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Friday, March 18, 2016

Top 5 Wine Regions for Bicyclists, Bordeaux, France

Other biking outfitters can try to emulate Butterfield & Robinson, but none can approach George Butterfield’s innate sense of style. Trips can cost upwards of $1,000 a day but are worth every penny when you consider some of the amenities—nights at 14th century estates, seven-course feasts at private French vineyards, a van always by your side when you tire of biking. He’ll customize any Bordeaux trip you want or simply sign up for his 6-day jaunt from Bordeaux to Dordogne that runs from mid-May through early October. You’ll bike on relatively flat terrain through these two famous wine regions, but it won’t be easy when your lunch consists of a private wine tasting at such famous vineyards as Mouton-Rothschild. At night, you’ll be staying at a former 16th century monastery, now a Relais and Chateaux property, and a 17th century chartreuse perched atop a hill surrounded by vineyards, orchards, streams, and ponds. Dinner is a gluttonous feast, accompanied by, what else, more excellent wine.  

 
I’m headed to Dallas, Maine, and New Orleans over the next two weeks. I’ll be back with stories about my travels on March 31st. In the meantime, stay active! 
 

Posted by Steve Jermanok on 03/18/16 at 06:00 AM
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Hi Steve, I see your many articles about wine and travel. Our group just returned from Ethiopia and guess what? They also produce wine. The reason seems to be the Italian occupation in the 1940's preceded by turn of the century Italian plantation owners in Ethiopia. The wine was not bad, ressembling Italian table wine. Thought that Ethiopia and wine might fit Active adventure travel and your themes. Thanks, Phyllis Stoller

Picture of Phyllis Stoller Comment by Phyllis Stoller
on 04/04/16 at 11:21 AM
 


Doesn't surprise me that you just returned from Ethiopia, Phyllis. You always have wonderful trips, http://www.thewomenstravelgroup.com/. Very exciting about Iran in November! Thanks for filling me in on Ethiopian wine.

Picture of Steve Jermanok Comment by Steve Jermanok
on 04/04/16 at 11:28 AM
 


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