At the guidance of WorkSafeBC and the Provincial Health Officer, we are now following BC’s Restart Four-Step Plan to bring us back together.
- As of July 1, 2021 there are no group limits for indoor and outdoor dining. Note, some wineries may still limit six people or less, so please take the time to check in with wineries in advance of your visit to book a tasting or winery experience.
As we continue to navigate our new normal, BC wineries are ready to welcome you back with the same warm and friendly hospitality you expect from us, while doing everything we can to ensure the safety of our people, our community, our visitors and guests. With new, elevated winery experiences and our 2020 vintages hitting the shelves, we are honoured and excited to welcome you to BC wine country.
From the beginning of this global pandemic, we have prioritized the health and safety of our people, our partners and our community, and we’ll continue to do so. We love to connect and celebrate over a great bottle of wine and we look forward to being able to do that with you again, safely and thoughtfully.
Be sure to connect directly with wineries in advance of your visit to ensure a smooth and easy winery experience. And while we are working hard to take care of your health and safety, we ask that you do the same for us and please stay home if you are feeling unwell or have flu-like symptoms. Online orders and delivery are always available at your favourite BC winery if you are unable to visit at this time.
See you soon.
What to know before you visit – FAQ’s
What wineries are open?
Download the Wines of BC Explorer app to get up-to-date information on BC wineries operating hours and elevated winery experiences.
Should I make a reservation?
Some BC wineries are currently offering tastings by appointment, so it’s always best to call ahead and find out exactly what protocols and procedures the winery has in place before visiting. Also, in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer order, only group bookings of six or less are currently permitted.
What should I expect?
BC wineries are ready to welcome you back with the same warm and friendly hospitality you expect from BC wineries, while doing everything they can to ensure the safety of their people, the community and you. See below for further resources on provincial regulations and what health and safety measures wineries are implementing.
What do I need to bring with me when visiting a BC winery?
If you plan to enjoy a seated tasting experience you will need to present your BC Vaccine Card or proof of vaccination, this applies to both indoor and outdoor settings.
One dose required – effective immediately.
Two doses required – effective October 24, 2021.
If you are visiting from out-of-province, ensure you have your provincially/territorially officially recognized vaccine records, and a valid government photo ID.
If you are visiting from out-of-country, ensure you have updated your Arrive-Can app with your vaccination information.
Please note that standing wine sampling/tasting is regarded as a shorter time window experience with the purpose of tasting to buy. Standing sampling experiences do not have a BC Vaccine Card requirement.
What Wineries Are Doing
Rest assured you can enjoy the winery experience at ease, knowing that health and safety precautions have been implemented in accordance with the Provincial Health Officer and WorkSafeBC guidelines to help protect both staff and visitors.
Winery and Hospitality Best Practices