You love wine. You love your dog. Why not bring your dog with you when you go wine tasting? It can be a wonderful outing with your best friend. Before you and your best friend spend a day at pet-friendly wineries, here are some things you should know.
- Call first, not all vineyards are pet-friendly
Although there is a vineyard dog, do not assume you can bring your pet. Call or email the vineyard before you arrive is the best way to determine your pet can visit. Call ahead. Most vineyards do not list their pet policy on their website.
- Come prepared
Most vineyards will have water bowls available and supplies to clean up after your dog. However, you should bring your own just in case. Consider bringing food, and their favorite toy. Being at the vineyard may be overwhelming for your pooch in the beginning. Having their favorite toy will help your doggie adjust to the new environment.
- Leash or not to Leash
Your dog may be trained without a leash, but you should be prepared to place your dog on a leash. Many vineyards do require your dog to have a leash. When you contact the vineyard, make sure you ask about their leash policy.
- Pet-friendly Maryland vineyards
There are some Maryland vineyards that welcome your doggie. Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard is one vineyard that not only welcomes pets, but they host pet-friendly events. In the fall, they host the Howl-O-Wine for Wags for Hope fundraiser. They also have pet pictures event during the Christmas season.
Here is a list of other Maryland vineyards who are pet-friendly wineries.
Catoctin Breeze Vineyard (Thurmont, MD)
Crow Vineyard (Kennedyville, MD)
Great Frogs (Annapolis, MD)
JaneMark Vineyard (Brandywine, MD)
Links Bridge Vineyards (Thurmont, MD)
Linganore Winecellars (Mt. Airy, MD)
Perigeaux Vineyard & Winery (St. Leonard, MD)
Port of Leonardtown Winery (Leonardtown, MD)
Running Hare Vineyard (Prince Frederick, MD)
Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard (Dickerson, MD)
List updated as of June 1, 2019
I hope these tips will make your wine tasting experience enjoyable for you and your best friend. Enjoy your visit. Please share with us vineyards you like to bring your pet in the comment section below.
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