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California Wineries Offer Outdoor Activities for the Body, Mind and Palate
During National Wellness Month Enjoy Yoga Classes, Hikes and Horseback Riding Among the Vines
photo credit: Castoro Cellars
— California wineries are famous for offering world-class wine tasting experiences in relaxed, beautiful settings. What some may not realize is that many across the state also host a variety of invigorating outdoor activities that provide a way to experience a vineyard or its surroundings. From yoga classes to vineyard hikes to horseback rides to wellness days, these experiences are designed to please body, mind and palate. It’s all part of the active, balanced lifestyle that California is known for around the world, and since August is National Wellness Month, it’s the perfect time to take advantage.
Following are just some of the activities regularly offered at wineries throughout the state. Discover California Wines
, along with the host wineries’ websites, provide details on upcoming dates as well as additional information.
Restorative, Yin Yoga Class in the Vineyard - Castoro Cellars, Templeton
One hour restorative, yin yoga class lead by Lauren Udsen accompanied with therapeutic adjustments assisted by body worker, Jennifer Lovas as well as Sound Healing bliss from Jaime Dubin of Harmonic Holistics.
Yoga in the Vineyard - Concannon Vineyard, Livermore
Join Concannon Vineyard and The Well Studio for guided flow yoga sessions on the lawn.
Yoga and Wellness Days - Bricoleur Vineyards, Windsor
Yin Yoga sessions are held on Sunday mornings with Vinita Larioa. Guests can also explore practices such as sound healing, drum circle and kirtan on periodic Wellness Days.
Wine + yoga = WOGA! - Boeger Winery, Placerville
Enjoy yoga sessions throughout the year in the winery’s scenic orchard.
VINEYARD HIKES, WALKS AND HORESEBACK RIDES
Sunset Hiking in the Vineyards - Murrieta’s Well, Livermore
Experience a picturesque hike during golden hour in the rolling hills of the winery’s estate.
Hiking - Alexander Valley Vineyards, Healdsburg
Daily vineyard hikes offer an insider’s view of the vineyards.
Horseback Trail Rides - Garrod Farms, Saratoga
The winery stables offer daily, one-hour guided trail rides on horseback.
Hiking and Horseback Riding - Bartholomew Estate, Sonoma
Explore miles of trails within Bartholomew Park daily, weaving through mature oaks, madrones, redwoods and vineyards. The winery also offers horseback trail rides.
Hike Down to the River - Heritage Oak Winery, Acampo
The winery's hiking trail to the river is open to tasting room guests every day during business hours.
Vineyard Walks - Joseph Phelps Vineyards, St. Helena
On select weekends through October, the winery invites guests to join a one-mile vineyard walk.
Many vendors offer bicycle rentals and scenic cycling tours along the back roads of California wine country.
For bicycle tours in Napa Valley and Sonoma County, check out Ace It Bike Tours
, Getaway Adventures
, Napa Valley Bike Tours
, Wine Country Bikes
and Adventures in Cycling
offers cycling adventures in Napa, Sonoma and the Central Coast. Central Coast Outdoors
covers Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo, while Santa Barbara Wine Country Cycling
pedals its way around Santa Barbara County wine country.
About Wine Institute
Established in 1934, Wine Institute is the public policy advocacy group of 1,000 California wineries and affiliated businesses that initiates and advocates state, federal and international public policy to enhance the environment for the responsible production, consumption and enjoyment of wine. The organization works to enhance the economic and environmental health of the state through its leadership in sustainable winegrowing and by showcasing California’s wine regions as ideal destinations for food and wine travelers to the state. To learn more about California wines, visit DiscoverCaliforniaWines.
Gino DiCaro, Wine Institute
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