Learning how to dress for a winery visit is crucial, especially because wineries are often the setting for other events. Dressing for a winery wedding, for example, might be a lot different from dressing for a casual trip to one with friends. Knowing what you should wear will ensure that you look professional in photos and get the most out of your experience at the winery.
– Add layers to your outfit so you can remove them if it gets too hot.
The weather can change drastically during the day and spike into the triple digits. One minute you’re comfortable in a t-shirt and jeans and the next minute you’re sweating buckets. Add layers to your outfit so you can remove them if it gets too hot. A light jacket or blazer will work just fine with a tank top underneath. You can also wear a scarf that doubles as headwear if it gets cold at night. Bring a sweater or cardigan for extra layers, too!
– Wear sunscreen and bring a hat to protect your face from the sun.
Know how to stay safe in the sun. When taking a vineyard tour, you’ll likely be exposed to the warm summer rays of the sun for several hours. Because of this, it’s important that you take appropriate precautions to protect yourself from these harmful UV rays. Here’s what you should do:
- Wear sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, and reapply it every couple of hours! An easy way to remember this is to set a reminder on your phone or watch.
- Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from UV rays. Your eyes can also get sunburned—and that’s painful!
- Wear a hat to protect your head from the sun (and keep your hair looking great). Wearing sunscreen is just one part of staying protected; think about all the other vulnerable parts on your body that need protection! The top of your head is one such place where skin cancer may show up unexpectedly—be sure not to leave it totally exposed for long periods of time in the direct sunlight at a winery.
- Wear light-colored clothing made out of breathable material like cotton or linen (no wool allowed!) This will help reflect sunlight and keep you cool. It’s also important that you stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout your tour, so be sure not to forget a reusable water bottle when packing for the day!
– Opt for comfortable shoes so you can walk around the vineyard or the winery.
- Opt for comfortable shoes so you can walk around the vineyard or the winery.
I know what you’re thinking: “Well there’s nothing like a pair of heels to really make me feel like I can take on anything in this world, including a long day of winetasting.” But hear me out. Most wineries have some walking involved and sometimes it might not just be on even ground. Heels are not ideal for traversing gravel, grass, and uneven surfaces. If you want to wear a heel, consider packing another set of flats or wedges (wedge heels are known to be more comfortable than traditional stiletto heels) that you can change into once you get there. Additionally, as mentioned earlier, most tastings will give you an option to sit down so you don’t want your feet to start hurting before the fun begins!
- Avoid sandals with no support at all (e.g., flip flops). Sandals with toe straps may also pose an issue if the straps continuously slip off your toes and distracts from your wine tasting experience. You may also risk tripping over them during the course of your day if they are loose fitting around your feet due to their lack of support
– Don’t wear anything valuable or flashy, like expensive jewelry or designer handbags, as these items can get damaged or stolen.
Don’t wear anything valuable or flashy, like expensive jewelry or designer handbags, as these items can get damaged or stolen. It’s also a good idea to avoid wearing anything revealing, like short skirts or low-cut tops, as this can be distracting when you’re trying to focus on tasting the wine.
– Avoid wearing anything revealing, such as short skirts or low-cut tops, as this can be distracting when you’re trying to focus on tasting the wine.
You want your clothes to help you blend into the culture of a winery, not be distracting from the wine. Avoid anything too flashy or revealing—you can always wear a sweater overtop a low-cut top if you’re worried that it might be inappropriate.
Similarly, avoid clothing that’s too tight or uncomfortable; depending on how busy the winery is, you may have to walk among large groups of people, and you wouldn’t want your clothes to restrict your ability to maneuver. Dress pants are usually considered appropriate in any setting.
If your skin is sensitive to sun exposure, try wearing sunscreen on your face and shoulders before going outside; many wineries have outdoor areas where you can sit down and taste their wines before buying them.
– Wear an outfit that’s weather appropriate, like a sweater and jeans during fall months or sundresses in springtime temperatures.
- Wear an outfit that’s weather appropriate, like a sweater and jeans during fall months or sundresses in springtime temperatures.
- When picking out a top, choose something that isn’t too revealing. Avoid short skirts and low-cut tops as well.
- If you’re going to wear jewelry, don’t bring anything too expensive. The last thing you want to do is draw attention to your designer handbags or blingy jewelry in a field of grapes—and remember: it’s easy for those things to slip off or get lost if you’re rolling around on the ground from all the wine consumption.
- While some people will wear impractical shoes (like wedges) to a winery, make sure your shoes are comfortable and fit for walking around dirt paths and uneven terrain if you plan on exploring the entire vineyard.
– Dress in something comfortable so you’ll feel at ease while you enjoy your visit — but not too casual; dress pants are always appropriate!
You want to look nice—not just because it’s the polite thing to do when visiting someone’s home, but because you want to be present and in the moment during your visit. You won’t enjoy yourself as much if you’re feeling self-conscious about what you’re wearing. So dress in something comfortable so you’ll feel at ease while you enjoy your visit—but not too casual; dress pants are always appropriate!
Jeans are also an option, but they should be clean and not too worn out. As for shirts, a dress shirt or blouse with sleeves is a good choice for men and women—especially if the winery offers tours of its cellar or wine-making equipment.
So there you have it! You are now a pro at the art of winery-bound dressing. Whether you’re planning to sip wines in Sonoma or tour Bordeaux, remember that your outfit should be comfortable, stylish, and appropriate for the season (you wouldn’t want to wear a heavy leather jacket on a sunny spring day). To find more advice and inspiration for your next winery getaway, consult our guide: What to wear to a winery in every season.