Visiting wine tasting rooms is a delightful experience for wine enthusiasts and novices alike. It is a chance to savor exquisite flavors, learn about the winemaking process, and immerse yourself in the world of viticulture. Revel Custom Wine Cellars has had the pleasure of designing several commercial wine tasting rooms, and we of course love visiting them too! In this blog post, we will share valuable insights and tips from our experience in the industry to help you make the most of your wine tasting adventures.
Plan Your Itinerary
Before embarking on your wine tasting journey, research the wineries and tasting rooms you’d like to visit. Consider factors like location, wine varietals, and reviews. Whether you are visiting Napa Valley, the vineyards of Burgundy, or sipping something sweet in Porto, take the time to tailor your itinerary to your tastes while still keeping an open mind to trying new things. Seek out recommendations from the experts, and friends that you trust, to select wineries with exceptional tasting rooms.
Many wineries require appointments, especially for group visits or during peak seasons. Booking in advance ensures that you receive personalized attention and that your chosen tasting rooms have availability. Many of the more exclusive wineries only open up their tasting rooms for mailing list members, so keep that in mind you plan your visit. Don’t let that discourage you, there are plenty of excellent wineries with stunning tasting spaces that are open to all guests, and are worth booking ahead.
Dress the Part
When visiting wine tasting rooms, dress comfortably but respectfully. Opt for smart-casual attire, as you may be in the presence of winemakers and fellow wine enthusiasts. Wine cellar design incorporates aesthetics that echo the sophistication of the wine world, and your attire can contribute to the ambiance.
Savor the Experience
Wine tasting is an art, not a race. Sip, savor, and engage with the wine. Pay attention to the aromas, flavors, and textures. It’s easy to get excited and book tastings at several different wineries a day, especially if it’s a short trip. But if you truly want to immerse yourself in the wine-tasting experience, less is often more. Be present, be open-minded, and be curious to make the most of your time.
Don’t be shy about asking questions! Winery staff and sommeliers are there to educate and guide you through the tasting process. Even the most sophisticated wine collectors have questions, especially when they are visiting somewhere new. Learning from the staff is one of the best ways to grow your knowledge and appreciation for the wine.
Consider Joining a Wine Club
Many wineries offer wine clubs that provide exclusive access to limited releases and discounts. If you discover a winery you love, joining a wine club can be a fantastic way to stay connected. One of our favorites is Cardinale, whose cellar we designed. Revel customers also get exclusive access to visit their vineyard for an exclusive tour and tasting.
Lastly, always drink responsibly. If you plan to visit multiple tasting rooms in a day, consider arranging for transportation or appointing a designated driver. Most wine regions host specialized travel guides or drivers who can provide local insights into the wines of the regions and can also sometimes arrange for private tours that are not available to the general public.
Visiting wine tasting rooms is an art that goes beyond just tasting wine. When we at Revel are working on designing a wine tasting room, we are always considering how we can elevate your wine-tasting journey. It is our job to create a space that is functional for the staff, visually breathtaking for the visitors, and fosters an environment of conversation and learning.
Whether you’re a wine aficionado or a novice, we want your visits to be memorable and enjoyable. And who knows, you might see an innovative wine storage solution that will inspire you to invest in a home cellar. So, raise your glass to the world of wine and the aesthetics that make it even more captivating. Cheers!