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Wine and bicycle tours with transport from San Francisco
Imagine the wind blowing in your hair as you bike along the quiet back roads amidst California’s rolling vineyards. Take a break from cycling at a world-class vineyard, and try some of California’s best wines. Eat a picnic lunch on a wine country hillside, before getting back on your bike to explore all that Napa and Sonoma have to offer. Come get away with Gears and Grapes, where we make your dream vacation come true.
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Gears and Grapes Getaways is a unique wine and bicycle tour operator
We transport San Francisco locals and visitors to wine country and set them up with expert guides, top-notch bikes, beautiful countryside, and a chance to taste California’s world-class wines. We handle the planning to ensure an unforgettable, stress-free wine country experience. The bicycling is suitable for all levels of fitness and can be tailored to suit individual needs. A support vehicle is always present to help anyone who would rather be driven. Our hand-selected vineyards produce some of the highest quality wine in the area.
Our experienced guides are both cyclists and sommeliers. Your guide is always available to educate you on the wines you taste as well as the region you are visiting.
We are an environmentally conscious company. We promote sustainability by visiting sustainable wineries and restaurants whenever possible, and by encouraging the use of bicycles as a form of transportation and exercise.
We love to create memorable experiences for our guests. At Gears and Grapes we consider ourselves experience junkies. We promise you a wine tasting experience worth talking about.
Please call (415) 484-1238 with any questions, or to book your tour.
SF City Tours
For those of you that want a taste of the fun but don’t have the time to dedicate an entire day, we have a few shorter options! If you only have an evening, an afternoon, or prefer beer over wine—we have just the thing! Truth be told, in the early 1900’s SoMa (or south of Market—a neighborhood in SF) not Sonoma or Napa was the first place to nurture California’s growing wine industry—and over 100 wineries flourished in the places that new tech start- ups now thrive. San Francisco is also home to many local breweries—large and small. In short you can enjoy biking and beer or wine right here in SF proper.
San Francisco is home to quite a few local wineries. Enjoy an evening of cycling around town and drinking local libations. Whether you are a local looking for some action after work, or visiting and interested in a taste of the local scene—an evening with Gears and Grapes is a guaranteed good time.
The first stop during Gears and Grapes SF is to a local winery in the SOMA neighborhood of San Francisco. After enjoying a flight of top notch wines, the tour continues to a restaurant for dinner—paired with more Californian wine. To top the evening off right, the group cycles on to one last wine stop to enjoy more wine tasting and merriment. Gears and Grapes SF departs at 6pm and is done by 10pm. Excursion includes bike rental, lights, guide, locks and family style meal (with wine). It does not include price of flights of wine(~$15-30).
Tour operates Monday-Friday and is subject to availability.
Experience price $99
Visit the great city of San Francisco by bike while stopping at three different
Breweries and enjoying pints of SF’s finest brews!
Tour price is $65 and includes first pint of beer, guide, bike and helmet rental.
We take you from SOMA, through to the mission district.
From there we cycle on to the Haight Ashbury district. Finishing the tour with a loop through Union Square and a scenic ride along the embarcadero to AT&T Park ! Learn about San Francisco’s history while biking through the different neighborhoods and drinking pints with locals!
Tours depart at 2pm and operates Monday-Friday. Max group size is 12 people. Spots fill up quickly so please call ahead to reserve your space (415) 484-1238. You can also book online! Tour lasts 3-3.5 hours.
Breweries visited (3 of the following): 21st Amendment, Thirsty Bear Brewing, Southern Pacific Brewing Company, Zeitgeist (Beer Hall), Toronado (Beer Bar) , Magnolia Brew Pub
Dry Creek Valley Day Trip
The quaint roads and small boutique wineries make Dry Creek the ideal destination for a bicycle excursion. Our tours to Dry Creek consist of 10-15 miles on bicycle with 4 winery visits. Dry Creek Valley AVA is located in Sonoma County, northwest of the town of Healdsburg.The valley is formed by Dry Creek, a tributary of the Russian River, and is approximately 16 miles long.There are over 50 wineries with residence in Dry Creek Valley AVA. The highest planted varietals are either Zinfandel or Cabernet Sauvignon. Sauvignon Blanc is the most largely planted white wine in the valley. The wineries we visit are much smaller than in neighboring appellations.
