Apple Hill isn’t all about apples. It’s a winemaking region, too, with 17 wineries and a brewery on the Wine Trail map. Fenton Harriott Vineyards, situated along the old Pony Express Trail, is especially dog-friendly; so much so that it’s staging a Doggy Date Night on Sept. 10 featuring canine and human food and beverage, a local vendor showcase, live music and more, all benefiting a dog charity. Dogs are allowed in the picnic area but not the tasting room at Crystal Basin Cellars—except during wine club events, which sometimes attract 20 and more visiting canines. Boeger Winery is a favorite among those who appreciate laid-back atmosphere and rustic architecture along with big, flavorful reds. Dogs are allowed in the tasting room as well as in the lovely picnic area. Forgot your pick-up bags? Not to worry; there’s a dispenser on the grounds. Wofford Acres Vineyards counts hard cider among its offerings and has a dog-friendly picnic area overlooking the American River.
Some Apple Hill wineries are open daily, some only on weekends or by appointment, so be sure to check before you go.
Story posted Aug. 17, 2011