Bristol’s a little bit different to other places. It’s a city with a sense of adventure, and above all, it’s a place that’s as proud of its produce as it is its people.
We decided to channel this spirit by creating a wine tasting tour with a difference. For us, this means raising a glass to what’s on our doorstep and putting on a wine tasting experience in Bristol fashion.
The wine tour itself is an immersive 2.5-hour experience. You’ll be sipping, sampling and cycling your way along car-free routes through the city on bespoke bikes, built here in the UK’s most bike-friendly city. Each stop is carefully selected to provide the perfect, picturesque backdrop for an alfresco wine tasting experience.
Halfway through the tour, we pull in for an impromptu pairing; matching up one of our wines with a local cheese at The Bristol Cheesemonger. At Bristol’s new Cargo development, Rosie Morgan invites everyone into the shipping container deli and pairs up an amazing local cheese with what’s in your glass.
England’s burgeoning wine scene is barely recognisable from recent years and our vineyards are already scooping awards ahead of the more established competition in other countries, and the South-west is no different.
All of the wines we feature on the tour are carefully chosen and collected by us, by bicycle. Visiting the vineyards gives us the chance to ask all the silly questions (and serious ones), taste the wine and meet the makers.
For those of you thinking about the logistics of wine and cycling, rest assured: the experience is carefully balanced, it’s no booze cruise and the wine is for tasting (not downing). Whatever’s left at the end will be shared around for anyone interested once the bikes are safely stowed in the Cycle the City HQ at No.1 Harbourside.
The tour is laid back, groups are kept small, jolly and intimate. Which means whether you’re travelling solo or a small group, we’ll make sure you feel at home.
Typically, tours leave at noon on Saturday and make sure to book online.
If you’ve already made it onto one of the tours and are still looking for that wine/cycling fix, this is for you. We’d like to turn every restock ride into a chance for people to come and see the vineyards first hand – keep an eye on the website for more details.
The CTC Team