Dog-friendly wineries in Niagara Region of Ontario. The Beamsville Bench wineries of Rosewood, Kew Vineyards, Cave Springs, Featherstone, and Honsberger.

The 5 Best Dog-Friendly Wineries in the Niagara Region

Are you planning to go wine tasting in the Niagara region of Ontario and want to bring your favourite family member (aka your dog)? Well, I’ve got some great news to share! There are plenty of dog-friendly wineries in the Niagara Peninsula that you can enjoy together. (Updated: August 2022)

Our dog, Henry – a Vizsla, is a big part of our life. If you know anything about this breed, nicknamed the “Velcro dog”, you will know that where you go, they go. What you do, they do. So, I’m pretty much always on the hunt for dog-friendly places that we can bring him and find things we can do together.

Dog on grass as winery in Niagara Region es of Rosewood, Kew Vineyards, Cave Springs, Featherstone, and Honsberger.

So, after multiple day trips and many glasses of wine, I’ve pulled together a list of the 5 best wineries, that just so happen to be dog friendly, in the Niagara Region.

About the Niagara Region

The Niagara Region, also called the Niagara Peninsula, is a large area in southwestern Ontario known for its prime area for growing grapes. In fact, it’s the province’s largest producer of wine. It stretches from Niagara Falls to Hamilton and is divided into two main regional appellations: the Niagara Escarpment and Niagara-on-the-Lake. With its mild temperatures and quality soil, this area is ideal for growing more than 40 grape varieties, from Riesling and Chardonnay to Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir.


The wineries in the Niagara-on-the-Lake appellation draw a lot of tourists. They tend to be the larger and well-known producers of wine. This area caters to tourism, with key attractions of Niagara Falls, a casino, the very charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake known for its cute boutique shops and eateries, and its own theater company. Being right near the American border, as well as, the close proximity for anyone living in and around Toronto, makes this an easy day trip or weekend getaway for both Canadians and Americans. If you’re anything like me, seeking out places that don’t cater to tourism is where I want to be. 

Rows of vineyards at winery in Niagara region
Niagara Escarpment

That’s why I headed to the appellation in the Niagara Escarpment which is a combination of three smaller appellations known as “The Bench”. This area includes Beamsville, Lincoln, Vineland and Jordan. It doesn’t draw the same number of crowds as Niagara-on-the-Lake does, which is the reason why it’s my favourite. Personally, I seek out the smaller, less publicized wineries. Those hidden gems that are a bit quieter, more intimate, and the ones you can only sample their wine by visiting their winery. 

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Best Dog-Friendly Wineries

Here are the 5 best wineries to visit with your dog in the Niagara Escarpment area of this Region. 

Rosewood Estates Winery

wine barrels at winery in Niagara Region

Rosewood lies in the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation in the small town of Beamsville. Its impressive long driveway, past the pristine rows of several varieties of grapes and a large pond, leads you to the winery. The contemporary architecture of this winery acts as a gorgeous backdrop to the sizable stone terrace overlooking the bountiful vineyards. Here, are 10 acres of Riesling, Chardonnay, Gamay Noir, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot. While another 20 acres lies in the Twenty Mile Bench sub-appellation.

winery with pond and bridge in Niagara

Inside the tasting room is where I hear about Rosewood’s love story. A promise between a newly married couple on honeymoon in this very area to one day own their own winery. It doesn’t get any more romantic than that! But also, it was the love of carrying on the tradition of keeping bees. As a third-generation beekeeper, Rosewood has 250-300 production honeybee colonies between Beamsville and Jordan. Rosewood definitely lives by its philosophy of earth to bottle. They’re a winery that chases great flavour, and like the others, strives to protect the environment with their winemaking practices.  

