Next time you’re trying to come up with a weekend away, rather than finding someone to mind your dog, why not take them with you? Only an hour and a half from Sydney, the Hunter Valley offers a great retreat for people looking to do something different with their dogs.
At first thought, you may not consider the Hunter Valley a pet friendly destination. But be prepared to be surprised like we were! To me travelling with my dog is more than just finding a pet friendly place to spend the night. It’s also about finding things we can do together.
What you may not be aware of, is that many of the vineyards in the Hunter Valley are in fact pet friendly! You can get a complete list of these vineyards from the Hunter Valley tourism page right here. But what does this really mean? Because other than including the words ‘pet friendly’ in the descriptions, you don’t get much more information.
After checking with a few places, we quickly learned this meant you could take your dog into the cellar door with you. And on a hot day I can assure you that your dog, just like Sarge, will appreciate the chance to sit in an air-conditioned space!
Always remember to check with the vineyard what their pet friendly policies are before making any assumptions. While most of the pet friendly vineyards will allow your furry friend indoors, some only permit them alfresco in their court yard.
3 Pet friendly vineyards we recommend:
1. Oakvale Wines
Oakvale Wines was the first pet friendly vineyard that we visited. Cautiously we entered, without Sarge at first to confirm their pet friendly policies. I was thrilled to be told they were more than happy to have us bring him along inside. They were even kind enough to bring out a big bowl of cold water for him. It felt like quite the treat to be able to have him hang out with us while we enjoyed our wine tasting. My recommendation, make sure to try their apple cider. Unlike many commercial apple ciders that are sickly sweet, this one is full of flavor without the sugary after taste.
2. Hungerford Hill Wines
At Hungerford Hill Wines, the pet friendly experience is alfresco. This means you get to sit in their court yard and they will bring their wines out to you for your tasting. During our visit, the staff was very friendly and accommodating. While we enjoyed our tasting, Sarge got to enjoy a tasting of his own. He indulged in their fresh off the tap, water. He enjoyed it so much, they had to refill it a few times for us (big dog, little bowl).
3. Pepper Tree Wines
The folks at Pepper Tree Wines were the most excited and welcoming bunch when we arrived with Sarge in tow. They had a bowl of fresh water ready to go for any pooches in need of a tasting. Not only can you bring your dog into the cellar door, but you can also sign your furry friend up to be a member! And to top it all off they host an annual event called Pooch Picnic happening again next year in August!
These are just three of many pet friendly vineyards in the Hunter Valley. You could easily spend a week exploring just the pet friendly vineyards that the Hunter Valley has to offer.