If you walk into any winery, you’re going to notice one thing in common — they all offer wine samples and tasting.
For those who haven’t went to a winery before or are just curious on how much a wine tasting cost, let’s explore what you will more than likely pay across the United States.
The Factors — What Influences the Price?
First, we need to explore the factors that usually affect the cost of the wine tastings. This generally includes the following:
- The winery
- Geographical location
- Amount of wine served
- Amount of servings
Exploring the Costs
On average, be prepared to spend anywhere from $5 to as much as $25 per person for a sampling that includes up to five to seven wine samples. Usually, these samples are going to a few ounces inside of a cup that they either give you either as a souvenir or a plastic wine cup that you throw away later. Don’t be surprised though, if you find wine samplings in higher-end areas that cost more than $50 per person.
However, if you commit to buying some wine ahead of time, you may be able to get samples for free. On the other hand, some wineries also have clubs that you can join to take advantage of their free samples.
Are there any costs to know about?
Most of the time, the only extra costs that you’re going to have to think about are the tour fees, if you choose to partake in this type of activity. These tours will often load you up on a bus and take you to a handful of wineries in the area. On top of the winery tasting fees, you will more than likely have to pay a fuel and tour bus surcharge, often costing about $100 to $150 per tour.
Saving Money — It Can Be Done
- Before you head to a wine tasting, there are a few things that you will want to look for ahead of time to maximize your savings:
- Look for coupons. A lot of wineries will post coupons on their website that you can print and redeem when you arrive.
- Look for specials and promotions. During the slower periods, wineries may offer low-cost samplings.
- Some wineries don’t charge a price for the tasting; instead, they let you sample any wine you’re thinking about buying. However, if they do allow this, you’re going to want to limit your samplings as a general courtesy.
- If you plan on buying wines and commit to the purchase, many wineries will give you a few samples for free.
- Joining a club will also help you save money; however, if you’re going to take this route, make sure that you’re going to take advantage of the club. If you don’t plan on using it, it’s a lot cheaper to just buying the sampling.
- In popular wine tasting areas, look for tours or wine tasting cards that offer significant discounts.
Before you venture out to taste some wines, take your time to research your costs, find ways to save and explore the best places to go. By doing so, your wine tasting adventures should be a success.
Stephanie Lynch works for Howmuchisit.org — a collection of 4,500 cost helping guides. If you ever want to know what something costs, keep her resource in mind. Feel free to follow their resource on Twitter @Howmuchforit