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Wine Districts by Bicycle in the USA

If you happen to be near a good U.S. newsstand, pick up a copy of the always-excellent Imbibe magazine. In this month’s issue you’ll see an intriguing story title on the cover: Wine Country Bike Tours. Hmmmm, sounds fun, right?

Well, if you don’t want to pick up the pretty print version, you can see my article in online form here: Slow Ride – American Bike Tours on Two Wheels.  It gives you the rundown on four bike-friendly wine regions in the U.S., places where you don’t have to be a Spandex-wearing triathlete with bulging calf muscles to pedal from winery to winery. (Though there’s nothing wrong with that…)

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may have noticed a theme here. I wrote about Missouri’s wine country on two wheels recently and also wrote about biking through the wine country of Moravia on this blog and in Imbibe. Oh yeah, and biking through Hungary’s wine district. And there was that story about riding a bike to vineyards in Argentina

What I can say. I’m a lush but I stay in shape.

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gary

Friday 3rd of September 2010

Hi Tim,

Another great article.

As one who lives in the Finger Lakes region, let me recommend the Keuka Lake Wine Trail (along NY State Routes 54 & 54a) and the Seneca Lake Wine Trail (NY State Routes 14 and 414) as destinations.

You'll find relatively low traffic, wide shoulders and smooth pavement; ideal for us road bike enthusiasts. I second the opinion that one needs to be in pretty decent shape to ride these routes, although the Keuka Trail is shorter and easier to manage. Both lakes feature spectacular views, great wines (especially Rieslings) and very helpful people that will assist you in anything from food to lodging.

Google search strings "keuka (seneca) lake wineries" return a plethora of results to peruse. Likewise, searching the cycling route site www.bikely.com will return a bunch of routes for your pedaling pleasure, in addition to the resources that you've mentioned, Tim.

Happy Día de Trabajo, Tim.

g.

tim

Friday 3rd of September 2010

Thanks Gary---this is really helpful advice! I've had a lot of good white wine from that area and the scenery is definitely stunning.