Glass of red and white wine at Rosewood Winery in Niagara

Rosewood has a wide selection of wine due to the variety of grapes they grow. I decided to go with their ‘Night Moves’ Gamay. A light bodied red with flavours of black cherry and cranberry, with a hint of spice from white pepper. It’s aged for 11 months in French oak barrels and it’s light, juicy and easy on the palate. My husband went with the popular ‘Follow the White Rabbit’. This light, easy-going Chardonnay is well balanced with both fruity and floral tastes. Don’t judge, we choose wines on the lighter side as it was still early in the day. I would definitely return and sample more of their heavy-bodied wines in the future.

  • its Instagram-worthy setting and delicious honey. Oh yes, a jar of their wildflower honey made it home with me
  • sample their Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc
  • dogs allowed in their interior and exterior spaces 

Distance from Rosewood to Kew is 4kms

Kew Vineyards Estate Winery

Dog-friendly wineries in Niagara Region of Ontario. The Beamsville Bench wineries of Rosewood, Kew Vineyards, Cave Springs, Featherstone, and Honsberger.

Kew lies in the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation in the small town of Beamsville. It sits right off the main road of King Street in downtown, away from the wine routes. It’s not until you drive up the short steep hill that you will see the expansive vineyard sitting behind an elegant historic home built in the 1850s. The outdoor terrace offers you modern lounge seating or you may choose one of the many tables set up on the lawn under the canopy of trees. We opted for the lawn, an ideal spot for any dog to laze upon. Our greeter immediately provided a water bowl for Henry and after a few pats, our server turned his attention to us.

garden at winery in Niagara Region

Kew is known for their beautiful sparkling wines, which I am definitely a fan of. So the hardest decision was which one to try. I went with the 2017 Rosalie, a third vintage of their Pinot Noir Rosé sparkling wine. It was absolutely perfect for a hot summer’s day. A blend of strawberry and raspberry with a touch of rhubarb and red currant. It was crisp and refreshing. My husband decided to try the cider beer, as he is more of a beer connoisseur than wine, and loved it. 

Kew has quickly become one of my favourite wineries to visit, not only because of the setting, but because of the incredible sparkling wine Kew makes.

2 glasses of wine on picnic table in front of wiinery in Niagara Region
  • its elegant and peaceful surroundings
  • their beautiful sparkling wines 
  • dog-friendly interior tasting room (if space permits), as well as exterior space 

Distance from Kew to Cave Springs is 2km

Cave Spring Vineyard

view of vineyards in Niagara Region

Cave Spring lies in the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation in Beamsville. The tasting room is a modern red barn sitting in the middle of 135 acres of vineyards. Yep, that’s right, 135 acres! And, that’s just one of three parcels of land this third generation of winemakers grow their grapes. The sweeping views of nothing but vineyards are simply incredible. I got a quick tour of the rooftop deck, typically held for event space, where you have views of Lake Ontario and all the way to the CN Tower in Toronto. Spectacular! 

Man sitting in front of winery in Niagara Region

After settling into our comfortable spot on the terrace, Dee Dee, the Director of Sales and Marketing, stopped by to say hello.

She told us the story of the Pennachetti family. How the love of winemaking has been passed through the generations. And, how their business has evolved and expanded over time.

The common thread in this story has always been family. A family that’s dedicated and passionate about winemaking. That same passion was expressed by everyone we met at Cave Spring, making them amazing ambassadors for the Pennachetti family. 

Cave Spring offers 2 wine tasting locations, this one (my personal fave) and the other one in the charming village of Jordan. 

Wine tasting room at Cave Spring winery in Niagara

Riesling, Riesling and more Rieslings! There are other options of course, but you might as well have what they do best. I selected the Riesling Estate, which is produced from some of their oldest vines, ranging in age of 11 to 40 years. A classic choice, I’d say.  My husband tried the Riesling Dolomite, named after the dolomitic limestone forming the crest of the Niagara Escarpment. Both of these wines come from their Beamsville Bench, and they did not disappoint. 

white wine at Cave Spring winery in Niagara
  • its exceptional customer service and their tasting room’s cool vibes 
  • their well-respected Rieslings
  • dog-friendly in both interior and exterior spaces

Distance from Cave Spring to Featherstone is 7kms

Featherstone Estate Winery

Dog at winery in Niagara Region

Featherstone lies in the Twenty Bench sub-appellation in Vineland. As you pull into this winery, you will immediately notice the delightful white historic farmhouse sitting up on a gentle hill overlooking the vineyard. The large wrap-around veranda, with its mix-and-match antique table and chairs, adds to the casual charm of this winery. Equally as charming is the warm reception you will receive. They make you feel at home. 

