America's Most Dog Friendly WineriesFrom Wine Dog Books and Calendars to dog-themed wine labels, dogs and wine just seem to go together. Fortunately, with more than 750 dog friendly wineries in the U.S., the dog and wine connection isn't just about marketing. Beware, though, "dog friendly" is as well defined as "old vine." Some wineries allow dog lovers to leash their dogs outside while others allow dogs in the tasting room; it's always best to check the winery's website or give the winery a call if you're planning on wine tasting with your pup. For the wineries listed below, allowing dogs on the property is just the start. From raising money for dog charities to supporting adopt-a-pet efforts, these wineries go all out to improve the lives of our furry friends, and they have earned a spot on our list of the Most Dog Friendly Wineries in the U.S.
Baily Vineyard and Winery (Temecula, CA)
Baily Vineyard and Winery welcomes wine lovers and their four legged companions to their tasting room and the co-located Carol's Restaurant. During "Dog Day Sundays" throughout the year, Carol's offers a doggie menu with treats, live entertainment and, on occasion, contests and prizes. The winery provides regular support to Animal Rescue Friends of Idyllwild (ARF), and the proceeds from tasting room sales of the Baily 2011 Sangiovese are donated to ARF.
|Photos courtesy of Baily Vineyard and Winery|
Balo Vineyards (Philo, CA)
Balo Vineyards not only produces some of Anderson Valley's highest regarded Pinot Noir, but also welcomes dogs in their tasting room and provides an shaded, outside, fenced doggy play area with water bowls. The ever-friendly (and sleepy) bulldog, Boo Mullins, is the main fixture in the tasting room, and his presence has landed him a spot in the next printing of Wine Dogs USA. Boo's friends at the winery include a Chihauhua named Tank and the newest addition to the Balo family, a boxer named Lady. Balo's proprietors, Tim & Michele Mullins, donate to the Milo Foundation in Marin and the Marin Humane society.
|Photo of Boo Mullins courtesy of Balo Vineyards|
Barrel Oak Winery (Delaplane, VA)
It just takes one visit to Barrel Oak Winery (BOW) to realize that the winery is a VERY dog friendly and family friendly establishment. Dogs are permitted to attend both outdoor and indoor tastings and may have the opportunity to meet one or more of Brian and Sharon Roeder's four dogs. The winery hosts several dog-related fundraisers throughout the year and donates to multiple dog-related charities.
|Dog-related photos available at www.barreloak.com|
Carivintas Winery (Solvang, CA)
With a name created by combining the Latin word for charity, caritas, with the French word for wine, vin, it should come as no surprise that Carivintas Winery is a huge supporter of dogs and other animals. In addition to providing games for kids, the winery provides dog beds, water, and treats for visiting pets. The animals and wildlife scenes on Carivintas' labels are all paintings of rescued animals and treasured or endangered environments.
The second and last Saturday of each month, Carivintas teams up with the local animal shelter for “Adoptable Pets” day. The winery is also affiliated with non-profit groups such as Best Friends Animal Society, Return to Freedom, and many other animal shelters and support groups around the country. A portion of the winery's profits are donated to these groups every year.
Chateau Morrisette (Floyd, VA)
Mention dog-loving Virginia wineries to your dog and Virginia wine-loving friends, and Chateau Morrisette is always near the top of the list.
Dogs are welcome almost everywhere on the property, including the tasting room. Probably the only place you won't find a four legged friend is in the restaurant. The winery's love of dogs is hardly surprising considering that Chateau Morrisette considers itself "the winery that dogs built." In 1991, David Morrisette created The Black Dog Wine in honor of Hans, the black Labrador Retriever that helped him create Chateau Morrisette. Chateau Morrisette also achieves the rare wine-music-dog trifecta with its Black Dog Music Festivals held July through October. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the winery's Liberty label supports Service Dogs of Virginia and the Saint Francis Service Dog Foundation.
