Winery visitability rules
A winery is characterized as visitable, when it complies with certain prerequisites (Decision by the Ministry of Agriculture for the implementation of Regulation 1493/1999).
Properly placed labels should inform visitors about:
1. the winery’s visiting hours.
2. the tasting cost, if applicable.
3. the price list of wine, the rest of the grapevine products and associated services.
4. all other necessary recommendations or information.
Β. Spatial adequacy
There should be adequate and safe spaces for:
1. access to the winery.
2. reception and stay of visitors and WC.
3. comfortable wine tasting.
4. placement, presentation and selling of the wine and associated traditional products, as long as permits possibly required have been acquired.
To pursue publicity and promotion of their products, these visitable wineries may:
1. cooperate with local government organizations or other agencies in the purpose of publicizing and utilizing the Greek cultural heritage that has to do with vines and wine.
2. cooperate with national and supra-national tourism and agrotourism organisations and perform national and international meetings, congresses and seminars, aiming to increase publicity of Greek wines, both in and beyond national borders.
3. organize wine tasting events in partnership with hotel enterprises, selected restaurants, catering companies and other related businesses.
4. receive visiting schools, educational institutes, and any other interested individual, increasing the wine-related awareness of the public and of professionals through seminars, lectures, guided visits and wine tasting.
5. organize social events for the promotion and enhancement of the commercial and cultural identity of their wines.
6. sell accessories, books and other articles related to wine and their winery.
7. sell specific wines and special gift packs.
8. exhibit traditional articles of viticulture and wine-making.
1. Visitability is only possible when all the required permits have been accomplished, with regard to visitor safety and hygiene during their stay and use of facilities.
2. In parallel, promotion and advertising of wines and wine products should be performed by legitimate means, targeting at the sound orientation of the visitors – consumers, and shielding them from inaccuracies which may lead to confusion or deception.
3. Wineries that comply with the aforementioned prerequisites and thereby become visitable, must notify the Ministry of Agriculture and the competent service of the Prefecture respectively. Moreover, staff in charge, remain under the legitimate control that may be performed by the authorized organs of the Ministry of Agriculture or the Prefecture.
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