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Zephyr Adventures: Best for Getting Exercise
Montana-based Zephyr Adventures (five-day itineraries for two from $3,600) has been running active trips for more than a decade, and recently the company added wine itineraries that bring travelers to such destinations as Oregon, Sonoma, Argentina, and South Africa. The trips incorporate biking, hiking, horseback riding, and canoeing, mixed with winery visits at established names like Napa’s Clos du Val. “We won’t focus on one vintage versus another, but more basic things such as, ‘Do you like this wine?’” says owner Allan Wright.
The Caveat: Don’t expect the highest-scoring wineries in each region, but a range of producers from industrial to boutique. The trips will also challenge the unfit: most itineraries require a short, medium, and long bike ride or hike every day.