Wineries during COVID-19
June 5th – As British Columbia navigates its Restart Plan and wine country starts to reopen and welcome guests, we wanted to share what our wineries are doing to keep guests safe, as well as some of the ways that they are innovating, creating exciting and engaging new experiences to enhance your next Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country adventure.
As you start to plan your next visit to Oliver Osoyoos Wine Country consider that the wineries are adjusting their business practices to offer you safe experiences. This means that some of the wineries you have visited in the past may require advance reservations, so it is a good idea to research your wine touring itinerary in advance. All wineries will be adhering to 50% capacity requirements and two metre distancing rules, with guests well spaced out. This means that wineries have the opportunity to host tastings outside between the vines or on crush pads (where the magic happens). Fewer guests in smaller numbers will allow wineries to offer a more in-depth and intimate tasting experience, enhancing the guest’s understanding and enjoyment of their wine.
Wineries are all increasing cleaning and sanitizing procedures. Hand sanitizing stations and plexiglass barriers throughout public spaces as well as increased cleaning protocols between guest visits and deep cleans at the start and end of shifts will help keep both guests and staff safe. Much has changed but the warm and welcoming nature of our winemakers and their teams has not. We look forward to welcoming you, when you feel comfortable to travel, and look forward to sharing our wines, experiences and stories in a safe and responsible way.