Enjoy a day experiencing local wine and food whilst getting some exercise on this self guided tour around the Alexandra Basin wine growing region. Your E-Bike will provide you with assistance when you need it and make todays cycling a breeze.
You’ll visit two boutique Vineyards in the worlds southernmost wine growing district with a heritage stretching back to 1864. Half of your journey will be spent cycling beside the mighty Mata-au (Clutha) river with fabulous photo opportunities. Along the way you’ll view the remains of some of the areas gold mining history. The second half of the day will be spent on the world famous Otago Central Rail Trail.
To cap the day off you’ll share a delicious Merchant cheese platter at Olivers Victoria Store Cafe and Bar. While you flick through the great photos you’ve taken along the way, you’ll be satisfied with a day well spent, out in the fresh air, partaking in some fine local produce and learning about this historic region.
The day starts at 9:30am when you arrive for your briefing at shebikeshebikes Clyde – in the historic Clyde Railway Station on Fraser Street. We’ll introduce you to your E-Bikes, provide you with your itinerary for the day and talk about health and safety on the trails you’ll be riding.
At 10am you’ll depart for the Bank Cafe in Clyde. This is a favourite location for locals and there you can enjoy a hot drink and a slice (included). Take some time to explore the quaint Clyde heritage precint with its boutique shops or ride up to the Clyde Hydro Dam viewing platform to look down on this impressive structure..
Around 10:30am it’s time to depart on your journey to Three Miners Vineyard via the 150th Anniversary Track (river track) beside the mighty Mata-au river (Clutha). The track winds its way beside the river between Clyde and Alexandra. At just under 5km along the trail, you’ll pull off the track and follow the marker posts to Three Miners, riding through the vineyard to the tasting house. Learn the story behind the name as you’re led through a tasting. Their 2018 Miner’s Right Pinot Gris won the champion Pinot Gris trophy in the prestigious New Zealand International Wine Show in 2018. If you’re taken by what you taste then you can purchase a bottle or two onsite to take with you or larger orders will be delivered to shebikeshebikes ready for your return.
Depart around 11.45am and ride the final 7km through to the township of Alexandra. Here you can stop for lunch (not included but we’ll provide you with some excellent recommendations) and take some photos at some great spots that we’d recommend.
At approximately 1:15pm, set off for the 4km ride to Immigrants Vineyard whose wine is sold under the Ruru label (Ruru is the Maori word for the native Morepork owl). This leg of your journey is on the Otago Central Rail Trail, New Zealands original great ride. You’ll be met at the entrance to the vineyard and taken on a tour through the vines and hear their fascinating story. This small vineyard won a 2018 Silver Decanter World Wine Award for their 2016 Pinot Noir and a gold medal at the 2017 Air New Zealand Wine awards for their Pinot Gris. Find some room for a bottle or two in your pannier if you sample something that delights you. Once again, lager purchases can be delivered to shebikeshebikes Clyde.
Depart around 2:30pm on the last 7km leg back to Clyde. Along the way you’ll pass over the Mutton Town viaduct and be able to view the amazing mural painted by Bruce Potter in the underpass that takes you under the state highway. Once you’re returned your bikes, make your way down to Olivers Restaurant & Bar where you will enjoy a delicous cheese platter and celebrate the great day you’ve had.
- 22 km approximately
- E-Bike hire for the day
- Hot drink and a slice at The Bank Cafe
- Tasting at Three Miners
- Vineyard tour and tasting at Immigrants
- Merchant Cheese Platter at Olivers Cafe & Bar
- Allow 5.5 hours
- Any wine purchases