Wine has always gone hand in hand with socializing, as evidenced by modern vineyard tours and the inception of the house party, first orchestrated by Dionysus when his parents left for vacation. Enjoy the communal aspects of the grape with today's Groupon: for $395, you get an all-day Vespa tour through wine country for two people from Wine Country Vespa in Santa Rosa (a $790 value). This Groupon entitles each rider to his or her own Vespa. A valid motorcycle license is required to participate in this tour, and riders must show valid proof of insurance.
Featured in Travel + Leisure magazine, Wine Country Vespa jettisons two-wheeled cruisers out into the lush territory of wine country with the choice of five tour destinations. While riding atop two new automatic Vespas, duos follow knowledgeable local guides, meandering through the back roads of this fertile area and descending on hard-to-reach vistas, which ensconce themselves in the hills like a life-sized Whac-A-Mole colony. The all-day jaunt patronizes local epicurean delights, indulging patrons with the tastes of wine, fruit, and olive oil, the scents of aromatic lavender fields and the salty Pacific Ocean, and the panoramic sights atop unspoiled roads.
Whether opting for the Napa Valley tour, which starts with a climb up Mount Veeder, or the organic-food-focused Russian River Valley trip, cruisers stop for a gourmet-winery lunch in the vineyards. The feast helps adventurers fuel up for the rest of the trip and muster up energy to lecture birds on the importance of wearing helmets. This mobile wine tour includes helmets, riding gear, all winery fees, gas and maintenance, optional CDW insurance, and a Vespa tutorial prior to the excursion. Tours vary in length, generally meeting for a Vespa training session at 9:30 a.m., departing around 10 a.m., and typically returning right before sunset.