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The Best Wineries to Take Your Best Friend (Your Dog) in Sonoma

Pooch, meet hooch.

 

These days, most wineries are dog friendly. Heck, it’s probably even safe to assume they’ll have souvenirs for your dog, events for your dogs, and a dog or two of their own waiting to greet you. With all this dog-friendliness it can be difficult as a dog lover to choose the best possible place to take your furry family member.

Since we already covered the best dog-friendly wineries in Napa, this list focuses on Sonoma.

Larson Family
A finalist for Best Dog Friendly Winery at San Francisco's 2017 Wine Country Awards, Larson Family Winery in Carneros not only invites you to bring your pup, they have three of their own. Larson takes pride in being one of the first dog-friendly wineries in the area and has a sprawling grass lawn in the back for pups. In addition to having plenty of dog bowls, treats, and bag stations, they host an annual photo day in July that features family and pet photos in the vineyards. Larson also hosts dinners for volunteers at the local animal shelter.

West Wines
West Wines in Healdsburg invites you to take as walk with your pup in the 30 acres of vineyards just outside their pup-friendly tasting room. If you’d like a bit more structure to your stroll, bring your dog on a guided vineyard tour with you, where you’ll learn about viticulture and winemaking while you dog marks new territory and contributes to the next vintage. They also host a celebrated annual fundraiser for Paws For Love called “Barks & Art in the Vineyard,” where pups compete in the infamous “Wine Barrel Dash.”

Dutton Goldfield 
Another finalist for Best Dog-Friendly Winery, Dutton Goldfield in Sebastoopol has at least two dogs greeting guests every day and a shady patio with bowls and treats. A major donor to Canine Companions for Independence, Dutton Goldfield has a dog component at every one of their wine club events, including dog pools, costumes, and even a fasion show. 

Mutt Lynch Winery 
With a name like Mutt Lynch there it doesn’t take a hound to sniff out this dog friendly spot in Windsor. The winery regularly refers to itself as a place where “wine and all things dog collide” and have been making wine with dogs on the labels for over twenty years. The winery is also known for their monthly “Yappy Hours,” fundraisers for causes like the Sonoma Humane Society and Green Dog Rescue Project. If you like to dress up with your pup make sure to check out the ’“Howl-O-Ween Spooktacular” and December holiday ugly sweater contest.

Lula Cellars
Here dogs are just the tip of the iceberg, because they welcome all pets (as long as they behave themselves). Honey, Lula’s yellow lab, will greet you and is always happy to show you and your pup around the tasting room. If you’re lucky, Honey might take you out into their vineyards, for a swim in the pond (pets only, please), or join you while you enjoy a glass of wine on their patio. Lula Cellars in Anderson Valley was also a finalist in our Best of Wine Country awards.

 

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