Sheep eating grape leaves at winery in Niagara Region

Louise, the co-owner of Featherstone, graciously stops by our table and shares the Featherstone story with us. She started with her team – a team of sheep that is. She told us that the sheep are used to thin the vines without any interest in eating the grapes themselves. It compliments their philosophy of finding environmentally sensitive practices that favour quality wine production over quantity. They also feature limited edition wines that you can only get when you pass through their winery. 

2 glasses of white wine at Feathersone Winery in Niagara

For our wine selections, I chose the Sauvignon Blanc. It was fresh, zesty, and punched with flavours of lemongrass, peaches, and pears. My husband selected ‘Four Feathers’ which is a blend of their Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Gewürztraminer. We both loved it so much that we brought a bottle home with us. 

They are offering little ‘nosh boxes’ of cheese, meat or hummus, and olives as part of your tasting experience. How can you say no to that?   

  • its charm and warm hospitality
  • their Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Chardonnay, Rosé
  • dog-friendly interior and exterior spaces

Distance from Featherstone to Honsberger is 7kms

Special Event Alert!

Every year in early July two wineries come together to host the Muddy Paws Wine Festival. Vineland Estates Winery and Featherstone Estate Winery host a canine theme weekend for a good cause, The Bello Project / Home Hospice. 

Honsberger Estate Winery

Grapes growing on vines in winery in Niagara Region

Honsberger lies in the Beamsville Bench sub-appellation in the very pretty village of Jordan. As you pull into this winery you can’t help but notice the century’s old red-brick farmhouse. It captures and keeps your attention, making you almost forget you are at a winery. The Honsberger family has been farming their land since 1811. That’s six generations of farmers! That was until 2002 when the family made the decision to rip out the cherry and apple trees and replace them with Cabernet Franc and Riesling vines. And the rest, as they say, is history. 

Red Barn with swing on winery in Niagara Region

Keeping their farming traditions alive, they have incorporated the red barn into their winery operations. From November to April, the Small Barn, opens up as a restaurant and indoor event space. The inside décor of the barn is a modern country, accented by candlelight and a roaring fire, it offers a romantic and cozy dining experience not to be missed. It’s one of our favourite wineries to visit in the winter for that very reason. 

sign for gelato, flowers in a winery in Niagara

From May to October, it is all about the outdoor experience. Featuring a large terrace with lots of seating meandering through their gardens. Taking center stage is the large outdoor pizza oven offering up a delicious thin wood-fired crust pizza. They even have a Gelato bar! Getting married and need a venue? Yep, that’s right they offer that too. Indoor and/or outdoor spaces are perfect for couples who want that unique modern country experience. 

wine in niagara region

I decided to go with their Cabernet Franc which is a dense fruity blend of blackberry and cherry. My husband tried their Riesling, a bright citrus taste with hints of crisp apples. I love how they are honouring their farming roots of using cherry and apple by infusing those flavours into their wines. Take note, if you’re a fan of their wine, it can only be purchased at Honsberger Estate or online.

  • the fun, lively experience 
  • their Cabernet Franc and Riesling
  • dog-friendly exterior spaces only

As a holidaymaker…

Visiting wineries is one of my favourite things to do. Not only for the delicious tasting wines but for the atmosphere, the views, and somehow, time seems to slow down for just a little while. And, your dog will enjoy it too! 

wine, vineyards for wineries in Niagara Region
wine, grapes, vines in wineries in Niagara Region


  • Lisa

    I bet you had a fun time doing this post! I love that they’re all dog friendly and in really beautiful locations. I’m a wine drinker and like my sparkling variety too, so Kew Winery looks very good to me. So cute that your dog features in your photos too!

