Visiting a Napa Valley
winery is always a good time, but it’s an even better time when your trusty companion is by your side (or, at least at your feet). These days, a lot of people enjoy traveling to Wine Country with their pets, even if the destination is only an afternoon at a winery. That’s why we sniffed out these dog-friendly wineries in Napa Valley, where your pampered pet is allowed to join in the wine tasting festivities.
It’s important to note that at most pet-friendly wineries, your dog will need to remain leashed and won’t be allowed in the tasting room, wine cave, or cellar. However, as long as Fifi or Fido is well-behaved and considerate (no barking at other guests or dogs, please), these Napa wineries happily welcome you and your faithful four-legged friend to enjoy a taste of the good life, and maybe even a biscuit or two.
Where to Enjoy Pet-friendly Wine Tastings in Napa Valley
Courtesy of Tamber Bey
You and your dog will both enjoy saddling up to the picturesque Tamber Bey Vineyards
located at Sundance Ranch in Calistoga, home to the largest horse facility in Napa Valley. While there, not only will you be able to sip Bordeaux-style blends and premium single-vineyard estate wines, but you can say hello to the horses, both high-performance Arabians, as well as some that have been rescued from abuse and neglect. Your dog will love it because there’s lots of outdoor space and even a dog park. Plus, they will get plenty of water and tasty food. Feeling left out? Don’t. At Tamber Bey you have the option of adding a cookie pairing to your tasting. Bone appetit!
1251 Tubbs Lane, Calistoga, CA 94515, (707) 942-2100
Courtesy of Facebook: Napa Cellars
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon with your dog at Napa Cellars
‘ picnic grounds. Play games and taste some of the best wines Napa has to offer while overlooking the vines. You can bring food or choose from their selection of local cheeses, oils, and jams. At Napa Cellars, it is their priority that all who visit leave content, including your pup. The pet-friendly tasting room comes with a complimentary Pampered Pooch package, which includes a wine bottle of water, a water bowl, treats, and a Napa Cellars bandana.
7481 St. Helena Highway South, Oakville, CA 94562, (707) 944-2565
Courtesy of Facebook: Pine Ridge Vineyards
Pine Ridge Vineyards
, known for its elegant Cabernet Sauvignon wines, offers traditional tastings, but if you’re bringing your pup, “Bottle Service and Picnic in the Garden” is a great option. Your group will have a dedicated seating area in the estate gardens where you can pour your own wine and relax. Your dog (who must be leashed and well-behaved) will be happy to have a shady spot in the grass and will get a bowl of water, upon request (and perhaps a belly scratch as well).
5901 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (800) 575-9777
Courtesy of Migration
‘s idyllic winery and tasting room in Carneros is an airy, relaxed place to taste the winery’s Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Sparkling wines. While guests must be 21 to visit, that isn’t the case for your four-legged companions, who are welcome to tag along with you for outdoor tastings. In addition to tasting flights for the adults, Migration offers Barkuterie boards for doggie guests. The plate includes a Migration biscuit, duck sausages, and other treats. All you have to do is ask your host to add it to your tasting!
1451 Stanly Lane, Napa, CA 94559, (707) 415-2298
Courtesy of Trefethen
The family-owned and operated Trefethen
is the only 19th-century wooden three-level, gravity-flow winery still surviving in Napa Valley. While your pup may not be interested in winemaking processes, learning about how gravity-flow production uses gravity to move wine around more gently than if pumps and other machines are involved, he will at least be happy that he is allowed to accompany you while you taste through the “essentials,” small lots,” “all reds,” or “seasonal” flights, so long as he stays on leash.
1160 Oak Knoll Avenue, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 255-7700
Courtesy of HALL Wines
If your dog goes nuts when he sees rabbits, shield his eyes from the “HALLmark” giant Bunny Foo-Foo sculpture at the entrance of this St. Helena winery in Napa Valley, known for its Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots, Sauvignon Blancs, and contemporary art pieces spread across the property. Dogs aren’t allowed inside the buildings at HALL
, which means not all tours and tastings are possible, but you can enjoy tastings outside on the patio, as well as hang out and relax on the Great Lawn. (While HALL is dog-friendly, please note that dogs are only allowed at the St. Helena location, not the Rutherford location.)
401 St. Helena Highway South, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 967-2626
Courtesy of Tres Sabores Winery
When you arrive at this family-owned and women-led winery in St. Helena, you and your pup will be greeted by a fluffy, four-legged welcoming committee of three friendly Golden Retrievers: Cava, Bouzy Rouge, and Brilla. If you’re lucky, the newest addition to the Tres Sabores Winery
, Fi-Fi, will also join the party. After you’ve told everyone what good girls and boys they are, you can enjoy a tasting of Tres Sabores’ Zinfandels, Cabernet Sauvignons, and Petite Sirahs, while your dog (who should be on a leash) enjoys fresh water, treats, and pets. All tastings are intimate and hands-on and require an appointment. (And kids can come along, as well.)
1620 S. Whitehall Lane, St. Helena, CA 94574, (707) 967-8027
Courtesy of Honig
The folks at Honig
say, “We’re dog friendly as long as your dog is friendly” — a fair trade, indeed. As far as wine tasting goes, this family-owned Napa winery focuses solely on its (very popular) Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, but is also committed to environmentally sound practices, which makes a visit not only unique but educational. Your leashed dog may even learn a thing or two as the winegrowers at Honig use golden retriever “sniffer dogs” to detect vine mealybugs, which are nearly invisible to the naked eye but can do major damage to a vineyard.
850 Rutherford Road, Rutherford, CA 94573, (707) 963-4272
Courtesy of Frog’s Leap Winery
Frog’s Leap Winery
is serious about wine but with a sense of humor. With a motto like, “Time’s fun when you’re having flies!” how could you expect anything but a good time? Known for its historic Red Barn and organic farming methods, Frog’s Leap Winery has been up and running for 40 years. The winery’s pride and joy is its Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. Grown in the Rutherford region of Napa Valley, known for producing some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons, it is the winery’s first entirely estate grown wine. The property has fruit orchards and gardens to explore, and your well-behaved, leashed dog can join you at the Garden Bar or on the 90-minute private walking tour and seated tasting.
8815 Conn Creek Road, Rutherford, CA 94573, (707) 963-4704
Courtesy of Chimney Rock Winery
is one of just a few wineries that produces all Stags Leap District estate-grown Cabernets, which is why it’s a must-visit if you like Cabernet Sauvignon. While you’re sitting on the shaded patio and sipping your way through those richly textured wines, your (leashed) dog can take a nap or rehydrate (dog bowls with water are provided). Want to explore the property full of stunning South African architecture or go inside the tasting room? Your pooch is welcome there as well. Even your kids can join this Napa excursion; just be sure to include them all in your reservation.
5350 Silverado Trail, Napa, CA 94558, (707) 257-2641
If planning to make your day trip to Napa Valley more of an extended visit with your pooch, you’ll love knowing that Napa has several pet-friendly hotels where your canine companion is pawsitively welcome to stay a night or two. Here are our picks for the best dog-friendly hotels in Napa Valley
Daisy Barringer is a freelance writer who grew up in San Francisco and now lives there with her 150-pound Saint Bernard, Monkey. When she’s not writing about food and drink, travel, and other ways to have the most fun, she’s out and about actually having the most fun (otherwise known as “research”). Follow her adventures on Instagram @daisysf.