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Wine and Bike in the Tennessee Overhill (Pampered)

Duration
5 nights
BASE PRICE
$2,490
LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY
Enthusiast
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type
Guided
DISTANCE
39 miles average (maximum 54 miles)

Overview

The perfect pampered vacation in a private mansion with private chef, ride-along guide and support vehicle and driver--with scenic cycling and great wines! The Tennessee Overhill is a treasure trove of rivers, waterfalls, forested mountains, quiet backroads, sprawling farmland and rolling hills set against the backdrop of Cherokee National Forest. It’s a region where tradition and family still mean everything, and it’s the family-owned farms and vineyards that share this tour’s focus with the natural beauty.

You'll enjoy not just enjoy some of the finest cycling Tennessee has to offer, but each day you'll visit one the Overhill's four superb vineyards, taste their wines, and, if timing permits, meet the vintners. In late summer and fall, you can even pick your own muscadines to snack on during your ride.

The four vineyards you'll visit are more recent additions to the Overhill, but they follow a tradition that started in Tennessee well before the Civil War. In a state better known for its whiskey, wineries are slowly making quite a name for themselves--and you’ll taste why.  

Your home base will be a private mansion just outside the historic town of Athens. End each day in the pool or hot tub or just lounge on the deck and look at the sunset. You'll be pampered each day with breakfast, dinner and picnic lunches prepared by your own private chef, using local farm products as much as possible. (We will contact you for your food preferences before you arrive.)

Your tour will culminate in a four-course catered dinner with each course paired with wine from a vineyard you visited.

Highlights

  • Scenic backroads cycling
  • Lodging in your own mansion complete with swimming pool, waterfall and hot tub
  • Dinners, breakfasts and picnic lunches prepared by your private chef
  • Farewell multi-course dinner with local produce and local wine pairings
  • Visits and wine tastings at Silver Spring Winery, Morris Vineyard, Savannah Oaks Winery, and Tsali Notch Vineyard
  • Views to the Cherokee National Forest
  • Hiwassee River Valley
  • Historic towns of Reliance, Tellico Plains and Athens
  • Delano Community Farm Market, run by the Mennonites

Difficulty

Enthusiast
Level 4 of 4

The region is called "Overhill" for a reason--and we'll be cycling over countless hills. But few are long and fewer are steep. With the exception of a few brief areas with packed gravel or dirt (very walkable), the surface is entirely asphalt. If Level 4 is too high, we encourage you to rent an e-bike!

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Athens
After a welcome dinner at Ramble Creek, we have our orientation around the fire pit or maybe in the hot tub with the best view in the region.

Day 2: Morris Vineyard (54 miles)

Today's the longest day of riding, but it will pay off as you enter the rolling farmlands of historic Chatata Valley. Family-run Morris Vineyard has a simple motto: "We plant. We grow. We harvest. We make." All wines are produced and bottled on location at their vineyard and winery. The Morris family has dedicated three generations to this craft and offer a variety of 19 different wines to choose from, ranging from sweet to dry. They also make their own jellies and offer local cheeses. also have U-Pick your own fruit, wine tastings, jellies, local cheeses… and the best view in town!

Day 3: Savannah Oaks Winery (42 miles)
After breakfast, you enter the Hiwassee River Valley and make your way to Delano Community Farm Market, a Mennonite market where you can load up on fruit and baked goods. But save room a wine- and cheese-tasting and picnic lunch at Savannah Oaks Winery, nestled in the foothills surrounding Starr Mountain, on the picturesque Savannah Farms, whose 11,000 acres include the winery's thriving vineyards. You'll have a winery tour followed by the tasting, which will take place in an 1861 Cantilever Barn that was built by 40 men in one day! You follow back roads home to Ramble Creek.

‍‍Day 4: Silver Springs Winery (36 miles)
We start our tour riding along the Eureka Trail, a hard-packed gravel trail that follows the path of a former rail line connecting the communities of Athens and Englewood. In Athens, we’ll explore the historic town and make our way to Silver Springs Winery, one of Tennessee’s newest wineries but one that has already established deep roots. We couple a tour and a tasting with lunch in their Greek Taverna. Return on scenic backroads to Ramble Creek.

The winery's founder has fond memories of growing up in Greece and all aspects of making wines with his grandfather. The vineyard's young grapes  should begin to produce this year so that they can offer you estate wines.  They also make wines using grapes from several areas of the country including the drier areas of the Pacific Northwest Region.

They currently offer Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Rose, and Riesling as well as red blends. Come each summer, they invite you to sample their Strawberry Wine and our Chocolate Strawberry Wine.

Day 5: Tsali Notch Vineyard (24 miles)
You cap off your week with a leisurely ride to Tsali Notch Vineyard, a 202-acre muscadine grape vineyard, for a tour, wine-tasting and picnic lunch, possibly visiting other nearby farmers. Named after an historic Cherokee leader, Tsali Notch vineyard specializes in muscadine grapes, grown on over 6,000 vines on 21 miles of trellises, covering 35 acres of a 202-acre estate. The property has an average elevation of 1,150 feet and is ringed by sweeping mountain views. If you have time, you can head along the Eureka Trail into Athens and take a tour and get ice cream samples at Mayfield Dairy.


Day 6: Individual departure
Final breakfast and individual departure.


