AN UPDATE FROM WINE COUNTRY ON COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS

We hope you’re staying safe and well during this time of uncertainty and quickly changing information regarding the COVID-19 virus. Beginning May 15th, wineries in many Oregon counties have been able to reopen for in-person tastings on a limited basis.

See the Phase One information below for details and a list of reopened wineries by county.

Please be aware that our community has the health of our guests at heart, and our wineries and hospitality partners are taking a variety of measures in accordance with the Governor’s guidelines and our own agreed-upon best practices. Not every winery in a given county will reopen at the same time and in the same way. Check before planning a visit to confirm your specific destination’s policies.

For our friends farther away: if you find yourself getting stir-crazy in the house, remember that your favorite winery likely ships to your state and may even have a case shipping deal right now to brighten this dark time for wine lovers like you. Our #WVCommunity hub has offers and deals as well as recipes, playlists and more from Willamette Valley wine country. Check with the wineries you love, consider an online order, and know that your business is deeply appreciated as we weather this storm together.

From all of us in wine country, thank you for being a supporter of Willamette Valley wine. Each and every one of us looks forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.


Welcome Back to Wine Country


Phase One

Beginning May 15th, depending on their county location, wineries and tasting rooms may begin to resume on-site tastings. Read more.

The State of Oregon has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 related health data since March 18th and has rolled out a multi-phase plan to reopen various business sectors in Oregon. Read more about the State of Oregon COVID-19 response and reopening.

Members of the Willamette Valley Wineries Association are committed to slow and safe reopenings of their tasting rooms and appreciate your understanding and support.

Updated travel advisories can be found here:

Travel Oregon (statewide)

Travel Portland (Portland Metro)

Willamette Valley Visitors Association (Willamette Valley not including Portland)

Travel Lane County (Eugene area)

 

FAQ

How do I know what wineries and tasting rooms are open?

Wineries and tasting rooms are slowly reopening by county. We are posting reopenings below as soon as winery announcements come in.

Should I make appointments?

During Phase One many tasting rooms will be appointment-only. Because of the fluidity with this reopening phase, you will need to call or visit the websites of the tasting rooms you want to visit in advance to obtain current visitor information.

Do I need to wear a mask?

Tasting room employees are required to wear masks and the State of Oregon highly encourages visitors to put on masks when entering tasting rooms. Many tasting rooms will ask you to wear a mask, and some may provide disposable masks; call to confirm.

How will social distancing be implemented?

Social distancing protocols at tastings rooms will be in place both inside and outside. You won’t see tasting bar seating, but do expect to see more tables separated by a minimum of six feet throughout tasting rooms, and more use of outdoor space.

Can I bring a group?

Associated groups for social distancing will be limited to 10 people. An associated group doesn’t have to be from the same household. You can create an associated group with friends or other people you are traveling with. Please note that many wineries will be limiting group size to fewer than 10 people so you need to confirm group limits with each winery.

How will service be different?

You can expect more pre-poured wine flights, limited wine bar service, and more seated tastings. What will not be different is the genuine hospitality that wine lovers have come to associated with the Willamette Valley.

What about restaurants?

Restaurants, by county, have been allowed to offer in-person dining as early as May 15th. Not all restaurants are opening at the same time, so again, call to confirm.

Can tasting rooms still serve food?

Please check with each tasting room ahead of visiting.

Will wineries accept cash?

Many wineries will be moving toward touch-less payment options. If you want to pay with cash we suggest you confirm ahead of time with the tasting rooms you plan to visit.

Will Memorial Day Weekend in Wine Country be similar to past years’ events?

Memorial Weekend in Wine Country has pivoted this year to a mainly virtual promotion. Wineries and tasting rooms that plan to be open will be listed here. Do not expect large open houses at wineries.

 


TO OUR VISITORS, on Behalf of our Tasting Rooms


We sincerely thank you for your support of our wines and our wine region. 
 
