Frequently Asked Questions
How many passengers does your Mercedes-Benz Sprinter Van seat?
May we bring food and beverages into the van?
What should we expect on a tour?
We will work with you to plan an itinerary based on how long you want to be out, the number of people in your party, and what you would like to see and do. If you aren’t sure where you want to go, we are happy to make recommendations for area attractions and routes. On a half-day wine tour, we recommend 2-3 vineyards to allow time to wander the grounds, take in the scenery, taste wines at a leisurely pace, and enjoy the wine-tasting experience. On a full-day wine tour, we recommend 3-5 vineyards. If you are planning to eat at a vineyard along the way, plan to allow for approximately an hour to dine.
Where do you pick up your guests?
Are tasting fees included in the price of a wine tours?
Are gratuities for the driver included in the price of a wine tour?
Do you require a deposit?
Can I cancel my reservation?
When do I pay for my tour?
What is proper etiquette at a winery?
The Southern Oregon wine scene is pretty laid back. While some dress up to go out on the town, it is perfectly acceptable at most local wineries to show up in casual wear and flip-flops.
Here are some additional suggestions:
If you are new to wine tasting, don’t be afraid to let the wine steward know. In general, wine stewards love to talk about their wines and they get excited when they get an opportunity to teach you some of the fundamentals about their wines.
If you don’t like the wine you are tasting, you don’t have to finish it. Everyone’s palette is different, so it is perfectly acceptable to let the wine steward know. They will generally offer a different wine for your tasting flight. Much of the fun of wine tasting is to find the textures and tones within the wines appeal to you.
If you come in with a large party, be respectful of the staff. Some wineries have small tasting rooms and limited staff, so a large group may cause them to regroup to best serve you. Large groups should call the tasting rooms 72 hours in advance of their visit so that they can ensure proper staffing.
Our local wineries are amazing gathering places, but they are not for heavy partying. Many of the wineries are family-friendly and neither the staff nor other guests appreciate groups that give off party vibes. It is not uncommon for unruly groups to be asked to leave and in some cases asked to not return.
After enjoying a tasting flight, don’t forget to show your appreciation to the staff. They have worked hard to share with you their knowledge about the wines they serve and provide you with a great tasting experience. It is appropriate to leave a gratuity for the staff at the end of your visit.
Show your love for the wine by taking some home. Support Southern Oregon’s wineries by purchasing your favorites before you leave. Some wineries offer discounts on wines that you purchase on the day of your visit or will discount or wave tasting fees if you make a purchase.