Pet-Friendly Long Island Wineries

As the North Fork continues to grow in popularity, a trip to the wineries is becoming a quintessential summer activity. And it becomes a bit more of a guilt-free indulgence when your dog can tag along (because who can really sip and savor when they’re envisioning Spot sitting at home staring at the door whimpering?). These pet-friendly Long Island wineries ensure a day on the trail is a happy “tail.”

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Palmer Vineyards, Riverhead

One of the earlier vineyards on the Long Island wine trail, Palmer allows dogs inside the small, pub-style tasting room and on the outdoor patio, which is frequently rocking with live music. Heads up: Angela the cat was born under the deck and never left. The pretty gray kitty isn’t known to approach dogs, but if your pup isn’t into cats, prepare to keep him on a tight leash as you sip Albariño, one of winemaker Miguel Martin’s specialties that is inspired by his Spanish heritage. Phone: 631-722-9463 | Address: 5120 Sound Ave. Click to visit  

Jason’s Vineyard, Jamesport

The late Jason Damianos, who grew up working on his family’s vineyards Pindar and Duck Walk, was known to be an animal lover. It’s obvious to visitors from the moment they park in the lot of the 20-acre estate and are greeted by sheep and alpacas. Perhaps it’s why Damianos bucked family tradition and made his winery dog-friendly. The wines, like fruit-driven white blend Golden Fleece, live up to the family name. Phone: 631-238-5801 | Address: 1785 Main Rd. Click to visit

Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead

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One of Long Island’s largest and most well-known vineyards, Martha Clara Vineyards allows dogs in the sprawling outdoor area. Though it’s a slight divergence from its old policy of letting dogs in the tasting room, on a sunny summer afternoon, few things are as relaxing as looking out at the 200-acre property, vino in hand and pup at your feet. The 2014 Solstice Blanc is a warm-weather favorite for its notes of peach, guava and fresh apricots. It pairs perfectly with soft cheeses. Phone: 631-298-0075 | Address: 6025 Sound Ave. Click to visit

Macari Vineyards, Mattituck

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There’s plenty of room and love for pets at this winery—both the indoor and outdoor spaces are sprawling. Indoors, pups can hang out as parents stand by the tasting bar or sit at a table. Guests can also take flights, glasses and bottles outdoors to get the most out of vineyard views and warmer weather. Wherever the humans sit, they should opt for the Chardonnay Reserved. The medium-bodied white was fermented in French Oak barrels, aged for 15 months and is as smooth as butter. Another favorite: The 2015 Early wine offers aromas of green apple, lime and floral and, as the staff sometimes says, tastes like “big-girl apple juice.” Phone: 631-298-0100 | Address: 150 Bergen Ave. Click to visit

Shinn Estate Vineyards and Farmhouse, Mattituck

Though sold by owners Barbara Shinn and David Page (and, unofficially, resident dog Panda) in April, Shinn Estate still has a pet-friendly policy. Tucked away on Oregon Road, the vineyard, surrounded by lush flowers, feels more like a zen escape. The Tuthill-style is decorated with wooden placards that read “tranquility” and “serene” and remind people why they went north at the fork in the first place. The earthy, polished 2014 Mojo Cabernet Franc does too. Phone: 631-804-0367 | Address: 2000 Oregon Rd. Click to visit

Osprey’s Dominion, Peconic

Picnic tables covered by poppy umbrellas, lawn games and dogs make Osprey’s Dominion a lively place to spend a summer day. But wine trail frequenters know the vineyard is arguably better when cooler weather sets in and Osprey’s breaks out the spice wine. Settle in for a long winter’s afternoon with a savory sipper that has notes of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. Don’t worry about fido freezing—he’s allowed indoors! Phone: 631-765-6188 | Address: 44075 Main. Rd. Click to visit

Woodside Orchards, Aquebogue

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Woodside Orchards is the North Fork’s cidery

Not exactly a winery, but come fall, Woodside Orchards is perfect for apple picking, cinnamon doughnuts and hard cider tastings. The small tasting room pours a variety of ciders, including traditional, cinnamon and raspberry, by the taste and pint. Guests can also hang with their dogs around a pair of fire pits. Phone: 631-722-5770 | Address: 729 Main. Rd. Click to visit

Harmony, St. James

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One of the few vineyards not on a Fork, Harmony Vineyards allows dogs on the outdoor patio. Sip the fresh-and-tangy Chardonnay or the strong-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon while enjoying a view of both the vineyard and a waterfront. Phone: 631-291-9900 | Address: 169 Harbor Rd. Click to visit

Note: Wineries are constantly changing their pet policies. To ensure your dog is allowed, call first.

For more on Long Island’s wine trail, be sure to check out the September issue of Pulse, out next week.

beth ann clyde

beth ann clyde

Beth Ann Clyde is a social strategist of Long Island Pulse. Have a story idea or just want to say hello? Email bethann@lipulse.com or reach out on Twitter @BAClyde.