As of mid-May, many winery tasting rooms around New York began to reopen for onsite visitation. The state of New York has put into action a carefully phased plan to protect public health. New York’s wine industry has adopted a detailed set of requirements and guidelines to ensure winery staff and tasting room visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience.
New York wineries are open for business! Please note the following requirements, which have to be followed, regardless of county:
Per an Executive Order issued 7/17, food must be purchased with alcohol. Don’t fret, this food at wineries includes light snacks like crackers/pretzels/chips for you to purchase at a very nominal fee with your tasting, while others will offer more substantial items like cheese trays and tapas. It’s truly not a big deal. We’re rolling with it and we hope you will too!
Per an Executive Order, all patrons must wear masks upon arrival, departure, and basically any time unless seated or tasting wine. This is not optional or negotiable. As of July 13, businesses were ordered by the Governor to refuse entrance to those not wearing a mask. Please don’t put winery staff in that position. And please, do not abuse or argue with winery staff who are simply enforcing the rules that they’re required to follow to stay open.
Maintain social distance of at least 6 feet from other parties and employees. Please avoid unnecessary contact and respect social distancing at all times.
Capacity restrictions as wineries have to limit the number of visitors on their property. Most are limiting to groups to 6 and sometimes 4 people.
If you are from a state that is currently on one of New York State’s Restricted List, please respect the guidelines issued by New York State. Do not put our winery staff and local residents at risk.
Keep in mind that most wineries regardless of location are still offering delivery and curb-side-pickup. You don’t have to go out to enjoy New York wines!