Team Building Activities
Looking for something special to help recognize your team's outstanding work?
Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards offers fun opportunities to learn about wine in an educational yet relaxed atmosphere while developing team rapport and collaboration. You can choose among the following activities or work with the winery staff to customize your own experience.
Horseback Ride and Wine Tasting
Try something really off the beaten path with your team - horseback riding through our vineyards and into the open space of the Saratoga foothills, with lovely views of the Silicon Valley - returning to enjoy our estate wines, grown right here on the property! No previous riding experience is necessary. The maximum number of riders is 15. More? We stagger the departures.
Blind Wine Tasting Challenge
Do you want to learn how to taste wine like Sommeliers do? If so, then this activity is right for you. You will be taught a four-step approach to wine tasting (See, Sniff, Sip, Sense). Next, you will be given an introduction of how to identify various wines in a blind tasting. Then, use your newly acquired skills to work in teams to guess the varietal of each taste in a flight of wines. Please allow 1.5 hours for this activity.
Wine and Chocolate Pairing Challenge
Wine and chocolate – what could be better? First learn about basic food and wine pairing principles and how to pair wine and chocolate. Next, discover techniques for tasting wine and chocolate together. Then, break into teams to decide which wine goes best with each of the artisan chocolates provided. Please allow 1 hour for this activity.
Component Tasting and Wine Blending
Have you wondered what it takes to create the perfect wine blend? For this activity, you will learn about each of the components that make up one of our Test Pilot red blends. Then, you will join a team to perform trials to arrive at the perfect blend. Each team’s creation will compete head-to-head in a blind taste challenge to see which one “reigns supreme”. Please note there is a minimum of 20 people for the Component Tasting and Wine Blending activity.
Box lunches available for 10 or more guests.
All Team Building Activities must be reserved one week in advance.