Covid-19 FAQ’s and Resource Center

FAQ COVID-19 Woodinville Wine Country Re-Opening

Effective this past Friday, June 26, every Washingtonian in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others, will be legally required to wear a face covering. Here are some details of the new order:

  • Those with certain medical conditions and children under the age of two are excepted. Children aged 2-4 are encouraged, but not required, to wear a face covering with adult assistance.
  • Individuals may remove face coverings under certain circumstances, including while eating or drinking at a restaurant; while communicating with a person who is deaf or hard of hearing; and while outdoors in public areas, provided that a distance of six feet is maintained from people who are not members of their household.

You can read more on this mandate here.

 

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

Click here for a list of tasting rooms that have reopened.

 

Should I make appointments?

Most tasting rooms will be appointment-only. Because of the fluidity with the reopening phases, 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 WA legally requires all individuals to wear a mask in all indoor public spaces, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance from others.

 

How will social distancing be implemented?

Social distancing protocols at tastings rooms will be in place both inside and outside. During WA State’s Phase 2, tastings and dining is allowed at 50% capacity for indoor and outdoor spaces. During Phase 2, 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 5 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 5 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 Woodinville Wine Country.

 

What about restaurants?

Restaurants, by county, will be allowed to offer outdoor, in-person dining at 50% capacity during Phase 2. 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.

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 

 

If you need additional resources please visit some of the following pages:

WA Wine Institute

Washington State Wine 

WA State Gov – Jay Inslee

 

If you have additional questions to add to this list please email marketing@woodinvillewinecountry.com.

2 Comments

  1. Joshua Kachuck

    Do you know if wineries that are part of the Woodinville Wine Passport will still accept passport customers?
    Also, do you know if, considering everything that’s happened, if the normal expiration for the 2020 passport will be extended into 2021?

    1. Woodinville Wine Country

      Hi Joshua,

      Thanks for asking!

      Yes, our Woodinville wineries that are included in the Passport to Taste 2020 program will be accepting Passport holders. Not everyone has opened their doors just yet, but as a general rule of thumb, please call ahead to make a reservation at the tasting rooms you would like to visit.

      In light of the unprecedented circumstances due to COVID-19, we have been working with our partners to adjust the program to ensure value to our passholders, while also adhering to capacity and sanitary restrictions while our wineries are allowed to reopen.

      As of today, 26 of our participating wineries, breweries, and distilleries in the Passport to Taste have agreed to extend their tasting offers through March 31, 2021. This will give you additional time to utilize your pass and visit tasting rooms when you are comfortable. The pass will be updated with information reflecting which businesses have extended their offerings, as well as which ones will require reservations. The remaining offers will still be available through their original expiration date of December 31, 2020.

      Cheers!

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