Dog Friendly Wineries in Santa Barbara Wine Country

The wine country just north of Santa Barbara is hands down one of my favorite destinations for a weekend trip. Considering how often I visit the area, I’ve made it a point to find out which wineries are dog friendly.

Our dog Booker heading out on another wine tasting trip…

Just as I discovered in Paso Robles, Santa Barbara is full of wineries that welcome dogs with open arms. I’ve listed a few of my favorite wineries below and plan to expand this list with each visit…

  • Foxen Vineyard & Winery
    7600 Foxen Canyon Road
    Santa Maria, CA 93454
    Ph: (805) 937-4251
    Fax: (805) 937-0415
    Email: info@foxenvineyard.com
    Hours: Daily 11AM – 4PM
    Notes: Foxen is an extremely dog-friendly winery where leashed dogs can be brought into the tasting room at both locations (the main winery at 7600 Foxen Canyon Road & “The Shack” at 7200 Foxen Canyon Road). At the main winery, Booker was allowed inside with us on a leash or in one of the several outdoor seating areas where he was able to relax while we sipped wine. At foxen 7200 (“The Shack), Booker was allowed to come inside the small tasting room with us or sit outside with us on the deck and bask in the sun. At both locations, the tasting room staff brought him water and showered him with loads of attention. He absolutely loved it.

    Outdoor area at Foxen Vineyard & Winery

    Dog friendly Foxen 7200 (“The Shack”)

  • Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard
    6200 Foxen Canyon Road
    Los Olivos, CA 93441
    Ph: (805) 688-1545
    Email: infowinery@fessparker.com
    Hours: Daily 10AM – 5PM
    Notes: Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard is a dog’s dream. The winery is situated on a beautiful piece of land with a huge, perfectly manicured lawn where dogs are able to run around until their hearts are content. I actually didn’t inquire if they were allowed inside the tasting room because the outside area was just too perfect. We did a tasting, bought a bottle and sat outside with wine and snacks while Booker and his cousin Bodo played. Just remember to be courteous… even though dogs are allowed to be off leash, the lawn is also a picnic area so don’t forget to bring a leash with, as well as some potty bags and water.

    Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

    Dogs hanging out at Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

    Dogs playing on the lawn at Fess Parker Winery & Vineyard

  • Alta Maria Vineyards
    2933 Grand Avenue
    Suite A
    Los Olivos, CA 93441
    Ph: (805) 686-1144
    Email: aminfo@altamaria.com
    Hours: Daily 11AM – 5PM
    Notes: I was very pleasantly surprised to find out Booker was allowed in the Alta Maria Vineyards tasting room. This gorgeous new tasting room is located in downtown Los Olivos and when I inquired about bringing our dog inside, I expected to have to sit outside with him. Instead, we were told he was more than welcome to come in as long as he remained on a leash and we kept an eye on him. The tasting room is beautifully decorated and somewhat small, so this was definitely not a place for an excessively large or high energy dog. They apologized for not having a water bowl for him, which was totally fine. We were just happy he could be inside with us. He got to take a nap on the cool stone floor while we enjoyed some amazing wines.

    Small outdoor seating area at Alta Maria Vineyards Tasting Room

    Our dog Booker napping on the cool stone floor at Alta Maria Vineyards

  • Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards
    7250 Santa Rosa Road
    Buellton, CA 93427
    Ph: (805) 688-9090
    Email: info@almarosawinery.com
    Hours: Daily 11AM – 4:30PM
    Notes: Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards is a rustic, off the beaten path winery that some may remember from the movie Sideways. Booker was welcome to relax inside the tasting room on a leash, as well as roam around outside on Alma Rosa’s beautiful property. The tasting room staff happily gave him some water and a local dog who helps herd livestock in the area came down from the hills to say hello.

    Beautiful and rustic Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

    Booker roaming around outside at Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

    Taking a stroll at Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

    Booker hanging out with us inside the Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards tasting room

    Very sweet (and very dirty) local dog stopped by to say hello at Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

    Lots more to come!…

Related Posts:
Dog Friendly Wineries in Paso Robles
Dog Friendly Wineries in Paso Robles – Part 2

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14 responses to “Dog Friendly Wineries in Santa Barbara Wine Country

  1. Hello, I stumbled onto your blog when I googled dog-friendly wineries in Santa Barbara! I am so excited to go visit these great spots AND be able to bring along the pups! I was wondering if you had any suggestions regarding hotels, inns, b&bs etc that allow pets in this area? THANKS!

    • Hi! I’m glad you found this helpful! It’s so nice to be able to bring pups along for wine tasting trips. There are 2 hotels in the area that I recommend. The Hadsten House in Solvang is really nice. It was recently remodeled, is an easy walk to town, and has 2 dog friendly rooms (http://www.hadstenhouse.com/). They charge a small $25 fee for pets and suggest you call ahead to make sure the rooms are available. The other hotel I recommend is the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton (http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/sbasy-santa-ynez-valley-marriott/). They charge a slightly higher pet cleaning fee of $80, but it’s a decent hotel and they usually have availability. For a bite to eat, I recommend Los Olivos Cafe & Wine Merchant (http://www.losolivoscafe.com/). They have great food and dogs are allowed to join you on their outdoor patio. If you end up discovering any other pet friendly spots in the area, let me know! Thanks!

  2. Thank you so much! We are about to take our Standard Poodle camping with us up the coast and so thrilled for your recent list of pet-friendly wineries.

    • I’m so glad you found this helpful! I hope you have a fun trip!! I haven’t written about it yet, but if you get up to Paso Robles, Edward Sellers is another really good dog-friendly spot to check out…

  3. Barb, Jeff and Emma

    Glad I found this! My parents, hubby and I are heading up that way in the Fall with our pups. Thanks for the recommendations. I would also suggest to anyone bringing their pets to check out VRBO and apply “pet friendly” to their search. You can find some nice deals there as well.

  4. Awesome, appreciate the tips!

  5. This is great, thank you so much for the information and great pictures. I travel alone with my dog a lot and this information (or lack of) can truly make or break a trip!!! thanks for sharing.

  6. Loved reading about Booker’s big adventure! Here are few more local wineries that are pup-friendly! http://santaynezgetaways.com/

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  8. Great post! Reall helpful. Thank you!

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