Looking for something fun and different to do with your pet that you’ll both enjoy? How about visiting a winery?
Many vineyards welcome pets, inviting you to meander the rows of vines, enjoy a picnic on the patio or deck, and some even allow leashed dogs inside the tasting room! Before your visit, check the winery’s website for upcoming events – they may be hosting concerts, holding adoption events with local animal rescues, or have local food trucks serving on the grounds.
You’ll find hundreds of pet friendly wineries on GoPetFriendly.com, but there are a few we’re recognizing for being pawsitively outstanding:
Dutch Henry Winery – 4310 Silverado Trail, Calistoga CA
At Dutch Henry, they are happy to set you (and your pooch) up at a picnic table on the patio for a tasting. If the winery’s three Airedales, two pugs, and two cats aren’t around to entertain you, the bocce ball courts and beautiful views will suffice. Leashes are encouraged, and the resident pups like to have a heads up when four-legged company will be arriving, so give them a call.
Mutt Lynch Winery – 9050 Windsor Road, Windsor CA
Visit a wonderful world where wine and “all things dog” combine into something truly special. The award-winning wines feature dog-centric labels, and the entire place is steeped with whimsy. Even better, a portion of proceeds from every bottle of Mutt Lynch wine is donated to support local animal rescue organizations.
Photo credit: Mutt Lynch Winery
Colorado Cellars Winery – 3553 E Road, Palisade CO
Colorado Cellars Winery is Colorado’s oldest, largest, and most award-winning winery. This family-owned operation takes personal attention to the next level, growing their own grapes and fruit, keeping bees for honey wine, and making, bottling, and delivering their wines. And they’re delighted when pups stop by for a visit!
Americana Vineyards – 4367 E Covert Road, Interlaken NY
Situated in the beautiful Finger Lakes area of New York, Americana Vineyards has been turning out top-notch wines for 25 years. Their Crystal Lake Café offers delicious fare, cooked from scratch, and the vineyard hosts a Sunday afternoon concert series. Labrador retrievers Maverick and Lilly greet all guests, whether they be two- or four-legged.
Harmony Hill Vineyard – 2534 Swings Corner Point Isabel Road, Bethel OH
Harmony Hill is a boutique winery set on a 70-acre Nationally Certified Wildlife Refuge farm, just miles from the historic Ohio River Valley. Not only are pets welcome to come hike the grounds and enjoy the tasting bar, the vineyard hosts several adoption events each season and a “Reindog” costume competition for the holidays.
Dogs are also welcome to join their people for live music events outside. Some concerts have visiting food trucks but you are also welcome to bring your own picnic to pair with their wines for sale by the glass or bottle.
Airlie Winery – 15305 Dunn Forest Road, Monmouth OR
The folks at Airlie adore dogs! In fact, Rocky and Riley, the two resident Irish Setters, are their canine ambassadors. Along with a fantastic selection of wines, they have a pond for water-loving dogs. So grab a towel, and enjoy a picnic while your pup takes a dip with his new friends.
Elk Cove Vineyards – 27751 NW Olson Road, Gaston OR
Nestled in the foothills of the Coast Range Mountains, the founders of Elk Cove are Oregon winemaking pioneers. From setting their very first vine in 1974, they’ve grown to 380 planted acres in 6 vineyards, for a truly diverse selection of wines. You and your pet are welcome to explore the grounds and then sample the offerings in the tasting room.
Sleeping Dog Wines – 45804 N Whitmore PR NW, Benton City WA
This small production winery thrives on simplistic style. Hand-picked grapes are monitored through every detail of the wine making process to ensure the optimal product for each vintage. Spread out your lunch on a picnic table overlooking the Yakima River while enjoying a bottle of Tail Wagger!
Westport Winery Garden Resort – 1 S Arbor Road, Aberdeen WA
With a dog park, sculpture garden, orchard golf course, display gardens, lavender labyrinth, outdoor games, bakery, gift shop, tasting room, and restaurant, Westport Winery truly has something for every member of the family to enjoy. Self-guided walking tours allow you to fully enjoy the grounds, and don’t forget to taste the wines!
8 Chains North Winery – 38593 Daymont Lane, Waterford VA
8 Chains North has been enthusiastically dog friendly since they opened in 2010. Not only are leashed pets welcome on the patio and in the backyard area, there is a dedicated dog park where your pets can romp off leash and meet new friends. Plan your visit for a day when a local food truck is visiting and pair delicious food with local wines.
Chateau Morissette – 291 Winery Road SW, Floyd VA
Chateau Morissette was built with the help of dogs, and you’re welcome to visit with your furry pal and find out more about Hans, the first winery dog. Settle in the courtyard, tasting patio, or gazebos while you enjoy the wines – and check the schedule for outdoor entertainment, like Sunday Sounds on the Courtyard, and Black Dog Music Festivals. Pets are also welcome to join you on the patio at the restaurant when the weather permits.
Tips for Visiting a Winery with Your Dog
If you’re planning to take your pup on a winery visit, keep these tips in mind:
Grab the Leash – Even the best behaved dogs may be tempted to chase a lackadaisical squirrel or greet a fellow canine with more enthusiasm than would be appreciated. Too keep the order, many dog friendly wineries require visiting pets to be leashed.
Don’t Leave a Mess – Many wineries work hard to provide beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens to share with customers. Show your appreciation for their generosity by cleaning up after your pet and properly disposing of the waste.
Watch the Door – A tasting room or patio can be quiet one minute and packed the next, so be attentive to your surroundings. If your dog finds crowds overwhelming, be ready to make a quick exit.
Call Ahead –Rules can change, so before popping in, give the winery a call. As an example, beginning in 2017, Virginia wineries can no longer invite dogs inside their tasting rooms.
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