Team Building and Group Activities

Looking for something special to help recognize your team's outstanding work? 

Team Building and Group Activities at Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards

Cooper-Garrod Estate Vineyards offers an opportunity to learn about wine in an educational yet relaxed atmosphere while developing team or group rapport and collaboration. You can choose among the following activities or work with the winery staff to customize your own experience.

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.

Horseback Ride and Wine Tasting

Our family does two things well: horses and wine.  Cooper-Garrod manages the wine - and Garrod Farms Stables handles the horses!  Same family, same property, same philosophy:  we extend traditional California ranch hospitality to those looking to experience life here, whether it be with wine or horses or both. 

Consider bringing your group for a one hour guided horseback trail ride!  Make your way through our vineyards and up into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains into the Fremont Older Open Space Preserve, all while enjoying sweeping views of Silicon Valley.  Following the ride, join us in the Tasting Room for a group tasting.  Note that guided rides are limited to 15 people; with larger groups we tend to split the group into two or more separate rides. 

Additional Information

Box lunches are available for groups of 10 or more.

All team building and group activities must be reserved and paid for one week in advance.

Team building activities are typically only available on weekdays.

Request more information for your team's event by emailing or calling 408-867-7116.