|Photos courtesy of Chateau Morrisette|
Foursight Wines (Boonville, CA)
Foursight Wines is a small winery with a big heart for dogs. Dogs are welcomed into the tasting room to enjoy dog treats and water while their human companions enjoy Foursight's award-winning Anderson Valley Pinot Noir. Dogs are also welcome at all of the winery's events, including its December holiday party at Ft. Mason Center in San Francisco. Guests to the winery will have the opportunity to meet vineyard pest manager and tasting room greeter Ozzie (pictured below). Ozzie is also featured in the most recent printing of Wine Dogs USA.
|Photo courtesy of Foursight Wines|
Frenchie Winery at Raymond Vineyards (St. Helena, CA)
Calling itself "Napa Valley's first dog winery," Raymond Vineyards' Frenchie Winery is a five room outdoor kennel, each containing a wine-barrel dog bed. For those with detachment issues (humans, not dogs), Raymond Vineyards provides a "Frenchie Cam" that allows visitors to keep an eye on their furry friend while they enjoy the wide variety of Raymond Vineyards' wines. After being pampered at Frenchie's, dogs can stretch their legs at the winery's outdoor play area.
|Photos available at www.frenchiewinery.com|
Harmony Hill Vineyards (Bethel, OH)
Pet owners love bringing their pets to Bill and Patti Svarla's vineyard and the tasting bar, but where Harmony Hill Vineyards really spreads the joy is with their pet events. In addition to hosting five or six adopt-a-pet events every season, Harmony Hill is the host site for CincyMeetUp, a dog-lovers group that hikes the seventy acre farm two to three times a summer. Christmas at the winery brings the popular "ReinDog Competition" where visitors bring their pets dressed for the holidays and compete for ribbons. When you visit the winery, take some time to seek out the Svarla's five rescue pets and give them a little love!
|Photos courtesy of Harmony Hill Vineyards|
Kunde Family Estate (Kenwood, CA)
Kunde Family Estate's Dog Hike may just be the ultimate, outdoor dog and wine experience. Guests and their furry friends explore the Sonoma vineyards, oak woodlands, native grasslands and chaparral during a four hour hike that ends with a much-deserved wine tasting and wine country lunch. A portion of the fee for the Dog Hike is donated to Canine Companions and Sonoma County Humane Society; Sonoma County Canine Companions brings adoptable dogs on each hike. Back at the winery, dogs are allowed on the patio and in the tasting room where treats are available. Hike dates for 2014 are April 12, June 7, and October 4.
|Photos courtesy of Kunde Family Estate|
Lambert Bridge Winery (Healdsburg, CA)
Lambert Bridge Winery is renowned for their ability to make both human and canine visitors feel at home. In addition to the ever-present guest dogs, permanent residents includes a St. Bernard named Bernadette, a Yellow Lab named Gus, and a Great Pyrenees named Wile E. Both Bernadette and Gus have been featured in Winery Dogs. The winery hosts adopt-a-pet events and donates portions of its wine sales during select months to Healdsburg area animal shelters.
Larson Family Winery (Sonoma, CA)
Larson Family Winery is a small, family and dog friendly winery in the heart of the Carneros region of Sonoma. Visitors can enjoy the picnic and outdoor recreation area with their leashed dog or bring their dog into the tasting room to meet the winery's three photogenic labs: Bubba, Pete and Buster; the three labs have been featured in Winery Dogs of Sonoma and Wine Dogs. Not surprisingly, the winery's best-selling wine is called 3 Lab Cab. Tom and Beck Larson support Pets Lifeline of Sonoma with various donations and host a "Dog Days of Summer" event. During the event, wine lovers' dogs are professionally photographed, and a portion of the proceeds is donated to Pets Lifeline.
