Late August to late October is the high tourist months for many North American wineries and vineyards that have tasting rooms. It is at this time of the year that wine enthusiasts can observe the most activity in the vineyards and wineries. Although grapes have already been harvested in some wine regions, others still hang on the vines offering photographic views. Many wineries are in the process of making wine during this time offering visitors a chance to see the process.
Wine Trail Traveler has several resources to help travelers with their winery and vineyard visits. The Travel section of the website has over 60 trip itineraries to wine regions. Use these itineraries as is or use them as a tool to help you research what places to visit. There are articles written for those traveling to tasting rooms. Tasting Room Expectations gives you a sense of what to expect when you arrive at a tasting room. Tasting Room Etiquette is about how one should conduct oneself in a tasting room. It offers some do’s and don’ts. There are many different paths to wine knowledge. Those beginning on their wine journey should ask questions. For Fear of Ignorance addresses the need to ask questions.
Some wine travelers expect to see vineyards next to winery tasting rooms. It is important to keep in mind that winegrowing and winemaking are two different businesses. When tasting a wine, ask where the grapes were sourced. The wine could be made with grapes on the property, down the road or up to thousands of miles away. Start preparing now for winery visits during the next couple months.