Posted Tue 06 Dec 2022 at 10:20am
Explore the world of wine by ticking off some of the best dog-friendly wineries in NSW.
Love a good glass of wine? Venture out with your pup and sip your way through the best dog-friendly wineries in NSW. From a short 90-minute drive to the Southern Highlands to a 4-hour drive to Orange, we’ve listed the best wine tasting experiences you can enjoy with your furry friend in tow.
Pinot Noir fans rejoice! Being the first winemaker to plant Pinot Noir in the region, Artemis Wines is a must-visit for red wine lovers. With award-winning wines and spirits, you’ll be able to taste your way through both their offerings. On weekends, they’ve got their wood fire oven cooking delicious, fresh pizzas, so make sure you grab one while you sit outdoors with your pup and enjoy the sun.
Address: 46 Charles Moses Lane, Mittagong NSW 2575
Cherry Tree Hill Wines
Whoever thought of wine and pies being paired together is a genius! At Cherry Tree Hill’s cellar door, you can indulge in this match made in heaven with their Mini Pie Quartet paired with award-winning wines. Not a pie fan? Order their famous lasagne or a cheese and charcuterie tasting board to complement your wine tasting. Just make sure you keep your pup’s paws away, or you’ll have to share.
Address: 12324 Hume Highway, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Southern Highlands Winery
Wine and dine at Southern Highlands Winery with your furry friend. With authentic, seasonal Italian dishes paired with their delicious wines, you can’t go wrong! Whether you’re looking for nibbles or a full-blown meal, you’ll be looked after by Marco, the head chef.
Address: 42 Oldbury Road, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Bendooley Estate’s beautiful and modern cellar door is the pawfect spot to relax and enjoy all that Southern Highlands has to offer. With daily wine tastings and dinner available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, sit outside by the cozy fire with your pup and sample some of their delicious wines.
Address: 3020 Old Hume Highway, Berima NSW 2577
Centennial Vineyards is a cat and dog-friendly winery that only has three requirements for visiting pets. They must be cute, love cuddles and be on-leash at all times! Sip and taste their selection of wines, and if you find one you love, grab a bottle and sit on the terrace bar or the lawn and enjoy the scenery.
Address: 252 Centennial Road, Bowral NSW 2576
Leogate Estate Wines
You can find Leogate Estate Wines, a 5 “Red” Star Winery (James Halliday, Wine Companion) at the foot of the Brokenback Mountain Ranges. Book a wine experience and enjoy sipping prize-winning wines with your furry friend whilst overlooking the show-stopping view. You might even be able to catch sight of a helicopter landing, with visitors flying in to dine at The Gates Restaurant.
Address: 1693 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Carillion Wines is a dog-friendly winery well known for its beautiful view over Tallevera Grove Vineyard and its focus on small batches of great wine. Make your way up Mount View Road to sample their wine range which includes Semillion Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino and Shiraz.
Looking for the ultimate dining experience? Book in for lunch or dinner next door at Bistro Molines and indulge in sophisticated but rustic French Provincial dishes created with locally sourced produce. Both Carillion Wines and Bistro Molines are dog-friendly, so don’t forget to bring your pup with you.
Address: 749 Mount View Road, Mount View NSW 2325 (Tallavera Grove Vineyard)
Glandore Estate Wines
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, Glandore Estate Wines’ Chocolate and Wine Pairing Experience is a must-try! Taste six of their handcrafted wines, each with a decadent chocolate truffle, for $30 per person – just remember to keep the chocolate away from your pup. On Saturdays, you can sip a glass of wine, nibble on a cheeseboard and enjoy live music whilst overlooking the views of the Brokenback Range (bookings essential).
Address: 1595 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Briar Ridge Vineyard might just be the most dog-friendly winery in the Hunter Valley! Order a Pooch Platter so your pup doesn’t feel left out. An assortment of Jollie Dog Treats are presented daintily on a cheese board, which makes for the paw-fect photo opportunity. Fingers crossed, this doggy platter distracts your pooch while you enjoy your wine-tasting and complimentary cheese plate.
Address: 593 Mount View Road, Mount View NSW 2325
To get the full experience at Hungerford Hills, opt for the Epic Tasting Experience – a mini-degustation by award-winning Muse Restaurant paired with 5 different wines. At your own pace, you can taste each bite-sized dish and see the difference food pairings can make to the flavour of each wine. With dog-friendly seating indoors and outdoors, you’ll be covered no matter the weather!
