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Best Dog-Friendly Wineries in Australia

If you love dogs and wine, you no longer need to leave your pooch at home with family, friends or a pet sitter in search of your next favourite drop. A new crop of pet-friendly wineries welcome you and your furry best friend, though they won't be able to take part in the same tastings. 

We asked Magdalena Niedzielska, top dog at Travel Dogs Australia to investigate for us and her shortlist will make you want to jump in your car before too long!

New South Wales 


#1. Capercaillie Wines

Located in the picturesque Lovedale, right in the middle of the Hunter Valley.

After you have had time to chill and enjoyed tasting wine and nibbles, why not take your dog for a stroll to play by the dam and allow your dog to do what dogs do best which is getting dirty!

Address: 4 Londons Rd, Lovedale, NSW, 2325


Website: www.capercailliewines.com.au


#2. Misty Glen Wines


Located in the heart of Pokolbin (Hunter Valley)
Misty Glenfeatures a boutique 16-acre vineyard, a cellar door and a self-contained cottage. The vineyard produces five grape varietals: Semillon, Chardonnay, Chambourcin, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, which are created into both traditional and unusual wine styles every vintage. 

Your furry companion is allowed to chill inside, take a leisurely dog stroll in the vineyard and even take a splash in the dam. And yes, the winery also offers self-contained dog-friendly accommodation so you could do it all over again the next day!

Address: 293 Deasys Rd, Pokolbin, NSW, 2320 


Websitewww.mistyglen.com.au 

#3. DryRidge Estate 

The view from the cellar door is spectacular. The Narrow Neck escarpment looms up from the valley floor and in the afternoon the sandstone cliffs are transformed by beautiful bright orange and yellow colours as the sun drops lower over the Great Dividing Range to the west. 

They also have 2 dog-friendly accommodation options: Sunrise Lodge and The Homestead

Address: 226 Aspinall Rd, Megalong Valley, NSW, 2785

Websitewww.dryridge.com.au 


Lead Image Credit (Instagram): @DryRidgeEstate

#4. Cupitt's Winery

Tucked behind the hills of Milton on the NSW South Coast is Cupitt’s – a boutique winery, brewery, fromagerie, restaurant and wedding venue with cottage accommodation, enjoying extraordinary views over the vineyard to Burrill Lake and the Budawang Ranges. 

You could join one of their regular Doggy Days Out or Pooch Parade! It is an understatement to say they allow dogs: they love having dogs over and will cater for them too.

Address: 58 Washburton Rd, Ulladulla, NSW, 2539 


Websitecupitt.com.au

VICTORIA

#5. Hanrahan Vineyard

Simply pack up your favourite nibbles for yourself and your pooches (and your picnic blanket) and they will provide the wine, champagne, beer or soft drink.  

The views from the cellar door are breathtaking and we think your dog will enjoy being out in the fresh air. Meet the Cellar dog named Otis!

Address: 3 Hexham Rd, Gruyere, VIC, 3770

WebsiteHanrahan Vineyard

#6. De Bortoli Winery

This Yarra Valley Cellar Door is a vibrant, bustling, friendly place built on warm hospitality and the joy of sharing good food, great wine with family and friends. Cheese platters can be purchased and eaten in our beautifully landscaped gardens where you and your dogs can relax and enjoy your time together.

Address: 58 Pinnacle Ln, Dixons Creek VIC 3775 


Websitewww.debortoli.com.au

#7. Steels Gate Wines

Steels Gate cellar door and modern restaurant, situated at 150m above sea level was planted in the early 1980s. 

Steels Gate produce elegant wines of distinction, offering finesse and exceptional flavour. The combination of good food, good wine and exceptional views make sitting down for a meal almost irresistible. 

Everyone should be able to enjoy time with their dogs and as a family-friendly winery (including fur-babies), Steels Gate welcomes everyone to enjoy the scenic outlook together.

Address: 1974 Melba Hwy, Dixons Creek, VIC, 3775 

Websitesteelsgate.com.au


SOUTH AUSTRALIA

#8. Alpha Box & Dice, McLaren Vale

Nothing makes Alpha Box & Dice staff happier than new dogs coming to visit their place. 

