Sip Safely


As of Tuesday January 12, 2021 the Regional Stay-at-Home Order has been lifted for the Greater Sacramento Region. Amador County wineries are, once again, open for in-person, outdoor-only tastings.

 We want to stay open and, therefore, the health and safety of our staff and guests will continue to be of the highest priority. Please read below for COVID-19 Safety Guidelines followed by Amador Vintners member wineries.

Click HERE to visit individual winery websites for revised operating hours and instructions for making advanced reservations. 

Thank you for continuing to support the wineries of Amador Wine Country! #ShopLocal! 

Welcome to Amador Wine Country!


 We are excited to welcome you to Amador Wine Country for Behind the Cellar Door 2021!


In order to maintain the safest and most enjoyable experience for our staff and guests during Behind the Cellar Door, the following protocols will be adhered to during Behind the Cellar Door:


  • All tasting experiences will take place outdoors. Guests will only be able to go indoors to use the restroom or get to outdoor spaces. Face coverings ARE REQUIRED to be worn at all times when indoors or outdoors when not actively tasting/eating or unable to maintain 6 feet of physical distance from other guests and staff.
  • Reservations will be required for all Behind the Cellar Door activities. You MUST make your reservations as part of the ticketing process. Reservations made outside of the ticketing process will not be honored as part of the Behind the Cellar Door experience.
  • Tasting stations (tasting bars, tables, chairs, etc.) will be sanitized after each use.
  • Physical distancing policies and procedures will be in place at all times – please maintain at least six (6) feet of physical distance between yourself and anyone not in your party.
  • Frequent touch points (door handles, counter tops, payment devices, pens, etc.) will be frequently sanitized.
  • Overall capacity at each winery is decreased to allow for physical distancing.        
  • Restrooms and other common areas will be sanitized frequently.
  • Tasting experiences will occur outdoors, as per State mandate, but our member wineries are crafting creative ways to keep you warm and cozy during your visit.
  • Staff undergo daily health screenings and are required to wear face coverings whenever interacting with customers.
  • Face coverings are required indoors (when not actively tasting or eating) and outdoors when not actively tasting or eating or when physical distancing is not feasible.
  • If you are feeling sick, please stay at home. 
  • Meticulous hand hygiene is required of our staff and requested of guests
  • Gone are the days of standing a crowded tasting bar clamoring for your next taste of the nectar of the Gods. Instead, we’re limiting our capacity, both in group size and overall number of parties, so we can maintain safe physical distancing both between staff and guests and between guest parties. You may still enjoy your tasting at a tasting bar or you might be seated at a table on a patio overlooking gorgeous foothill vineyards and beautiful garden landscapes.


Q: How are we going to manage decreased capacity?


A: Simple. All Behind the Cellar Door experiences are by reservation only, with availability tied to winery capacities.


Q: What about other safety protocols? What if I have a cough?


A: While all of our wineries will be practicing physical distancing and highly increased sanitizing measures, specific policies and procedures will vary by location. In general, if you are exhibiting signs of sickness (cough, sneezing, fever) we ask you to stay home, get well and come back to see us when you feel better. Can you really taste wine with a stuffy nose or nagging cough anyway?


Q: Will I have to wear a face covering?


A: Face coverings are now required indoors (when not actively tasting or eating) and outdoors when not actively tasting or eating or when physical distancing is not feasible. Obviously you can’t taste wine through a mask, but you will be asked to wear a face covering anytime you are not actively partaking in the tasting experience and could be exposed to staff or other guests. Please don your most fashionable face covering from the car until you are in your tasting station, when you go to the restroom or any other time you are not actively tasting.


Q: Can I bring my children or pets to Behind the Cellar Door?


A: We love children and pets too! We actually have some of our own. But, it can be difficult to ensure small children don’t infringe on other guests’ space in a time of physical distancing and with enhanced safety measures in place. Children or pets are not allowed at the Behind the Cellar event. See specific winery policies for non-event days.  


Q: Can I bring a picnic to a winery?


A: Not during Behind the Cellar Door. See specific winery policies for non-event days.  


Q: Can I get my group together and come up on a party bus?


A: Please don’t. Social distancing protocols, decreased capacity and required reservations at many winery locations make it very difficult, if not impossible, to accommodate large groups.  For Behind the Cellar Door, we are unable to accommodate any group larger than six (6) people. Groups with separate reservations WILL NOT be combined on-site under any circumstance in order to maintain appropriate physical distancing.


Thank you for your continued support of Amador Wine Country and the 43 family-owned winery members of the Amador Vintners Association. We are so excited to see you back (or for the first time) in our tasting rooms, sitting on our patios and taking in the beautiful rolling foothills of Amador Wine Country.


World-class wine, warm hospitality, distinguished history, (and an abundance of safety)…


…that’s Amador Wine Country!

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