  • Kelly

    I went to a couple of wineries in this area about a month ago for the first time and I loved it! I did notice the dogs and in one of the wineries, they brought out treats and a bowl of water for them. Have you checked out the wineries in Norfolk County yet? There’s some good ones there too.

  • Natascha

    I love visiting wineries, especially when the staff is knowledgeable about their products. The Cave Spring winery looks fabulous. I would like to try some of their Rieslings. As I do not own a dog, I have never thought about the difficulties of visiting a winery with a dog…..

  • Anj

    Wow! I literally googled wineries to visit with a dog in Niagra and landed here. My only concern now is, does everyone always uber to wine tasting places as one cannot drive after wine tasting! Next thing to google. Also, I hope there won’t be squirrels here as my dog has extreme prey drive.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment. There are a couple of options for not drinking and driving- you can rent a bike, but that will be hard for pup to join you, or do a tour where someone shuttles you from the wineries. You’d have to ask them about the vehicles being dog friendly. Or go along with others and someone volunteers to be the designated driver. Enjoy!

  • Umiko

    It’s always good to read about dog-friendly places. These even better because you can do wine tasting while your dog sitting by your feet. The Muddy Paws Wine Festival sounds fun! Owners can sip wine while donating for the good cause and the fur babies have fun playing, too.

  • Shelbs

    This region reminds me so much of the reisling belt near the Finger Lakes in New York. It’s stunning to see rows of grapes like that! I think my two favorites from your list are the Rosewood Estate winery with its adorable little bridge and the Featherstone winery with its sheep! (Our last name is lamb so we love anything to do with these adorable little guys. Would love to travel with our dog near here! We have a giant german shepherd that would love it.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Any wine region is worth exploring, and it sounds like I need to head to the Finger Lakes. There’s a great dog and wine festival that I’m sure your German Shepherd would love!

  • Karen Turcotte

    Thank you for this post. We are travelling with our two little dogs and are always looking for pet friendly places to visit. I have printed out this list and we will try these places in September.

  • Linda (LD Holland)

    We are always looking for new suggestions for wineries. And we do love the Niagara region. We will have to stop at Rosewood on our next visit and try this spot near Beamsville. And pick up some honey too! And a stop at Kew would feed my love of sparkling rosé wines. All of these wineries were new for us. So I have saved this for our future wanderings in Niagara.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks for stopping by Linda. The Beamsville bench area is my absolute favourite. You’ll have to check it out. Owners are friendly, more informal, and in some cases you’ll find better wines.

  • Atul

    Nice to see Wineries that allow dogs being a new dog owners. However, Is there any dog friendly wineries in Niagara that you can have lunch or brunch?

    • The.Holidaymaker

      I’m glad you enjoyed to article. Restaurants have more restrictions- dogs can have to remain outside of the outdoor patio area. Wineries are much easier, as they don’t always serve food. I think I know my next article!

  • Sarah

    I wouldn’t have thought of wineries as being a dog friendly place, but it’s excellent that so many are! I’m not a huge wine drinker, so I like seeing that several of them offer other things that would appeal to me – especially honey, I adore honey!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thank you Sarah. Yes, I was determined to find which wineries are dog-friendly and surprisingly found there are a quite a few.

      • Monika Singh

        Thank you for sharing 🍷
        Can you recommend a dog friendly rental in the area?
        Looking forward to taking advantage of all your recommendations for my summer holidays.
        Thank you!

  • Gus Feliciano

    First of all guess I never knew there was a wine region in Canada! Talk about learning something new everyday.

    But I love the list, I am always looking for dog friendly patios where I live and they are the best places.

