What To Wear To Go Wine Tasting

By Christina Lauren

wine tasting outfit

Warm weekends beckon you to take a drive out to wine country to bask in the sun, stroll through lush vineyards, and toast to good times with a flavorful glass of wine. Whether you’re heading to the rolling hills of Carmel Valley , the sprawling vineyards set throughout Napa Valley , or one of the other wine destinations of the world (like Italy or France), there are some unspoken expectations about how to dress for the occasion. This style guide shares tips on what to wear to go wine tasting.

What To Wear To Go Wine Tasting:


maxi dress

When the weather starts to heat up, everyone’s natural inclination is to opt for lightweight, more revealing clothing. When you go wine tasting, it’s important to dress appropriately. That means, if you wear short daytime dresses (like sheath dresses or fit-and-flare dresses), it’s wise to choose dresses that are (at most) a couple inches above the knee, and are not too tight fitting. Another alternative to a short dress, is a comfortable and casual maxi dress. The flowing, loose dresses will keep you cool even when the sun outside is scorching.



If you’re more of a shorts gal, keep the cut-offs in your closet, and opt for a playful romper instead. Available in a wide range of vibrant colors and pretty patterns, rompers are the dressier alternative to a basic pair of shorts. The key to choosing a romper for a wine tasting excursion is to pick one that is not too short or skimpy.



Because many wineries take you on a tour of their property, you might venture into the wine caves or air-conditioned tasting rooms. That means, you’ll suddenly go from hot weather to cold temperatures. Therefore, it’s advisable to bring along a cardigan. Cardigans are easy to pack, and can be draped over your shoulders and tied in front, or can be buttoned up, if you prefer.



If you love adding a little extra height to your stature, leave the pointed toe stilettos at home, and opt for the walkable and wearable espadrille (or wedge) instead. When you go wine tasting, you want to not only ensure you can walk around the wineries and vineyards without being uncomfortable (or wobbly, from a few too many tastings), but you’ll also want to make sure your shoes don’t sink into the grass or dirt. That’s why espadrilles and wedges (with their flat soles) will give you the height you want, without being problematic.

Ballet Flats

ballet flat

If comfort is your main priority when you go wine tasting, the classic and cute ballet flat is your best option. Right now, the uber-chic and sophisticated pointed toe flat is a big spring fashion trend. Whether you opt for a vibrant hue or a playful print, you can’t go wrong with ballet flats.