Tired of being stuck inside? One of the best ways to get out and enjoy the great outdoors is to go wine tasting. As the Oregon weather presents its best self, wine tasting becomes a sought after activity in the Willamette Valley.
With the Willamette Valley open for Phase 1, many people want to reclaim a sense of normalcy and get out into the world again.
While many wineries have already opened their doors and are welcoming guests, we want you to be prepared for the changes that you can expect at most wineries.
Call wineries for reservations. This is critical. Governor Kate Brown has strongly recommended that all restaurants and tasting rooms adopt a reservation system. This means that if you are used to being spontaneous, think ahead… and if you are used to thinking ahead, add 1 or two weeks to your planning to ensure you can reserve the day and time you are looking for.
Travel in small groups. Most tasting rooms are capping their group reservations at 10 people or fewer, and many are capping reservations at parties of 6. The smaller the group, the greater your options. Don’t limit yourself by traveling with too many people.
Buy wine and earn perks. In an effort to support Oregon’s wine industry, the Oregon Wineries Association has put together this program that offers perks, like 2-1 tastings when you spend $250 on Oregon wine through July 1. Simply upload your receipts to receive the perks.
Bonus Tip: Bring and wear a mask. This is required at many of the wineries until you are seated. It is also just a common courtesy.
Time to put my own planning skills to the test and plan our trip to Walla Walla. This is what I do for a living, but planning-is-planning. Listen to Part II of my struggles and tips to make your next trip one to remember.