  • Indrani

    So good to know the wineries are pet friendly! All the wineries look great to me. I have no pets but would definitely love to get there for the amazing photo opportunities.

  • Emma

    I don’t have a dog but this is really good that this is something they cater for. Actually I’m not a big wine drinker so I might just target these wineries so I can go hang out with all the dogs

  • Brooklyn

    I spent the first 6 years of my life in Port Colborne, which is close to Niagara Falls. I visit when I can, but have never been to any wineries in the region, these all look awesome!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      You’ll just have to make a point of seeing some next time you are in the area Brooklyn. Thanks for stopping by.

  • Riana Ang-Canning

    Aw this post makes me so happy! Awesome that Henry got to join you on this adventure. And I forgot how stunning the Niagara wine region is. Rosewood is beautiful – and how perfect that it is based on such a sweet love story. Will have to make a trip out there the next time we’re in Toronto!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thank you for your comment Riana. Hopefully you can visit some when you are in Toronto next time. Rosewood is definitely insta-worthy.

  • Delphine Mignon

    Dog or no dog, this is a great list. I’ve seen sheep used in vineyards in Australia, like at Featherstone, but it’s not very common. It makes complete sense that wineries would be dog-friendly, there is usually a “winery dog” on site.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks for your comment Delphine. Yes, having sheep is eco friendly, good fo hear Australia uses them that way too.

  • Samantha Karen

    What beautiful wineries! Every time I see wineries I am reminded of how much I want to visit one once all of this is over! I don’t have a dog myself, but would be more than happy to have one running around as I sample delicious wines, does it get better than that?

    • The.Holidaymaker

      It doesn’t get any better than that! You’re right Samantha. We visited now, and they have great safety measures in place. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  • Emma Riggs

    Couldn’t agree more. When you’ve got a loveable fur baby, you just want to take them everywhere! It so much fun to experience new places with your dog and seeing how much joy they get from it as well. All of these wineries sound fantastic and it looks like there are plenty of pathways to wander and explore with your dog. Oh.. and the wine sounds good too haha.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks Emma for stopping by and commenting. You are right, the dogs enjoy it just as much as we do. Nothing wrong with wide open spaces.

  • Faith Coates

    Being an Ontario girl I loved this a trip around the Niagara region to those fabulous wineries is my dream when back in Ontario. Now I’m learning about wine in France I can appreciate it much more.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks Faith, and former Ontario girl! You might see a difference in Niagara’s wineries, they have come a long way the last few years. Great competition on the world stage!

  • Sue

    Great post! My friend has a Vizla & so I totally understand your point! I went to Niagara many years ago & was shocked by the town itself, not my cup of tea at all. Niagara-on-the-Lake was a tonic & I had a fantastic day there sampling some of the delicious wine & food. It is a beautiful setting.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks Sue, yes, I am not recommending going anywhere near the Niagara town, this is a hidden bench area that is definitely worth visiting and not on the radar of most tourists.

  • Heather

    We are huge dog people as well. When I was a travel RN I would take my Maltese everywhere with me. We take our dogs to the lake now but I’ve never heard of wineries allowing dogs. That is SO awesome! I would have to visit Rosewood for the honey and Kew to be able to take one of my dogs (the other would bark at people too much) into the tasting room!

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thanks Heather for your comment. The Rosewood honey is divine, and can’t not get it when you are in this area. It is also infused into their wine.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thank you Nicole for your comment. Appreciate that you found them useful in future planning.

  • Jan

    Enjoyed reading your blog post on an unusual topic! I did not know about the dog-friendly feature in visiting wineries. All the wineries look awesome with their greenery especially the Rosewood estate – that picture with the red bridge looks beautiful! The Riesling and Chardonnay look inviting. I will definitely look up the wineries listed here when I am in the region next! 🙂

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Thank you for stopping by Jan. I am so glad you enjoyed the post. Hopefully you are able to visit this area one day soon.

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