This Saturday (8/30), I’ll be leading a tour of North Fork wineries by bicycle. My plan is to meet at the Riverhead train station and do a twenty mile bike ride that encompasses a half dozen vineyards. We’ll roll through downtown Riverhead and work our way into the farm and vineyard country. The terrain is flat to gently rolling and the roads are mostly two lane highways or farm roads bordering the Peconic Bay. The wine-tasting group that I lead will be making lots of stops and taking a very easy pace, but if there are enough people to form a second group that wants do less wine-tasting and more exploring there is a lot of territory to cover.
Experience the North Fork in the waning days of summer, when the temperatures are less oppressive and the fruits are ripening on trees and vines. In addition to wineries, there are also a lot of farm stands in this area. This destination is unfortunately not a secret, which means there will be many more automobiles on the roads than bicycles. Which brings me to the “not-fun” parts of this post.
- WEAR A HELMET
- PROVIDE YOUR OWN WATER AND FOOD
- SIGN A LIABILITY RELEASE/SAFETY WAIVER
- YOU MUST BE 21 OR OVER TO SAMPLE WINES
I intend to stop at the following vineyards in this order: Paumanok, Jamesport, Macari, Palmer, Martha Clara, Roanoke
Meeting Location: Riverhead Train Station Parking Lot (just south of the station at Railroad Ave. and Cedar St.)
Meeting Time: 11:20 we’ll leave by 11:45
Trip Length (Mileage): 20 miles
Riding Speed: Slow, leader will wait at turns for the whole group to catch up.
Trip Length (Time): Several hours. We’ll be making several stops for wine tasting, farm stands, and lunch, and possibly dinner. we’ll be back in Riverhead by 6:30 at the latest.
If you take a vehicle to Riverhead and plan to drink wine, please make sure that you have someone in your group to act as a designated driver. There is also a train on the Ronkonkoma line that arrives in Riverhead around 11:20am. If you have a bike permit for the LIRR, you can take that train.