For wine lovers who are also dog parents, finding a winery that’s dog friendly allows you to put two things you love into one great experience! Luckily, a lot of wineries welcome dogs on their grounds, some in their tasting room and cellars, and a few even hold special dog events. Here’s a list of wineries to add to your list the next time you’re looking to do some sniffing and sipping of wine with your pup.
It’s only fitting that this winery, named after the proprietor’s adorable French Bulldog, is dog-friendly. Just visiting the website alone you’ll see pics of Frenchie the French Bulldog on nearly every page. Located in the heart of Napa Valley, bring your pups here to relax in an outdoor, shady dog suite while you sip away in the tasting room indoors.
Not only is this winery dog-friendly, but they also offer a four-hour dog-friendly hike along the Sonoma Valley floor where you can wind through oak woodlands and native grasslands. This moderately strenuous hike ends with a wine tasting and wine country lunch. Even better — a portion of the hiking fee is donated to Canine Companions and Sonoma County Humane Society.
At Dutch Henry, taste handcrafted wines at the outdoor picnic table area where dogs are welcome to relax while you take in the peaceful setting of Napa Valley. Dogs are also allowed inside the winery tasting room, except on Saturdays. Call ahead to let them know you’re bringing your four-legged friend(s) as the winery has a few resident dogs (and a couple of cats).
This organically-farmed vineyard welcomes dogs in the vineyard-view picnic areas as long as they are leashed at all times and well behaved. You can also bring your dog along the 3-miles of marked hiking trails in the private land behind the winery.
This family-owned winery in the Fingerlakes wine region let’s you bring your dog into the tasting room as long as your pup is on a leash and well behaved. They are in the process of creating a doggie rest station that will feature water for them to drink as well as a convenient poop bag disposal.
This dog-friendly winery located also located in the Finger Lakes wine region recently updated the labels on their sweet wines by adding doggie (and kitty) artwork to benefit the Tompkins County SPCA. The fun labels show their dedication to the welfare of animals.
Add yet another Finger Lakes winery to your list. Red Tail Ridge is named after two hawks who live in the woods surrounding the vineyard. Dogs are more than welcome, but for pups that aren’t well-behaved, the proprietors ask that you keep them on a leash. They also have a doggie rest stop area outside with water and poop bags.
Located on the North Fork of Long Island, Martha Clara Vineyards is known for having more dog-friendly events than another other winery in the area. Guided tours of the vineyard are offered for people and pups alike as long as you bring a non-perishable dog or cat food item for donation to a local shelter. The tours are offered during Wine Down Wednesdays where you can enjoy live music and food truck grub!
Also on the North Fork of Long Island, this sustainable wine grower welcomes dogs on leash. Palmer Vineyards hosts different wine-lover events including doggie socials on weekends to support the Riverhead Move the Animal shelter.
Located in Washington state’s Walla Walla wine region, Walla Walla Vintners welcomes dogs and humans alike with open arms. They request that dogs be on leash if the winery is busy however. Bruiser, the winery dog is happy to greet both people and pups who come to enjoy the scenery and the wines!
Also located in Walla Walla, Foundry Vineyards combines art and wine into a unique space for people and pups to experience. Dogs are allowed inside the tasting room as long as both dogs and their humans respect the staff, other visitors, and the artwork. If there’s any issue with your dog, you’ll be asked to go outside to the lovely sculpture garden.
Breaux Vineyards is located along a beautiful stretch of countryside in Virginia. Dogs are welcome at the winery but are not permitted at the winery’s festivals except for Dog Day at Breaux — an annual event with live music, food, local dog rescue organizations and vendors specializing in dog products.
Happy sniffing and sipping at these dog-friendly wineries!
Written/Posted: Posted June 2016