Alpha Box & Dice have a made fresh to order gourmet platter (i.e. hard, soft and blue cheeses, local gourmet meats and trimmings) and they also offer handmade biscuits for your dogs.  

Address: 8 Olivers Rd, McLaren Vale, South Australia, 5171 


Website: www.alphaboxdice.com 

#9. Harry's Deli, Wirra Wirra

The Wirra Wirra experience is not confined to the cellar door. Their picturesque grounds offer lush lawns, a viewing platform over the vineyards and a covered barbecue area which you are welcome to enjoy (bookings essential). 

Whether it’s lazing with a regional platter at Harry’s Deli, or cooking up a storm on the barbecue hotplates, they encourage you to linger a little and unwind in the beautiful surrounds. 


They love doggos visiting their winery and will make sure your dog is catered for too! 


Address: 255 Strout Rd, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171 


Websitewww.wirrawirra.com/cellar-door/ 

#10. Penny’s Hill, McLaren Vale

On the Main Road between Willunga and McLaren Vale, the Penny’s Hill Cellar Door is located at ‘Ingleburne’ a landmark estate noted for its historic Georgian two-storey farmhouse, stables and outbuildings, stone walls and open paddock spaces.

Address: 281 Main Rd, McLaren Vale, SA, 5171 


Website
www.pennyshill.com.au 

Queensland

#11. Hidden Creek Winery & Café

Hidden Creek Winery & Café is very dog-friendly, with plenty of outdoor dining tables under the shady trees.

They can even pack a picnic basket for dog owners who would prefer to wine and dine further away from the cafe near at the dam or vineyard. They will supply you with water bowl and a small treat for your dog to enjoy the experience. 

Address: 2271 Eukey Rd, Ballandean, QLD, 4382 


Websitehiddencreek.com.au 

#12. Robert Channon Wines

Robert Channon Wines are dog friendly and resident dog JS Bark is always happy to meet new friends. There’s plenty of outdoor space and outdoor seating to enjoy lunch or glasses of wine! 

Don’t forget to bring some nibbles for your doggo too!

Address: Bradley Lane, Amiens Rd, Amiens QLD 4380


#13. Summit Estate

Summit Estate Wines, located in northern Stanthorpe on Queensland's Granite Belt, was established in 1997 by a group of people with a common love for wine. 

Summit Estate are very dog friendly, with pets welcome inside and outside the cellar door and a water bowl is available.

Address: 291 Granite Belt Drive, Thulimbah, QLD

Webwww.summitestate.com.au 


Western Australia

#14. Ugly Duckling, Swan Valley 

​A charming, rustic cottage overlooking the vines is home to our small boutique vineyard and cellar door. Premium wines, all locally grown and crafted, coupled with old-fashioned service and a friendly smile is what you’ll find at our popular spot that welcomes dogs in the outdoor dining area.

Address: 7790 W Swan Rd, West Swan, WA, 6055 


Websitewww.uglyducklingwines.com 

#15. The Lake House, Denmark

The Lake House Denmark is a cellar door, restaurant, cafe, vineyard, winery, function venue and gourmet food store located just 6kms from the town of Denmark in the Great Southern Region, Western Australia. 
Its picturesque location is one of the main reasons why you should visit it with your dog. If you are lucky enough you might get to meet their wine dog Sari.

Address: 106 Turner Road, Denmark, Western Australia 


Website
www.lakehousedenmark.com.au 

#16. Naked Apple Cider House

Technically not a winery, however it is definitely a place to visit as it is surrounded by beautiful bushland. 
Set on 6.4 hectares of lush gardens and native bushland in Karragullen, Perth Hills, Naked Apple Cider House is a family friendly venue where you can kick back, relax and take a big gulp of the serenity. So much serenity!

They're open five days a week, Wednesday to Sunday and you're welcome to bring your fur babies too.

Address: 1088 Brookton Highway, Karragullen, Western Australia 


Websitewww.nakedapple.com.au 

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