July 18, 2024

For many wine-producing areas, the months of August by means of October are the beginning of the grape harvest, the busiest time of the yr. With this frenetic interval comes the crush, when the just-picked classic is processed and begins its journey from the vine to the bottle.

As ideas flip to wine this time of yr, additionally they flip to the canines—the wine canines, that’s. As many a dog-obsessed wine lover is aware of, one of the vital distinguishing options of a vineyard is its resident wine canine.

In the spirit of the season, we requested winemakers and vineyard homeowners throughout the nation about their canine tasting room ambassadors and manufacturing assistants. We discovered that whereas the wines themselves are usually the primary attraction, generally it’s the canines who hold friends coming again for one more style.

So, seize a glass of your favourite drink and settle in for a deal with to one in all our favourite pairings: Wine and canines!

8 Winery Dogs Who Just Want You to Drink Wine, Give Pets, and Repeat

The Frenchies of Lobo Hills

Images courtesy Diana Dollar of Lobo Hills

Beatrice, Griz, and Olive, aka, “The Frenchies”

French Bulldogs Beatrice and Griz, 3, and their mother Olive, 7, are the resident pack at Lobo Hills vineyard in Woodinville, Washington.

In the previous, the Frenchies have gone to the vineyards to assist inspire employees as “remedy canines” throughout the demanding harvest.

Lately, the trio has been spending time as cellar supervisors, break enforcers, and really enthusiastic upkeep employees (examples right here and right here.)

“People know we’ve got Frenchies, and friends come into the vineyard and really ask for them. They’ll simply see them and snort and get on the ground and wish to hang around with them. They have this manner of warming your coronary heart up as quickly as you see them,” mentioned vineyard co-owner, Diana Dollar.

“Wine is about neighborhood, and neighborhood is having that sense of belonging, and canines carry that out of their unconditional love of individuals.”


Images courtesy head winemaker Ariel Eberle, pictured with Indy at backside proper

Indiana “Indy” Jones Eberle

9-year-old combined breed Indy has solely recognized one lifestyle—being the beloved wine canine of McMinnville, Oregon’s Yamhill Valley Vineyards, the place he was raised by head winemaker Ariel Eberle.

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“He is my trusty companion within the winery, vineyard, workplace, and at residence,” Eberle advised The Dog People.

The “official buyer greeter,” and “official department supervisor, amassing and retrieving sticks within the winery,” Indy “retains morale up among the many harvest interns and greets everybody every morning as they sip on their espresso in preparation for the day’s occasions.”

Because grapes are toxic to canines, and since “Indy loves grapes,” Eberle retains shut tabs on Indy to ensure he’s staying out of them.

“During harvest he spends most of his time contained in the vineyard till we get all of the grapes cleaned up outdoors.”

Eberle mentioned she has “taken notes” from all she has realized with Indy by her facet.

“Indy has taught me a lot about tips on how to dwell, most significantly tips on how to be within the second. It doesn’t matter what we’re doing, he makes the most effective of it.”

Piper the Frichette Winery's Wine Dog

Images courtesy Shae Frichette of Frichette Winery


When it was time to welcome a wine canine into the household and the household enterprise, winemaker Greg Frichette, of Frichette Winery in Benton City, Washington, knew it needed to be a Lab.

Frichette “grew up with a yellow Lab, Shelby, and had him for over 16 years,” Frichette’s spouse and vineyard co-owner, Shae, advised The Dog People. “With nice reminiscences of Shelby, he needed to introduce this breed to his household and household enterprise. So, he looked for the pet who would ultimately select the Frichette household as her household.”

“Piper is good and loves folks,” Shae mentioned. One of Piper’s best wants in life is so that you can love her, and by no means cease.

“Want to train your higher physique? Piper loves rubs. She’ll nudge you when you’re getting stressed so that you simply hold your palms and higher physique engaged by giving pats and rubs.”

