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Dog Friendly Wineries - Yarra Valley

Dog Friendly Wineries - Yarra Valley

As winter approaches, consider planning a getaway to the sun-drenched Yarra Valley, where your furry companion can join in on the adventure.

Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is perfect for a serene weekend escape or a quick day trip. Known for its wineries, delicious cuisine, and breathtaking views, it's also a pet-friendly destination, with many venues welcoming dogs.

More and more wineries are embracing canine visitors, offering a warm atmosphere for both pups and their owners. We've curated a list of some of the finest dog-friendly wineries in the Yarra Valley, ensuring you and your four-legged friend can enjoy the vineyard experience together.

1. De Bortoli

Nestled in the Yarra Valley, De Bortoli’s renowned vineyard welcomes you and your pooch to enjoy a glass of wine together in designated areas.

As one of Australia’s most innovative wineries, De Bortoli was named Winery Innovator of the Year by the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London for its comprehensive wine innovation. Additionally, it earned a spot in the top 10 of the Australian Financial Review’s BOSS Most Innovative Companies List, the only winery to achieve this honour.

Take a trip to this award-winning vineyard and let your furry friend experience the buzz firsthand!

Bourke St. the Label - Dog Friendly Wineries - De Bortoli Wines

Image Credit: @debortoliwines 

2. Maddens Rise

Bask in the warmth of the sun and atmosphere at Maddens Rise Winery, where your visit promises delightful wine tastings, and the perfect opportunity to unwind with your furry friend by your side.

At the cellar door, you can not only savour their exceptional wines but also enjoy the company of your canine companion. Maddens Rise extends a warm welcome to doggy visitors, ensuring that both you and your pooch have a memorable experience amidst the vineyard's charm.

Bourke St. the Label - Dog Friendly Wineries - Maddens Rise

Image Credit: @maddernsrise


3. Kellybrook Winery

Kellybrook Winery is the perfect spot for wine lovers and their furry friends. The winery’s grounds feature a stunning 130-year-old oak tree and beautiful gardens created by Farley Kelly over the past 40 years. Kellybrook offers a variety of spaces to enjoy, from a verandah with vineyard views to cozy spots in the garden or by an open fire. As one of the closest wineries to Melbourne, it’s a welcoming destination run by the Kelly family, who have been crafting wine, cider, and apple brandy on the property for generations.

At Kellybrook, you and your pet will feel like part of the family. Dogs are welcome in a designated outdoor area, so you can bring your furry friend along for the experience. To ensure a smooth visit, Kellybrook kindly requests that your dog is friendly as it is a small outside area. It is also recommended to book ahead if you plan to bring your dog. 

Bourke St. the Label - Dog Friendly Wineries - Kellybrook

Image Credit: @kellybrook 

4. Steels Gate

Matthew Davis and Brad Atkins, Co-Directors/Owners of Steels Gate Wines, bring over 15 years of experience to their roles as vignerons. Matthew oversees viticulture while Brad manages the Steels Gate Restaurant and Cellar Door. Together, they craft the renowned Steels Gate Wines.

The vineyards prioritize environmental sustainability, employing dry-grown methods and minimal intervention practices. The Home Block Vineyard, acquired in 2009, was transformed from blackberry overgrowth to a thriving site surrounded by King Lake National Park.

Head chef Kate Kilsby shares Steels Gate's ethos of boutique, sustainable practices. She looks forward to showcasing local produce and tending her own chef’s garden, inspired by the sense of well-being and connection inherent in country life.

Moreover, Steels Gate is proud to be dog-friendly, welcoming four-legged companions to enjoy the serene surroundings alongside their owners.

Bourke St. the Label - Dog Friendly Wineries - Steels Gate

Image Credit: @steelsgate

5. Yering Station

Founded in 1838, Yering stands tall as Victoria’s pioneering commercial vineyard. Nestled within the Yarra Valley, Yering proudly holds its place as a leading winery in the region.

Offering an array of dining and entertainment options, from their cellar door and restaurant to their inviting outdoor bar and captivating art gallery, Yering caters to every palate and interest. The restaurant treats guests to sweeping vistas of the scenic Yarra Valley, while the art gallery hosts a rotating array of exhibitions, including the esteemed Yarra Valley Arts ‘Sculpture Exhibition & Awards’.

At Yering, even our furry friends are embraced, with designated outdoor areas where leashed pups can join in the experience, ensuring a delightful visit for all.

Bourke St. the Label - Dog Friendly Wineries - Yering Station

Image Credit: @maxandwalter 

If you are planning a trip with your pooch to any (or all!) of these wineries, we do suggest giving them a call beforehand to ensure they can accommodate both you and your pooch on your preferred day. Additionally, if you're planning a vineyard excursion with your furry companion, be sure to explore our tips for traveling safely with your pooch!

Read more here.

Feel free to share your adventures with us after visiting any of these wineries! 


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