Team building in Bodegas in Spain
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There are plenty of bodegas (wineries) and vineyards to be found in Spain, which can offer, without a doubt, a perfect environment for a whole range of activities. Leaving the office and spending time outdoors, then once in the rural world going from the vineyard to the winery and back again can be an amazing change of scenery. Places, different from what we are used to, mysterious atmospheres, production, working the land… A world of opportunities to encourage teamwork.
Wine is the result of a long creative process, which is subject to a multitude of external factors, some of which cannot be controlled. This is where lies the wine’s magic. Despite the savoir-faire of the oenologist or winery master, and of the months or even years of hard work invested, the result remains uncertain and this dazzles both experts and participants.
Like in any other company, wine is the result of the dedication and effort of a multidisciplinary team. While wineries offer distance from the office and day-to-day work, it also brings the winery closer to business, which enables us to consider any activity taking place in wineries as an activity which will lead to results. Bodegas can be found in numerous cities in Spain and close to some well-connected ones such as Barcelona, Madrid, Bilbao or Seville. Therefore it is possible, in less than an hour, to go from an airport to a winery surrounded by vineyards in a rural area.
Wine and gastronomy are the common denominator of the aforementioned activities, which require creativity and the will to learn. It is important to keep in mind that a bodega is a work place where the different tasks that start in the vineyard and end in the production process and wine keeping require collective collaboration. However fun and diversion are definitely part of it all.
Some of the most popular activities
There are numerous options, which depend on the knowledge of the participants. Compare the winery’s wines to others from the region depending on the aging degree or it’s variety (or varieties), or to other Spanish wines or even to foreign wines. Depending on the chosen challenge, the team members will have a chance to show their skills when telling wines apart. This workshop eases communication and team collaboration joining the different discernments in a fun environment.
Coupage workshops or how to make your own wine.
Different wines will be put at the team’s disposition. Basing itself on the different tastes and textures, the team will be asked to achieve the best possible mixture in a process of decision making, trust in the possibilities, competence related to the knowledge and way of taking on a creative problem. The participants will grade the different obtained wines and will be allowed to take their own wines home.
Gymkanas in wineries or vineyards.
Some of the wineries competitions are: “What does it smell like?” Here the contestants learn to identify and value the characteristics of the wines they have tasted. The most skilful will be able to face the challenge of building the highest “cork castle”. Another mission is the creation of a viniculture t-shirt (marketing plan) which will be competing with the other teams’ t-shirts. The most experienced ones will get to push a barrel in a circuit as quick as they possibly can and the shiest ones can enrol in the spitting a grape as far as possible contest.
Workshop on how to match Wine and Food.
Wine is a living element, which enters in contact with the pallet. It changes when its temperature does and according to what it is served with. This workshop allows the teams to learn as a group, while having fun, how to combine different wines with a large variety of dishes, which are rich in aromas and textures. Each participant will present his or her results to the team and the group will then do so in to an instructor. This experience requires the implication of the team members in order to build relations, benefit of the diversity through communication and provide a better knowledge to all teammates, favouring the decision making and the cooperation’s development.
Cooking in a winery can be very amusing. Giving the different ages, sex, sociocultural or gastronomic habits and of course cooking experience of each team member the group is very diverse but the one thing they all have in common is that they can all bring something to the table specially when it comes to making a menu. The success of a team depends on its
Senses workshop “Aromas”
Everything you have always wanted to know about wine. Because having a way with words doesn’t mean knowing about wine. Knowing about wine is about acquiring the sufficient practice, which allows you to identify a series of tastes and aromas. The team members will unite their perceptions to approximate their stances, cooperate and get conclusions.
Finding the essence (Treasure hunt).
The teams will try to figure out why the wine has been made in the winery in question. They will have to investigate the winery and region’s history, the local customs, the piece of land, the climatology, the varieties, the wine’s manufacturing, and so on. This is a team’s exercise where the team members will have to follow the clues and use their creativity and inventiveness to make decision while under pressure (time runs and has a limit). This is a great option for teams searching for adventure and who want to get to fully know the wine’s world (ideal for Distributors, Sales teams o wine club’s members).
The Sangria’s challenge.
The game’s goal is the production o a successful drink based on mixing different fruits, a certain amount of wine, some sparkly drink and other “secret” ingredients. This requires a marketing plan, which includes naming the winery and the “sangria” in question, inventing a logo and an advertisement slogan.
Plantation / Grape harvest / Discovering the Varieties/ Discovering the Vineyard
Depending on the time of year, the vineyard allows us to look at its vegetative state by only looking at it. The participants will learn all about the plantation tasks and how they are carried out as a team. They will learn whilst competing to see which team does the biggest amount and best quality work.
The winery’s detective (Interactive play “of winery”)
“Murder on the menu” is an activity, which involves all the participants at a diner in a mysterious plot about the world of wine and the order of the day, which will have taken place. Each person or established group will have to act the part of detective to solve the mystery. “Murder on the menu” has to be linked to team building’s aims and objectives.
Camp on the vineyard
The camp is a compilation of most of the activities, which have just been presented. It requires two or three days at the winery and it’s objective is to develop communication, cooperation, and personal relations between the members of each teams, as well as to drive the mediation, negotiation and problem solving skills of each of them.
Social networks allow us to prolong the experience through the creation of discussion groups, forums, the exchange of memories and photos of the stay at the winery.
Aware of the advantages of counting with a decisive team with no internal conflict, more and more companies are starting to invest time and resources in improving communication and cohesion amongst their staff as well as it’s motivation as a team and at an interdepartmental level.