Two do-it-yourself Long Island Wine Country bike tours

The Old Field Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Charity Robey)

The Old Field Vineyards in Southold. (Credit: Charity Robey)

I like wine, and I like visiting farms.

But I’ve never taken a tour of North Fork Wine Country, even though I’ve admired the landscape and the wines for years.

So I decided to explore both the farmland and the wines this spring — by bicycle.

I mapped two routes with scenery and serenity in mind. Each one amounts to about an hour of easy pedaling and is dead flat. Cyclocross, this was not. No carbon frames, spandex shorts or aerodynamic accessories are required.

Both routes take in small, low-key wineries situated in the earthy farm paradise we call the North Fork.

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