Napa Valley Day Trip
Our excursion to Napa takes all over the valley, Our tours average in length from avout 14-16 miles along Napa’s valley floor. The ride is pretty flat and suitable for all levels of bicyclists. Our tour usually takes us through the Stag’s Leap AVA, the Yountville are, the Oakville AVA, the Rutherford AVA and on up to St Helena. Almost 4.5 million people visit Napa Valley each year, making it a very popular destination in California, and “The World’s Best Wine and Food Destination” as awarded by TripAdvisor’s 2010 Travelers’ Choice Awards
Russian River Valley Day Trip
The Russian River Valley has a characteristically cool climate, heavily affected by fog generated by the valley’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean. The area is known for its success with cool climate varietals, notably Pinot noir and Chardonnay. Our tours through the Russian River consist of ~10miles of biking through the rolling hills of the Russian River Valley and tasting the differences between the pinot noirs and chardonnays as they vary from one vineyard to the next.
What Makes a good ride?
Besides great staff, beautiful scenery and great wine, a great bike makes a great ride. At Gears and Grapes Getaways we use a variety of bike types to suit every person’s need. We offer a wide selection of bikes and sizes that vary depending on availability. This years fleet includes the following road and hybrid bikes:
Our Fleet of 2010 Marin Bikes:
ALP Series : Marin’s ALP, or Aerodynamic Lightweight Performance, series gives riders who are less accustomed to road bikes a new option to go fast and conquer longer rides or commutes. Part road bike and part Hybrid, the ALP series combines the fast moving wheels and gearing of a road bike with the stable and upright riding position of a hybrid, offering riders a more secure hand position for piloting down backroads or through traffic. Available in carbon and aluminum versions, the Marin Lucas Valley is Carbon and Aluminum-Light and quick, yet stable and secure. The perfect wine and bicycling combination.
Marin’s new Hybrid series provide a quick and efficient ride with comfortable features that keep you smiling on your commute or neighborhood ride. New lightweight Edge 3 Alloy frames and fast rolling 700c wheels offer a lightweight package for effortless pedaling. An adjustable stem, upright handlebars and wide-range gearing make these bikes fun and functional.
The Argenta is Marin’s comfortable style road bike. Categorized as a Natural Fit bike, the Argenta offers a more natural, upright position to place the rider in a comfortable, yet efficient riding position. Lightweight Hydro Edge Road tubing is mated to carbon fiber forks and seatstays which aid in shock absorption reducing rider fatigue, allowing you to pedal faster and farther.
Wine in California
California is home to some of the Western Hemisphere’s most celebrated and well recognized wine. California wine production accounts for almost 90 percent of all American wine production.
Within California, there are many wine producing regions. These regions are located all over California. In the San Francisco Bay area, we are fortunate enough to be located close to many of these different wine producing regions. An hour’s drive away, is the infamous Napa Valley. Napa Valley is widely considered one of the top American Viticultural Areas in California, and all of the United States, with a history dating back to the early nineteenth century.
Today Napa Valley features more than four hundred wineries, makes 4% of California wine and grows many different grape varieties including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Zinfandel, and other popular varietals. Napa Valley is visited by as many as five million people each year. In 2010, Trip advisor’s Travelers choice awards awarded Napa Valley as “The World’s Best Wine and Food Destination”. It is also internationally recognized as one of only nine Great Wine Capitals on earth.
Napa Valley’s success is due largely in part to its warm, sunny days which have made it a world leader in Cabernet Sauvignon production. Our cycling tours take us along the Silverado trail and into some of the most glamorous and elegant of tasting rooms. Guests are taken on private tours through these massive estates. We also visit smaller producers, producers who are harder to meet and whose wine is harder to find.
We spend most of our time in Napa in the Yountville, Oakville, Rutherford, Stags Leap District and St Helena regions of the valley. Below is a list of the wineries we frequently visit. This is not a guarantee that these will be your stops during your visit.
Frequently visited wineries in the Napa Valley
Domaine Chandon, Goosecross Cellars, Clos Du Val, Elyse Winery, Cliff Lede, Miner Family, Paradigm, Plumpjack, Alpha Omega, Frog’s Leap, Honig Vineyards, Peju, Rutherford Grove, Rutherford Ranch, Sawyer Cellars, Sequoia Grove, The Terraces, ZD Wines, Pine Ridge Winery, Quixote Winery, Franciscan Winery, Tres Sabores Winery
Sonoma County is an additional top destination in California Wine Country. Sonoma is home to almost every type of grape grown in California: Alexander Valley shines at Cabernet Sauvignon production, Dry Creek Valley is home to some of California’s oldest Zinfandel vines, and the Russian River Valley produces top-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Our days spent cycling through these regions offer a plethora of opportunities to taste unique and exquisite wines.
