Detox Then Retox: How to Exercise the Wine Country Way
We can't get enough of those scientific studies that prove the health benefits of drinking wine. Of course, even the most solid of liquid diets is best when paired with exercise. Here's how to do both at basically the same time at California wineries.
Even the name sounds energizing, doesn't it? This rigorous outdoor boot camp–style workout promises to pump that body for an hour thanks to a personal trainer who will work you over a circuit course with ball slams, rope work, squats, and sprints along the chateau’s grand staircase and terraces and into its organic vineyards and gardens. Recover with a tasting of sparkling wines paired with seasonal super foods ($175, by appointment only). For something less intense but equally uplifting, Vinyasa in the Vineyard is a one-hour “Shavasana to sparkling wine” ($125). // 1240 Duhig Road, Napa, 800-716-2788, domainecarneros.com.
Work up a sweat at Brut Camp, held on the terrace at Domaine Carneros. If that vista isn't motivation enough, just think about that sparkling wine tasting afterward.
Get those endorphins going with the new hour-long pilates and barre program on Vineyard 29's veranda or in the peaceful wine cellar. Afterward, recharge with a custom-crafted green juice before embarking upon a winery tour, tasting, and lunch. If it seems pricey ($2,900 for groups up to 10, by appointment), consider that the ticket also includes a mixed case of CRU sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, and cabernet sauvignon to take home. // 2929 Hwy. 29, Saint Helena, 707-963-9292, vineyard29.com.
Yoga instructor, massage therapist, and wellness coach Sally Mitchell, founder of Body Flows, stages yearround fitness getaways throughout Sonoma and Napa, as well as classes and day tours at select wineries. Sign up for her Winter Wonderland Retreat (December 11 through 13) to indulge in multiple yoga classes, group hikes, and spa meals at Mayacamas Ranch, where you'll also have a comfy hotel room and plenty of hot tub time and wine tasting. // Mayacamas Ranch, 3975 Mountain Home Ranch Rd (Calistoga), 707-942-5127, mayacamasranch.com
If it's a gentle start to the day you seek, sign up for a yoga class, led by Mari and Chris Coppinger from 2up Yoga, in the estate vineyards at Comstock. Post-workout, sip sauvignon blanc with your continental breakfast on the patio. Classes are 20 people ($25 each), and are offered every other Sunday from 9:30 to 11 am. // 1290 Dry Creek Road, Healdsburg, 707-723-3011, comstockwines.com.