Frequently asked questions
WHERE DOES THE TOUR START?
We provide service from wherever you’re staying in Fredericksburg or Stonewall. If you’re staying out of our area, we will meet you at the Fredericksburg Visitor Center.
DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION OUTSIDE OF FREDERICKSBURG?
Yes, for our Private Tours only. We will ask for a specific pickup address in order to provide you a custom quote.
WHAT DAYS OF THE WEEK DO YOU OFFER TOURS?
Our office is open and we can run tours 6 days/week, Wednesday – Monday. We do not run tours and our office is closed on Tuesdays. Please note, we also have limited office hours on the weekends.
HOW LONG DO THE TOURS LAST?
Most tours last between 5 to 7 hours, depending on how many places are visited and route.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM AMOUNT OF GUESTS YOU CAN ACCOMMODATE PER GROUP?
On Saturdays, 10 is the maximum amount of guests we will take per group. Weekdays, we have more flexibility to accommodate groups with more than 11 guests.
DO I GET TO CUSTOMIZE MY ITINERARY?
All Private Tour itineraries are customizable. For our Group Tours, the first group to book gets to customize the places we visit.
ARE THERE VEGETARIAN, VEGAN, AND GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS DURING THE TOUR?
Yes. Please notify us in advance of special dietary preferences when you make your reservation.
DO I HAVE TO MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE?
Yes, because many of the places we visit require appointments, we must make arrangements at least 24 hours in advance.
THERE ARE ONLY TWO OF US, WILL WE BE SHARING THE TOUR WITH OTHER PEOPLE?
Most of our tours are shared tours, so you will usually (but not always) be joined by others. If you would like to ensure a private wine tour, please let us know if you and we can provide a custom quote.
CAN I BOOK A PRIVATE TOUR?
Absolutely. There is no additional fee for groups of 8 guests or more for a Private Tour. Private Tour pricing for groups of 7 guests or less is based on the number of guests in your party and tour date.
HOW DO I BOOK A LARGE GROUP WITH GUESTS THAT ARE PAYING INDIVIDUALLY?
We will only accept one card to hold a reservation and or collect a deposit for a large group/private tour. Your remaining balance can be split amongst your group, cash or card, individually or as a group.
HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE IN OUR GROUP TOUR?
Most of our tour groups average 6 – 10 guests on the weekends. Weekdays are typically smaller groups and couples.
ARE GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE?
Yes, gift certificates can be purchased in specific dollar amounts or a particular tour. We provide gift certificates via email as PDFs.
CAN ANY MINORS JOIN A TOUR?
No, all guests must be 21 years or older to ride with the Rat. Some wineries will check ID’s, so be sure to bring a government-issued form of identification.
CAN I BRING MY PET?
Although we love our furry friends, NO pets are allowed to ride with the Rat. Luckily, there are several pet care options in Fredericksburg.
DO YOU HAVE ANY LIMOS?
No, we have Ford Transit passenger vans and a Ford Expedition in our fleet.
CAN WE BRING OUR OWN FOOD/ALCOHOL?
All of our vehicles are stocked with a cooler and bottled water. You’re welcome to bring snacks, if desired. We’re not a booze cruise which means we cannot allow any open alcohol in our vans. We want your memories to be good ones, not fuzzy ones!
DO YOU OFFER A DISCOUNT FOR NON-DRINKING GUESTS?
Yes, we discount all tasting fees from their price.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We recommend layers and comfortable shoes. Most of the cellar spaces are kept at cool temperatures and some tasting experiences are conducted while standing.