Hey all, it’s almost time for the Bike & Wine! We’ll have two rides – one 11-mile route and one 25-mile route. Both rides will be led by a co-op employee and both will start and end at Callaghan Vineyards, 336 Elgin Road.
Here’s the plan:
We’ll start riding around 10:30 a.m. We’ll all head west on Elgin Road, then north on Highway 83, and east on Lower Elgin Road. After about 5 miles, those who are riding the 11-mile route will turn right on Elgin Road and return to Callaghan Vineyards. Those doing the longer ride will head south on Elgin-Canelo Road, turn right on Highway 83, and then head east on Elgin Road to return to Callaghan.
We’ll stop for a taste of wine at Willhelm Family Vineyards, Village of Elgin Vineyards, and Canelo Hills Winery. When we return to Callaghan, there will be local food and more wine.
You’ll need to bring a wine glass with you if you want to taste wines. Callaghan is offering Bike & Wine participants 4 tastes of wine and a glass for $5. But if you want, you can bring your own glass and save a couple bucks. Or, if you’re nervous about biking with a glass in tow, you can bring a plastic cup (though the winery owners will probably have a small heart attack if you drink their fancy wine out of plastic).
What if you can’t make it before 10:30? Or if you want to bike more than 25 miles? You don’t have to ride with the group. Feel free to set out on your own, and rest assured the vineyards are all open until at least 3 p.m. and the co-op will be at Callaghan serving local food until 2 p.m.
How much will it cost? The food is free, and the wine is usually around $1 per taste.
Things to bring: a helmet, sun screen, bright clothing, and a water bottle.
Directions: Your on your own to get you and your bike to Elgin. Take I-10 East towards El Paso. Take exit 281 and head south to Sonoita on scenic Highway 83. Continue on Highway 83 to Sonoita. When you reach the intersection of Highway 83 and Highway 82, continue south on Highway 83 to Elgin Road. Turn left on Elgin Road and Callaghan vineyards is approximately 3 miles on your left.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot on the trip.