are looking for a place to peddle and sip wine, then we highly suggest here.