A Slow and Safe Return to Oregon Wine Country
As of mid-May, many winery tasting rooms around Oregon began to reopen for onsite visitation. The state of Oregon has put into action a carefully phased plan to protect public health and Oregon’s wine industry has adopted a detailed set of requirements and guidelines to ensure winery staff and tasting room visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience in Oregon wine country.
Winery tasting rooms, regardless of county, must continue to observe social distancing guidelines. These are:
- Determine maximum occupancy to maintain physical distancing requirements and limit number of customers on premises accordingly
- Ensure tables are spaced so that at least 6 feet between parties is maintained, including when customers approach or leave tables
- Remove or restrict seating to facilitate the requirement of at least 6 feet of physical distance between people not in the same party
- Limit parties to 10 people or fewer and do not combine parties/guests at shared seating situations who have not chosen to congregate together
- People in the same party seated at the same table do not have to be 6 feet apart
Keep in mind that most wineries regardless of location are still offering delivery and curb-side-pickup. We’ve assembled resources to bring wine, recipes, opportunities and education to you. You don’t have to go out to bring Oregon wine in.
What You Should Know
Starting July 1 Oregonians statewide are required to wear face coverings in all indoor public spaces when not eating or drinking. As a courtesy, restrict travel to counties in the same phase of reopening as your own. When you do head out, make sure to call ahead to confirm availability and understand expectations.
What Wineries Will Do
While tasting rooms will be offering different experiences based on their individual facilities and staffing, all open tasting rooms will implement social distancing and extensive hygiene and infection prevention measures. Expect a great experience, but allow for it to be a little different.
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 July 20.
More than 165 tasting rooms throughout Oregon have reopened for onsite hospitality. When you’re ready find one near you to fill your glass.
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.