My husband and I are a dogless couple who love dogs so it’s an added bonus when we find ourselves at a canine-friendly winery. Wineries and dogs go together like winery dogs and coffee table books – yes, there are more than one. While not all wineries allow dogs, there are quite a few in Virginia that do. Just do a search for “dog friendly” wineries on virginiawine.org and you will find over a hundred.
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds (dogs and drinking wine), check out these wineries that are getting great “yelp” reviews from their furry, four-legged patrons:
- Barrel Oak Winery – There is a not-so-subtle theme that runs through BOW (wow). Humans and dogs alike mingle in the tasting room and on the patio. You may even see the owners’ four dogs which are featured on their website. Check out their upcoming events like the the Dawg Daze of Summer which includes music and dog-centric contests.
- Keswick Vineyards – Every Sunday Keswick Vineyards hosts a Yappy Hour complete with wine, music, water, and dog treats. Visitors have a chance to meet dogs from local shelters so you may find yourself bringing home more than a few bottles of wine.
- Three Fox Vineyards – Not only is there plenty of room to sniff and explore, but four-legged guests are offered water and treats when they arrive. There are dog-friendly events scheduled throughout the year and they even have a “Dog of the Month” contest.
- Chateau Morrisette – Dogs are prominently featured on their wines and they host a variety of dog-friendly outdoor events and festivals.
- Family Drive-In Theatre – This may not be a winery, but there are a several nearby including Veramar Vineyard and Bluemont Vineyard that welcome dogs. This drive-in theatre is known to offer dog biscuits at the box office. The family drive-in also holds pet events when movies are dog/cat oriented and every Halloween the theatre encourages pets to come in costume for prizes.
For those of you with smaller, two-legged companions, check out this post on kid-friendly wineries.