Address: 2450 Broke Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Are you a fan of oysters? If you said yes, make sure you visit Peter Drayton Wines! With their oyster and wine-paired experience, you’ll appreciate the burst of flavour the different combinations bring out. If you’d rather stick with just wines, that’s fine too. Sit outdoors with your pooch and explore the different varieties of wine on offer.
If you’re looking for something different, head next door to IronBark Hill Brewhouse to taste their beers and ciders.
Address: 694 Hermitage Road, Pokolbin NSW 2320
Lowe Family Wine Co
Located on Tinja Farm, Lowe Family Wine Co has a pet-friendly cellar door where you’ll easily be able to spend the whole day. Not only are dogs allowed, but you can also bring your bunny too! Choose from two different wine-tasting options and pair it with one of their seasonal hampers if you’re feeling famished. If you want a more relaxed afternoon, purchase a bottle and a hamper and spread your picnic mat on the lawn.
Take a stroll around the gardens and meet the friendly animal locals – from peacocks to donkeys and chickens, your pet will love sniffing out new friends.
Address: 327 Tinja Lane, Mudgee NSW 2850
Moothi Estate is a dog-friendly winery known for its share platters that showcase locally grown and freshly picked produce – cheese, cold meats, relishes, oils, bread, fruits and vegetables. Sit indoors or outdoors with your pup and enjoy a platter while learning about the wine varieties they grow.
Address: 85 Rocky Waterhole Road, Mudgee NSW 2850
Bunnamagoo Estate Wines
Bunnamagoo Estate Wine has countless medals and awards for its white, rose and red wines. Not only will you be able to taste award-winning wines, but you’ll also get a 180-degree view of the estate’s vineyards. With an expansive lawn area, your furry friend will have a ball playing around while you sip on a glass (or two)!
Address: 603 Henry Lawson Drive, Eurunderee NSW 2850
Huntington Estate is a 5 “Red” Star Winery (James Halliday, Wine Companion), so it’s a no-brainer to add this to your must-visit list. Their wines aren’t sold in bottle shops, so to taste them, you’ll have to visit their cellar door or order online. Pop in with your pup and experience their guided face-to-face tastings – you’re guaranteed to leave with extensive knowledge of their award-winning wines and a couple of bottles to enjoy.
Address: 641 Ulan Road, Buckaroo NSW 2850
Skimstone Wines is known for its French and Italian grape varieties that produce fresh, vibrant wines that are a delight to drink. Sit on the dog-friendly patio and enjoy your wine tasting while overlooking the beautiful view of the vineyard.
If you’ve been looking for a reason to channel your inner ‘Beth Harmon’ (The Queen’s Gambit), this is the spot for you! With a larger-than-life chess board, have your turn at defeating the opponent in an intense game.
Address: 1307 Castlereagh Highway, Apple Tree Flat NSW 2850
Phillip Shaw Wines
Experience Phillip Shaw’s cool climate wines at their dog-friendly cellar door. With their Koomooloo Taste & Plate, you can try a selection of their wines with a small plate of local cheese, their to-die-for handmade lavosh and different accompaniments.
Address: 100 Shiralee Road, Orange NSW 2800
Mortimer’s Family Wines
Mortimer’s Family Wines’ purchased the old March Schoolhouse in 2007 and transformed it into their cellar door for visitors. With the rich history of the school preserved, it’s the ideal setting to unwind and get to know Mortimer’s award-winning wines. With undercover tables and dog bowls outside, your pup will love tagging along with you.
Address: 780 Burrendong Way, Orange NSW 2800
De Salis Wines
De Salis Wines uses classic French varieties to produce their handcrafted wines. Perched 1050m above sea level, the cellar door offers breathtaking views of the valley, where you can enjoy a tasting on the outdoor deck with your pup.
Address: via Lofty Vineyard 125 Mount Lofty Road Nashdale, Orange NSW 2800
All Rowlee Wines is a dog-friendly winery that makes their wines exclusively from their single vineyard in Orange. With eight different grape varieties, you’re bound to find a bottle you like. Add a chocolate or cheese pairing with your tasting experience and marvel at how well they complement the different wines.
Address: 19 Lake Canobolas Road, Nashdale NSW 2800
Heifer Station Wines
Book a day with the family at Heifer Station Wines! With a petting zoo for kids to meet alpacas, cattle, chooks and goats while parents sit down and enjoy wine tasting at the dog-friendly cellar, there’s something to entertain everyone. Book a private picnic during Summer and lounge outside with a tasting plate full of cheese, bread, fruit, chocolate and a glass of sparkling wine.
Address: 1034 The Escort Way, Orange NSW 2800
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