Wineries in and around Kelowna are excited to once again welcome visitors for tastings! And with safety the number one priority for guests, wineries throughout the region have adapted their operating procedures. This means more safety protocols, but also more intimate tastings and additional winery experiences. Read on to find out more!
Planning ahead will help you make the most of your wine touring experience, as some wineries are encouraging guests to make reservations for tastings in advance so they can adhere to tasting room and group size restrictions. Several wineries are also now offering new tastings experiences, including plenty of food pairing options and winery tours, so be sure to visit the website of the winery you plan to visit to find out more about these opportunities and if reservations are required. If you prefer to be a bit spontaneous and choose which wineries to stop at as you go, please know you may need to wait while groups that have reserved ahead of time will take first priority.
Keep groups small
Small group sizes and limited capacity in tasting rooms means you’ll receive a much more intimate experience. Provincial health authorities have mandated that businesses in the service industry (restaurants, wineries, breweries, etc.) can only allow a maximum of six people in one group to ensure proper social distancing. This means you’ll receive more one-on-one time with the tasting room staff while also staying properly distanced from other groups.
Mind Your Distance
To adhere to physical distancing measures, wineries will have reduced capacity, as well as directional signage and “no-go” zones that mark appropriate distances. Keep an eye out for this information and follow the rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.
Sanitize, Sanitize, Sanitize
Each winery will have sanitizing stations at the entrances and exits, as well as other areas throughout. So, when you arrive be sure to use the sanitizer and don’t worry if you already used some at the last winery, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So sanitize upon arrival and again when you depart. The staff will also ensure that common areas and high touch surfaces are cleaned after each group.
Guided Wine Tours
Each business operator has different capacities for wine tours, so be sure to contact each business to fully understand their protocols and remember you can only have a group of six! Click here for a list of wine tour companies that are currently operating in Kelowna with COVID-19 safety measures in place.
*Always plan a safe ride! If you’re not exploring the wineries in our region with a licensed tour operator, have a designated driver to get you where you need to go safely.*