Sadie the Dunham Cellars Winery Dog

Images courtesy Joanne Dunham of Dunham Cellars


Sadie likes to play—with tennis balls, stuffed toys, even the bouncy, silicone bungs used to cork wine barrels. “She watches once we promote them out of the tasting room questioning why they’re going away,” mentioned Joanne Dunham, co-founder of Dunham Cellars, in Walla Walla, Washington, the place Sadie could be discovered most days.

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“Sadie will lay within the courtyard for hours ready for purchasers. If friends are having fun with their wine indoors, she is going to make a cross by means of along with her tennis ball, drop the ball at their ft. When they choose up the ball, she runs out the door hoping they’ll comply with her open air for fetching.”

The 7-year-old Border Collie is a part of an extended legacy for the vineyard, which has produced two separate wines impressed by the household canines who “have been an necessary a part of our private lives in addition to a part of the vineyard’s,” Dunham mentioned.

The “Four Legged White” riesling, impressed by Joanne’s husband’s canine, Maysy, was discontinued in 2016, however the “Three Legged Red” mix, impressed by Port, the household’s tripod, was first launched in 2002 and continues to be being bottled at this time.

“It continues to be one in all our hottest wines amongst our followers!”

Soda Pup the Wine dog at Stonehaven Winery

Images courtesy Lori Yata of Stone House Urban Winery

Soda Pup

Soda Pup, aka “Soda,” was bred in Florida to be a present canine, nevertheless it was to not be due to his “funky eye,” mentioned Lori Yata, co-owner of Stone House Urban Winery, in Hagerstown, Maryland. Yata ran a Boxer rescue close to Sarasota—town that offered the inspiration for his identify—and as soon as Soda got here into her care, he by no means left.

“He’s a relaxed, loving Boxer,” Yata mentioned.

When Yata relocated to Maryland and teamed up with Stone House Urban Winery proprietor Lorie Dixon to assist her run the enterprise, Soda shortly grew to become the beloved “official greeter” of the tasting room, “placing smiles on folks’s faces,” and sweetly tolerating the numerous youngsters who got here on the lookout for him.

“He’s develop into the face of the vineyard,” Yata mentioned.

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Soda grew to become a worldwide sensation final yr when Yata outfitted him with a particular backpack that allowed him to supply socially-distanced, curbside wine supply to clients.

The 12-and-a-half-year previous Boxer has now been retired from his canine courier companies, however Yata estimates he made not less than 100 deliveries. People travelled from neighboring states simply to obtain a “Soda supply.”

“He actually saved us in enterprise,” Yata mentioned. “He has bought me and the enterprise by means of thick and skinny.”

Ziggy the Wine Dog at Boundary Breaks

Ziggy pictured with vineyard co-owner, Diana Lyttle, backside left; photographs courtesy Bruce Murray of Boundary Breaks


Ziggy was residing on borrowed time at a high-kill shelter in Georgia.

That’s when Bruce Murray, of Boundary Breaks vineyard in Lodi, New York, first bought a take a look at him. On Petfinder, after all.

With the assistance of Ruff Dog Rescue, “a community of animal-lovers who transport animals from shelters to new properties,” Murray defined, Ziggy made his approach to the place he belonged all alongside, with Murray and his spouse and vineyard co-owner Diana at their dog-friendly vineyard.

Now the 5-year-old combined breed (who is an element Australian Shepherd, Staffordshire Terrier, and Rat Terrier) spends his days operating by means of the vineyards and enjoying with the numerous canines who come to the vineyard.

“We encourage our friends to carry their canines,” Murray advised The Dog People. “We do our tastings open air and we’ve got a big, fenced-in canine run with a 20 by 40 foot tent for shade. Many of our staff additionally personal canines, and so they usually carry them to the vineyard. Sometimes there are as many as 15 canines on the location.”

If you ever go to Boundary Breaks, it’s Ziggy, the vineyard’s official greeter, who you’ll possible be first to fulfill. “Because of his Aussie Shepherd nature, he desires to examine anybody who arrives on the vineyard.”

For dog-obsessed wine lovers, it’s arduous to think about a greater welcome.

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