The Wine Walk at Epcot is straightforward. Three World Showcase Pavilions. Six 2-ounce pours of wine. Few choices beyond that.
The Wine Walk can be purchased from any of the three participating outlets.
In France, it’s at the wine store on the way to Impressions de France, which now conveniently begins at :15 and :45 past the hour. That makes it a lot easier to arrive a minute or two before show time rather than having to walk into the lobby, check the countdown clock on the wall, be disappointed that it says 14 minutes, promise to come back in 12 minutes, forget to do that, then head to Morocco. Not that I speak from experience.
After paying your $30, you’ll receive this card, which sort of tells you where to go, at least by providing the names of the locations inside of the stated Pavilions.
The Wine Walk has gone up $10 in recent memory and now includes this otherwise $5 Acrylic Wine Glass, which is marketed as a “tangible memory of your visit to World Showcase.” The thing about Wine Walk is that the card is not dated, so you don’t have to visit every location on the same day. And you don’t have to pick up both wines at the same time, either. But the total amount of wine offered is around 12 ounces, or about 2.5 cups worth at a restaurant or a half portion if you’re visiting me for lunch. But with each sample coming in at just 2-ounces, it seems likely that most people will want to pick up both samples at once. That may be less true on a Tuesday in early February when waits at most outlets are nonexistent, but on the Saturday we did it last week, we waited around ten minutes in Italy and Germany, while France remained a “walk-on.” So you probably aren’t going to want to wait in that line twice for a sad cup of wine.
And it’s not the worst cup I’ve ever seen in my life, even if it doesn’t hold nearly enough to be useful at home. I’d have to hold the bottle in one hand and the cup in the other and just be constantly pouring.
Another issue about the Wine Walk is that you’re locked into visiting a single location at each Pavilion and only have two options once you arrive. You can double up on one or the other if you wish.
This is what they’re currently pouring in France.
If we attribute $5 to the cup, that means we need to receive $25 worth of wine, or $8.33 per location, on average to come out even. A la carte, the cost of the Pinot Noir is $1.67 per ounce and the Vouvray is $2.33 per ounce. Assuming the standard 2-ounce pour, we’re coming away with $8 worth if we want to sample each, as most people probably will. Note the $26 price on the Moet & Chandon.
And we actually did pretty well in France, with pours much closer to the 3-ounce standard than the 2-ounce cop out. The bottle price on both is about $14, though neither is particularly easy to find around town. They both tasted like wine.
The Enoteca is the Italian stop, pictured here on the right side of the Pavilion towards the front.
Their full menu.
The red is found under the “Dessert Wines” header and is the Lambrusco Chiarli, which is a $12 bottle at the store, $7 for a 3-ounce cup here, or $2.33 per ounce. At 8% ABV, it packs only a slightly higher punch than my arch nemesis, the Rosa Regale, and offers a similarly fruity body, though it’s far less carbonated. It’s easy to sip in the heat, at least.
The Roma Fontana Candida is the white selection.
It tasted like wine and with each ounce costing $2.33 a la carte, we come away with $9.32 worth here, for a total of $17.32 thus far.
The next stop is the Weinkeller in Germany, which is on the left side of the Pavilion in between Karamell-Küche and Biergarten.
With more than 20 options, including beer, cider, wine, and liquor, you’ll find a larger selection here than the first two stops, though we’re limited to the usual two wines.
The regular menu.
On the wine front, Germany is perhaps best known for their sweet whites, and that’s what we receive here in both glasses. This is decidedly not the good stuff as both bottles retail for around $9 or $7 for a 3-ounce pour at Epcot.
The pours were the least generous in our experience. One was indeed spicier and the other sweeter, but there’s not going to be a whole lot of differentiation given that the RealFeel will probably be something like 175 degrees when you’re here. But I thought the sweet wines were a nice way to end the walk. At Disney prices, this is $9.32 worth.
For $5, the Weinkeller offers this cheese tray, which is a throwback to the Food and Wine Festival. It’s kind of a fun to try the cheeses with the wine along with the pretzel stick on top.
Overall, we came away with around $26 worth of wine, plus the $5 acrylic cup that I didn’t want, for the $30 price. The 30 bucks at least includes tax, but there isn’t a whole lot of savings here by committing to the three stops and you’re almost entirely hamstrung on which outlet you visit and what you receive. I would say that the Wine Walk is a good excuse to seek out wines in three places that you might not ordinarily be familiar with, but anyone that prefers to have more control over what they order should seek these locations out and pay cash. The acrylic cup is almost completely useless.