Winery/Chocolate Tour and Photography Workshop

Charlotte,  Vermont

Photo: © 2008 Steven Mermelstein – All rights reserved

Winery/Chocolate Tour and Photography Workshop Highlights

  • A Fully Private Photography Workshop — We don’t take you out with strangers!
  • Customized and designed to your specific desires, keeping in mind the light, foliage and weather conditions.
  • Prior to the workshop we’ll discuss the type of scenery, wildlife, and other things you hope to see and photograph and plan the workshop just for you.
  • We’ll be your designated driver while you ride in style and comfort in one of our luxury SUVs. Larger groups ride in luxury passenger vans or luxury buses.
  • Opportunities to make photographs of breathtaking landscapes, lakes, ponds, classic and historic architecture in small villages, covered bridges, cows, sheep, barns, and farm scenes, and/or visit locations where wildlife is often observed. It’s all up to you!
  • You can choose to include locations with opportunities for black bears, moose, white-tailed deer, red foxes, bobcats, porcupines, falcons, hawks, woodpeckers, owls, and more!
  • Individual instruction in the field with one-on-one time with your instructor, Steve Mermelstein.
  • Portfolio consultation (if desired).
  • We’ll pick you up/drop you off at your hotel or any other mutually agreed location within Burlington, South Burlington, Shelburne, Williston, Colchester, Stowe, Waterbury, Waitsfield, or Warren. (Other areas are subject to an additional charge.)
  • Rain, snow, or shine — we will plan the workshop accordingly.

Example Private Workshop Schedule

Times are approximate and customizable to your preferences!

  • 11am – 1pm:
    Meet for lunch at a locals’ favorite restaurant. You’ll have a chance to meet your instructor, Steve Mermelstein, and use this time to ask questions about your gear or anything else you’d like help with. Share your portfolio and receive professional portfolio consultation (if desired.)
  • 1-4pm:
    We’ll stop at Vermont’s best chocolatier, Lake Champlain Cholcolates for a tour, free samples, and shopping. We’ll then go to the best locations for the type of photos you’re hoping to make. We’ll take you to exclusive and secret backroad locations only known to a few locals and you’ll receive one-on-one field instruction (if desired.) Along the way we can stop at wineries for tastings and/or to shop.
  • 4-6pm:
    Meal break at a locals’ favorite restaurant that serves local wines. Photograph review and edit suggestions. Also, use this break to ask Steve more questions or go over anything learned during the afternoon session.
  • 6-8pm:
    We’ll go to the best locations for opportunities to make more of the photos you desire. We’ll also visit exclusive or secret backroad locations, only known to a few locals, where you’ll receive more one-on-one field instruction (if desired.) We’ll set up at a terrific Golden Hour and sunset location (clouds permitting) to make the final photos of the day. We’ll then go to one more winery before heading back.
  • 8pm:
    Return to starting location


Everyone is welcome, you only need:

  • An interest in photography
  • A working camera; any make/model! Even camera phones are welcome!
  • To drink alcohol: You must be at least 21 years old and have a government-issued photo ID. The only acceptable forms of ID are a Government/State issued: Photo Driver’s License, Photo ID Card, Passport/Enhanced Driver’s License, or US Military ID indicating your date of birth.

NO JUDGMENT ZONE! All ages, abilities, and skill levels are welcome!


Available Year Round!
For Foliage Season: The leaves usually turn early or mid-September through late October. Peak, or the “best” foliage, can be found at many different times and places as Fall progresses and we’ll do our best to plan your workshop to include stops at as many of these locations as practical.


Winery/Chocolate Tour and Photography Full-day Workshops:
Fall: $849.99 per day for the first person.
Winter: $749.99 per day for the first person.
Spring: $749.99 per day for the first person.
Summer: $749.99 per day for the first person.

Each additional person (up to 6 persons) is only $100 for each person, per day. For larger groups; please inquire.

You may extend any workshop for just $150.00 for each additional hour.

Half-day workshops might be available on select Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays; please inquire. Half-day workshops are not available on any US/Canada Holiday.

NOTE: Due to VT Liquor Law, VTPhotoTours does not provide wine/alcohol or include the cost of wine/alcohol (or chocolate) in the cost of this workshop. You may (at your option) purchase wine/alcohol (and/or chocolate) from businesses we stop at. Many offer free samples or tastes.

Prices do not include taxes, fees, gratuities, souvenirs, food, drinks, snacks, or meals unless otherwise specified. All prices are subject to change and/or a temporary fuel surcharge without notice.
Please see our Workshop/Tour Terms and Conditions for full details and Workshop/Tour policies. All services are subject to availability.

We offer private workshops for one or up to a forty-person group

Perfect for family reunions, corporate outings, or any other type of group event. You decide the date and time and we will create a special day that you and your group will never forget!

Large Group Private Workshops are priced according to all the specifics that you request. Please Check Availability for more information.

Vermont is home to more breweries per capita than any other state in the US! We will discuss and plan stops for tastings/tours at several of Vermont’s best award-winning breweries and brewpubs during your workshop.

Experience the natural beauty of Vermont on a private back-road photography workshop and wine tour with a seasoned Vermont photographer and instructor. He not only knows all the best spots and when to go for the best light, he’ll also share his experience and provide instruction, if desired.

VTPhotoTours Winery/Chocolate Tour and Photography Workshops are fully private workshops and priced by your group’s size. Starting at only $749.99 for the first person, per day. Each additional person (up to 6 persons) is only $100 for each person, per day. For larger groups; please inquire.

Go along with the guide making it a fully private workshop with private instruction, go as a couple, go with your friend(s), or make it a family/corporate outing. Go for one day, two, three, or even more. It’s all completely up to you.

These workshops are in extremely high demand on weekends and holidays. All available weekday dates often book up too. So please plan ahead and book as early as possible! If your desired date is unavailable, we are happy to put your name on a waitlist for it and will get in touch if it becomes available.

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All Workshops and Tours are subject to the Workshop/Tour Terms and Conditions. Full or partial payment constitutes acceptance of the Workshop/Tour Terms and Conditions.

Covid Update

In-person Outdoor Private Workshops/Tours have resumed with physical distancing and a few other safety measures. (Masks are no longer required outdoors!)

We also offer one-on-one Online Private Workshops. Learn Lightroom, more about your camera(s), or you may pick any photography topic you want help with.

Outdoor or Online Workshops are available most weekdays, weekends, and holidays. Please check availability and book now so we can accommodate you!