We ask that you extend this support to our wineries who have chosen to delay their reopening, and trust that they can’t wait to welcome you—as soon as they can do so in a way that keeps their customers, employees and families safe.
 
We ask for understanding that in this time of ever-changing information and uncertainty, managing a hospitality business requires difficult decisions that might seem to err on the side of overcaution—because we have so much at stake. 
 
To our valued customers who are based in counties that have not yet entered Phase One, we ask that you respect the OHA’s conclusion that your community is still at high risk—and that you stay home for now, to avoid bringing this elevated risk to our less affected counties.
 
To our valued guests who hope to travel to the Willamette Valley from other states, we ask that you wait until non-essential travel is declared safe throughout all Oregon counties—trusting that we look forward to welcoming you when responsible tourism is once again possible.
 
We ask for patience for our tasting room employees as they navigate an unprecedented learning curve. We ask for cooperation from you, and your understanding that every business is different and rules may vary depending on layout and environment. We promise to set expectations as clearly as possible—and we hope you will do the same by reaching out to us in advance of your visit to go over your plans. 
 
We know there’s no wine country without our visitors, and we want to keep you safe. Empathy is the greatest support we can ask for right now. We are so grateful for yours. 
 
Wherever you are, cheers from all of us.

Wineries Reopening By County


The listed wineries are located in counties that have entered Phase One of reopening and have told us they will be open for tastings as early as May 15 (future opening dates will be noted). Each winery links to its individual details.

 

not YET open

Multnomah County

Washington County

 

Open For Phase One

Benton County 

Broadley Vineyards

Clackamas County (No wineries have submitted reopening details)

Lane County 

Five Fourteen Vineyards

Sweet Cheeks Winery 

Sylvan Ridge

Linn County (No wineries have submitted reopening details)

Marion County

Honeywood Winery

Lady Hill Winery

Sineann

St. Innocent Winery

Willamette Valley Vineyards Estate Tasting Room

Polk County

Cubanisimo Vineyards

Eola Hills Wine Cellars

Failla Wines

Illahe Vineyards

Yamhill County

Abbey Road Farm

Anam Cara Cellars

Anne Amie Vineyards

Arborbrook Vineyards

August Cellars

Beacon Hill Winery

Bella Vida Vineyard

Bells Up Winery

Bravuro Cellars

Carlton Winemakers Studio

Chehalem Winery

Chris James Cellars

Coeur de Terre Vineyard 

Colene Clemens Vineyards

Cramoisi Vineyard

Day Wines (May 30)

Domaine de Broglie

Domaine Divio

Domaine Drouhin Oregon (June 2)

Domaine Roy & fils

Domaine Serene

Dominio IV Wines

Dundee Wine Library

Elk Cove Vineyards (June 1)

EIEIO & Co.

Et Fille Wines

Fairsing Vineyard

Flâneur Wines

Fox Farm Vineyards

Furioso Vineyards

Gran Moraine Winery

Great Oregon Wine Company / Duck Pond Cellars

Hazelfern Cellars

Hyland Estates

Kelley Fox Wines

Ken Wright Cellars

Lachini Vineyards

Lenné Estate

Mad Violets Wine Co.

Martin Woods

Maysara Winery

MonksGate Vineyard

Natalie’s Estate Winery

Penner-Ash Wine Cellars

Pike Road Wines

The Potter’s Vineyard & Clay Art Gallery

Purple Hands Winery

Rain Dance Vineyards

Résonance

Saffron Fields Vineyard

Seufert Winery

Siltstone Wines

Soléna Estate

Stoller Family Estate

Tendril Wine Cellars

Terra Vina Wines

Trisaetum

Twomey Cellars

Utopia Vineyard

Vidon Vineyard

White Rose Estate

Willakenzie Estate

Willamette Valley Vineyards McMinnville Tasting Room

Yamhill Valley Vineyards

 

Tasting Room Protocol Document

View Tasting Room Guidelines

County Boundaries Map

(From the Office of the Oregon Secretary of State)