Updated: Sep 15, 2022
The dry, varietal-scented land around you, sun shining over your head, and a glass of Pinot in your hand—that is every day vacation life in bustling regions of the wine country.
Cool or hot, dry or humid, nothing holds back wine lovers around the world, novices or connoisseurs, from visiting the famed wine-producing regions any time of the year. A recent study shows that the U.S., with over 4,600 wineries in total, easily makes it to the leading wine producers in the world.
Now that you know where to go for vacations, question is, how do you pack for it? Your apparel is one of the factors that dictates how comfortable you feel during your travel, and thus, how enjoyable it is.
Dress Like You’re Ready For Wine
It’s all well and good to slip on your new holiday heels, summer sandals or flip flops, but you’re forgetting something very important: wine tours consist primarily of walking around. And trust us you do not want to end up with smarting feet and an itchy outfit in post wine-sampling haze.
Your vacation is too short to wear the wrong clothes. Let’s see if we can be your fashion and wine savants, and get you ready for your tour!
Focus On Your Feet
First off, know that only a few of your wine tastings will have seating arrangements, the rest are conducted standing up. You will be spending a better part of your time tour on your feet, which is why you need feel-good footwear at all times.
Plus, a wine tour goes beyond the more comfortable interior of the tasting rooms. Most tasting rooms have adjoined vineyards, and the owners are happy to lead their guests around the varietal fields. You don’t want to miss of on this fun experience of discovering where your favorite red or white wine starts out, so get footwear that can survive soggy lawns and fields.
Skip the heels and other expensive footwear in favor of something more comfortable. Sneakers and flats are ideal for added height and full-feet coverage. You can go for open-toed footwear, but it may not be as ideal for vineyard adventures.
Love Your Layers
Since the weather in California winemaking region generally leans towards warm and humid temperatures, people tend to wear lighter clothing. However, know that the weather wavers a bit around evening times, and you do not want to be caught out feeling chilly. Keep a jacket or a wrap of sorts with you.
If you’re visiting the wine country in fall/winter, dress warmly. You can always ditch your jacket in the afternoon warmth, but you’ll want to have it at hand for later.
Denim Ceases The Doubt
If you’re still unsure of the proper dress-up, go for denim. You can throw on a pair of your favorite jeans anywhere, and no one casts a judgmental look. You can pair up your denim with some stylish layers…and you’re good to go!
Lighten Your Load
Finally, hold off on carrying any bulky bags and wearing too many accessories. Leave any unnecessary load behind in the car you came in.
Like we said, a wine tour involves a lot of walking, and the more you bring along, the more weight you’ll have on lug around on your tour. You’ll end up tired too soon, whereas the entire point of a wine tour is to have fun.
Looks like you’re all geared up for an exciting wine tour. And that is what we are here for; at Artisan Excursion, we will customize a wine tasting tour the way you want it!
Reach out to us today to let us whisk you away to the trails and turns of Santa Ynez wine country!