It is nearly impossible to choose my favorite wineries. It’s difficult enough for me to choose my favorite bikes, food, hotels… my travels have brought me to countless vineyards across the beautiful stretches of Europe, and all have impressed me. Now, with harvest season upon us, it feels like the proper moment to pick out a few of my favorites from the destinations I have visited. If you are a wine lover, or find yourself in any of these areas, assure you make time for a stop, or plan ahead with a visit on a bike tour.
Lynch Bages Winery
What’s better than spending a few days biking around Bordeaux, France through endless acres of vineyards from the Dordogne to the Gironde? Not much to be honest, but a great addition to the trip would be a stop at the famous Lynch Bages winery after a comprehensive visit to their historic cellars. This estate’s long-standing personality maintains a high standard of excellence, and a tasting here will yield you as much appreciation for the dedication and history of the estate as for the wine itself.
Cantine Vittorio Innocenti
One of my absolute favorite wine stops is a private visit to my friend and Tuscany winemaker Vittorio Innocenti’s cantina in the small, medieval town of Motefollonico. Family managed and maintained, the farm is beautifully kept and the cellar buildings date back to the 13th century. Vittorio entertains with his background as a philosopher and playwright, and the scenic landscapes are easy on the eyes as you enjoy Vino Nobile and Vin Santo in his garden overlooking the Chiana Valley.