How This Winery Makes It Easier to Enjoy Wine with Canines

Some of the most enthusiastic winery guests will never buy a bottle, but can sometimes be persuaded to sit or lie down with a small handout from the charcuterie board.

At wineries that encourage longer outdoor visits with the right setup to make such excursions satisfying for customers, dogs can definitely be seen mingling among the two-legged folks who are not inclined to leave home without their fur babies in tow.

Dogs are certainly welcome at Papapietro Perry Winery in Healdsburg. A quick look at the Sonoma County-based winery’s Facebook page depicts a healthy percentage of dog photos among the bottle shots and snapshots of folks enjoying their wine.

Creating accommodations for pups is indeed something they’ve prioritized, said Papapietro Perry Winery co-owner Renae Perry — a dog-lover herself.

“A bonus is that our winery is dog-friendly for friendly dogs,” Perry said. “We installed an outdoor watering station for the dogs, and our own winery dog, Nola, established her own Papapietro Perry Winery Bark Club.”

The free Bark Club allows the canine-inclined to bring home some swag for Fido.

“Visiting dogs are welcome to pose for a photo that the winery will post and share on social media, as well as receive a winery logo water bowl to take home to remind them of their trip and membership in the dogs-only wine club,” Perry said.

Customers can even buy cookies designed for dogs in the tasting room. The cookies are adorned with Papapietro Perry’s logo.

The winery also recently improved outdoor seating for bipeds, expanding its outdoor tasting space that overlooks the Dry Creek Valley.

“We added new outdoor, loungy furniture, cushy couches and outdoor umbrellas to protect from the sun, as well as attractive carpets and new tables,” Perry said.

Charcuterie plates are paired with Pinot Noir wines to encourage guests to stay awhile.

“We have a nice picnic area near the barn, and while visitors are not allowed to eat full meals on the patio,” she said. “They can purchase wine and then use our adjacent picnic area which is complete with a bocce ball court.”

Photos: Papapietro Perry Winery

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