Traveling with the pooch?
Napa is known as a vacation getaway with their loved ones. For some (like myself) who travel with their beloved four-legged companion, it’s always good to scout out the pet-friendly wineries in the area. I simply love sipping my wine while Monster (photo on the right) says hello to other dog lovers.
For some great wine tasting, visit Alpha Omega in Rutherford, CA where the top dogs will have to step aside for some Alpha good wine. Dogs are welcome to play in the grassy lawn upfront, or sit with their human companions while they sit on their outdoor patio that overlooks the water feature.
Down the street is the sustainable wine leader, Honig. The are completely energy sufficient thanks to the 819 solar panels installed in 2006. Your pooch is welcome to sit on the patio for a nice out-door tasting experience and also romp & play with the winery dogs too.
At Ehlers Estate, just off the 29 Highway, you can enjoy a barrel sample of their estate grown wines followed by gourmet food & wine pairing. Additionally, Ehlers Estates donates 100% percent of the proceeds from the sale of our wines goes to support the Leducq Foundation, a highly regarded, not-for-profit foundation dedicated to funding international cardiovascular research.
In Calistoga, the Dutch Henry has an outdoor bocce ball court where you can spent time relaxing, sipping and play a few rounds. If you prefer to taste inside, puppies can also follow you into the tasting room.
For Cabernet lovers, the quiet and uncrowded Bennett Lane welcomes pooches on the vineyard and on their patio. Be sure to also ask them about Nascar!
For those who prefer to take a tour, reach out to Napa Good Dog which features custom Pet-Friendly Wine Tours. Owner, Dan Cartwright, is also a dog trainer who can help ensure puppies is on his/her best behavior…
As with most smaller wineries, be sure to call ahead and make reservations to ensure quality service for you and your doggie. Have fun and also don’t forget to pack extra water too! What are some of your favorite dog-friendly wineries & establishments?
Places listed above:
1155 Mee Lane, Rutherford, CA 94573
4300 Silverado Trail N, Calistoga, CA 94515
3222 Ehlers Lane St Helena, CA 94581
3340 State Highway 128 Calistoga, CA 94515
850 Rutherford Road, Rutherford 94573