COVID-19 Update

Santa Clara County Returns to Purple Risk Tier on November 16th

Santa Clara County, where our Monte Bello tasting room is located, has moved to the Purple Risk Tier and thus is only able to host outdoor tastings at limited capacity. Please see our visit page for details on available tasting experiences and safety precautions.

Santa Clara County Moves to Orange Risk Tier on October 14th

Monte Bello cleared to host limited indoor tastings

Santa Clara County, where our Monte Bello tasting room is located, moved to California’s Orange Risk Tier on October 14th, 2020. This new classification allows wineries to host guests for indoor wine tastings, at a capacity of 25%. We are closely following all guidelines to ensure the safety of our guests and employees and look forward to welcoming you to taste with us at Monte Bello.

Monte Bello Open By-Appointment as of Friday, July 17th!

Effective Friday, July 17th, Monte Bello will be open for appointment-based, outdoor seated tastings. We have implemented a variety of measures to ensure the safety of our guests and our staff, including enhanced cleaning protocols, face coverings for all staff, proper social distancing measures, pre-shift health screenings, staggered tasting times to limit crowds, regular hand washing, and ongoing sanitizing of all surfaces before and after each visit.

Lytton Springs Open By-Appointment as of Friday, June 12th!

Effective Friday, June 12th, Lytton Springs will be open for appointment-based, outdoor seated tastings. We have implemented a variety of measures to ensure the safety of our guests and our staff, including enhanced cleaning protocols, face coverings for all staff, proper social distancing measures, pre-shift health screenings, staggered tasting times to limit crowds, regular hand washing, and ongoing sanitizing of all surfaces before and after each visit.

Safely Receiving your Signature-Required Wine Shipments

FedEx has put new protective measures in place to help you receive your wine shipment safely. If you do not feel comfortable touching FedEx equipment to sign for your package, your driver can offer the following alternatives:

  • Ask for government issued photo ID to verify age, but will not touch your ID
  • Allow you to sign for your package using your own instrument, such as the non-writing end of a pen
  • Write “C19” on the signature line of their scanning device and enter your first initial and last name on your behalf

Safe Handling of your Wine Package

According to the World Health Organization, it is safe to handle packages even if they’ve travelled through locations with COVID-19 cases: “The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved, travelled, and exposed to different conditions and temperature is also low.” The CDC also maintains that the risk of transmission from surfaces is low. All of our wine shipments are fulfilled in-house and our warehouse team has implemented additional precautions to ensure the safety of our employees and your package including:

  • Separating staff into two shifts to increase social distancing
  • Wearing safety gloves while packing
  • Observing the CDC’s recommendations regarding regular hand-washing and use of hand sanitizer
  • Regular sanitization of tools, surfaces, and common areas

How We’re Protecting our Employees

We have transitioned to a work-from-home setting for most of our employees. Additionally, we have increased our standard sick leave for full time employees from two weeks to four weeks per the new Federal directive for COVID-19. This is an assurance that our employees are not coming to work with any flu-like symptoms.

What’s Next?

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will respond based on the advice of government and public health authorities. We wish everyone the best in these unusual times and hope you all stay safe!