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The Five Best Dog-Friendly Wineries in Napa

No one’s getting left in the car here.

Tres Sabores' Golden Retrievers will lead you and your dog on a vineyard tour.

 

Believe it or not, there are now over 100 wineries in Napa Valley that allow dogs. (If you want to be quickly overwhelmed, you can see them all on this map; just choose “dog friendly” under the Feature tab up top.) But just because a winery is dog friendly does not necessarily mean that they do anything more than allow canines on the property. So we dug a bit deeper to unearth the five bone-a-fide best wineries where you can bring your pup. If you’re making a day of it in Napa, stop for lunch at the southern-style Q Restaurant & Bar, where you can park on the shaded patio (owner Gene Tartaglia is said to “speak dog”). And Lucy Restaurant & Bar is a good farm-to-table option for the canine set.

Hendry Vineyards
The Hendry family has been farming their vineyards since 1939 and make award-winning, limited production wines exclusively from their estate gapes. Hendry Vineyards abuts Alston Park, which has a spacious and lush off-leash dog area. And not only are you right next to one of the best dog parks in the area, but the Hendry family welcomes pups on their vineyard tours as well as for their tastings (all of which are by appointment only). Their Labrador, Jake, is also quite famous locally for his goofy and fun personality and for being just as welcoming to other dogs as his family is. 

Frenchie Winery
Frenchie Winery at Raymond Vineyards has taken being dog friendly to the next level by actually fashioning a mini-winery for dogs. This luxurious little farmhouse offers shady dog suites, wine barrel beds, wine-colored water, and doggie cams for family members who want to make sure their pooch is happy while they do a blending session or library tasting. Frenchie, the house pup and “fearless leader,” likes to roam the winery and is said to believe that “under his leadership no dog shall have to stay in a hot car while his or her parents are enjoying themselves.” 

Hall Wines
Hall Wines recently built a state-of-the-art event and tasting facility on the same grounds as their historic buildings and wide-open outdoor spaces. Guests are invited to bring their dogs to picnic and play Frisbee and fetch on the large lawn as they look out over the vines and sip on wine. While only service animals are welcome inside, the winery will host tastings outside (and they have all kinds of custom dog merch and treats for sale). In October, they host Harvest Hounds of Hall, where pet owners are encouraged to dress up (with) their pups and participate in games and contests in support of Napa Humane. 

Tres Sabores Winery
When you arrive at Tres Sabores Winery, you’ll be greeted by Mousse and Bouzy Rouge, their fourth- and fifth-generation Goldens, and puppy Cava. Friendly with visiting pets and their people, these fun-loving dogs will take you and your pups on tours of their organically certified fields and their pond and ranch. Well-behaved dogs are welcome without leashes; the ranch and tasting room are fare game for all; and treats and fresh well water are provided while the wine lovers enjoy the family wines. 

Jessup Cellars
For those dog days of summer, Jessup Cellars is a perfect spot to bring your pup, cool off, and sip wine. Jessup offers rotating installations of art, a speaker series, music, and films—and pets are welcome and offered treats and water while you enjoy it all. As part of their Dress to the Vines weekend in June, the winery holds “Dress to the K-Nines,” where you can bring your decked-out pooch, pose for photos, and receive a complimentary tasting. 


Canines for a Cause
 If all this seems (sorry!) fetching, check out the dog-friendly wine-tasting weekend Pawsport Napa Valley (May 12–15), benefitting Napa Humane.

 
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