A Safe Return to Oregon Wine Country
Updated November 17.
To halt the troubling spread of COVID-19, Oregon Governor Kate Brown has announced a two-week suspension of all indoor/onsite dining at bars, restaurants and winery tasting rooms effective November 18 – December 2. Tasting rooms may remain open for curb-side and onsite pickup at their discretion, but no onsite wine tasting will be permitted. Further, Oregonians are encouraged to stay in their region, avoiding non-essential travel to other states or counties.
2020 continues to be a challenge. Your ongoing support for Oregon’s industry has been an anchor of stability and encouragement. So this holiday season more than 100 wineries statewide want to say thank you for that support with a gift, discount or charitable donation. The Giving Season is our gift to you and remains available now through Thanksgiving.
What You Should Know
Oregonians are required to wear face coverings in all public spaces when not eating or drinking. As a courtesy, restrict travel to counties in the same phase of reopening as your own. Before you do head out, make sure to call ahead to confirm availability and understand expectations.
What Wineries Will Do
In compliance with Governor Brown’s “Two Week Freeze” Oregon tasting rooms will be open for curb-side pickup, takeout and online orders only Nov. 18 – Dec. 2. All winery staff will implement extensive hygiene and infection prevention measures while fulfilling orders.
Open Businesses and Counties
Business sectors in the following counties, including winery tasting rooms and dine-in restaurants, began to reopen May 15. See the Governor’s office resources here. Updated Nov. 13.
Hundreds of tasting rooms throughout Oregon are available for pickup and take out orders. When you’re ready, find one near you to fill your cellar.
What's the difference between Phase 1 and Phase 2 for wineries?
In the tasting room there’s little difference between Phase 1 and Phase 2 counties. Wineries in both instances will keep parties socially distanced, employees will still be wearing masks and sanitization will still be diligently practiced. Phase 1 & 2 tasting rooms must close by 10pm, but it’s extremely uncommon Oregon tasting rooms to remain open that late regardless.
What wineries are open?
As of May 15, Oregon began a phased reopening plan. As a result, wineries around Oregon are allowed to reopen for onsite tastings if they can meet a set of criteria for guests and employees to ensure the health and safety of all involved. Please note that many wineries are appointment only and none are required to open so be sure to call ahead.
A list of tasting rooms open for onsite hospitality can be seen here and filtered by location, varietal and amenity.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Tasting room employees are required to wear masks and you are highly encouraged to put a mask on when entering tasting rooms.
Should I make an appointment?
During Phase 1 many tasting rooms will be appointment-only. Because of the fluidity with this reopening phase, you should call or visit the websites of the tasting rooms you want to visit in advance to obtain current visitor information.
What should I expect?
While tasting rooms will be offering different experiences based on their individual facilities and staffing, all tasting rooms will implement social distancing and extensive hygiene and infection prevention measures. For example, you may be poured your complete tasting flight at one time rather than sequentially. For a detailed list of how Oregon wineries are preparing for guests see here.
When will everything be back to normal?
No one knows that yet. Oregon counties will remain in Phase 2 of the Governor’s reopening plan until it’s safe to gather without the physical distancing requirement. However, wineries around Oregon are open now and welcoming guests for onsite visitation. Find open tasting rooms near you here.
Are there fires impacting tasting rooms?
Recently, various wildfires in Oregon impacted travel and business operations. The safety of our guests and residents is our primary concern. If you have plans to visit wine country make sure to call ahead on the day of your expected visit to speak directly with those at your destination.