The Best Dog-Friendly Wineries in the Yarra Valley

An experience with Pooches and Pinot’s Degustation Wine Tour in the Yarra Valley visiting some of the best dog-friendly wineries.

by Oliver, Winky & Iro fromIt's Woofs.

Yarra Valley is a picturesque wine region in Victoria only one hour from Melbourne. It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. As fellow Melbournians, we’ve visited Yarra Valley several times with our two little dogs. We always found it rather challenging to navigate our way with dogs. But then, Helen from Pooches and Pinot Wine Tours contacted us after reading our blog post about South Australia’s dog-friendly wine regions for a personalised wine tour in Yarra Valley. Her friendliness and attention to detail when customising our experience convinced us to give one of their wine tours a go. Through the Pooches and Pinot Degustation Wine Tour experience, we experienced how dog-friendly the Yarra Valley truly is, and we fell in love with this beautiful winery region all over again.

Overview ofPooches and PinotDog-Friendly Degustations Tour

Pooches and Pinot is a small Wine Tour company founded by Jeff and Helen, the two amazing humans behind the operation. They do everything, including preparing a personalised itinerary, picking up guests, and driving guests and their furbabies to the best dog-friendly wineries in the Yarra Valley. They offer tailored Half Day, Full Day and Degustation Tours with the option of pick up and drop off within the 75km perimeter of the Yarra Valley at an additional cost (pick up and drop off from Yarra Valley is free). They are the only dog-friendly wine tour company currently operating in the Yarra Valley, and they are well-loved by the community, which shows when you tour with them.

Boat O’Craigo– Wine Paired with Gourmet Chocolate

Our final stop was Boat O’Craigo, where we had the unique experience of tasting five of their renowned wine paired with five chocolates from the Cuvée Chocolates range and a delicious brownie. We were pleasantly surprised at how much we loved not only their wine, but the delicious chocolate (the salted caramel is exceptional). Who knew chocolate paired so well with wine? Ollie and Winks had a fantastic time here; they were even allowed to run around on the lawn to stretch their paws. The staff absolutely loved dogs and even wanted to take a photo with Ollie (Aren’t they the cutest!).The Pawfect ending to our day.

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