The Napa Valley produces exceptional wine. However, its scenery and food are equally outstanding. Being a little inland from the coast, it enjoys near perfect weather for much of the year.
Our tours typically start in Napa and work their way north through Yountville to St. Helena and Calistoga. Those looking for more adventurous riding will head into the hills and cross over into the “undiscovered” Pope Valley. There are few wineries here and you get a real sense of what the Napa Valley was like 100 years ago.
This tour can be combined with Sonoma Bike Tours that take you through the Redwood groves and on to the Pacific Coast.
The Napa Valley has some of the best weather in the world for bike touring. Summer and fall are almost guaranteed to be dry but temperatures rarely rise so high as to make riding uncomfortable. The scenery is outstanding too – the valley floor is carpeted in vines while the surrounding hills are rugged and forested. Add to this some of the world’s top wineries (Opus 1, Stags Leap, Chateau Montelena and Clos du Val) and a cluster of Michelin-starred restaurants (the French Laundry, Meadowood and Terrapin Creek) and you have both a cyclist’s and a foodie’s paradise.
As well as wineries and restaurants there are a host of other activities available on our Napa Valley bike tours. The state parks are great venues for hiking and horseback riding. For those that want to indulge, there are dawn balloon flights with champagne breakfasts and all manner of spa treatments including mud baths and thermal springs.
The best seasons for a bike tour in the Napa Valley are spring, summer and fall.
In spring, we see the temperatures rise and the mustard blooms in rows between the vines. Temperatures are mild and the risk of rain is much lower. The perfect time to get back on your bicycle after winter!
Summers are hot and sunny and the grapes begin to ripen on the vines. The live oaks and numerous shady forests offer perfect relief from biking in the midday sun.
Fall is grape-picking season. The wineries are buzzing and the fields are sweet with the smell of the crush.
In winter there are many bright, crisp days with clear skies. However, there is also the risk of rain. If you cycle at this time of year, we recommend that you are prepared for rain and have warm clothing in case of a morning frost.
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