Wine-themed cy­cling tours.

From Tus­cany to Thai­land, these wine-cen­tric bi­cy­cle tours of­fer the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of ad­ven­ture and in­dul­gence.

DestinAsian - - DEPARTMENTS - BY JAMES LOUIE

1 / New Zealand BIKE THE WINERIES

This half-day romp with Queen­stown-based Fork and Pedal Tours leaves the crowds of the South Is­land’s most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion far be­hind. The route in­volves an easy seven-kilo­me­ter ride through Cen­tral Otago’s vine­yard-laced Gibb­ston Val­ley, tak­ing in three dis­tinc­tive wineries and a pic­nic lunch from a café in nearby Ar­row­town. If you’re tempted to pro­cure a few bot­tles of lo­cal vino en route, worry not—your guide will pick them up by car at the end of the tour. forkandpedal.co.nz; from US$174

2 / Italy TUS­CANY LUX­URY

What could be more sat­is­fy­ing than a culi­nary jour­ney across the sun-kissed heart­lands of Tus­cany? From April through June and Septem­ber through Oc­to­ber, Europe spe­cial­ist Gourmet Cy­cling Travel runs pri­vate six-day tours that will suit ac­tive oenophiles and food­ies in search of la dolce

vita. Ex­pect tast­ings of cheese, olive oil, and Mon­tepul­ciano wine right at the source; an overnight stay at a fam­i­lyrun win­ery renowned for its Brunello; au­then­tic farm­house break­fasts; and even a piz­za­mak­ing work­shop. gourmet­cy­cling­travel.com; allinclu­sive from US$5,895

3 / Thai­land KHAO YAI WINE TRAILS

For some­thing closer to home, try this two-day ex­cur­sion from Bangkok-based out­fit­ter SpiceRoads. A two-hour drive from the Thai cap­i­tal brings cy­clists to the north­ern fringes of Khao Yai Na­tional Park, where the rolling hills of the Asoke Val­ley host a patch­work of dairy farms and vine­yards, not to men­tion the oc­ca­sional Bud­dhist wat. A visit to the 300-hectare Khao Yai Win­ery is one high­light; another is mouth-wa­ter­ing Thai meals paired with lo­cal reds or whites. spiceroads.com; all-in­clu­sive from US$345

4 / United States CAL­I­FOR­NIA WINE COUN­TRY

So­journ may run cy­cling trips all over the U.S. and Canada, but its six-day itin­er­ary through Cal­i­for­nia’s Sonoma wine re­gion is a clear stand­out. The tour starts off in Dry Creek Val­ley—home to the world’s best zin­fan­del—with riders head­ing out to the Pa­cific coast­line for two nights be­fore re­turn­ing in­land to sip pinot noir in the Rus­sian River Val­ley. Lodg­ings, too, are su­perb, rang­ing from the 19th-cen­tury Madrona Manor in Healds­burg to The Inn at Oc­ci­den­tal, where each room comes equipped with a hot tub or Jacuzzi. goso­journ.com; all-in­clu­sive from US$2,695

An early morn­ing bike ride along the Kawa­rau River in New Zealand’s Gibb­ston Val­ley.

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