A beginner's guide to vineyard tours

A beginner's guide to vineyard tours

Visiting a vineyard is a wonderful activity, and if you have questions before having a chance to try some merlot or shiraz, here's a quick guide on vineyard tours

26 gen 2022, 13:18:37

What is a vineyard tour?

A tour of a vineyard gives you the opportunity to be taken around a vineyard and perhaps winery by a wine expert or wine maker learning about the process involved in making wine and seeing the effort that goes in to creating a variety of wines from reds, whites, rose, and sparkling. You should expect to see the vines on which the grapes grow, learn about grape varieties and how effect the style and taste of the wine, how wine is produced and see sample bottles.
Where can you go on a vineyard tour?

Many vineyards in recent years have now opened their doors to the public offering you the chance to go behind the scenes and see the process in growing grapes and creating wine. Due to the nature of a vineyard, except to have to travel outside of a city to the country. Also, there is now a trend for urban wineries (where the wine is produced but no grapes are grown).
What kinds of events are vineyard tours good for?

Being both educational and social vineyard tours are perfect for many social and corporate events. Ideal for team bonding and a chance for employees to take a break from the workplace, as well as an opportunity to entertain top customers or clients. Many bachelorette parties are now attending vineyard tours as part of the celebration, and any celebrations such as a birthday or anniversaries are a great excuse for visiting a vineyard. Or perhaps whilst on vacation?

How much does a vineyard tour cost?

You expect to be charged per person for your vineyard tour, although private vineyard tours may have a minimum number of attendees. Many vineyards keep the cost of a tour to a minimum to encourage visitors as a way of growing their fan base and allowing customers a chance to purchase wine and merchandise to enjoy later.
How long will a vineyard tour last?

The length of the vineyard tour will depend on the product selected, but generally most tours last around 1 or 2 hours, which may include some tasting. Some vineyards may have an on-site tasting room where you can mingle at your own leisure and purchase additional glasses of wine.
Will there be food on offer at the vineyard?

Some vineyard experiences may provide the opportunity to pair food with their wines, but this is dependent on the product selected so please read the details. In recent years many vineyards have seen the opportunity to build their own vineyard restaurants which not only give the chance to try more wines but also dine in the vineyard.

Will I see being wine produced whilst I’m in the vineyard?

Not all vineyards have a winery (where the wine is produced and bottled), and often the only processes involve the harvesting of the grapes onsite. The harvest season will vary on the location of the vineyard, and some tours may not run on these dates due to the work involved in picking the fruit. You should expect to see the vines, learn about grape varieties, how wine is produced and see sample bottles.
How many wines will I taste on a vineyard tour?

If the vineyard provides the opportunity to taste their wines you should expect to taste anywhere between 3-4 different wines, but this will depend on the product selected. You may also get the opportunity to purchase additional wines at the end of the tour. The styles and types of wine being tasted will also depend on what grapes are grown at the vineyard from Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon,  Syrah, Zinfandel, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, to Riesling
What do you wear to vineyard tour?

If visiting a working vineyard, you should wear closed toe shoes even if it’s sunny outside. Please dress for the weather, and please note that some of the ground in the vineyard can be uneven or wet in some places. Some vineyards may also ask that you wear high visibility clothing, goggles, and construction helmets at certain points of the tour which they will provide.
Are there any restrictions to attending a vineyard tour?

Some vineyards will only allow attendees who are over the age restriction for consuming alcohol and will certainly only allow adults to try their wines. If the vineyard allows children they may also provide soft drinks instead of wines, and children may also enjoy seeing science behind turning grapes into wine!

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