Stay up to date with the latest details on Virginia wineries openings and procedures in response to COVID-19.
In accordance with current guidelines for restaurant and beverage services and Executive Order 72, Virginia wineries may offer dine-in options in both their indoor and outdoor spaces. Within those spaces, all social gatherings are limited to 10 people and must practice physical distancing and be separated by at least six feet.
Each winery will be adjusting their operations in various ways to best serve their customers. To ensure the best experience, call or visit the winery's website or social media pages for the most up-to-date information.
Many will be operating under revised hours of operation or may require a reservation. Tastings and product offerings may differ for the safety of customers. View wineries with open spaces.
Despite the variation in offerings, you will find the following measures taken at all wineries:
- All public and private in-person gatherings of more than 10 individuals who do not live in the same residence are prohibited. A “gathering” includes, but is not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors. The presence of more than 10 individuals performing functions of their employment or assembled in an educational instructional setting is not a “gathering.” The presence of more than 10 individuals in a particular location, such as a park, or retail business is not a “gathering” as long as individuals do not congregate. This restriction does not apply to the gathering of Family members, as defined in section II, subsection D, paragraph 2 living in the same residence.
- No alcoholic beverage shall be sold, consumed, or possessed on premises after 10:00 p.m. in any restaurant, dining establishment, food court, brewery, microbrewery, distillery, winery, or tasting room. Alcoholic beverages may continue to be sold via delivery or take-out after 10:00 p.m., as permitted by existing regulations promulgated by the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Authority.
- Physical distancing will be maintained at a minimum of six feet between all individuals as much as possible.
- This physical distancing will apply to tables and seating.
- Bar seats and congregating areas of restaurants must be closed to patrons except for through-traffic.
- If live musicians are performing at an establishment, they must remain at least ten feet from patrons and staff.
- Employees will self-measure their temperature and assess symptoms prior to each shift.
- Thorough cleaning and disinfection of frequently contacted surfaces including digital ordering devices, check presenters, self-service areas, tabletops, bathroom surfaces, and other common touch areas every 60 minutes during operation.
- Tabletops and credit card/bill folders must be disinfected between patrons.
- In accordance with Executive Order 61, employees working in customer-facing areas must wear face coverings over their nose and mouth at all times
- In accordance with Executive Order 63, all patrons in the Commonwealth aged five and over shall when entering, exiting, traveling through, and spending time inside a winery will cover their mouth and nose with a face covering, as described and recommended by the CDC.
As Virginia's wineries navigate these new procedures your continued support and patience is invaluable. Check back for continued updates as best practices and opening processes continue to evolve. Cheers to supporting #vawinetogether.