Anyone spending time in San Francisco and the surrounding bay area will be immediately struck by the almost endless activities the region has to offer. From world class urban attractions, fine dining and museums, to unmatched outdoor beauty, it is safe to say that the bay area has it all. Of these many attractions, perhaps the most beautiful and enjoyable is the California wine country. Few cities in the world have such convenient access to the source of world class wine as San Francisco. A short drive north over the Golden Gate Bridge will land you right in the heart of the most famous wine-producing regions in North America, the stunning valleys of Napa and Sonoma. Indeed, any visit to the bay area without a trip to wine country would be incomplete.
Summer is in full swing, and June, July, and August, are the best times to enjoy all that Napa and Sonoma wine country have to offer. Gears and Grapes Getaways offers a unique way to experience these beautiful regions. Our tours combine the luxury and pleasure of wine-tasting with refreshing and fulfilling alternative to driving a car. Biking the gentle valleys of wine country gives our groups the rare opportunity to engage all of the senses, enhancing the wine tasting experience and offering an up close perspective of the landscape. Beyond the aesthetic advantages of biking, the exercise helps the body metabolize alcohol faster, meaning the final tastings of the day are just as enjoyable as the first ones. Additional inspiration for cycling this beautiful landscape is that bikes help to keep it beautiful. The ever-growing popularity of Napa and Sonoma, combined with the easy access from major cities, has resulted in significant increases in vehicle traffic, which means more air and land pollution. Anyone who has driven Route 29 on a summer weekend knows that car traffic is a major problem in Napa Valley. Even the greenest cars produce measurable destructive pollutants that are already taking their toll on this beautiful region. Gears and Grapes Getaways is dedicated to keeping wine country green, and biking is the perfect solution. Along with taking steps to minimize our impact on the land, we avoid traffic-heavy routes while cycling so that our riders enjoy the fresh air and clean earth that they are helping to preserve.
Of course, Gears and Grapes Getaways is committed to more than just offering a great biking experience. Our guides offer a unique combination of cycling and wine expertise. They are trained to do everything from getting you on a bike tour that fits perfectly, to explaining the subtle differences between wines you taste along the way. Our guides are excited to be in the position to help first time wine tasters sort through the confusion of wine and identify the most helpful and important information. Equally exciting is the chance to share knowledge and information with more experienced wine drinkers who may not be familiar with the nuances of Napa and Sonoma, and the specific wineries we visit. Furthermore, in the busy summer months, overcrowded wineries will detract from the winemaker's availability to discuss the tastings. Our guides can answer your questions and our tours offer you a more personal experience with the wineries, which often take our groups to private tasting spaces with winery experts at the group's disposal.
Whether you are visiting the bay area or you are a Norcal native, a trip to Napa and Sonoma wine country is one of the best ways to spend a summer day. California wine tours with Gears and Grapes Getaways offers an environmentally friendly, healthy and active way to truly enjoy wine country. All inclusive tours, shuttle service to and from San Francisco, small groups, expert guides, and a gourmet picnic lunch make our biking trips stand out as the best way to spend a day in Napa and Sonoma.