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FAQ COVID-19 Woodinville Wine Country Re-Opening

On July 23rd, Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of Health John Wiesman announced changes to “Safe Start,” Washington’s phased approach to reopening. The changes target activities that data have shown provide a higher risk of COVID-19 exposure.

Here are some highlights of what this means for Woodinville Wine Country:

RESTAURANTS & BARS

  • Restaurant guidance will now require parties to be members of the same household in order to dine indoors. Outdoor dining and take-away remains available for small parties from different households.
  • Table size for dine-in in Phase 3 will be reduced to five individuals and occupancy reduced from 75% to 50%.
  • Restaurants must also close gaming and social areas, such as pool tables, dart boards and video games.
  • Bars will be closed for indoor service, but can continue outdoor service. Alcohol service inside of restaurants must end by 10 p.m.

WINERIES & TASTING ROOMS

  • Wineries must cease indoor on-premise service*. Customers may continue to make/pick up orders and pay at the counter following all social distancing rules.
  • Alcohol service must end by 10 PM
  • Outdoor service is allowed with proper social distancing measures in place.
  • *Tasting rooms who offer food are permitted to continue indoor service

***Additionally, as of 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

 

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 are allowed in outdoor spaces only*. Bar seating is not available at this time. Restaurant dining is allowed at 50% capacity for indoor and outdoor spaces. Tasting rooms who offer food are permitted to continue indoor service. *Continue reading below for social distancing information pertaining to restaurants.

 

Can I bring a group?

Associated groups (limited to 5 people) are permitted for outdoor service. An associated group doesn’t have to be from the same household. If you are planning to dine inside, your group of 5 must be from the same household. 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?

Restaurant guidance will now require parties to be members of the same household in order to dine indoors. Outdoor dining and take-away remains available for small parties from different households. *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.

10 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!

      1. DEANNA MANG

        Thank you for asking this question as well as answering we got our passports but have not a set them up. Then Covid happened when we were going to go out so Thank you.

      2. Monette King

        “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.”

        How do I find out which ones will be expiring on Dec 31? I’d like to visit them first, and save the 26 extending wineries for later? Can you send the link, if there is one?

        1. Woodinville Wine Country

          Hi Monette,

          A full list of participants extending their offers till March 31st can be found inside your pass. When you get to the home screen there is a message ribbon at the top of your pass that will outline these details for you. Let us know if you need any additional help locating this messaging. Cheers!

  2. Katherine

    Hey, how come some participants’ tasting rooms are serving people inside even though you mentioned above, As of July 30th, all tasting rooms must cease indoor service and replace with outdoor service only?

    1. Woodinville Wine Country

      Hi Katherine,

      Good question! There are certain exceptions to this rule based on whether tasting rooms have restaurant licenses or not. Those who have the proper restaurant licensing in place (ie. serving food) are able to seat guests inside.

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  4. Dave Taube

    My wife and I will be heading up to Woodinville this week and would love to do some wine tasting. Are most of the wineries open for tasting? Do we need to make appointments? If so, how far in advance? Thanks!

    1. Woodinville Wine Country

      Hi Dave,

      Yes, most wineries are open for tastings. You can visit our page HERE to see who is currently open. We have included reservation links in each listing on that web page. Most wineries are encouraging/requiring reservations. We recommend calling or contacting them ahead of time to be sure. A few days notice should be plenty. We look forward to seeing you tasting in Woodinville soon!

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