Fields of Fun in Gilroy

By: DogTrekker Staff

Lots of California wineries welcome dogs, but Kirigin Cellars near Gilroy goes above and beyond. "One of our goals is to be the world's most dog-friendly winery," says Maria Bruhns, who oversees the 94-year-old establishment's tasting room. Kirigin's gone-to-the-dogs story starts in 2000 with a new owner who built a cricket pitch on 11 acres adjacent to the winery. One day a dog club came calling, asking to hold an event in the field. Word spread, and dog lovers have been coming ever since. Several clubs now host AKC-sanctioned events here, and if visitors time it right, they can sip a Vino de Mocca while watching canine athletes compete in agility, lure-coursing or rally. At other times, visitors are welcome to cut their well behaved companions loose for a romp.