Updated: May 9
Virginia wineries are starting to re-open! And, if you’re like me you probably have a lot of questions.
Most of the state is entering Phase 2 while Northern Virginia remains in Phase 1. Currently all that are choosing to open right now are allowing outdoor seating with bottle sales and some are continuing to offer
tastings (very creatively, I might add). You’ll also find some that are selling by the glass if those bottles are open. Social distancing is in place with seating spread out and masks are required inside of the tasting rooms (to use the restroom, or when paying, etc.).
There are a lot of rules and so many more questions. For the wineries it’s hard to update websites with such fluid information, so the best thing to do before attempting a visit is to check their Facebook and/or Instagram pages or call them directly.
However, there are a few key places that you can turn to for all of the latest information. Simply visit the VA Wine in my Pocket website and join the related Covid-19 Support Virginia Wine Facebook group for details on what all of your favorite wineries are doing post-Covid-19 quarantine.
This past Sunday, was my first official “Sip with me Sunday” back on the wine trail and while it was very different, it was a lot of fun. I actually enjoy the ability to make a reservation and know I’ll have the perfect seating accommodations for my group. I sort of hope this service feature continues.
Fabbioli Cellars was offering their popular tasting series in a pre-packaged self-guided fashion that worked out quite well. Otherwise, wine was sold by the bottle. They also had some pretty tasty and right-on-time for the heat, Rose’ wine freeze pops.
With Winery32 close by, we gave them a call to see if we could stop by afterwards and they did have a table available for us. So, we scooted over there to check out the scene. Currently, they are doing bottle service only and you choose to buy a glass to enjoy your wine in. Note, many wineries are not serving in their traditional wine glasses at this time. And, be prepared to have a forced time limit.
One very important thing to remember is to pack your patience and try to be understanding and kind to winery staff. It’s been a tough few months for them and this whole entire experience is new and it changes every single day.