From California to Spain, learn about the land that produces the wines you love on guided hikes, snowshoeing treks and cycling tours
As you’ll learn on any winery tour, what’s in the bottle is all about what’s in the earth – so it makes sense to get out there and experience that terroir firsthand before diving into a glass. That desire to connect visitors to the land – coupled with the fact that most wineries are set in scenic locations – has led to many facilities offering outdoor activities designed to work more than your taste buds.
“Our hikes have become extremely popular with people looking for something new and different to up the ante on their tasting experiences,” says Alice Warnecke Sutro, founder, owner and winemaker at Sutro Wine Co. in Healdsburg, California. “Hiking the land with a sommelier is a hands-on way to gain wine knowledge and become intimate with our unique volcanic terroir. With the benefit of exercise and fresh air!”
Whether you’re not a big drinker but still want to accompany friends on a vineyard visit or want to pair your imbibing with something a bit more active, there’s something on this list for you. From snowshoeing through vineyards in Northern Michigan to cycling through Italy’s Prosecco country, here are seven ways to explore the land before you start sipping.