Fields of Fun in Gilroy

Fields of Fun in Gilroy

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. Expect Kirigin's ball-crazy border collie to join in: "When visitors come for a wine-tasting," cautions Bruhns, "they'd better be prepared to throw a tennis ball."

Posted on: February 6, 2011

Kirigin Cellars wine winery dogshow
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