Why drive when you can ride? Shed the GPS system and four wheels, trade in your boot for a basket, and head to the High Country in northeast Victoria, home to Pedal to Produce, a series of food and wine trails designed specially for cyclists.

We’re not talking about lycra-clad, hairless professionals. This gourmet experience is perfect for food-loving folk who want a bit of fresh air between cheese sampling and wine tasting.

You won’t be on the road for long before stopping at Milawa Cheese Factory (No. 77 on this list), hopping back on the track only to pop by the Brown Brothers winery or Simone’s of Bright (No. 83 on this list).

There are trails winding through renowned food and wine regions including Rutherglen, Beechworth, Glenrowan, Milawa, King Valley, Myrtleford, Bright and the Kiewa Valley.

Whether it’s the Beechworth Bakery for freshly baked pie or some of Simone’s of Bright’s handmade prosciutto, there are plenty of reasons for a pit stop along the way.

The cycling maps are free online or at info centres in the areas where bikes with baskets are available for hire. Just watch out if you’re touring the wine regions – you won’t need a designated driver but a sober map-reader might come in handy.

Where: Criss-crossing bike trails throughout northeast Victoria. www.pedaltoproduce.com.au

Did you know: Along with your Pedal to Produce map, you can pick up an extra voucher booklet for just $25 at the visitor centres, which gives you around $500 worth of offers from the operators along the bike trails.

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