This is California’s celebrated Wine Country cycling landscape. Join us to explore valleys of world-famous vineyards, forests of soaring redwoods, perfect pastoral landscapes and the captivating California Coast.
From start to finish, Wine & Waves is crafted to produce a great cycling experience: enjoy riding pro level road bikes through amazing cycling terrain each day.
A Bike Tour – NOT a Wine/Bus Tour
There are countless "sip and spin" wine tours with plenty of wine drinking and little cycling, but make no mistake: Wine & Waves focuses on cycling rather than drinking. In addition, we believe that bike tours should be about riding a bike, not being carried on a bus, so Wine & Waves is designed to be traveled start to finish by bicycle.
Spend two nights in welcoming Healdsburg, perfectly located for varied daily rides through world-renowned wine growing regions. Healdsburg is an ideal base camp to enjoy wine tasting, fun shops and amazing restaurants showing off California Wine Country cuisine.
Redwoods & California Coast
Journey from the Wine Country through ancient redwoods to the wild California Coast. This section of coastline is remote, beautiful, and lightly populated, making it ideal to experience from a bicycle. Here the coastal mountain range reclines towards the ocean, with a single ribbon of roadway at the ocean's edge just made for cycling.
Wine & Waves—a Wine Country Bike Tour Designed for Cyclists
If you prefer cycling over drinking, biking over busing—and you long to experience some of the best cycling California has to offer— then Northern California Wine & Waves was designed for you.
My wife and I chose the 3-day Wine Country and Sonoma Coast tour. I would highly recommend it for anyone that might enjoy a nice mix of road biking, wine tasting, and soaking in gorgeous terrain.
There were a total of eleven people on our tour, and we had two guides - Laura and Daryl - who were just great. They had all of the bikes ready to go each morning, and the bikes were set up based on the measurements that each person had sent in beforehand (based on their own bike from home). The bikes were super nice, full carbon.
Each morning we got together for breakfast, got route sheets and talked about the potential add-ons for those that wanted more mileage. You go at your own pace, so at times we were a group, and at other times folks or couples took off on their own. We'd re-group for a snack and also then for lunch. The highlight for me was the grueling Sweetwater climb on day 2. This was an optional segment; the others chose the flat route, so I got my own person guide (Daryl) on Sweetwater. I actually flatted prior to the climb. Probably could have fixed it myself with the tube and CO2 provided in my bag, but let Daryl handle it - what the heck, I'm on vacation!
Bottom line, the rides are beautiful - lots of redwoods, rolling vineyards, and shady creekside roads. The most beautiful stretch is the 10 miles of coastline on day 3. We will definitely be looking for another UDC Tour in the future.
TripAdvisor May 2013