Sonoma, California is a dream come true for wine enthusiast dog owners. There is a bevy of dog friendly wineries to choose from throughout the area. So the next time you go wine tasting, consider bringing your four-legged best friends along. My English Cream Retriever, Cody, loves the wide-open sunny spaces and being the secondary center of attention (sorry buddy, the wine comes first in this instance).
Here’s a peek at some of my favorite dog-friendly wineries in Sonoma:
Larson recently completed a remodeling of their premises. Make sure to call ahead and make a reservation for one of their picnic tables where your tasting will take place. The picnic area is teeming with 20 to 30-somethings enjoying the wine in the midday sun with friends, family and furry companions. They have lawn games, bocce ball and a large field where you can play with three of the winery's own dogs. Bonus tip: We went here to celebrate my best friend’s engagement and they taught her how to saber a bottle of sparkling wine!
If you packed your own picnic and are looking for a low-key place to enjoy it, Bartholomew Park is for you. Start off trying the wines in their tasting room and then purchase a bottle or two (their rosé is a personal favorite) before heading out to their picnic area. Their grounds overlook the vineyards where trees provide a bit of shade. If you and your pup are feeling athletic, Bart Park also has a scenic hiking trail on their property. So you can start your day with a hike and then reward yourself with wine and a picnic afterwards. If you are planning on a large group tasting, make a reservation for the Oak Grove where your private tasting will take place!
Gundlach is another stunningly picturesque location (but you can’t really go wrong in wine country) with an expansive picnic grounds as well as indoor and outdoor tasting areas. Tastings here are a smidge pricey for Sonoma at $30 per person, so be aware! They also offer appetizer plates, charcuterie and cheese boards to go with your tasting. Definitely take a walk around their grounds or register for their cave tour. Looking for a photo op? You need to drive through their vineyards to get to the tasting room, so take a moment to pull over and snap a photo amongst the vines!