If you love traveling with your pet but your idea of a perfect trip involves sampling fine Cabernets in picturesque family vineyards, don’t worry. You don’t need to leave Rover behind – some nearby wineries welcome dogs.
A number of pet-friendly vineyards boast outdoor areas where pooches can run and play. Others allow dogs in the tasting room, and still others provide them with water bowls and treats.
Following are three pet-friendly wineries to keep in mind.
• Mutt Lynch Winery. The names of the Mutt Lynch wines offer a tongue-in-cheek nod to the canine set, from Chateau D’og Cabernet to Merlot Over and Play Dead and Portrait of a Mutt Red Wine. While the winery is generally open only by appointment, Mutt Lynch hosts several events throughout the year that welcome pooches and their people. It is located at 9050 Windsor Road, Windsor. For more information, visit muttlynchwinery.com.
• Kunde Family Estate. Kunde offers canines and their owners a unique experience. Winegrowers Jeff and Roberta Kunde, along with their dogs Cooper and Marley, offer a four-hour hiking tour through the estate for guests and their dogs. The tour finishes with a tasting, lunch and treats for the canine hikers. Kunde is located at 9825 Sonoma Highway, Kenwood. For more information, visit kunde.com.
• Frenchie Winery. Canine visitors to Frenchie are treated to true luxury. The winery features an outdoor dog suite, where guests can cavort in the sunshine or lounge on wine-barrel beds. Frenchie is located at 849 Zinfandel Lane, St. Helena. For more information, visit frenchiewinery.com.