Wine Tasting Tips – 6 Tips For Visiting A Winery Post-Pandemic

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Wine Tasting Tips – 6 Tips For Visiting A Winery Post-Pandemic

With the world beginning to regain a sense of normality, you’re probably looking to get out and about again. For those who enjoy a drop of wine, a tasting might be on your to-do list. While this is certainly a great idea, things aren’t 100% back to the way they were before. So, we’ve put together this list of tips for visiting a winery post-pandemic

1. Support Local Wineries

The first tip on our list is to consider visiting a smaller, local winery. Vineyards have a lot of expenses and items required for planting and harvesting (such as seeds, crew, grape harvester parts, and maintenance) can quickly add up when you haven’t been able to operate at full capacity. By staying local, you help keep everyone safe, get to support a small family business, and will most likely receive a much more personalized experience.

2. Don’t Forget To Book Ahead

While previously we may have been about to just hop about stopping at any winery that took our fancy, it’s a good idea to properly plan and book your itinerary at the moment. Not only will this help avoid disappointment if a venue is already at capacity, but it will also assist them in complying with relevant local regulations. Plus, booking ahead can sometimes get you extra perks, so it’s always a good idea.

3. Dress Up

Now this one obviously isn’t mandatory as long as you’re meeting your chosen venue’s dress code, but since we haven’t had many opportunities to dress up over the past year, getting a little fancy for your visit will inject some fun into the outing and make your visit extra special

4. Leave A Review

Like most of the other hospitality and events venues, many wineries are struggling at the moment due to having their on-site services severely disrupted by the pandemic. Even in areas where they are now allowed to operate properly, there are still hurdles they must face to get people back through their doors. 

This is where you can really make a difference. Now, more than ever, people like yourself are relying on reviews to tell them where they can find a safe, and pleasant, experience. It stands to reason, therefore, that the most valuable thing you can give a winery, apart from your patronage, is a good review on your preferred platform if you enjoyed the service.

5. Bring Your Own Hand Sanitizer 

Unless the winery you’re visiting has an automatic sanitizer dispenser, you’re probably not going to want to use it. Having said that, sanitizing is important for keeping the spread under control, so get around this by bringing your own to keep yourself and others safe. If you can’t find any in-store, try making your own

6. Take-Home Some Extra Favorites 

Lastly, don’t forget to grab an extra couple of bottles or even a gourmet wine hamper to take home with you. We’re living in uncertain times, and with shipping delays a regular occurrence, you don’t want to go without your favorite drop if you can’t get back to the winery.

Things are going to be a bit different from the norm for a while. Indeed, they may never go back to exactly how they were. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t still enjoy your favorite things. Follow these tips and any relevant local legislation, and you can have yourself a wonderful post-pandemic winery visit. Let us know in the comments where you’ll be visiting first!

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