We recently celebrated our 9th anniversary at the winery! Time sure flies when you are having fun and boy did we have fun celebrating this year. Over 200 dogs joined us for our annual Pug Day and we loved visiting with each dog and their owner. 

During some of my conversations with our guests we got on the subject of how important dogs are to the winery. Not just because they make stressful days a little less stressful but they play an integral part in operating a winery.

As you may know, August is the month when some of the vines will ripen for harvest season to begin. Depending on the variety and how the growing season is going, some vineyards will start harvest towards the end of the month already. Sure, some wineries have high tech equipment that they use to determine whether the grape is ripe for picking, but did you know that no form of technology can beat the dog’s sense for ripe grapes?

Many breeds can sense if the grapes are ready just by smell. If the grape is not ripe, the dog will walk right by it. However, if the grapes are ready for harvest, the dog will stop and pull a grape cluster off the vine and eat it. Of course, if you own a vineyard, you will want to get to the dog before he eats all of your grapes!!!!

Winery dogs are becoming more and more popular. In fact, authors Craig McGill and Susan Elliott recently released a book called Wine Dogs USA Edition. This is in conjunction with their other book, Wine Dogs Deluxe Edition, featuring winery dogs from Australia. This phenomenon of celebrating winery dogs continues to grow so be sure to stop by your local winery and take a moment to visit with their dogs.


Amanda is the Co-Owner of Candlelight Winery located at 11325 Center Road, Garrettsville. For more information on other winery topics, please visit www.candlelightwinery.com