Segways and Electric bicycles in the Rhone Valley

Jul 12, 16 Segways and Electric bicycles in the Rhone Valley

The latest fad to sweep vineyard tours seems to be Segways. I had seen another blogger on a Segway in South Africa recently and thought, how cool, but will that ever get to the Old World? Well, the answer is yes! And it’s been going on for a few years – I really need to get out more often.

imageWe were invited as guests of Terres de Syrah to tour the vineyards of St Joseph  by Segway. At first it’s a bit unsettling stepping on them because you think you’re going to fall over but after about 5 minutes of zooming around the parking lot, we were off into the hills of St.Joseph.

imageThey are quite steep and I was a bit concerned about going too fast on the way down but they are so easy to control that it’s almost like the machine can read your mind – freaky! Afterwards we had a small tasting with Benedicte of Terres de Syrah. The company specializes in wine tastings and offers Segways, electric bicycles and walking tours as well as various other activities.

imageBesides Segway-ing through the vineyards of St. Joseph, one can also cruise up and down the hills of the world famous, Hermitage vineyards in Tain-L’Hermitage by bicycle. I was at first sceptical that I would be able to make it up the hills without having to get off my bicycle and push it up the hill BUT then I read the small print and it turned out that we were going to be using electric bicycles.

imageI found this amusing because on the flight over I had been reading about the latest models and thinking to myself, ‘I’d really like to try one of them…’ The Southern France people must have been reading my mind. But anyway… I loved the electric bicycles, riding is one there is not much difference until you kick it into electric gear. The bikes don’t exactly take off like rockets but you definitely feel the extra boost. I was able to make it all the way to the top without having to get off and push – a win as far as I was concerned.

imageSadly we were behind schedule so we were only able to admire the view from the top of Hermitage before having to coast back down to the bike/wine shop. We rented our bicycles and the affable owner of  Balades Viticoles, Fabien Louis was our guide for the morning.

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3 Comments

  1. This looks like SO much fun. I’ve always dreamed of traveling around and tasting wine. Any other destinations you would reccomend??

  2. I really feel incredible to ride, glide and travel seamlessly along the road taking in all the most beautiful sights. Riding into the future by a Segway has never been so easy, but so much fun!

  3. This sounds like so much fun! I had never thought of riding around a city and exploring through a segway, much less an electric bicycle but after reading this, it seems to make it the best way to explore! Thanks so much for sharing, it seems like you had a blast!

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