Dates & Pricing

Dates

April 10, May 1, Sept. 11, Oct. 16, 2022

Private tours on request for parties of 4 or more from April through November with arrival only available on Sundays. (Subject to availability)

Pricing

4-8 participants: $2,490 per person

We can accept more than 8 people, up to 12, if some are willing to share rooms and/or bathrooms.

Parties of 3-4 willing to share rooms and/or bathrooms: 10% discount

Single room supplement: $897

Rental bikes

Hybrid touring bike: $150

Electric-assist bike (e-bike): $275

Inclusions
  • 5 nights lodging
  • Ride-along guide
  • Accompanying support vehicle with snacks and water and room for tired cyclists--especially if you need to cut down distances
  • Detailed route planning with online maps
  • 4 vineyard visits with wine tastings
  • 5 dinners, 5 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches
  • 1 bottle of wine from each of the four vineyards (per person)
Map
Gallery

Day 1: Arrival in Athens
After a welcome dinner at Ramble Creek, we have our orientation around the fire pit or maybe in the hot tub with the best view in the region.

Day 2: Morris Vineyard (54 miles)

Today's the longest day of riding, but it will pay off as you enter the rolling farmlands of historic Chatata Valley. Family-run Morris Vineyard has a simple motto: "We plant. We grow. We harvest. We make." All wines are produced and bottled on location at their vineyard and winery. The Morris family has dedicated three generations to this craft and offer a variety of 19 different wines to choose from, ranging from sweet to dry. They also make their own jellies and offer local cheeses. also have U-Pick your own fruit, wine tastings, jellies, local cheeses… and the best view in town!

Day 3: Savannah Oaks Winery (42 miles)
After breakfast, you enter the Hiwassee River Valley and make your way to Delano Community Farm Market, a Mennonite market where you can load up on fruit and baked goods. But save room a wine- and cheese-tasting and picnic lunch at Savannah Oaks Winery, nestled in the foothills surrounding Starr Mountain, on the picturesque Savannah Farms, whose 11,000 acres include the winery's thriving vineyards. You'll have a winery tour followed by the tasting, which will take place in an 1861 Cantilever Barn that was built by 40 men in one day! You follow back roads home to Ramble Creek.

‍‍Day 4: Silver Springs Winery (36 miles)
We start our tour riding along the Eureka Trail, a hard-packed gravel trail that follows the path of a former rail line connecting the communities of Athens and Englewood. In Athens, we’ll explore the historic town and make our way to Silver Springs Winery, one of Tennessee’s newest wineries but one that has already established deep roots. We couple a tour and a tasting with lunch in their Greek Taverna. Return on scenic backroads to Ramble Creek.

The winery's founder has fond memories of growing up in Greece and all aspects of making wines with his grandfather. The vineyard's young grapes  should begin to produce this year so that they can offer you estate wines.  They also make wines using grapes from several areas of the country including the drier areas of the Pacific Northwest Region.

They currently offer Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Rose, and Riesling as well as red blends. Come each summer, they invite you to sample their Strawberry Wine and our Chocolate Strawberry Wine.

Day 5: Tsali Notch Vineyard (24 miles)
You cap off your week with a leisurely ride to Tsali Notch Vineyard, a 202-acre muscadine grape vineyard, for a tour, wine-tasting and picnic lunch, possibly visiting other nearby farmers. Named after an historic Cherokee leader, Tsali Notch vineyard specializes in muscadine grapes, grown on over 6,000 vines on 21 miles of trellises, covering 35 acres of a 202-acre estate. The property has an average elevation of 1,150 feet and is ringed by sweeping mountain views. If you have time, you can head along the Eureka Trail into Athens and take a tour and get ice cream samples at Mayfield Dairy.


Day 6: Individual departure
Final breakfast and individual departure.


  • Scenic backroads cycling
  • Lodging in your own mansion complete with swimming pool, waterfall and hot tub
  • Dinners, breakfasts and picnic lunches prepared by your private chef
  • Farewell multi-course dinner with local produce and local wine pairings
  • Visits and wine tastings at Silver Spring Winery, Morris Vineyard, Savannah Oaks Winery, and Tsali Notch Vineyard
  • Views to the Cherokee National Forest
  • Hiwassee River Valley
  • Historic towns of Reliance, Tellico Plains and Athens
  • Delano Community Farm Market, run by the Mennonites

Enthusiast
Level 4 of 4

The region is called "Overhill" for a reason--and we'll be cycling over countless hills. But few are long and fewer are steep. With the exception of a few brief areas with packed gravel or dirt (very walkable), the surface is entirely asphalt. If Level 4 is too high, we encourage you to rent an e-bike!

Dates

April 10, May 1, Sept. 11, Oct. 16, 2022

Private tours on request for parties of 4 or more from April through November with arrival only available on Sundays. (Subject to availability)

Pricing

4-8 participants: $2,490 per person

We can accept more than 8 people, up to 12, if some are willing to share rooms and/or bathrooms.

Parties of 3-4 willing to share rooms and/or bathrooms: 10% discount

Single room supplement: $897

Rental bikes

Hybrid touring bike: $150

Electric-assist bike (e-bike): $275

  • 5 nights lodging
  • Ride-along guide
  • Accompanying support vehicle with snacks and water and room for tired cyclists--especially if you need to cut down distances
  • Detailed route planning with online maps
  • 4 vineyard visits with wine tastings
  • 5 dinners, 5 breakfasts, 5 picnic lunches
  • 1 bottle of wine from each of the four vineyards (per person)
Maps are for reference only and may not be the actual routes used.
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