Backcountry Wine Tours Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
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Last updated May 16th, 2020
As of May 15, 2020 – Wine Tours are back up and running! We welcome you to the Willamette Valley.
Because the State of Oregon has seen excellent response to the COVID-19 crisis, and new cases have seen a dramatic downward trend, most of the state was approved for “Phase 1” re-opening protocols. This includes Yamhill County where the majority of the wineries are. As such, the wineries are opening their doors and welcoming guests once again. Therefore, Backcountry Wine Tours is resuming operations, and accepting reservations again, effective immediately.
Is It Safe?
We will be doing everything in our power to provide a safe and hygienic experience for all our guests. Enhanced safety protocols will include:
- Hand Sanitizer and wipes in all tour vans.
- Staff that are sick or feeling sick will not be allowed to work.
- We will sanitize all surfaces in our vans prior to each tour.
- We never were the company that was going to take you to a crowded tasting room – so no worries there! 😉
It is our belief that, although there is clearly not zero risk, that we have arrived at a place of “acceptable risk” in which careful, mindful accessing of the wineries is reasonably safe. Of course, we cannot guarantee that you won’t be exposed, so participation is at your own risk. We also encourage tour participants to be very honest with themselves about what level of acceptable risk they are comfortable with. If you are in an “at-risk” population, we encourage you to postpone your travel plans a little further.
Will We Have To Sit In A Van With Other People?
No. For the time being, we will not join separate tour groups together. However – we understand that not everyone wants to spend the money required for a Private Tour. Therefore: Through the Month of June, we will be offering Private Tours at the Joinable Tour Rate. We welcome small groups to enjoy a van all to themselves at our lowest rate – so be sure to take advantage!
What If We Have to Cancel?
There will be no penalties. Because of the extraordinary circumstances, we are removing any and all cancellation fees if your tour is booked any time through August. This means that you can reserve a date, and receive a full refund if you need to cancel it due to Coronavirus concerns – or for any reason whatsoever – no questions asked. We do recommend getting your preferred tour date booked with us, as summer dates will still likely fill up!