Comprehensive Guide To Dog Friendly Wineries, Cafes & Accommodation In Hunter Valley
Edited by: Ella Holgate
Looking to escape the buzz of the city for the weekend but don’t want to leave your dog with a pet sitter? How about visiting dog friendly wineries in Hunter Valley? Yes, that’s right. There is plenty of great dog friendly cellar doors to explore, dog friendly accommodation to choose from and dog friendly cafes / restaurants to dine in. We have put together the ultimate guide to a dog friendly Hunter Valley holiday to inspire your next visit to this stunningly beautiful wine region, located just 2.5 hours away from Sydney.
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Dog Friendly Accommodation in Hunter Valley
The Wattle Lodge
The Wattle Lodge is a dog friendly accommodation located in the heart of the Hunter Valley between the Pokolbin vineyards and Barrington Tops National Park. A front deck to relax on and take in the breathtaking views of the rolling hills and countryside and incredible starry skies at night!
Flamingo House offers an unforgettable experience with indoor outdoor living with a massive 42 sqm covered deck complete with outdoor sofas, 8 person dining table, with natural gas Weber BBQ (no LPG cylinders required), soft furnishings, outdoor gas heater and fire pit in the rear garden.
Dog Friendly Wineries
Now that we have dog friendly accommodation sorted, it’s time to look at cellar doors that welcome our extended family for delicious tasting sessions (two legs – wine tasting, four legs – H2O tasting). We have some great news to share! Nowadays, there are plenty to choose from.
Based on rating high on dog friendliness, location and wines, here’s our pick for the ones not to be missed.
A world awaits off the beaten track…at Briar Ridge Vineyard, one of the Hunter Valley’s most popular dog friendly Cellar Doors. They welcome all well-behaved pooches to sit back and relax at the pooch hydration station or burn off some energy romping around (supervised) in the open spaces at Briar Ridge Vineyard.
Capercaillie Wines is one of the most dog friendly wineries in the region, located in the beginning of Lovedale Road. Responsible dog owners in good control of their dogs can even have their pups off the lead (ask the venue first).
A visit to Carillion Wines is a unique experience, the stunning views and vineyard covered hillsides of this serene, tranquil valley are as rewarding to behold as the wines to taste.
CATHERINE VALE WINES
Catherine Vale now boasts being the only producer of 2 of its Italian varietals- Arneis and Dolcetto. Barbera is the 3rd Italian varietal we grow along with Portugese varietal Verdelho from which we make a table wine and Madeira.
DOMAINE DE BINET
Domaine de Binet focuses on interesting regions and alternate varietals using a mixture of traditional and new-age winemaking techniques. The range of wines include a Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Barberra Nebbiolo Grenache and Shiraz. Dogs welcome, preferably on the covered outdoor seating area (which is where you want to be doing your tasting anyway).
Glandore Estate Wines was established in 2005 after the procurement of the original Brokenback chardonnay vineyard on Broke Rd. From day one the aim of Glandore Estate wines has been to produce wines of great character, regionality and style from the traditional varieties known in the Hunter Valley. And of course inviting furry guests to enjoy the experience with their human parents.
Greenway Wines are made from 100% estate grown fruit, nurtured using sustainable farming practices. Dogs are not allowed inside the tasting room itself but the place is very small open barn with table service outside as well.
HANGING TREE WINES
Hanging Tree Wines welcomes dogs to have a little play with their wine dogs Vodka & Bundy. Built in an old cow shed, Hanging Tree has a very rustic feel to it. Their focus is on Hunter classics: Shiraz, Chardonnay, Semillion and Cabernet Sauvignon.
HART & HUNTER
Winemaking couple Damien Stevens & Jodie Belleville, along with partners Daniel & Elle Hart are the hands behind Phat Wine Company’s Hart & Hunter brand.Their passion to find a great patch of dirt producing classic Hunter Semillon, Chardonnay and Shiraz, created the trophy wining first release of their wine.
HUNGERFORD HILL WINES
Hungerford Hill Winery is a landmark of the Hunter Valley region, with its unique barrel-shaped tasting room and underground working cellar. Dogs are welcome inside the Cellar Door as well as on a beautiful outdoor seating area.
IRON GATE ESTATE
One of the Hunter Valley’s finest boutique dog friendly wineries, Iron Gate Estate promises an unparalleled wine tasting experience.
It was 1855 when the first vines were planted in the rich volcanic soil of the steep slopes of Ivanhoe Hill. Stretching across the foothills of the majestic Brokenback Mountain range, the Ivanhoe Estate is a patchwork quilt of vineyards and has become one of the most photographed and talked about vineyards in the Hunter Valley. Well behaved dogs are welcome on leash as there are geese and ducks roaming on the property.
The picturesque views of the Lambloch Estate vineyard are set on the stunning backdrop of the Broken Back Range, and offers the perfect spot to relax, unwind, and enjoy some of the Hunters finest premium wines. Dogs welcome to visit inside the Cellar Door.
Margan Wines is located in Broke, a bit further out from the centre of Hunter Valley action, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The winery features a dog friendly restaurant and is very popular wedding venue.
Since the humble beginnings in the mid 80s, the family-owned McLeish Winery has achieved great success with Andrew Thomas as the Chief Winemaker. Production has grown to include six varietals, all produced on the property.
