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It's an unconventional way to sample the North Fork wineries. Three companies are now running guided vineyard tours by bicycle that depart from the Mattituck Long Island Rail Road station -- each includes bike/helmet rental, gourmet picnic lunches and a full itinerary of pit stops.
Vintage Bicycle Tours' "Signature Tour" is a 12-mile excursion to two vineyards that includes sampling of eight wines, extra-virgin olive oil and fine vinegars. You'll stop at farm stands, too ($119, 516-713-1039, vintagebicycletours.com). Adventure Cycles & Sports runs a six-hour tour that includes tastings, fresh fruit, cheese and dessert platers at three wineries spread over 16 miles ($160 includes bike rental, 516-755-2453, gorideabike.com).
Bike and Roll's excursion is the longest at 22 miles -- you'll visit two wineries, taste cheese at Catapano Dairy Farm and take self-guided tours at Horton Point Lighthouse and Cutchogue Village Green to view 17th century buildings ($129, 212-260-0400, bikenewyorkcity.com).. (May 19, 2012)
(Credit: Photo by Randee Daddona)

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