Oenophilia describes a “disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation.” As someone devoted to collecting wines and appreciating a “wine lifestyle”, Sojourn’s president, Raja Mukherjee, treasures this collection of trips as his personal favorite. World-class Chilean wine, the Malbecs of Argentina’s Mendoza and Uco Valley, Spain‘s Rioja region, Portugal’s Douro Valley , California’s Sonoma Wine Country and Niagara wine region, constitute our 2020 wine country guided bicycle tours!
With more than 425 wineries, miles of stunning Pacific coastline, and a towering Redwood Forest, California's Sonoma Wine Country and Coast is a travel paradise. World-class wineries and vineyards await and we visit the magnificent Russian River, Dry Creek, and Alexander Valleys, each distinguished by their unique terrain and wines.
Buffalo, New York
Tour one of the world’s top wine regions on bike paths and country roads that are as relaxing as they are scenic. These peaceful byways are lined with vineyards, farms, orchards, and waterways that traverse the land nestled between Lakes Ontario and Erie. Ice wine put the Niagara Wine Country on the map and now the region’s Bordeaux and Burgundy-styled wines are making their mark in the worldwide arena. Fall in love with Niagara-on-the-Lake, the “prettiest town in Canada.” Follow the Niagara River Recreation Trail to a lovely park overlooking the greatest waterfall in North America—Niagara Falls. Enjoy private wine tastings at a variety of unique and highly regarded wineries, dine on some of the top cuisine in Canada, and unwind in luxurious wine country inns.
Viana Do Castelo, Portugal / Porto, Portugal
Pristine beaches, famous wineries, a stay at a newly developed sports hotel, a night in the whimsical luxury of a wine barrel suite, and a private cruise down the Douro river set the tone for this Portuguese adventure. Explore Viana do Castelo, cycle over the famed Ponte Eiffel, past gentle rivers, towering mountains, and the stunning Atlantic Coast. Wander off the beaten track to historic vineyards of Porto, Vinho Verde wine region, and Douro River Valley.
Embark on a remarkable journey to the heart and soul of the gorgeous Basque Country and Rioja wine region. Basque, or Euskadi, is an incredibly hospitable and independent community in Northern Spain and Southern France. Ride breathtaking routes through vibrant Rioja vineyards and captivating Basque fishing villages. Awaken your taste buds at Michelin-star styled restaurants and experience extraordinary Pintxo culture.
Ride through the famed vineyards of Chile’s Colchagua and Maipo Valley, where you tour, taste, and craft your own wine. Follow the coast to surfing haven of Pichilemu, the salt marshes of Cáhuil, and the quaint fishing villages of Buchalemu. Bike to the Andean mountain village of Farellones for a jaw dropping vista of the surrounding glaciers – This trip is a cyclist’s dream! Get on the post-trip extension to Argentina, the land of the famous Argentinian Malbec, on the foothills of the Andes mountains. Explore the wineries of Lujan De Cuyo on bike. Ride to the stunning vineyards of Uco Valley framed by the majestic Cerro Tupungato, a semi-active volcano.