There’s something extra cozy about sipping a nice glass of red in a country setting, and Purcellville’s Notaviva Vineyards is a great place to do exactly that with your dog by your side. The winery, situated next to a pond that overlooks rolling hills, welcomes leashed dogs at the many picnic tables spread across the large lawn, as well as at the tables on its comfortable front porch.
Named after the Italian words “nota” (music note) and “viva” (with life), the winery pairs its wines with music. For example, it suggests teaming up its Vincero Viognier—a crisp, light wine—with acoustic guitar. In keeping with the theme, the vineyard features rock, folk, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, and classical performers on weekends.
Another thing that distinguishes Notaviva is that it doesn’t accept drop-in buses or limos, and won’t take groups larger than 16 people, even with a reservation. So you and your dog can enjoy your visit without getting elbowed off a picnic table by a bachelorette party or rowdy wine tour that can ruin the mood at other spots.
The winery hosts food trucks on weekends, too, so if you don’t bring a picnic, chances are you can sample some tasty mobile-kitchen fare. The weekend I went, the Roaming Rotisserie truck was serving dry-rubbed chicken with savory sides like garlic fries and cilantro-lime rice.
Notaviva is open Thursday through Sunday. Tastings are $8. Dogs aren’t allowed in the tasting room, so bundle up to enjoy the scenery outdoors with your four-legged companion.
Gwyn Donohue is the author of the blog Two Dog Tales. Head there to read about more events, activities, and news for Washington dog owners.