Anyone who enjoys an occasional glass of wine or wine with entrées will most likely enjoy visiting winery tasting rooms. I might be crazy, but I’m not too fond of wine per se, but I LOVE to attend wine tastings. You go with friends, you chit-chat, and have fun! Read why I think wine enthusiasts should visit winery tasting rooms.
Five Reasons Wine Enthusiasts Should Visit Wine Tasting Rooms
Visitors will frequently discover displays of wine-related merchandise to browse, and you’ll see a tasting counter is always available at wineries. Behind the tasting counter, at least one attendant will be pouring small, one-ounce tastes of wines that the winery produces.
Friendly Atmosphere in a Wine Tasting Room
Meet great people behind the wine tasting counter and enjoy the camaraderie of other visitors. It has been the experience of the Wine Trail Travelers that 99 percent of the time, workers and visitors at wineries and tasting rooms are very friendly. Friendliness is just as important as hard work. Without the hospitality, the wine ceases to mean little. The social part of wine is as important as pairing food with wine.
Numerous Wine Varieties and Styles to Discover
While some wineries have a portfolio of five wines, others have portfolios of 30 wines. At one time, a New York winemaker was producing 80 different wines between two wineries. It would be highly unusual that any visitor would taste all 30 wines. The attendant tries to identify the type of wine a guest prefers, whether sweet/dry or red/white in a tasting room.
Discover Wines That Are Not Available At Your Local Wine Shops
Unfortunately for the consumer, wine shops are limited to their shelf space and wineries the distributor deals with. This leaves the consumer out of touch with many wineries around the country except by using the Internet. This is a key argument for those in favor of direct wine shipping. Some wineries only sell wine directly from their winery tasting room.
Added Incentives to Visit Winery Tasting Rooms
The cost of visiting a winery is relatively inexpensive. Most wineries charge a small fee for wine tastings, however, a few high profile wineries have exorbitant fees. It’s probably favorable to call ahead and ask.
Taking Wine Tours Are Fun and Educational
Many wineries offer tours of the winery and their outdoor vineyards. Each tour is different and offers a new experience. Take a camera and preserve memories for a lifetime. Touring the actual place where grapes are grown is my favorite part as you get educated on how grapes are grown and why the owners love their particular winery.
- Each winery has its own rules and must follow federal and state regulations in the tasting room. No one may be served wine, which appears to have too much to drink. The winery has the right to limit the number of wines tasted. Some states require that wineries charge a small amount per tasting.
- Other wineries charge for tastings to help cover the cost of producing the wine and staffing the tasting room. If you taste wine at a winery and discover a wine you enjoy, purchase a bottle of it to take to enjoy with family or friends.
- Wine Enthusiasts Should Visit Winery Tasting Rooms with caution if driving.
Vacationers traveling past a winery tasting room may want to stop by and see what the experience is all about. It may well lead to a new hobby – winemaking.