Whilst visiting these regions we stop at some of the following wineries. This list is not a guarantee that these will be your stops — our itinerary is subject to change.
Gary Farrell, Moshin Vineyards, Thomas George Estate, Matrix Winery, Arista Winery, Twomey Cellars, Mill Creek, Winery, Armida Winery, Everitt Ridge, A Rafanelli, Preston Vineyards, Lambert Bridge Winery, Bella vineyards, Montemaggiore, Ferrari-Carano, Mazzoco, Ridge Lytton Springs, Raymond Burr
Here are the answers to a few of our most frequently asked questions:
How hilly is the riding?
Napa Valley and Dry Creek Valley are very flat, with only a couple of very mild inclines. The Russian River Valley has a few more……..are suitable for beginner bicyclists.
What is the mileage like?
We usually bicycle a total of 10-16 miles. The distance between wineries can range from 3 to 7 miles.
What is for lunch?
Lunch consists of a selection of artisan meats and cheeses with a selection fresh breads. Lunch is served with a variety of fresh hand crafted salads, a green salad a legume salad and a pasta salad.
What time do we get back to the city?
The tour usually finishes at 6pm. We leave the valley at around 4:30, and depending on traffic, are usually back in SF between 5:30 and 6:30.
What wineries are we going to?
The wineries we visit vary from day to day. We generally go to a variety of smaller and larger wineries so that our guests get a taste of the large range of different wineries in the valley- from large to small, and family run to corporate.
How fit do I need to be?
The biking portion consists of a moderate 10-16 miles of biking. The biking is at a very casual pace. It is suitable for all fitness levels. Our bikes have sophisticated shifting systems to help guests use their range of gears and most easily pass through the terrain. Most regions are very flat with little to no elevation gain. The Russian River Valley has mild rolling hills, while Napa and Dry Creek Valley are almost completely flat. Guests are welcome to bicycle as much or as little of the ride as they’d like.
What do I need to bring and what should I wear?
We recommend that guests wear clothing that they are comfortable biking in. Cycling attire is not necessary, but if guests would rather wear cycling clothing, they are welcome to. The tasting rooms expect people to be dressed in casual attire, and will welcome you whether you are wearing spandex or jeans. We recommend that people bring sunscreen and sunglasses in the summer and jackets and a change of clothing in the winter. We provide guests with helmets and water bottles.
Do I have to bike the whole way?
Guests are welcome to bike as much or as little as they would like. At any point during the day, guests are welcome to take in the ride on the support vehicle.
How much should I tip the tour guides?
Our tours do not include gratuity, and you may individually decide how much you appreciated your tour service and the assistance of your guides. Most of the guides’ income is based largely on gratuities. Like fine dining, we recommend anywhere between 15% and 20 % as a common gratuity. Our staff strives to go that extra mile for every client, and truly appreciate any generosity that you extend them.
What is your cancellation policy?
To Cancel a day trip and receive full credit or refund, guests must do so at least one week before their departure date. Cancellation or rescheduling between 7 days and 48 hours of a scheduled tour will result in a $40 rescheduling fee. Cancellation within 48 hours of your tour will result in forfeiture of any tour credit.
What do you do about weather?
Tours operate rain or shine. In the instance of inclement weather, we advise guests to wear appropriate gear and bring a change of clothing. Gears and Grapes reserves the right to cancel trips as we see fit. We make every attempt to run tours as scheduled. If, however, due to extenuating circumstances a trip is cancelled we will make every effort to accommodate everyone’s rescheduling needs. If guests are not local and cannot reschedule, credits will be awarded towards a future Gears and Grapes tour.
We’ve already been on the tour, can we do something different?
We offer 3 different tours to wine country. The Russian River, Dry Creek Valley and Napa Valley. No two tours are alike. Our itinerary varies and even tours to the same place vary from day to day. Please check with your booking agent if you have a specific question.
Can I bring my own bike?
You are more than welcome to bring your own bike, but be sure to let your reservationist know that you are doing so.
Should I wear my cycling shoes?
If you are bringing your own bicycle, you are welcome to wear the shoes that you see fit. If you are planning on using our bikes, we recommend that guests wear closed toe shoes or regular tennis shoes. We do not offer special pedals for specific bike cleats.
Are children allowed?
Guests under the age of 21 cannot consume alcohol. Children are allowed to come along as long as they are competent cycling without the assistance of an adult and can obey all traffic rules. We do bike in roads with traffic, and only children who are old enough to do so and large enough to ride an adult bike are allowed to come along. We do not offer child seats on our bicycles.
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