Misty Glen Wines is a dog friendly winery in the heart of the Hunter Valley. Cellar dogs Chardonnay, Semillion and Chambourcin welcome you and your pooch for wine tasting or even stay at the dog friendly accommodation, Misty Glen Cottage.
MOUNT PLEASANT WINES
Nestled deep within the Hunter Valley, visit Mount Pleasant to enjoy the range of award-winning wines, all framed by splendid rolling vineyards and a stunning backdrop of the Brokenback Range. And yes, dogs are welcome inside the cellar door with you.
PEPPER TREE WINES
Pepper Tree Wines offers a unique Hunter Valley experience with stunning surroundings and beautiful wines. Wine dog Spence is always ready to welcome new visitors. Pepper Tree is the host of the annual Pooch Picnic.
Piggs Peake has a reputation for bending and twisting the rules of winemaking. Its not uncommon when you are doing a tasting to hear others using words like Heston and Willy Wonka to describe the experience. Dogs are welcome everywhere in the winery to join you for a tasting session that is usually held right next to the barrels.
SADDLER’S CREEK WINES
Saddlers wines are distinctly different than the vast majority of wine product available to wine lovers. Their wines are made to a relatively simple principle that is to produce intense lush flavour and yet have the ability to be enjoyed with the finest foods. Dogs are welcome on the covered outdoor area.
Stomp! Wines is a tiny family winery with a unique twist, crafting astonishing items (even dog beds) out of recycled wine barrels. The owners and their wine dog Kimba will greet you on arrival.
TAMBURLAINE ORGANIC WINES
Tamburlaine Organic Wines craft award-winning organic wines while limiting our impact on the environment. Working to leave the Hunter Valley and Orange vineyards in the best condition possible for generations to follow. And they love the furry guests to visit on leash.
Tintilla Estate is for everyone with a love of food, wine and family. One of the Hunter Valley’s best kept secrets this thoughtful family run dog friendly vineyard, winery and olive grove is a leader in the boutique cellar door wine and food experience.
VINDEN ESTATE WINES
Vinden Estate Wines is situated on beautiful grounds in the heart of Pokolbin with a magnificent outlook to the Brokenback Mountain Range and surrounding vineyards and olive groves.
GRAPE TO GLASS
Need a dedicated driver in Hunter Valley for you and your dog? Grape to Glass Boutique Wine tours specialises in fun and affordable private dog friendly wine tours and transfers in the Hunter Valleys best wine regions: Pokolbin, Lovedale and Broke Fordwich.
Dog Friendly Restaurants
As a dog owner, one of the most complicated parts of any travel with your pup is knowing where to eat without leaving your furriest family member tied to a tree or a post outside the venue. Yet again, the Hunter Valley doesn’t disappoint. We talked to and/or visited most of the venues in the area and can thoroughly recommend the following places to visit with your dog, all of which offer a great range of choices (especially for breakfast and lunch) for you to enjoy with your pup relaxing at your feet.
AMANDA’S ON THE EDGE
Dine alfresco with your dog where you can nestle in the gardens or relax by sunset on the verandah. Dogs are welcome on the covered outdoor seating area with stunning views.
Bistro Molines is owned and run by the godfather of dining in Hunter Valley, Robert Molines. You can enjoy a delicious French style lunch in the courtyard, taking in the fresh air and stunning views with your pup by your side.
FAWK FOOD KITCHEN & BAKERY
Great coffee, casual brekkie and freshly baked sourdough. Whether it is brekkie or just a coffee you are after, dog friendly Fawk Food Kitchen is a great laid back spot to enjoy it with your dog. Dogs are welcome on the partly covered outdoor seating area.
IRONBARK HILL BREWHOUSE
It’s not all about wine in the Hunter Valley. Dog friendly brewery Ironbark Hill Brewhouse is Hunter Valley’s newest Craft Beer Brewery, located inside Peter Drayton Wines in Pokolbin.
Relax in the covered dog friendly courtyard featuring vineyard views and splashing fountains or in our air conditioned indoor dining room with a craft beer, cider, Hunter Valley wine or coffee and enjoy a fabulous smokehouse lunch!
Matilda Bay Brewhouse
Matilda Bay Brewhouse offers beer lovers a break from all that wine. An impressive list of local brews is available on tap and their Italian style menu has plenty to offer, from snacks to proper mains. Dogs are welcome in the outdoor area, which is protected from the sun by big sails.
The Cellar is located a short stroll away from the Hunter Valley Gardens. Their Mediterranean-inspired menu has something for everyone and your pup is welcome to join you in the outside seating area.
The Deck Cafe
The Deck Café Lovedale is a lovely restaurant style dog friendly cafe. A verandah overlooking the dam provides protection from both rain and sun. Chill out with your pooch over brekkie or lunch. If your dog is a big swimmer, don’t forget to ask if he/she can have a quick dip into the dam
In case of emergencies…
… no probs. Rest assured, Hunter Valley has an excellent vet services covering everything from upset stomach or rashes to laboratory and surgical services. Although we hope you will not need this list, it is always handy to have the local vet details close to you when travelling.
That’s it, you are all set. Hopefully we have inspired you enough to make your next visit to the iconic Hunter Region a tiny little bit furrier.
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