Self-guided tours may be the new normal this winery season.
The Hounds of Erie Winery in Clear Creek has begun allowing self-guided tours on their property.
“We’re obviously in unchartered water time,” said Lara Sawaya-Norman, marketing coordinator at Hounds of Erie Winery. “We can’t predict what the wine season is going to look like, we knew that for sure by the end of March.”
The idea of the tour came originally to give people a space to walk their dogs after the trail systems and parks in Haldimand and Norfolk were closed as part of the social distancing measures.
“Because we’re a dog-friendly winery, we wanted to give people a safe space to bring their dog to exercise,” said Sawaya-Norman. She said they then thought of a way to make it beneficial to both humans and their canine friends.
After guests book their tour online they will receive a confirmation email that includes a link to a collection of videos that coordinate with each stop on the tour.