Top 5 Dog Friendly Wineries In Northern Virginia
There are few things that I find to be more relaxing than being outside on a warm, sunny day with a glass of wine. That’s why I absolutely love checking out all the local wineries. Wineries have been becoming more and more popular because they’re the perfect “day-cation.” It’s the perfect chance to escape from the hectic chaos of everyday life. The only thing that could be better would be to enjoy it with your dog instead of having to leave them at home…
Well guess what? You can! There are a number of dog-friendly wineries right here in Northern Virginia. Finally, a chance to raise a toast to our four-legged friends and have an actual “yappy hour!”
In order to plan the perfect day, don’t forget to pack the following supplies on your adventure:
- water bowls,
- doggy poop bags,
- snacks (for you and your pup)
Tip: Enjoy a nice walk on the beautiful trails nearby before you get to the winery. A dog with tons of energy is often times more mischievous and less behaved than one who has exercised a fair bit prior.
Here are our top five dog-friendly wineries. Enjoy!
Three Fox Vineyards
From adventures on the trails to relaxing on a hammock- there’s something for everyone. This is one of the few wineries in the state of Virginia that allow dogs to roam free. Riley absolutely LOVES to come here and play because there’s a creek that runs alongside the meadow. There are hammocks and picnic tables down by the meadow, a vine-side tasting bar, and 50 acres to explore and enjoy.
Before you leave, don’t forget to sign your dog up for a chance to be “Dog of the Month!” Each month, a special dog is nominated as “Dog of the Month” and gets a ton of great perks such as:
- reserved table
- their portrait on the website
- their portrait inside the tasting room
- 10% discount
- bragging rights, obviously!
Aspen Dale Winery at the Barn
Aspen Dale has a rustic yet elegant ambiance after a 200-year old barn was converted into a winery. Leashed dogs are welcome inside the tasting room and outside on the property. With about 50-acres to explore, there’s plenty to see. The winery is picture perfect with rock walls, a koi pond, gazebo, rolling hills and breathtaking views. We played fetch and had a picnic in the fields, walked around and saw all the farm animals. They have 3 miniature horses, 2 thoroughbreds, 1 quarter horse, and plenty of chickens and goats. Riley was so mesmerized by the horses- it was her first time seeing one!
The tasting was spot on and the wine educators are so attentive in guiding you through each wine and food pairing. For $10 you can enjoy 6 wines with their food pairings plus a sangria!
Barrel Oak Winery
Barrel Oak Winery is more than just a winery, it’s the perfect family hangout. Their ambience is so positive and lively. Everything about this winery boasts how they take “dog-friendly” to the next level. Leashed dogs are graciously welcome, inside and out. . They even have four dogs that live at the winery and a dog on staff, named Birch! They cater to the whole family, even kids are graciously welcome and have a juice box waiting at their arrival. Come check out what makes Barrel Oak Winery such a crowd pleaser!
3623 Grove Lane
Extending up to the Short Hill Mountains and nestled between the hills, the Breaux Vineyards are well known for their wine. Over the years they have won countless awards for their wine. With over 400 acres of land, and beautiful views of the rolling vineyards, what’s not to love? Leashed dogs are welcome outside the property except for the covered patio. Inside the tasting room there is also a designated dog-friendly room. However, pets are not allowed at their winery festivals with the exception of the annual “Dog Day” festival.
Stone Tower Winery *
Just south of Leesburg, this hidden gem atop the Hogback Mountains is a local favorite. Dogs are welcome outdoors as well as inside the Harvest Barn tasting room as long as they remain on the leash The Harvest Barn has beautiful high-vaulted ceilings and SIX bars downstairs. For $15 you can enjoy a tasting of 6 decadent wines from one of the bars! They also offer in-depth tours of the vineyard with tastings along the way for $45. Pack up a nice picnic and head on over to this winery for a perfect afternoon.
Tuesday: By appointment only
Wednesday: By appointment only
Thursday – Sunday: 11am – 6pm
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