Hiding in plain sight: the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

By: DogTrekker Staff
Santa Clara Valley wine trail map

The city of Gilroy is part of the historic Santa Clara Valley, one of California’s oldest wine growing regions and home to more than 35 family-owned wineries and tasting rooms, many of them dog-friendly. Even though some of Gilroy’s wineries have been around since the turn of the century, the region is still one of California’s best-kept secrets when it comes to wine tasting!
The wineries in Santa Clara Valley are located in the oldest wine producing region in California and are truly a "hidden gem." There are a handful of wineries that have survived over a century and some still producing using old-world techniques.
Insider tip: a $90 Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail Pass lets you taste at all the regional wineries all year long and provides access to special events, as well. When you purchase a Trail Pass, dog-friendly wineries are noted with icons, making your trip with your pup much easier. Check out a map here.
Whether you’re just visiting Gilroy for the day or plan to stay awhile, make the California Welcome Center Gilroy your first stop in town. Their team can provide helpful maps and guides to help you make the most of your time in Gilroy. Be sure to ask for a free “Gilroy Goodie Bag,” which includes fun mementos and coupon offerings from local wineries.
For more on Gilroy’s dog-friendly wineries, click here. Also check out our suggestions of dog-friendly places to spend the night.


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