A Toast to Summer Wine Tour Fun & Proper Etiquette!
Visiting wineries in summer is a popular activity, and it’s perfect for wine lovers. Some planning and knowledge about etiquette will help to ensure that you have a great experience at a wine tasting. The top three tips for summer wine tours are, basically: Have a designated driver, be careful not to become a drunk taster, and bring along something to store wine purchases in so that the wine doesn’t spoil on the way home. Rosehill Wine Cellars loves providing the perfect place for storing wine, from custom wine cellars to wine cabinets to wine fridges. Visiting wineries is a lot of fun and a great way to grow your wine collection.
Quick tips for a successful wine tour
Equipping yourself with knowledge, including about proper etiquette, will help you relax and feel more comfortable on wine tours. The following are a few more helpful tips:
- You don’t want to arrive at a winery only to discover that all tours are booked. In summer, this is a good possibility. Book your wine tours in advance.
- On summer weekends, be sure to go early. One of the most enjoyable aspects of a wine tour is chatting with owners, winemakers, and the people behind the bar. Once things get too crowded, there are fewer opportunities for conversation.
- If getting up close and personal with wine makers is one of your primary goals, choose smaller vineyards to visit. Larger places have a completely different feel, including a lot more extra hired help on staff and more merchandise for sale, such as t-shirts and other souvenirs.
- Always be polite and show respect, no matter the size of the winery. In smaller wineries, you could be visiting part of the owner’s home.
- Be adventurous. Try different, unfamiliar kinds of wine.
- Be ready with an answer to the question, “What is your favorite kind of wine?”
- Ask where the grapes were grown, unless you see “estate bottled” on the bottles.
- Don’t feel pressured to buy large quantities of wine.
- A wine tour is fine for the whole family. Many wineries include activities for families and grape juice tastings for the kids.
- Keep in mind that some wineries will ship wine to you, which will eliminate the need for careful storage and transport for the remainder of your trip.
- Don’t be shy about asking questions. Do research about wine making before going and ask about things you’re curious about. Avoid, however, appearing to be showing off your wine knowledge.
Book your summer wine tour today!
If you enjoy wine, a wine tour is the perfect summer activity. Connecting with the place where it all happens is fun for wine lovers. Most people bring home a few bottles of wine from a tour. Rosehill Wine Cellars has you covered, as far as transporting your wine and storing it long-term in your own custom wine cellar, wine cabinets, or wine fridge.