January 30, 2024
The Hunter Valley region in New South Wales is known for its picturesque vineyards and wine tastings. While not all vineyards may allow fur friends, there are several that are known to be dog-friendly – whether you want to sip a shiraz with your pooch or enjoy a chilled chardonnay, there’s something for all tastes. However, it’s always a good idea to confirm their policies before visiting. Here are 20 Dog-Friendly Vineyards Hunter Valley that have been known to welcome furry friends.
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Home to the annual Pooch Picnic held in August, this popular winery’s cellar door provides a picturesque and quintessential Hunter Valley wine experience, right in the heart of Pokolbin! Expect to see Spencer the wine dog on your visit. Located at 86 Halls Road, Pokolbin 2320. Call 1800 655 965.
Briar Ridge Vineyard
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This 5-star rated award-winning vineyard is very pet friendly. With Pooch Platters filled with single-ingredient treats, a Pooch Hydration Station, and plenty of space to sniff & play in their Wine Garden, they’ve got everything a dog-lover could dream of. Bring them to the cellar door for a relaxing wine tasting experience. Although it’s a little bit out of town, it’s well worth the drive. Located at 593 Mount View Road, Mount View 2325.
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This winery has hosted many dogs and their owners. Enjoy their beautiful wines inside or sit happily outside and enjoy the vista of a big lake and vineyard. They have been winners of over 950 wine show awards since 1996. Located at 4 Londons Road, Lovedale 2325.
Thirsty Palette Art and Wine
This family-run business provides tailored art workshops and private wine tastings for small groups. Pop in and try a selection of boutique wines at the dog-friendly cellar door, attend an art class or stay at Claremont Cottage. Located at 247 Wilderness Road, Lovedale 2325. Call 0400 356 867.
Leogate Estate Wines: Leogate Estate is known for its elegant wines and beautiful vineyard views. This 5-star winery often welcome well-behaved dogs on their outdoor grounds and terrace areas. Located at 1693 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320.
Tamburlaine Organic Wines: Tamburlaine is a certified organic vineyard producing vegan friendly wines that has been known to allow dogs on their outdoor grounds. They have picnic facilities where you can enjoy their wines with your pup. Located at 358 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320.
Gartelmann Wines: Gartelmann is a boutique winery that’s been known to accommodate dogs on their outdoor terrace. They offer wine tastings and picturesque views. You can also visit the modern and stylish Deck Cafe that overlooks the dam in forest bushland. Located at 701 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale NSW 2325.
Gundog Estate: This winery delights in inviting amiable dogs to their cellar door – it’s part of their identity, as reflected in their name. Here, your furry friend can savour a Tail Ale (a beer specially crafted for dogs) while you indulge in sampling their acclaimed wines. Located at 101 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin.
Glandore Wines: This 5-star winery has the best views and you’ll’ meet the resident dogs, Sunny and Nutmeg, who’ll greet at your car. Try their chocolate and wine pairing or their delicious cheeseboards! Located at 1595 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320.
Hanging Tree Wines: This family-owned winery is known for its relaxed atmosphere and pet-friendly policies. Dogs are often welcome on their outdoor terrace where you can enjoy their range of wines. Located at 294 O’Connors Rd, Pokolbin.
Hart & Hunter: Hart & Hunter is a boutique winery that is often dog-friendly. They have outdoor seating areas where visitors can enjoy wine tastings with their furry friends by their side. Producing classic Hunter Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz. Located at 463 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320.
Misty Glen: This establishment welcomes both families and dogs, providing a cellar door experience where visitors can enjoy picnics in addition to wine tastings. Producing five grape varietals; Semillon, Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Plus they have dog-friendly accommodation on site and can accommodate other pets e.g. indoor cats, horses – please enquire prior to booking. Located at 293 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320.
Tatler Wines: Situated in the central hub of Lovedale, Tatler Wines offers a charming and pet-friendly environment for wine enthusiasts to indulge in tastings. Treat yourself to the Bohemian Luxury Picnic experience, which presents a quaint rustic picnic setting with picturesque views of the Brokenback Ranges. This package includes a bottle of Tatler’s wine paired with a delectable cheeseboard for two. Located at 477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale.
Tintilla Estate: Tintilla Estate is known for its premium wines and scenic vineyard setting. They often allow dogs on their outdoor grounds, making it a great spot for a wine tasting outing with your furry friend. Located at 725 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320.
Pokolbin Estate Vineyard: This family-owned winery often welcomes well-behaved dogs on their outdoor terrace and picnic areas. They offer wine tastings and have picturesque views of the vineyards. Located at 298 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320.
Saddler’s Creek Wines: The spacious grassy area, picnic tables, and relaxed atmosphere at this vineyard attract many visitors, including families with children and dogs, who enjoy tasting sessions. Located at 15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320.
James Estate Wines: James Estate spreads across multiple sites in the Hunter Valley – the cellar door in beautiful Pokolbin and Winery & Vineyard in Baerami, with plantings dating back to 1968. Call 02 6547 5168.
Stomp! Wines: Run by a husband and wife team, this small family winery is dog-friendly. Try a sample of their handcrafted fruit-driven wines with your best mate at their cellar door. Located at 504 Wilderness Road, Rothbury 2320.
Oakvale Wines: With a beautiful decor and fantastic service, this vineyard welcomes pets at their cellar door and is also vegan friendly. Located at 1596 Broke Road, Pokolbin 2320. Call 02 4998 7088.
Vinden Estate: This boutique family-owned winery and vineyard was founded in 1990. The cellar door is located in a beautiful building surrounded by extensive gardens with views to the Brokenback Ranges. Located at 138 Gillards Road, Pokolbin 2320. Call 02 49987410.
Take a dog-friendly tour
Vino Paw Tours: specialize in incorporating your canine companions into your Hunter Valley getaway! Their package consists of a two-night stay, a guided wine tasting tour with transportation, a three-course dinner blending Persian cuisine, and breakfast served on both mornings.
Remember to check with each winery before visiting to ensure that their dog-friendly policies are still in place, as they may vary depending on the season or specific events. Additionally, make sure your dog is well-behaved and leashed during your visit to respect other visitors and the winery’s regulations. Enjoy exploring the Hunter Valley with your furry companion!
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