The Best Dog Friendly Cellar Doors

I love nothing more than spending my weekends exploring South Australia's beautiful wine regions, however often feel bad if it means a whole day home alone for Maple. Fortunately, your dog is welcome to watch you drink at these Dog Friendly Cellar Doors! 


1. Penny's Hill


Penny's Hill Cellar Door is located at 'Ingleburne', a stunning farmhouse estate perched between McLaren Vale and Willunga. The venue is expansive, and a number of experiences wait inside. 


Dog Friendly?: Very! The gorgeous Penny's Hill staff brought us cool water before we had time to ask. Our dogs were spoilt with lots of cuddles and we were allowed to take our tasting experience outside so we could sit with the pups. 


Dogs On Property?: There are occasionally dogs on property, as well as livestock. Please ensure your pup is friendly with other dogs, and kept on a lead at all times.  


Cellar Door Experience

Leave your four legged friends at the door and step inside for an informative tasting at the cellar door bench. We visited on a warm day, and staff were more than happy for us to take our tastings outside with us so we could sit in the shade with our dogs. Next time I visit I plan on trying the 'Wine Flight' experience; a seated, self-paced tasting of 5 premium Penny’s Hill wines, served with matched cheese, crackers and olives. This experience is $20 per person, redeemable on purchase of 6 bottles of Penny's Hill wines



2. Lazy Ballerina


Lazy Ballerina are opposite the stunning Kuitpo Forest, 10 mins from either Willunga, McLaren Vale.


Dog Friendly?: Yes, dogs are welcome to accompany their owners.


Dogs On Property?: The last time I visited Lazy Ballerina I did not see any, however Maple was not in tow. 


Cellar Door Experience

As the name suggests Lazy Ballerina Winery & Cellar Door is a place to rest your feet. Shady spots in the garden make Lazy Ballerina a perfect place to grab a glass and sit with your four legged friend.






3. Nepenthe


The Nepenthe Cellar Door sits on the Balhannah Vineyard, located on the rolling hills mid-way between Balhannah and Hahndorf. Nepenthe: described by Homer in The Odyssey as an Egyptian herbal drink so powerful that it eases grief and banishes sorrow from the mind. Steep away sorrow I shall. I mean, who couldn't be happy with a glass of wine, some of the most spectacular views in South Australia, and four-legged friend in tow. 


Dog Friendly?: Absolutely! One of the cellar door team members brought our dogs a cool bowl of water while we enjoyed a tasting inside. Nepenthe has lots of places you can sit with the pups, including picnic benches on their perfectly manicured grass nestled at the top of the vineyard. 


Dogs on Property?: We didn't meet any. 


Cellar Door Experience:

When the urge takes you, the Adelaide Hills is the closest wine region to the city - you can be in Nepenthe's cellar door with a glass of wine in your hand in 25 minutes from Adelaide. With your fluffy friend relaxing on the grass you can move inside Nepenthe's stunning cellar door and taste your way through their internationally acclaimed award-winning range of premium wines. With fantastic wines on tasting, cellar door staff are able to tailor the tasting experience to visitors' palate. 



4. Bird in Hand


Bird in Hand is a family-owned winery cultivating cool-climate wine that captures the spirit of South Australia’s Adelaide Hills. 


Dog Friendly?: Friendly and relaxing. Our dogs were brought cool water, and staff came over for a cuddle. The heavily shaded courtyard made it easy to sit comfortably outside with furry friends. 


Dogs on Property?: Yes, Horris is a lovely Border Collie. He came to say hello to Maple and Levi, and then went off on his merry way. 


Cellar Door Experience:

The Cellar Door gives visitors a kind of front row seat to the Bird in Han winemaking works, complete with tutored tastings and wines you can’t drink anywhere else, including late releases and carefully cellared museum selections. Relaxing in the heavily shaded, sunken courtyard our dogs were brought clean water, while we sat back and enjoyed wine, bites of cheese and antipasta. Next time I visit I plan to try 'The Bird Experience'; an opportunity to explore further. A seated tasting in the Barrel Hall with a Bird in Hand wine expert guiding you through an intimate tasting of some of our premium wines – at your own pace. Price: $20 per person.



5. Ashton Hills


Ashton Hills Vineyard sits 570 metres above sea level and is regarded as a true pioneer in cool climate Adelaide Hills wines.


Dog Friendly?: Dogs are welcome to accompany their owners. 


Dogs on Property?: The last time I visited Ashton Hills I did not see any, however Maple was not in tow. 


Cellar Door Experience

Known for both their Riesling and Pinot Noir it is little wonder why I am always eager to visit Ashton Hills. The rustic cellar door has stunning vies of the Piccadilly Valley, and is open Friday to Monday. 




Before bringing your dog along on your next cellar door visit please consider if s/he will enjoy it as much as you will. Dogs not used to different environments and situations may be frightened or overwhelmed when taken to unfamiliar places. The above wineries welcome well-socialised dogs on a lead. For more information about the dog policy at each winery please contact them directly. 




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