Backcountry Wine Tours Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information
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Last updated March 3, 2021
As of March 3, 2021 – Wine Tours are available and we welcome you to the Willamette Valley – with a few special considerations.
After the mid-winter spike in cases that were seen nationally, the state of Oregon has responded swiftly and effectively to get the pandemic spread under control. On Tuesday, February 23rd, the Governor downgraded the Coronavirus severity level in the counties affecting the wine country, making it again possible to host guests indoors at wineries.
There are a few special considerations in place however:
Our max group size for now has been diminished to 12 max.
Any group larger than 6 will need to be split up at different tables while inside the wineries, and may not get up and co-mingle. Your strict adherence to this guideline will be most appreciated.
Please use your mask while inside the tour van, and any time you are not seated at your own private table at a winery.
Please do not attend a wine tour if you are experiencing any symptoms that may be associated with Covid-19.
Please respect and follow any other guidelines that the wineries may have in place.
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 with enhanced safety protocols and common sense, 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.
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!
Special Note About “Joinable” Tours:
We have reinstated our Joinable Tour option for those who don’t mind sharing the tour van with another small group. However – our temporary policy is that the total group size for a Joinable Tour may not exceed 6 people, and will not include more than 2 separate booking groups. If those guidelines are acceptable to you, then you may book a Joinable Tour with confidence. If this is NOT an acceptable arrangement for you, then we encourage you to book a “Private Tour.”
If you have any questions or concerns:
Please reach out to us at and we will be happy to discuss further.