Experience at Oregon wineries will be different after reopening

A local winery cautions the experience will be different once the tasting room reopens.

Posted: May 15, 2020 11:21 AM
Updated: May 15, 2020 12:18 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Sweet Cheeks Winery will reopen two locations to the public next week, but cautions the experience at Oregon’s wineries will look different than before.

Sweet Cheeks General Manager Jessica Thomas said seating will be limited to 18 people inside the tasting room at the vineyard, and that includes staff. Tables will be at least six feet apart and groups larger than 10 won’t be able to sit together. Guests will not be required to have a face mask, but all employees and servers will.

“It is going to be a lot different. People were used to packing up their picnic and driving out here and having their pick of a table or moving tables together and we just can’t have that happen at the minute,” Thomas said.

Additionally, Thomas said while Sweet Cheeks has chosen to reopen to the public, not all wineries will.

“Just have respect and grace for people who aren’t choosing to open up at this time,” Thomas said. “It’s OK to take a few days and be safe.”

Thomas said each winery will approach reopening differently. Some have closed entirely while others have continued with limited pickup service. She recommends calling ahead to make sure a business is open as well as to request a reservation. Sweet Cheeks is also asking people to refrain from bringing dogs to the winery due to health concerns.

The Sweet Cheeks Winery & Vineyard location will reopen to guests on Monday, May 18. The Sweet Cheeks on 5th location will reopen to guests on Wednesday, May 20.

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