Visit Napa Valley midweek or in fall/winter, and you’ll have an experience much different than on high-season weekends. And there’s no shortage of wineries that welcome four-legged visitors. With Halloween coming up, why not theme a day to the valley’s “ghost wineries,” a term given to a handful of resurrected facilities built between 1860 and 1900, before disease, Prohibition and the Great Depression decimated the valley’s early wine-grape industry?
Delightfully secluded at the end of a long, winding drive off the Silverado Trail, Regusci charms with a wine cellar made of buttery stone and dating to 1878. The dog-friendly tasting room next door is elegantly modern. You and Fido are welcome to belly up to the bar or picnic on the shaded grounds.
Another ghost winery that welcomes DogTrekkers is Chateau Montelena, established in 1882 at the base of Mount St. Helena. Dogs can’t come inside, but if you buy a bottle of wine, you can enjoy it on the beautifully landscaped grounds surrounding aptly named Jade Lake. Reserve in advance (online or by phone) to tour and taste at Flora Springs Vineyard, a ghost winery that welcomes dogs in its picnic area and patio and offers a network of hiking trails.
For more about dog-friendly Napa wineries:
Bark for Bocce
Nip Into Napa
Of Cottages and Vines
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