Pretty soon, vineyards across British Columbia will be welcoming Spring‘s arrival. Temperatures will rise, buds will start to break and winery dogs will be let loose among the vines to chase birds, howl at deer and greet wine-loving guests.
While tours, tastings and experiences have changed drastically over the past year, the warmth and hospitality of visiting a winery have endured. Part of that comfort is knowing that employees are often treated like family. Sometimes, it’s an actual family that lends a hand in any or all aspect of the winery operations, and that includes the family dog!
For dog-appreciating wine fans, consider the following wineries when you’re planning your tour visits this year. You’ll be glad to catch a glimpse of, or maybe even shake-a-paw with, the province’s most adorable winery dogs.
Deano loves to run through the vineyard and getting pets from guests.
For more on Blue Grouse wines, check out this past article.
Breed: Blue Heeler
Tia loves to take care of the chickens on the property.
Owner: Trent & Ria Kitsch (owners)
Eddie loves chasing his ball, getting pets, shaking paws, running like he’s young, wild, and free.
Name: Winston (right)
Owner: Stef (Assistant Winemaker)
Winston loves helping Stef and running around the vines when other dogs are around.
Name: Ryder (left)
Ryder loves running around the winery telling people what to do.
Name: Whisky (Instagram @whiskytheaus)
Owner: Christian Scagnetti (Associate Winemaker)
Whisky loves reporting for harvest duties. He has been known to try eating the grapes (don’t tell our owners), but luckily there are lots of “sticks” on the ground leftover from pruning the vines to keep him distracted!
Breed: Border Collie
Owner: Dwight Sick (Winemaker & Director of Winery and Vineyard Operations)
Priya is an avid bird chaser, frisbee and ball player and known to dig up a vole or two in the vineyard.
Shadow loves to welcome guests, sometimes with a bit too much enthusiasm. He also loves to run through the vineyard picking up vines on the ground.
Names: Bizou + Yukon (brother and sister from two separate litters)
Ages: Yukon (5), Bizou (4)
Breed: Great Pyrenees
Bizou will chase crows circling overhead around and around, and she loves to bark.
Yukon is a work horse. He is the one sitting guard on the hill in the rain surveying the lay of the land; noble and stoic. Always watchful, Yukon puts up the first call at the sign of trouble, yet when push comes to shove Bizou is the fierce one that you do not want to mess with.
Sophie loves running through the vineyard, it’s what makes her thrive and is keeping her feeling young. Upon opening the wine shop last July, she found a new job title of Winery Dog and enjoys greeting people.
Breed: Golden Retriever
Cody love to greet all of our visitors at the winery, as well as “help” in the vineyard.
Age: 3.5 months
Breed: Rhodesin Ridgeback
Owners: Zoë and Keenan (the winemakers & grape growers)
So far he loves running around exploring and pulling weeds with his owners.
Maddie likes to welcome guests in the tasting room.
Autumn loves running through the vineyard with Maddie.
Fozzy enjoys eating all the human food he can sneak and steal, and he is an excellent singer. He howls at the moon for no apparent reason other than artistic expression.
Photo Credit: Ian Harland
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Breed: Chocolate Lab
Bruce’s favourite activity is running headlong full speed through our steep 60 acre home vineyard site. Oh and swimming. He’s a beast!
Breed: Alahapa bulldog
Owner: Kirsty French (winemaker & cider maker)
Breed: King Charles Cavalier
Owner: Jennifer Molgat