Conduct Wine Tasting as a Team Building Exercise

wine tasting as a team building exercise

11 Mar Conduct Wine Tasting as a Team Building Exercise

There’s nothing wrong with trying out a new and interesting idea for team building. After all, there are only so many times you can play games or conduct team building programs at traditional locations before they stop being effective.It’s vital to introduce fresh new ideas to the table often when it comes to team building exercises.

After all, you want your employees to share a wonderful and unique experience. What better way to do it than to conduct a wine tasting? There are very few people in this world that don’t enjoy good quality wine. Here’s what you need to know about wine tasting as a team building exercise.

Ask your Employees for their Opinion

It’s a good idea to ask your employees for their opinion and see if they would enjoy a wine tasting event. You want to be sure that wine tasting is acceptable and fun for all of your employees. You can determine this by conducting a survey and considering what they have to say. If there are no legitimate reasons like health, religion and culture that’s preventing them from drinking wines, you can go ahead with the wine tasting team building exercise.

Pick the Winery or Vineyard

There are several wineries and vineyards that actually conduct corporate events and offer team building exercises as a part of their services. While it’s tempting to go to the big-shot wineries and sample famous wines, you shouldn’t forget the primary purpose of the outing. After all, you want to encourage team building.

With that in mind, you should choose a winery that offers corporate team building packages. This would ensure you have the easiest time organizing the outing. You can also ask a winery if they conduct corporate events even if it’s not mentioned on their website.

Make Bookings in Advance

Wines are an emerging passion of Australians and wine tasting events are usually booked to the gills. You don’t want to risk missing out on a great wine tasting event because you didn’t book in advance. As wineries that offer corporate events are few in number, you need to be even more vigilant. Typically, you should make enquiries and book a couple of months in advance, especially if you’re planning the event during the best season. Most wineries will allow you to book at least 2 weeks in advance if there’s space.

Participants

Wineries that offer corporate team building packages will often have a limit on the number of people allowed in the event. In most cases, a minimum of 10 people are required. Some wineries might allow a smaller group. The maximum number of people depends on the size of the winery and the tasting area. The trend is to allow a maximum of 30 to 40 people. It not advisable to take too many people on a team building exercise because it would lose effectiveness and become too chaotic.

The Exercises

There are several team building exercises you include in your trip. They can accommodate people with different levels of knowledge about wines. You can divide your people into teams and ask them to blind taste the wine and identify the varietal. You could also ask them to simply identify whether the wine is white, red, dessert, or sparkling. You can organize lessons in wine tasting, identifying different aromas, etc. There really is no shortage of things to do.

For more information on wine tasting, different wineries in Australia and contemporary wine cellars, you can call Signature Cellars on 02 9340 7515 or use this contact form to get in touch with us. We’ll be pleased to assist you.

Thanks for reading,
Neil Smallman
Signature Cellars
02 9340 7515

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