Ask a Foodie: Are there any clusters of bikeable wineries in the area?

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By: Geoff Lesar
glesar@flavor574.com

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Depending on the location, biking after boozing can be a perfectly legal way to explore regional vineyards and landscapes.

According to The League of American Bicyclists, both Michigan and Illinois do not consider bicycles to be vehicles and therefore allow pedaling under the influence.

This week’s Ask a Foodie question was submitted anonymously and inquired, “Are there clusters of wineries in the area that are close enough together that I could bike to them all? Or are there groups of wineries that I could visit on a day trip?”

Hoosiers, and those in neighboring Ohio, beware. Intoxicated bicyclists can be charged and prosecuted in the same manner as an operator of a motor vehicle would be.

In southwest and western Michigan, two groups of wineries are reachable by bike in less time than the duration of most sporting events.

The first cluster features eight near the Baroda and Berrien Springs region: Hickory Creek Winery, Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant, Round Barn Winery, Gravity, Free Run Cellars, Domaine Berrien Cellars, Lemon Creek Winery and Baroda Founders Wine Cellar.

According to Google Maps, the trek — in that order, finishing back at Hickory Creek Winery — would be about 17.4 miles and require about 90 minutes of riding. 

Similarly, a trip to South Haven’s 12 Corners Vineyards Tasting RoomCogdal Vineyards and McIntosh Wine Cellars, looping back to 12 Corners along the Blue Star Highway would take about 90 minutes — more than 19.1 miles of biking.

About four hours north of the Michiana area near Traverse City, Mich., a patch of wineries are in close proximity to each other. 

Aside from those, visiting multiple vineyards will likely require a commute by car with a designated driver. 

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