Family Friendly Wine Tasting Adventures

Rebecca Germolus on Mar 2, 2020

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.

Harvest Moon Winery offers kids Otter Pops, chalk to use on the courtyard patio, and a fun golf game.

LOCALS Tasting Room, located in downtown Geyserville, offers a variety of toys to keep kids busy while mom and dad sip wine.

Fun and games at the Locals Tasting Room.

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.

ACORN Winery has a large choice of toys plus an infant changing table keeping their winery family friendly.

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!

Tic-Tac-Toe, ring toss and checkers are three of the children's games available at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens.

Colorful chickens at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate and Gardens.Lawn Games

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

Corn hole with the Pedroncelli logo.

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.

Bocce ball courts at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens.

Bocce ball courts at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estate & Gardens

Dogs Welcome

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.

Nola, the four-legged greeter, at  Papapietro Perry Winery.

Nola showing off the dog bowl she gifts to visiting dogs. She just enjoyed emptying it!

At Alexander Valley Vineyards, the unofficial greeters are the winery dogs Cocoa and Cali. Kids love to pet them, and they love the attention.

Cocoa, the chocolate lab, and Cali, the other dog in the photo, are the unofficial greeters at Alexander Valley Vineyards.
Cocoa (on the left) and Cali are the unofficial greeters at Alexander Valley Vineyards

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.

A Corgi bag, champagne bottle dog toy, and dog treats are available at the Mutt Lynch tasting room.

A sampling of the gift options at the Mutt Lynch tasting room
Fun image of dog lamp and a container of dog treats labeled Happy Dog.
Even a visit to the Wine Road offices will garner your dog a treat!

Family Friendly

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.

Happy Sipping!

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Posted by Rebecca Germolus

Rebecca Germolus, co-owner of Maximum Value Marketing, loves Sonoma County and playing along the Wine Road. Rebecca daily immerses herself in wine country by providing cost-effective marketing and writing solutions to wineries and restaurants.

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