For experienced bikers and novices alike, there can be no more serene or memorable experience of Austria's wine hotspots than breezing along the marvelous “Rieden Tour Süd” bike trail. With the wind in your hair, you'll wend your way from village to breathtaking castles to renowned wineries, while making leisurely stops sampling local treats.
Nowhere is the notion of terroir more vital than places like Langenlois, Austria's largest wine village, or the beautifully renovated Gobelsburg Palace, home to one of the country's most prestigious wineries. There's no better way to experience that exquisite bit of earth than in the open air. The “Rieden Tour Süd” bike path winds up to the palace, on to a forgotten old castle, past the stunning Lengenfeld Golf Course and along a romantic wine cellar alley. Pause at the Erste Kamptaler Essigmanufaktur for some award-winning vinegars before continuing along a stream to Langenlois's Ursin Haus, for a wine tasting and snack. Whether you're a young family or a hardcore rock hopper, a network of well-marked bicycle routes -- named after grape varieties, of course -- awaits your discovery, beginning at the town's charming square.