We continue to closely follow updates regarding the state of current events surrounding COVID-19 and any potential future impact it could have on our customers, employees and surrounding communities. Our heart goes out to those who have been affected by the virus, and we hope for their swift and full recovery. Fortunately, to date, we have had no reports of team members or anyone on our properties contracting the virus.
That said, in light of recent regional developments over the past 24 hours, we have made the decision to close our tasting room, effective immediately. Production and other operations will continue at the winery, but the property will be closed to the public until further notice.
These decisions are not taken lightly. We are working in partnership with our industry peers, local governments and community leaders and are making decisions accordingly. While we recognize that this decision impacts our employees, business operations, trade partners and customers, we are choosing to close our visitor center for their safety and wellbeing as our top priority. All our U.S. based hourly workers will continue to receive pay in alignment with business as usual operations, in accordance with our company policy. We have expanded our U.S. paid leave policies to accommodate personal or family health circumstances related to COVID-19 – including recovering from an illness, caring for a sick loved one, mandatory quarantining, or childcare needs due to school closures.
We will post updates via email and on our website. If you need any assistance with wine or general inquiries, please reach out via phone, email, and website.
We always value your business, but more importantly, we value your health. Thank you for your support, and we look forward to seeing you when we re-open our doors.
The Wild Horse Winery Team