Cycling around vineyards and cellar doors is my preferred means of so doing, though is not always practical. The benefits are :- an appreciation of the terrain, less downward pressure on drinking vs spitting, and a ceiling on how many bottles are purchased per day (I can fit 3 into each of my panniers, max). But the terrain can’t be too hilly (less of an issue in recent years owing to having got ebikes), roads in between not too busy, or the wineries too far apart…or the weather too hot or too wet ! Many such regions have tracks unsuitable for cars but perfect for bikes - such as the track along the Mosel or the Rotweinwanderweg in the Ahr.
Just for fun I’ve looked back in time at the wine regions I’ve enjoyed cycling around cellar doors and tasted en route over the years (30+)…in other words, all these regions are very do-able on bikes.
Loire - upper, central and lower, Fiefs Vendeens/Ile de Ré, Alsace, Jura, Champagne, Chablis, Cote d’Or, Cote Chalonnais, Cote de Beaune, Cornas/St Joseph / St Peray, CdR villages, Cahors, Gaillac, St Pourcain, Madiran, Jurancon, La Clape, Minervois / St Chinian
Central Mosel, Ahr, Pfalz, Baden
Rias Baixas, Rioja, Somontano, Navarra (around Olite), Tzakoli, Priorat, Mallorca
Vinho Verde (the northern bit along the Minho)
Nelson, Bannockburn, Marlborough, Martinborough, Waiheke Island,
Coonawarra, Clare, Hunter Valley
I’m sure this is not exhaustive.
But here’s a very few selections from the archives…