When parents with young kids and dogs search for family friendly wine tasting adventures, they can come up short. To lend a hand with the search, here are some of the family friendly wine tasting locations along the Wine Road, and what they have to offer.
Entertainment for Younger Children
It’s always easier for parents to enjoy wine tasting if they know their child won’t get bored. My research found several wineries that offer toys, games, and other delightful distractions for young children.
Harvest Moon Winery, just outside of Santa Rosa, gives the visiting kids Otter Pops and chalk for them to draw on the sidewalk in their courtyard. They also have a golf putting game for older children.
LOCALS Tasting Room, located in downtown Geyserville, offers a variety of toys to keep kids busy while mom and dad sip wine.
Located just south of Healdsburg, ACORN Winery encourages parents to bring their children, and offers a host of amenities from games, books, and an infant changing table to two picnic areas next to the vineyards.
Just north of Santa Rosa at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens, children will love to visit the colorful chickens on the garden tour. And, they can also enjoy a variety of games. There is even a kid-sized picnic table!
Many of the wineries along the Wine Road have a variety of lawn games, perfect for older kids to enjoy.
Here is a partial list of wineries that encourage families to visit, and while the parents taste, the kids can enjoy lawn games and more.
D’Argenzio Winery — bocce ball court
Davis Family Vineyards — bocce ball court
Francis Ford Coppola Winery — seasonal swimming pool, reservations required
Hook & Ladder Winery — bocce ball court, corn hole, and other lawn games
Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens — bocce ball court
Sbragia Family Vineyards — giant connect four, corn hole, and Jenga
Seghesio Family Winery — bocce ball court and other lawn games
Many other wineries have fabulous bocce ball courts, plus there are plenty of picnic grounds to pick from where families are always welcome to enjoy time together.
Traveling with your furry companion can be tough if you aren’t sure where they’ll be welcome. The Wine Road has a database searchable by categories, and one of the categories is “Pets Allowed.” This four-page list will give you plenty of options in every corner along the Wine Road.
In the heart of Dry Creek Valley, at Papapietro Perry, winery dog ambassador Nola will greet you with great enthusiasm. And, if you brought your dog with you, Nola will send them home with a new traveling dog bowl compliments of the winery.
At Alexander Valley Vineyards, the unofficial greeters are the winery dogs Cocoa and Cali. Kids love to pet them, and they love the attention.
If you’re looking for a place that really caters to dog lovers, be sure to check out Mutt Lynch Winery in Windsor, just off the Town Green. A water bowl and treats await your dog, and their tasting room has so many delightful gifts and toys for you or for you to share with your furry kids.
If you want more options or have questions about family friendly wine tasting adventures along the Wine Road, please feel free to reach out to the team at Wine Road.
Pack up the car with the kids, the dog, and a great picnic, and head out along the Wine Road for a great family friendly wine tasting adventure soon.
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