Local wineries are quickly catching on to the fact that people hate leaving their dogs behind on the weekend. 8 Chains North Winery in Waterford, Virginia is another of a growing number of Virginia wineries that welcomes dogs inside tasting rooms as well as on the grounds.
Adding to the high canine-comfort score, 8 Chains even has a fenced-in area for dogs to romp off-leash. There are a few picnic tables in the enclosure, so owners can chill with a glass of wine while keeping an eye on their dogs.
The winery also features a large covered patio and open yard which overlook the vineyard and offer spectacular sunset views.
In the tasting room there are a couple of cozy seating areas with deep leather chairs, a gallery wall featuring the work of local artists, and lots of high tables and benches for groups. Tastings are $8 for five wines. Surprisingly, my favorite was the least expensive— an $18 Vidal Blanc, Traminette, and Sauvignon Blanc blend called LoCo (for Loudoun County) Vino. For $5 more, you can get each wine paired with a truffle from Leesburg chocolatier Abby Rose Confections. Among the tasty options: salted caramel, lemon honey, orange spice, and raspberry.
8 Chains is open Thursday through Monday, and located at 38593 Daymont Lane, Waterford, VA, 20197.