For us, our winery is our home, our vineyard, our orchard, our place of business and a place where we hope people will experience our vision. We invite people to our special place so that they can gather with friends, enjoy our wines, and share some food from our kitchen while overlooking the beautiful Town of Bolton, Massachusetts. Like people you invite to your home, we invite people to our winery hoping that they can share in our experience, appreciate our hard work, and perhaps learn a little about our wines and our approach to winemaking.
A visit to a winery is all about fostering an atmosphere of respect for farming and enjoying locally produced wines while appreciating that you are a guest that we hope to provide a special experience. A visit to our winery is different than a visit to farms that focuses their attention on Family related activities like hayrides, Pick Your Own, Petting Zoos, Corn Mazes, and family games. Our primary focus is presenting an adult beverage to adults, educating them to our vineyard and operations and hopefully finding long lasting customers that will support us going forward. While we always welcome children to our farm and vineyard, it is with the understanding that we are not a farm that focuses on providing entertainment for children and that our focus is on adults.
If you’re looking for a relaxing lunch stop, enjoyable evening sunset, or are truly interested in learning about wine and viticulture, then visiting wineries with your kids is perfectly acceptable, and can be a lot of fun. When planning a visit, it is important for parents to explain to children that are going to visit a farm/vineyard, which despite acres of open land, is not a playground.
What is winery behavior?
It’s much like you would want your children to behave in restaurants, museums, libraries or stores, etc. Children must stay with you at all times and they should be informed not to touch things that don’t belong to them, keep their voices lower, not to run, and of course, to be polite. You’re the best judge of your own kids and can determine what they can handle. We do not allow children running around tables or through the gift shop or in the vineyard, no matter how cute you think they are. We are not a venue that allows you to let them test their independence. Keep them close, entertained, and behaving.
Bring small games, books or electronics – iPods, iPads, etc. – to keep the kids occupied. If you plan to have a glass of wine after the tasting on a veranda in the sun or to watch the sunset, never underestimate the power of a deck of cards and a good game of “Go Fish” or “Cheat” if they are older.
We cannot tell you how many times we find unattended children picking and throwing apples at each other or picking flowers from our gardens and bringing them to Mom as a gift. When we approach the children to stop and bring them back to their parents, we are often told that they did not know and that somehow we are responsible for not making the rules clear to visitors. It is important for parents to recognize that this is our harvest, something that we have worked on for months, and something that allows us to earn our living. As a result, we now require all children to remain with an adult at all times and request that adults recognized that when visiting our home, you are accepting our rules. Alternatively, we cannot tell you how many families visit our winery and have an enjoyable time.
I want to finish by saying, it all comes down to the parents. If you are a free-range parent, we don’t recommend planning a visit with friends at a winery with the kids in tow and it is best to consider a babysitter for this scenario. We also don’t suggest spending hours drinking the day away at a winery with your children and we certainly don’t condone drinking and driving while intoxicated under any circumstances and many countries in Europe have a zero-tolerance policy. However, if you’re looking for a relaxing lunch stop, enjoyable evening sunset, or are truly interested in learning about wine and viticulture, then visiting wineries with your kids is perfectly acceptable, and can be a lot of fun. Understand the venue, plan to make your day enjoyable, and our job easy!
During COVID-19, please appreciate that our rules of operation require everyone, including children, to be seated