Tour des Vins de New Jersey
One day bike tour
One day bike tour
2019 Tour Dates: June 15 and September 14
Tour Price: $125
Overnight package (limited quantity): $300
Imagine yourself cruising through the countryside, stopping at vineyards you pass along your route.You get off your bike, sample some wine, then pedal on. A support vehicle follows the group, carrying any wine that you buy. That support vehicle also brings you with a nice picnic lunch by a beautiful lake, and is there to help you if you can’t finish the ride or you have a breakdown.
Do you think you have to travel to California or France for something like this? It’s as close to home as New Jersey! Yes, New Jersey is home to 48 wineries, and there is excellent bike riding to be found near many of them. Our Tour des Vins de New Jersey is a scenic, thoughtfully organized, relaxed-paced 33-mile ride on the back roads and trails of Central New Jersey, offering lunch, wine tastings and vehicle support for the entire ride. We also offer a limited number of spots to camp overnight at Cream Ridge Winery and then ride again the next day.
This ride is accessible from both NYC and Philadelphia by train. You can also drive to the ride and park at Cream Ridge Winery and be shuttled to the ride start. See “Getting To and From the Ride” below
The ride starts in historic Princeton right next to the beautiful Princeton University campus. Grab a drink from the cooler and put in your lunch order before meandering through Princeton’s streets, taking in the historic sites. Then turn onto the one of the most scenic portions of Delaware & Raritan Canal Trail (unpaved trail) as it goes alongside Carnegie Lake.
After exiting the trail, it’s back to paved roads for the rest of the day. At mile 12 of the ride, enjoy the lunch that you ordered at a lakeside picnic area. Then continue on through the farm fields of the Garden State with an optional winery stop at mile 19. Then continue on and visit the unique community of Roosevelt followed by a ride through a wildlife conservation area which is quiet and rural. A second refreshment break awaits you at mile 27 and then it’s 6 more peaceful miles to the most bicycle-friendly winery in New Jersey – Cream Ridge Winery. It is here that you’ll cross the “finish wine” and get a generous tasting (up to 10 wines) of some of the best wines in the state. There will also most likely be live music happening at the winery when you arrive along with other fun activities. Relax and unwind with some wine!
Stay overnight at the winery! The Tour des Vins de New Jersey also has an overnight package that is available to 6 riders only. This is an amazing way to see the winery up close and enjoy a night of sleeping under the stars – and between the rows of grapes – in a beautiful setting that feels a world away from the city.
For this package, you’ll receive a bottle of wine included with your tour fee that you can enjoy at the winery (or bring home). Call in an order to a nearby restaurant and have dinner delivered (dinner not included in tour price) and enjoy it with your wine. After the winery closes, set up your tent in the vineyard and sleep on the soft ground. If you don’t have camping equipment, you can rent a glamping package and we will set the tent up for you along with an air mattress that feels just like a bed.
The next morning, we’ll get you going with breakfast and you’ll get a chance to ride again. Depending on your preference you can choose different rides between 15 and 50 miles that let you explore the horse farms that surround the winery.
GETTING TO AND FROM THE RIDE
The ride begins at approximately 11 a.m. in at the Princeton train station.
For those looking to take the train to the ride from NYC, take the 9:14 NJ Transit Northeast Corridor Line train (bikes are allowed, remember to bring a bungee cord to safely store your bike) from Penn Station to Princeton. You will need to transfer at Princeton Junction to the “Dinky” (a second, smaller train) that will take you directly to the ride start. You will arrive in Princeton at 10:46. At the end of the day you will be shuttled from the winery back to the train. We will run 2 shuttles, each at a different time. However, you can generally expect to arrive back in NYC around 7 p.m. on the train, depending on the exact shuttle you pick.
For those looking to drive, drive directly to Cream Ridge Winery and park in their lot by 9:30 a.m. We will shuttle you and your bikes to Princeton where you will meet the riders on the train. You will end the ride at your car.
For those looking to take the train from Philadelphia, please email Lukas for exact train times since you will have to transfer from SEPTA to NJ Transit in Trenton.