Pedal through history in France
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Our cycling tours not only give you the opportunity to explore rolling landscapes and historic villages, but also to get a closer look at some of Europe’s most famous wine regions. Here are some of our favourite options, and the wines to try while you’re there – from full-bodied reds in Bordeaux to sparkling surprises in Spain.
Italy – Chianti
Typically, Chianti wines are fairly tart, with notes of red fruits and espresso. On our Tuscany and the Chianti Hills cycling holiday, you’ll explore the region's stunning scenery and also have plenty of opportunities to sample it's famous wines.
The cycle between Asciano to Radda will take you across miles of verdant wine country. Stop and sample a number of varieties along the way, including Chianti, Chianti Classico and Chianti Superiore (pair with pizza to complement their lightly oaked, juicy flavours).
Spain – Cava
We’re heading over to Spain now, for those who can’t get enough of bubbles. Join us on our From Cava to Coastlines in Catalonia tour to experience a serene (and delicious) journey along the Costa Brava coast. Your holiday begins with a crisp and refreshing glass of cava in Figueres to whet your appetite. We then go on to explore medieval towns like Pals, whose ancient Gothic architecture was once neglected before being lovingly restored by a local doctor, as well as vineyards such as the historic Mas Oller.
Over 95% of the world’s cava is produced in the Penedès region of Catalonia, so we don’t think there’s a better place to sample some. It’s characterised by a dry and often citrusy taste.
France – Bordeaux
If you’re looking for something red, our Wines, Vines and Sunshine in Bordeaux tour is the one for you. The sun-soaked vineyards of the Dordogne are yours to explore – spend the day in the village of Saint Emilion, which is famous for its wineries, medieval architecture and historical monuments.
Although there are 10,000 different types of Bordeaux wine, in general this variety tends to be rich, full-bodied and fruity. Properties to look out for include black cherry, liquorice and vanilla.
Alsace – Riesling
For those who prefer their wine white, you don’t get much better than Riesling. This variety is typically sweet and floral, with a fairly high acidity and oaky flavour.
Close to the border with Germany, you’ll find the wine region of Alsace, which is home to the iconic Alsace Wine Route. This produces a significant portion of the world’s Riesling. Come cycling with us on our Alsace Route du Vin tour to discover ancient towns (Andlau, hidden in the Alsatian vineyards, was founded in the ninth century), historical sights such as the Maginot Line and, of course, plenty of vineyards and Michelin Star cuisine.Back To Blog
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