|Photos courtesy of Larson Family Winery|
Maryhill Winery (Goldendale, WA)
Maryhill Winery, one of Washington's top destination wineries, is also 100% dog friendly! The winery has a wealth of open spaces, green grass, shade, and water bowls designated for the winery's four-legged guests. The resident wine dog, Potter, also happily takes advantage of these visitor amenities, of course. Pets are also welcome in the tasting room provided they are leashed. Each year, the winery hosts a Wine, Wag and Walk charity event supporting Home at Last Humane Society in The Dalles, Oregon.
|Potter and visiting dogs photos courtesy of Maryhill Winery|
Mutt Lynch Winery (Windsor, CA)
Not only is Mutt Lynch Winery dog friendly, but a portion of proceeds from every bottle of wine sold is donated to support local animal rescue organizations. In addition to routinely sponsoring dog-focused charity events, Mutt Lynch supports North America’s largest pet adoption web service, Adopt-a-Pet.com. The winery also hosts regular wine and dog-focused events such as Yappy hours, parties, and fundraisers. The winery's resident dog-in-charge is Patch, a greyhound with a distinguished racing career in New Zealand.
|Photos available at www.muttlynchwinery.com|
Northwest Cellars (Kirkland, WA)
Northwest Cellars welcomes dogs and their wine-loving owners to its Kirkland, Washington tasting room. The winery holds twenty to thirty fundraisers for animal charities each year, and in 2013 donated over $60,000! Supported charities include: Homeward Pet Adoption Center, Seattle Humane Society, and Old Dog Haven.
|Photos courtesy of Northwest Cellars|
Oak Mountain Winery (Temecula, CA)
At Temecula's Oak Mountain Winery, tasters are allowed to bring their well-behaved, leashed dogs along with them to the winery for tastings. Oak Mountain Manager Travis Poper made sure to clarify that the tasting is limited to the humans...sorry dogs. Oak Mountain has five dog-label wines, including two, For Pete's Sake and Kota's Kisses, whose proceeds are donated to Cause Fur Paws (for diabetic animals) and Animal Town Sanctuary (home for senior Siberian huskies). In October of each year, the winery hosts the "Woofs and Purrs in the Vines" fundraiser for Cause for Paws. 100% of the proceeds pay for low income families' animal medical care.
|Photos courtesy of Oak Mountain Winery|
Plum Hill Vineyard (Gaston, OR)
At Plum Hill Vineyard, dogs can keep their owner company in the tasting room and enjoy a biscuit or two while their owners are sampling the wines. For those dogs who can't stand to listen to their owners drone on about another wine, there is a small, fenced area for dogs to play. Each year, the winery participates in the Canines Uncorked Wine Tour, sponsored by the Oregon Humane Society. The event combines wine tasting for guests with dog-friendly activities and treats.
St. Supery Vineyards & Winery (Rutherford, CA)
St. Supery encourages both guests and employees to bring their pets to the winery, and well-behaved canine companions are welcome at the bar and on the patio. St. Supery's Yellow Lab, GG, is the winery's CCO (Chief Cuddle Officer), responsible for mingling with visiting dogs as well as dog-loving guests who had to leave their dog at home.
In addition to supporting local animal shelters throughout the Bay Area, St. Supery forms a team to participate in the Napa Humane's Walk for the Animals. In 2012, Team St. Supery team was the top fundraising team.
|GG waiting for guests and winemaker Michael Scholz with Gus - courtesy of St. Supery Vineyards & Winery|
Westport Winery (Aberdeen, WA)
Westport Winery in Aberdeen, Washington has hosted Yappy Hour every sunny, summer Sunday since it opened in March of 2008. In addition, Westport owners Blain and Kim Roberts, knowing that most dogs would probably be happier romping around with other four-legged friends than watching their owners swirling wine glasses, created Washington State's first winery dog park! Each of Westport's 33 wines benefits a different local charity with several benefitting pet adoption and rescue organizations. Westport has also hosted several fundraisers for specific dogs needing surgery. Westport's two Chow Chows, Lulu and Curzon, are also celebrities in their own right being featured in the books Winery Dogs of Washington and Dogs Tell Their Stories.
|Photo courtesy of Westport Winery|