How much to budget for group wine tasting fees?
I'm planning a group trip to wine country (~30 people, undecided between Sonoma and Napa) and trying to determine how much to budget for tastings. I know that some places are free, and others are really expensive, but what would be a fair ballpark per person per tasting budget if we want to hit up some vineyards with good wine and a really nice atmosphere?
idk, if you're willing to pay and make arrangements in advance, you probably get a private tour and tasting at most wineries (eg Pride or Spring Mountain, which are really good wineries). It wouldn't be cheap, around $50/pp, or so., but 30 is doable, especially midweek/off-peak. You certainly can't walk-in, though, and you'll have to pay quite a bit.
I had my 40th birthday in Healdsburg in February and we had 18 people total. I called ahead and booked 2-3 weeks out...here's where we went and the tasting fees:
-Arista, $5 (picked up sandwiches and ate them at their picnic area)
-Truett Hurst, Free
Some of my fav wineries discourage larger groups so I went to a few of them (A.Rafanelli, Preston, Unti) the day before with a smaller group (three of us)