It’s always nice to “wine down” after a long day, but have you ever wondered how your favorite vintage finds its way to your glass? From high above or among the vineyards, bring your furry sommelier along with you on these dog-friendly winery tours around the the country.
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Give Fido a bird’s-eye view of the picturesque Willamette Valley on an aerial journey across Oregon wine country. A featured attraction in the latest edition of our book, Ruff Guide to the United States, Tour DeVine’s VIP experience begins in McMinnville with a pre-flight breakfast and glass of bubbly. You and your pooch will then be whisked away by helicopter to begin your winery-hopping adventure. The tour includes two or three winery visits and three or four helicopter flights. Along the way, you can sample some of the region’s famous Pinot Noirs, while your pooch explores the winery grounds. A gourmet picnic lunch is provided during your second stop. Choose from one of three popular tour options, or customize the tour to visit the dog-friendly wineries of your choice.
Stay in the heart of the Willamette Valley at the historic McMenamins Hotel Oregon in McMinnville. The handsome, red-brick building was built in 1905 and retains many original fixtures and accents, including porcelain sinks in the guestrooms and period furnishings. Food bowls and waste bags are available at the front desk, and Fido can join you for a craft brew at the hotel’s pub or rooftop bar.
Breakaway Tours, Dog-Friendly Wine Tours
Stop on the long and “wining” California Coastal Trail and join one of Breakaway Tours' Dog-Friendly Wine Tours in San Luis Obispo or Paso Robles. The popular tour company takes dogs and their owners on guided adventures around the fastest growing wine region in California, complete with door-to-door service from your pet-friendly accommodation. Ride with Fido in private, air-conditioned comfort to up to four carefully selected dog-friendly wineries. You can even add a winery picnic lunch and Scooby Snacks served up with your fun wine education.
After your comfortable tour, book a comfortable stay at Best Western Plus Royal Oak Hotel in San Luis Obispo.
Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery
Located 6 miles from Galena near the historic Stagecoach Trail, you and your pooch are invited to experience the essence of Galena Cellars Vineyard and Winery on their pet-friendly vineyard tour. Dogs are welcome on the outdoor portions to share in the spectacular views of the country vineyard. When the tour ends, sip wine by the bottle or glass on the wraparound deck that overlooks the vineyard, or relax on the lawn with your pooch. Reservations are not needed for regular scheduled tours. The Tour and Tasting Combo package at the vineyard includes six different wine samples for $10 per person.
Saddle up with your pup at the Riverview Ranch and Resort. Horse lovers are treated to front-row views of the large riding area from the lobby and dining room.
Sedona Red Rock Adventures
Every tour offered by Sedona Red Rock Adventures welcomes dogs, including a romp across Red Rock country to some of the area's finest pet-friendly wineries. Bring Fido along while you sample the vintages at Javelina Leap Vineyard, Winery & Bistro and Oak Creek Vineyards & Winery, among others. Very Important Pets can enjoy the lap of luxury in the comfortable puppy play area in the back of the vehicle.
Plan your pickup from Sky Rock Inn Of Sedona, where four-legged guests receive treats and a water bowl upon arrival. Walk off the wine on the trails connected to the property.
Barrel Oak Winery & Farm Taphouse
Barrel with your Bichon around Barrel Oak Winery & Farm Taphouse. The dog-loving Roeder family claim their winery's acronym also stands for the “bow” in “bow wow.” Leashed pups are welcome to join their owners throughout the premises as they indulge in a tasting experience which includes a selection of fine wine paired with salami, local cheese, jam, mustard, fresh fruit, and water crackers. If wine isn’t your thing, they also serve a selection of unique beers on draft.
Grab a bottle to go and relax at this rustic fireside cabin set on a 250-acre conservation reserve and regenerative farm.
290 Wine Shuttle
Texas Hill Country is home to more than 100 wineries and vineyards, helping build the region’s reputation as one of the premier winemaking destinations in the country. Take a ride on Wine Road 290, a 30-mile route that visits 14 dog-friendly wineries along the way. If you want to sample all day, the 290 Wine Shuttle provides a personal designated driver and welcomes dogs under 25 lbs on board.
As soon as Fido hops off the shuttle, head to Primrose Bungalow, where you can enjoy a pinot and a soak in the outdoor tub.
Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant
Southwest Michigan's Sip & Savor Trail showcases some of region's tastiest wineries and breweries. While you're here, don't miss a visit to the Tabor Hill Tasting Room, where you can sample the goods and learn about the local wine from the experts. Then, head to Tabor Hill Winery & Restaurant in time for sunset over the vineyards on the patio with a menu that combines locally sourced fresh ingredients and culinary creativity. Your jaunt around the wineries in the area can also include Round Barn Winery, where leashed dogs can tour the grapes and grounds by your side.
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