Wine-Tasting Myth Busting: You Can’t Bring Kids or Dogs to Wineries

Contrary to popular belief, wine-tasting doesn’t have to exclude your extended family, both human and animal. Happily, Sonoma County has many family-friendly and dog-friendly wineries, just a few of which are featured below. On your next wine-tasting trip in Sonoma County, feel free to bring along your kids and doggos to these beloved Wine Country spots. 

Family-Friendly Wineries

Alexander Valley Vineyards, Healds­burg

Wine caves at Alexander Valley Vineyards
Kids and adults love the wine caves at Alexander Valley Vineyards

You’ll find a toy chest here, as well as wine caves that keep the lit­tles happy — while adults have fun, too. Experience enter­tain­ing events such as the Har­vest Party in Sep­tem­ber, which includes grape pick­ing, bless­ing of the grapes, brunch, a grape stomp com­pe­ti­tion, music, bocce ball tour­na­ment, and more.

Benziger Family Winery, Glen Ellen

Tractor-pulled tram tour of the vineyards at Benziger Family Winery
Tractor-pulled tram tour of the vineyards at Benziger Family Winery

This organic win­ery features beau­ti­ful gar­dens, pic­nic grounds, and fun Bio­dy­namic Vine­yard Tram tours in a tram pulled by a tractor. Also keep an eye out for sheep, which help aerate and nourish the vineyard soil.

Buena Vista Winery, Sonoma

A costumed "Count Haraszthy" leads tours of Buena Vista Winery
A costumed “Count” Haraszthy leads tours of Buena Vista Winery

Explore the oldest premium winery in California, which includes fun winery tours led by a dramatic interpretation of founder “Count” Haraszthy. You and the kids will also find a maze, a fascinating wine cave, and a Wine Tool Museum.

Francis Ford Coppola Winery, Gey­serville

Everyone in the family will love the swimming pools at Francis Ford Coppola Winery
Everyone in the family will love the swimming pool at Francis Ford Coppola Winery

This resort-like winery offers acres of landscaped grounds and an enormous swim­ming/wading pool with arched fountains, where you can reserve tent-like cabines that come with pool passes, lounge chairs, tow­els, and wine tast­ings. Enjoy live music and children’s activ­i­ties on sum­mer week­ends, and year-round you’ll find bocce ball courts, a movie memorabilia museum, eateries, and more. 

Landmark Vineyards, Ken­wood

Horse and wagon tours can be booked during the summer at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood
Horse-drawn wagon tours can be booked in summer at Landmark Vineyards in Kenwood

Located at the base of Sug­ar­loaf Moun­tain, this beautiful winery offers a bocce ball court, pic­nic area, col­or­ing books and crayons in the tast­ing room, and horse-drawn wagon rides in the summer.

A few more family-friendly wineries to visit in Sonoma County:

BacigalupiBellaCampana RanchCrossbarnDeLoach

Dog-Friendly Wineries

Anaba Wines, Sonoma

Doggos are welcome at Anaba Wines
Doggos are welcome at Anaba Wines

Practicing the fine art of French hospitality, dogs are not only welcome in Anaba’s gorgeous Vintners House tasting room, but they can even sit on the couches and curl up in front of the fireplace. The outdoor patio area is an ideal choice, too, with plenty of room for pups to maneuver, plus cornhole, bocce, and on weekends, special offerings like wood-fired pizzas, and donut and wine pairings. 

Bartholomew Estate Winery, Sonoma

Bartholomew Estate Winery
Pups are welcome indoors and out at Bartholomew Estate Winery

Nestled in historic, 375-acre Bartholomew Park, this winery features picnic tables, a three-mile hiking trail, and shady paths, all open to dogs on leash. While you sip on estate-grown wines, your pup can enjoy complimentary dog treats in the tasting room. 

BobDog Wines, Cloverdale

Prepare a picnic, your pup, and a sturdy vehicle to visit Sonoma County’s highest winery, which soars 2,000 feet above Alexander Valley. Your effort will be rewarded when winemaker Tim Ward and his wife Kandy invite you to enjoy a hiking tour through their vines, savor old vine Zinfandel, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon, and meet their miniature horses, mini-mule, and winery dog.

Hook & Ladder Winery, Santa Rosa

Hook & Ladder Winery pet-friendly
Doggos are welcome in the tasting room at Hook & Ladder Winery

Founded by area wine industry pioneers the De Loach family (the name Hook & Ladder pays homage to Cecil De Loach’s 17- year career as a San Francisco firefighter), this small winery welcomes dogs in its cheerful tasting room and at umbrella-shaded patio tables set beside the estate vineyards.

