Since cheetah shoes don't yet exist and a tree stump with a saddle on it is hopelessly immobile, bicycles remain the best way to tour some scenery. See the sights in two-wheeled fashion with today's deal: for $65, you get a winery bike tour, gourmet lunch, and tastings from Livermore Valley Wine and Cycle Tours, a $128 total value.
Ideal for all fitness levels and designed especially for people who enjoy the fruity, aged-oak aromas of treaded rubber, the 4.5-hour tour (a $75 value) spins spiritedly through one of California’s oldest wine regions every Saturday and Sunday. After the 11 a.m. gourmet specialty lunch at Campo di Bocce, which includes $18 worth of bites and wine normally not included in the tour, pioneering velocipedists will hit the trail. In all, six miles of toothsome terrain are covered, where you'll sip the fruits of Steven Kent Winery (a $10 value) before pedaling an additional three miles to Deer Ridge Vineyards for private barrel sampling and balsamic and olive-oil inspections (a $10 value). Throughout the trek, a courier driver will ride along, carting wine and retail purchases and ensuring the safety of all customers (a $5 value).
Adventurers will arrive back at Campo di Bocce by 3:30 or 4 p.m. for port pairing and dessert (a $10 value) and perhaps a rousing bout or two of the now-famous impromptu winepress wrestling matches. For those lacking self-powered transport vehicles, bike rentals are available for delivery and pick-up from Livermore cyclery for an additional $25. Reservations are required at least two weeks in advance.
Livermore Valley Wine & Cycle Tours
The history of wine in the Livermore Valley spans 250 years. Spanish missionaries planted the region's first grapes in the 18th century, and Robert Livermore sowed the first commercial vines in the mid-19th. These early efforts led to America's first international gold medal for wine at the 1889 Paris Exposition, when California grapes beat out bordeaux in the annual race to the top of the Eiffel Tower.
The guides at Livermore Valley Wine & Cycle Tours lead cyclists into this historic, scenic valley in which some 40 wineries currently reside. Rides between them follow moderate routes, letting peddlers soak in views of the canyons and ridges that rise and fall between the clustered rows of vines.
175 E Vineyard Ave.
Livermore, California 94550Get Directions