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Winery Etiquette

The atmosphere in a winery tasting room is one of subtle sophistication.  While shorts and athletic shoes are acceptable so is semi-dress clothing.  Loud outside voices are not appropriate.  Conversational tones are perfect and fit in well with talking about the wines you taste and meeting others who have common interests.  

Tasting rooms can be crowded on the weekends. Weekdays are generally slower and Wine hosts have more time to talk about the wines you are tasting.  In either case, if the tasting room is busy do not elbow your way to the tasting bar. 

Give yourself plenty of time at a winery.  Relax and enjoy the wine tasting and the ambiance of the tasting room.  If the tasting counter is busy, consider stepping back to discuss wine with other like-minded people.  This gives others room to step up for a tasting.  Many wineries have gift selections to browse while tasting wines.  Take your time tasting and browse the display. 


Expect a fee.  (This may be returned to you on the cost of your purchase). 

Allow the server to pour your wine in the order of their menu.  (It’s been organized in the lighter to heavier wine order.) 

Ask a lot of questions.  (Education should be part of your process.)  

Spit, if you’re going to be doing a lot of wine “tasting”.  (It’s part of the process, and will keep down your blood alcohol level.)  

Turn off your cell phone.  (The whole world is a phone booth these days, but these kinds of distractions really take away from others learning experience, as well as your own.)


Expect a full glass pour.  This is wine “tasting”, remember, not wine drinking.

Bathe in a lot of fragrances before heading out for a wine tasting.  Fragrances completely throw off the ability for you and others around you to be able to enjoy the wines aromatics and flavors in a pure unadulterated way. 

Enjoy the winery’s picnic area and bring your own wine.  These areas have staff to maintain their grounds and its there for you to enjoy food and wine… their wine

Pour your own wine.  Tasting wine is a business, not a party, although it may feel that casual.  The same rules apply in a tasting room that apply in a bar, where you wouldn’t dream of pouring your own beverage.

*Limit yourself to no more than 3 wine tastes per winery. 

*Ask before you picnic at a winery, and never bring other alcoholic beverages to drink at a


  *Children are welcome during non-event weekends, but please keep an eye on them. Most 

  wineries have heavy equipment running and therefore it is not safe for unsupervised children. 

*Groups always require advanced notice.