Kunde Family Winery, Kenwood

Kunde Family Winery
Kunde Family Winery sometimes offers vineyard hikes for guests + furry friends 

Kunde periodically offers a four-hour dog hike for guests and their furry friends. This hike includes wine tasting and a Wine Country lunch, and a portion of the per-person fee is donated to Dogwood Animal Rescue Project and the Sonoma County Humane Society. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Lambert Bridge, Healdsburg

Lambert Bridge Winery pet friendly picnic
You can book a pet-friendly picnic at Lambert Bridge Winery 

This Dry Creek Valley winery invites you to book a picnic experience that’s perfect for canines and their people. At a picnic table tucked away in the manicured gardens, enjoy a flight of Lambert Bridge wines and a picnic basket of local cheeses, charcuterie and other provisions. 

Mutt Lynch Winery, Windsor

Mutt Lynch Winery pet friendly
Mutt Lynch Winery regularly holds dog-themed events

This winery regularly holds dog-themed events like Yappy Hours, a Canine Classic benefit hike/run, and its annual Dog Days of Summer open house. A portion of proceeds from every bottle sold is donated to local animal rescue organizations. 

A few more dog-friendly wineries to visit in Sonoma County: 

BenoviaDaVeroDutton-GoldfieldErnestGambaJeff CohnJoseph SwanMacRostieMerriamWALT

Wineries that Welcome Both Kids & Pets 

Davis Family Vineyards, Healdsburg

"Wine Goddess" by Sonoma County-based artist Patrick Amiot stands in the garden at Davis Family Vineyards
“Wine Goddess” by Sonoma County-based artist Patrick Amiot stands in the garden at Davis Family Vineyards 

A few blocks from downtown Healdsburg, Davis Family Vineyards features a sprawling picnic area beside the Russian River, offering shady picnic tables and a covered patio where dogs are more than welcome, plus a bocce court for family games. Kids in particular will love the “Wine Goddess,” a huge metal sculpture by Sebastopol-based artist Patrick Amiot that watches over the organic gardens.

Larson Family Winery, Sonoma

Grape stomping is great fun for kids at Larson Family Winery
Grape stomping is great fun for kids at Larson Family Winery

At this former rodeo ranch-turned-win­ery, the relaxed, cowboy-style atmos­phere comes with farm ani­mals, a bocce ball court, and grass area for pic­nic blankets. Pups are welcome to accompany their human companions on a picnic or walk in the spacious open area overlooking the winery’s estate Chardonnay vineyards. Kids might enjoy grape stomping at harvest time. 

Moshin Vineyards, Healdsburg

Cats, dogs, and kids are welcome at Moshin Vineyards
Cats, dogs, and kids are welcome at Moshin Vineyards

Set at the southern end of Westside Road, 20 minutes from downtown Healdsburg and just past Wohler Bridge, this laid-back, family-owned winery welcomes everyone, human or otherwise, to its redwood-shaded picnic tables and tasting room. You’ll find water and snuggles for pups, and juice boxes, crayons, and coloring books for kiddos. 

West Wines, Healdsburg

West Wines kid and pet friendly
Kids and pets are welcome to enjoy a good time at West Wines

At this small winery run by a Swedish-American husband-and-wife team, dogs can enjoy some water and shade outside by the outdoor seating area overlooking the vineyard. Kids can visit with Jane, the black-and-white winery cat, hop aboard a vintage truck for photo-ops, and play games beside the vineyards. 

More Sonoma County wineries that are both family- and dog-friendly: 

AristaB.R. CohnBACABallettoCarol SheltonCartographCline FamilyDry Creek VineyardEmeritusFlambeauxFoppianoGloria FerrerInman FamilyKeller EstateKokomoLaurel GlenLedsonLimerick LaneLongboardLynmar EstateMauritsonMeadowcroftMedlock AmesMuscardiniPapapietro PerryPellegrini-OlivetPride MountainQuiviraRobert YoungSbragia FamilySchugSeghesioSojourn CellarsSt. FrancisTaft StreetTrentadueWestwood Estate

One Last Note

The suggestions above are by no means the only wineries in Sonoma County that welcome children, pets, or both. If you want to find out if a Sonoma County winery will allow you to bring the canine or young human members of your family, simply email or call ahead to inquire. We wish you all a collectively wonderful time!

Written by Melanie Wynne

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