A Safe Return to Oregon Wine Country
Oregon is operating under a “Risk and Safety Framework” that measures risk of COVID-19 by county. Each framework level has health and safety guidance for individuals and businesses by activity.
Updated February 10
On Feb. 9 Governor Kate Brown announced county level changes to begin Friday, Feb. 12 that allow for indoor wine tasting and dining to resume in 22 counties. Hood River, Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, and Linn counties will join Douglas, Lincoln and Tillamook counties in the High risk category. This allows for parties of up to 6 to once again enjoy indoor wine tasting.
High risk classification allows:
- Indoor tasting and dining, capacity not to exceed 25% max occupancy or 50 people, whichever is smaller
- Outdoor tasting and dining, 75 people maximum
- Indoor and outdoor seating: 6 and 8 people respectively per party and table, limit 2 households
All Oregon wine counties remain able to host outdoor tasting and indoor shopping. Wineries statewide have found creative ways to host you comfortably while maintaining a safe and enjoyable experience for staff and guests alike. Give your favorite winery a call to see what they’re offering.
For a complete list of allowed activities by risk level, click here. Call ahead to confirm your plans with each business before heading out.
How to Use the County Map
Last update Feb. 12
The map below, produced by the Governor’s office, displays county status. The table at right clarifies what tasting and shopping services are available at wineries in each respective risk category. County status will be updated by the Governor’s office every two weeks.
Next update Feb. 26.
What Businesses Will Do
Winery offering vary by county throughout Oregon. Some are able to offer indoor tasting, many more are available for limited outdoor tasting, and all that are interested are available for curbside pickup and online orders. When you’re ready, find one near you to fill your cellar. If you’re planning to taste outdoors, call ahead and dress warmly.
See allowed activities by risk level here.
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 are open?
What wineries are open and what experiences they are able to offer varies by county restriction and individual business preference. Starting Feb. 12 many wineries are once again able to offer indoor tasting. Many more continue to offer outdoor tasting and indoor shopping and pickup. No complete list exists so calling ahead to your favorite tasting rooms is needed.
A list of tasting rooms can be seen here and filtered by location, varietal and amenity.
Our partners at Willamette Valley Wine and Rogue Valley Wine Country have ongoing lists of their member wineries and the services offered.
Do I have to wear a mask?
Tasting room employees and guests are required to wear masks when entering, exiting or moving around public space. Masks can be removed while eating and drinking.
Should I make an appointment?
Many Oregon tasting rooms are operating as appointment-only to manage health precautions and ensure a flawless experience for guests. Because of the fluidity with COVID phasing, please 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 continue to monitor public health and modify business openings until it’s safe to gather without the physical distancing requirement. However, wineries around Oregon are open now and welcoming guests for onsite visitation. Please call ahead.