Dog-friendly Wineries

Dog-friendly Wineries in California

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Mountain wineries that lead the pack

Rosie at Storrs Winery in Corralitos. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz County.
Rosie at Storrs Winery in Corralitos. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz County.

Santa Cruz County is synonymous with sand and surf, but the county has an impressive variety of other gorgeous landscapes, too. Cruise inland for sprawling redwood forests, dozens of mountain wineries, and nearly that many microclimates. Out here, you and your canine companion can sip and chill, with wine for you and water for your pup. The highly regarded Santa Cruz Mountains appellation is one of California’s oldest.

Check out some of our favorite dog-friendly wineries while you’re in the area. more »

Wine taste at a historic winery

The dog-friendly patio at Bargetto Winery. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz.
The dog-friendly patio at Bargetto Winery. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz.

Sip award-winning wines as your leashed pup enjoys the creekside courtyard of Bargetto Winery. Located in Soquel, Bargetto has been producing handcrafted wines in the Santa Cruz Mountains for nearly 90 years. Another local wine favorite with a touch of historical intrigue is Soquel Vineyards. Soquel Vineyards was established in 1987 by members of the same Bargetto family. Want to continue your dog-friendly wine tour? Check out this helpful blogmore »

Walk, wag and wine taste through Santa Cruz County history

Dog-Roaring Camp. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz.
Dog-Roaring Camp. Photo by Visit Santa Cruz.

DogTrekkers tell us they like to look through the destinations we cover through a historical lens, and Santa Cruz County has it all. From the impeccably restored 19th century Victorians to old lime kilns that helped build San Francisco, Santa Cruz County has many unique and historical treasures waiting to be discovered, enjoyed, and sniffed – sniffed? Yes! Bring the pup along as you walk, wag, wine taste, and more through Santa Cruz County history.

Here are some historic destinations for you and your dog to explore: 

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Can you Suisun? If you haven’t, go soon!

Can you Suisun?
Can you Suisun?

While Napa and Sonoma bask in California wine-country publicity, Solano County’s “Rustic Wine Country,” aka Suisun Valley, deserves a place on your dog-friendly bucket list, too. The “hidden” valley is just off Interstate 80 near the dog-friendly city of Vacaville (40 miles from Sacramento, 33 from Davis, 52 from San Francisco), which you’ve likely zoomed past many times without a thought of getting off the highway and exploring. more »

Playtime with your pup in the East Bay’s big back yard

Dog-passionate San Francisco Bay Area.
Dog-passionate San Francisco Bay Area.

Yes, San Francisco traffic congestion can be a turnoff, but head to the East Bay and you’ll be amazed by all the open-to-the-public lands at your disposal – not to mention dozens of boutique wineries and, in spring, emerald-green, oak-dotted hills that beckon as invitingly to dogs as to their people.

Here are some of our favorite destinations in the dog-friendly East Bay:

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Fall is prime wine time

Wine time with the pup
Wine time with the pup

Visiting dog-friendly California wineries is a favorite DogTrekker activity. Even during the second year of the pandemic, summer saw crowded tasting rooms, packed patios and sold-out tours and special events.

Find tips and insights on dog-friendly wine areas ripe for visiting:

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Hiding in plain sight: the Santa Clara Valley Wine Trail

Santa Clara Valley wine trail
Santa Clara Valley wine trail

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! more »

Cruz Your Way to a Wine Heaven

Photo by Santa Cruz County.
Photo by Santa Cruz County.

There are so many wine-tasting choices in Santa Cruz County – more than 70 small-production wineries and tasting rooms in all – that narrowing down a dog-friendly itinerary can be a delightfully difficult exercise. Might as well pick a region, a theme and a “wine trail” to stay on course. There’s the Organic Wine Trail showcasing organic vineyards, for example. more »

Celebrate 10 winery areas in Mendocino County

Maya chillin
Maya chillin' at Navarro Vineyards & Winery. Photo by Dave Kendrick.

Nothing like a change of scenery to cleanse your soul of the pandemic blues (but don’t forget your mask)! If wine tasting is on your agenda, know that Mendocino County is home to 10 American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) lumped together under the Mendocino County label. more »

Vacaville for visitors: packed with surprises

Dogs love to stay in Vacaville wine country
Dogs love to stay in Vacaville wine country

Maybe you know Vacaville in Solano County as a place you see exit signs for as you zoom past on Interstate 80. But if you and your four-legged companion have never checked it out, you can’t know what you’re missing! Vacaville is an affordable base camp for DogTrekkers keen on visiting Northern California wine country. And, it's very dog-friendly! more »

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