Thinking about scheduling a few winery tours next time you’re in Wine Country? Winery tours can be can be fun and informative, but they can also be repetitive and time consuming. Most winery tours include five elements:
- How wine is made in general and how that specific winery makes their wine
- Local influences on growing and production (vineyard locations, soils, predominant weather conditions, etc.)
- Viewing of the winery’s production space, storage facilities and equipment
- Unique features of winery and/or surrounding grounds
- Wine tasting
Before committing time and money to a full itinerary of tours during our next Wine Adventure, let’s consider a few questions to help decide which tours are right for us.
1. Does the winery employ unique production equipment or processes? If we’ve toured a lot of wineries, we already know that most steel storage tanks look just about the same and most wineries use similar processes to make their wine. Unless the wine is made using an unusual method or equipment, we may want to save time and schedule a tasting instead of a tour.
2. Does the winery produce types of wine we aren’t familiar with? Not all types of wine are made the same, so if a winery is producing sparkling wines, fortified wines (e.g. Port), or dessert wines, we may want to take the tour to learn about those special processes.
3. Does the winery produce wine types and varietals we like? There are certain types of wine and grape varietals I don’t like. I’m not going on a tour at a winery that produces only those wines.
4. Do the grounds have any special features? Many wineries have unique views, gardens, architecture or other features that make them special and can be viewed only on tours. If the winery advertises features that float your boat, take the tour.
5. Do the location and/or structures have any historical significance? Whether you’re in Napa Valley, Bordeaux or Tuscany, odds are good that many of the wineries you visit will have an interesting historical significance. Layer that on top of other reasons to get to the know the winery better and scheduling a tour becomes an easy decision.
6. Do you like the winery’s wines? Few things are more disappointing than completing a winery tour with a sip of wine you would never buy. Before scheduling winery tours, look for opportunities to taste wines produced at the wineries you may visit.
I hope you found these questions helpful. Do you have any other tour selection criteria? Please enter your Comments below, Thanks!