Paris Permenter, along with her husband, John Bigley, is the co-author of Texas with Dogs and the founder of PawZaar.com.
Why say “cheese” when you can say “cheers”? Across the country, you and your dog will find a growing number of dog-friendly wineries, perfect for a taste of the vines, a memorable picnic, and a great chance to capture the fun in photos.
1. Working Dog Winery – Robbinsville, New Jersey
You and your barking buddy can enjoy a taste of the good life; dogs on leashes are allowed in the outdoor seating area.
2. Three Fox Vineyards – Delaplane, Virginia
See if your dog has what it takes to be this winery’s Dog of the Month. At the end of each 30-day period, a new picture of someone’s four-pawed pal is awarded a pride of place in the tasting room, and the pup and his pet parent also win a reserved table in the vines.
3. Rancho Capistrano Winery – San Juan Capistrano, California
This family-owned winery welcomes furry family members. Pups can enjoy the ambiance on the outdoor patio, and your stay may even be immortalized in an image on the winery’s Instagram page.
4. Brotherhood Winery – Washingtonville, New York
The oldest winery in the United States welcomes woofers with open paws—and even played host to the recent Wigglebutts Warrior’s Wigglebutts Uncorked fundraiser.
5. Round Peak Vineyards – Mount Airy, NC
The list of dog-friendly accommodations in the area is a clue to how dog-friendly this lovely winery is—the other clue’s the dog treats available inside the tasting room! Every year this winery hosts a Dog Days of Summer wine tasting and pet adoption event to support local agencies.
6. William Hill Estate Winery – Napa, California
Drink in the beauty of the Silverado Trail during a picnic with your pup at the dog-friendly 140-acre William Hill Estate Winery.
7. Barrel Oak Winery – Delaplane, Virginia
You’ll probably be greeted by resident dogs Justice, Peanut and Birch at this winery—where you can toast your tail-wagging chum with a bottle of BOW’s Chocolate Lab dessert wine.
8. Chateau Morrisette – Floyd, Virginia
One of the oldest wineries in Virginia invites leashed canines and their humans into the tasting room as well as to enjoy some toe tapping and tail wagging tunes at the winery’s courtyard during Sunday music concerts.
9. Chisholm Trail Winery – Fredericksburg, Texas
Say “Cheers!” at one of the top attractions on the Texas Hill Country Wine Trail. Your leashed canine companion can even accompany you into the winery’s tasting room.
10. Deerfield Ranch Winery – Kenwood, California
If the force is with you, you and your pup may see this winery’s own Obi Wine Kenobi–the poodle who stars on the vineyard’s first wine label–on your way to the venue’s tasting room.
11. Becker Vineyards – Stonewall, Texas
This winery is one of our favorites—and Irie and Tiki’s, too. Not only can you enjoy a picnic on the grounds but you and your dog can also check out the on-site lavender farm.
12. Spoiled Dog Winery – Whidbey Island, Washington
Who can resist a winery named Spoiled Dog? Hopefully your own spoiled dog will have the chance to meet the resident dogs Blue, Sami and Brix, all Australian Shepherds—and don’t miss the chance to enter the annual Spoiled Dog Contest.
13. Mutt Lynch Winery – Windsor, California
When it comes to dog-friendly wineries, this may be the leader of the pack. Not only are canines allowed in the tasting room (stocked with bottles that feature photos of Fidos on the labels), dogs also enjoy a monthly Yappy Hour.