few weeks ago, I ran across an interesting post on the Virginia Is for Lovers travel blog. It’s titled “50+ Wineries That Go Above and Beyond for Pets”. Hey, that’s my kind of headline! I love the idea of tagging along when my people do fun stuff. I thought it would be helpful to share the wineries closest to Middleburg that the article covers. Of course, to see all 50, just go to the original blog.

To be included in the post, vineyards had to allow dogs inside tasting rooms. (Many, many other Virginia vineyards welcome pets, but it’s common for them to limit access to outdoor areas only.) Almost all of the featured vineyards offer water and treats. In most cases, dogs have to be friendly, well behaved, and leashed. And finally, all vineyards ask owners to be responsible and pick up after pets. That said, the following wineries put the wow in bow wow:

8 Chains North Winery in Waterford – fenced dog park on site for off-leash play and liberal access throughout the winery on-leash

Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane – doggie pools in summer, an annual dog event, plus seasonal “Wine and Hikes” that are ideal for four-legged friends

Maggie Malick Wine Caves in Purcellville – 215 acres to explore with pups plus several dog-themed events annually

Otium Cellars in Purcellville – access to interior and exterior spaces and lots of land

Quattro Goomba’s Winery in Aldie – enjoy the deck and patio outside or venture inside with your dog to cool off or warm up

Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg – dogs can accompany their owners inside one tasting room and in the outdoor areas of a second tasting room

Three Fox Vineyards in Delaplane – dogs have access inside or outside, where they can enjoy expansive land and a sizeable patio

Two Twisted Posts Winery in Purcellville – another winery welcoming dogs inside and outside

Winding Road Cellars in Markham – dogs hang out with their people in the tasting room as well as on the front porch and back decks, and in adjacent fields

In addition to the vineyards covered in the Virginia Is for Lovers post, I also wanted to highlight the policies of a few pet-friendly wineries in Middleburg:

50 West Vineyards – welcomes pets in one tasting room and recently held an event for dogs and their people, donating a portion of the proceeds to Middleburg Humane Foundation

Greenhill Winery & Vineyards – website states “dogs on leash welcome in the outdoor areas and green spaces”

Cana Vineyards – described by The Washingtonian as “One of the few Virginia wineries that welcomes dogs indoors as well as out, making it a great destination during the colder months. The vineyard allows you to bring your leashed dog into the first-floor tasting room, onto the porch and patio, and throughout the grounds.”

Before heading to any of the wineries I mentioned in this column, always call to confirm pet policies. Once you have the go-ahead, go forth and enjoy another gorgeous Virginia fall with your dog. I promise, your pup won’t “whine” about going to a winery. (Sorry, bad pun. Couldn’t resist.)

Virginia Is for Lovers article: http://blog.virginia.org/2016/08/50-wineries-pets/

Albert, a Jack Russell Terrier, is Chairman of the Board of Wylie Wagg, a shop for dogs, cats, and their people, with locations in VA and DC.

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