6 Bike-Friendly Wineries and Breweries in Sonoma County

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If you’ve decided to explore beautiful Sonoma County by bicycle, you should know that not all alcohol establishments are bike-friendly.

However, as long as you don’t BUI (bike under the influence), these six wineries and breweries in Sonoma will welcome you with open arms (and bike racks).

Wineries

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Hop Kiln Winery, Healdsburg
Located just off the lightly traveled Westside Road outside of Healdsburg, Hop Kiln gets so many cyclists passing through, they need a sign advising riders to leave their cleated cycling shoes at the door. (The wood floor is more than 100 years old, and the owners would like to keep it in pristine condition for another hundred). The former hop farm turned vineyard also features a variety of locally sourced gourmet meats, cheeses and other treats, so it’s the perfect spot for a midday lunch break in the garden. The light and crisp Rose of pinot noir is an ideal lunch accompaniment.

Sbragia Family Vineyards, Geyserville

Make sure to hit Sbragia early in the day; a semi-steep hill (think 7-8 percent grade) winding up to the winery can wreak havoc on road-weary legs. The effort is worth it, as you’re rewarded with an incredible view of the Dry Creek Valley and some of the finest wines in Sonoma County. A wrap-around deck just off the wine-tasting area overlooks miles of vineyards lining the surrounding hills. Taste the La Promessa Zinfandel, a rich wine with notes of blackberry, raspberry and pomegranate, as well as slight hints of vanilla.

Bella, Healdsburg

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On a hot summer day, Bella offers the perfect respite from the sweltering sun. Underneath the rows of vines lining the hills lays a man-made cave where the winemakers store their barrels in a perpetual 60-degree environment. That’s where you’ll also find the tasting area and a few picnic tables where you can rest briefly before biking toward your next destination. Bella is mostly known for their bold reds, but one of their softer, sweeter wines might be best to wash down that midride Clif bar. Try the Todd Brothers Zinfandel, a fruity, slightly spicy wine with hints of licorice.

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