Very Virginia | Dog-Friendly Virginia Wineries

photo: Dog & Oyster Winery (Irvington, VA)

photo: Dog & Oyster Winery (Irvington, VA)

H a p p y  M o n d a y friends! I hope ya’ll had a great Fourth of July weekend! We had an amazing holiday weekend, filled with fun times at the pool, on the river, on our bikes, and — my favorite, with our Goldendoodle, Millie, at a couple of Charlottesville’s beautiful wineries.

Virginia wineries are notorious for their beautiful vistas and outstanding wines. But, many of them (in fact, 120 of Virginia’s 250 wineries) are dog-friendly, some even allowing your furry friend in the tasting room as long as they are on a leash! Here are two of our favorites, that we happened to visit yesterday:


 1575 Keswick Winery Dr, Keswick, VA 22947

(434) 244-3341 

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dogDog-Friendly Areas: Tasting room, porch, patio, picnic tables


Why We Love It: My husband and I made a trip to Keswick on the day we got engaged, so this winery has a special place in our hearts for obvious reasons. We’ve also really enjoyed being Wine Club Members at Keswick, which I highly recommend. Click here to find out more about membership!

Not only is Keswick dog-friendly, they also are huge supporters of the local SPCA chapters, hosting Yappy Hours on summer Sundays. For every bottle of wine purchased, Keswick makes a donation to the visiting shelter. They even have a Yappy Howl-O-Ween costume contest with the Charlottesville/Albemarle SPCA in October!

Want more information on Yappy Hours and the local SPCA chapters? Click here.

Our Favorite Keswick Wine: VMonticello White Wine.

“Straw in color, the nose is quite tropical with papaya and mango aromas being especially dominant. The slightly riper profile is due to the higher percentage Viognier in the wine as opposed to previous years. The wine still possesses healthy acidity that keeps the wine clean and focused on the palate. There are more stone fruit flavors on the palate with hints of flintiness and slate, almost reminiscent of a Sancerre. The wine is dry but has wonderful weight within the mouth, which along with the acidity will enable this wine to age for a few years if you choose to do so. This wine is a perfect summer time wine, easily drunk on its won but will pair with a variety of lighter fare such as salads and seafood.” Click here to purchase.



5210 Frederico Rd, Barboursville, VA 22923

(540) 832-1701

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Dog-Friendly Areas: Tasting room, outside areas, Barboursville Ruins


Millie and me checking out the Barboursville Ruins.

Why We Love It: Barboursville Wine reigns king in Virginia, with renowned winemaker Luca Paschina on the throne. While Luca’s wines have received international recognition, and the Octagon red is on the pricier side of Virginia varietals, Barboursville’s wines are as accessible as they are varied, and it was a pleasant surprise to be able to bring our Millie along with us to taste these award-winning wines. Be sure to check out the Barboursville Ruins while you’re on site. Preserved as a ruin after its destruction by fire on December 25, 1884, Barboursville was one of the largest and finest residences in the region. The only building in Orange County known to have been designed by Thomas Jefferson, Barboursville was constructed between 1814-1822 for Jefferson’s friend James Barbour, who served as governor of Virginia, U.S. senator and secretary of war. A brick Flemish-bond mansion with a hipped roof, Barboursville stood two stories high over an English basement. After the fire, the family renovated a pair of brick dependencies to the west of the mansion. Today the estate is run as a vineyard.

Our Favorite Barboursville Wine: Of course, is the Octagon. But if you’re looking for a friendlier price point, the Nebbiolo Reserve is a can’t miss. Wine experts still come to this estate in the conviction that Nebbiolo should not be grown outside of Piemonte, only to express disbelief that Barboursville’s Nebbiolo is grown and crafted right here in Virginia. The Nebbiolo Reserve is a stand-out wine, of subtlety and finesse as well as power. Click here to purchase.

These are just two of our favorite Virginia wineries that happen to be dog-friendly, as well. Some of our other favorites include:

But there are so many to choose from and discover in Virginia! Interested in visiting Virginia’s dog-friendly wineries? Here are some additional resources:

What is your favorite dog-friendly winery? Leave your tips in the comments below!




  1. So nice to find your blog ~ always good to know where my dog is welcome!


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