Valentine’s Day is almost here! Most of you are focused on finding a standout date for your special someone, which can be planning a trip or an experience that involves wine or even an activity that includes your furry companion as well.
This year for Valentine’s Day, you can have all of the above! Lou Hammond Group — an integrated marketing communications firm that focuses on destinations, economic development, arts, culture & nonprofit, food & drink, cruise & travel, hospitality, real estate and technology industries — has rounded up some of the top Sonoma County, California, wineries. Not only can you take your loved one and enjoy great-tasting wine, but these locations encourage you to bring your furry friend along. What’s a better combination? So, if you’re looking for an ideal dog-friendly activity to enjoy on Valentine’s Day, below is a list to help you start planning a romantic, pet-inspired journey.
Coursey Graves is a hidden gem located high above the clouds, and the perfect fit for traveling with your dog. On the drive, any dog would be sure to stick their head out the window to take in the sights of Coursey Graves’ estate vineyards and wine caves. At the summit, this mountain paradise promises stunning views of Bennett Valley and an array of exceptional wines.
At 1,800 feet above sea level, Gustafson Family Vineyards is home to some of the most spectacular scenes atop Dry Creek Valley. This dog-friendly winery has panoramic views of Lake Sonoma and the Mayacamas Mountains.
Those of you traveling with your furry friends will find the treat that is Fulcrum Wines, just off historic Sonoma Plaza. This dog-friendly winery boasts a calming atmosphere, surrounded by fountains and quaint walkways that will keep any pup relaxed while you sip from Fulcrum’s collection of well-balanced wines.
Surrounded by over 300 acres of estate vineyards and plenty of sun-drenched lawn for a game of fetch, Mauritson Wines is the perfect place to explore with a furry best friend. You can enjoy a lawn picnic and a laid-back tasting while your dogs take in the wonderful views of Dry Creek Valley.
Poolside wine tasting and rustic tasting experiences are just some of the reasons Christopher Creek Winery is a dog lover’s dream. They also encourage you to pack a picnic lunch full of treats to enjoy on the winery’s patio with the rolling hills of the Russian River Valley as your backdrop.
There is no shortage of fun and learning at Muscardini Cellars, located off Highway 12 in the heart of Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon. You can sneak a few pieces of their wine-infused salami under the table for your pup, while you sip on traditional Italian-style wines in a historic red schoolhouse.
Meadowcroft Wines’ tasting room is just as lovely as the name suggests! You and your four-legged friends have no shortage of smells to explore, as you sip Meadowcroft Wines’ wonderful collection of wines. The outdoor lavender lounge and wine garden are great places to take in the fresh air and sunshine with a canine companion.
Just minutes away from downtown Healdsburg, Robert Young Estate Winery invites you and your pup to experience their recently opened Scion House. Furry visitors can warm their paws at both the indoor and outdoor fireplaces or enjoy a game of tug-of-war on the winery’s expansive patio and lawn.
With hip seating and a lush, succulent patio, Kokomo Winery is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting with a furry best friend. You also have a good chance of meeting a certain four-legged greeter in Kokomo’s tasting room, too.
Benziger Family Winery is a playground for humans and hounds alike! Their vineyard tram tour educates you about the winery’s commitment to biodynamic farming. Visiting dogs may even befriend the winery’s cattle, sheep and chickens that aid in Benziger’s organic farming process.
Feature image credit: Muscardini Cellars