Wineries and Indian Summer … the perfect pairing

Photo by Erik Schultz

Photo by Erik Schultz

Memorial Day and Thanksgiving aren’t the only best times for spending a day at one of the many fantastic wineries in Oregon and Washington. At harvest time, the beauty of the season makes for a wonderful road trip, and the happenings of harvest makes for magical adventure.

Oregon is bursting with awarding-winning grapes and vineyards, and while not all wineries invite the pooch to play on site, many have resident “wine dogs,” and still more are avid animal lovers and supporters of animal welfare.

Such is the case with Lange Estate Winery in Dundee, where our latest Cover Model winner Thor was photographed by Erik Schultz for his cover this issue. The Langes — who a few years ago made a generous contribution to Oregon Spay/Neuter fund — have a passel of Shelties themselves, and are some of the dog-lovingest folks around. They don’t invite pups to the winery, but they love and support NW animals in various ways.

Consider visiting Lange Estate this season. The Lange family is fantastic, their award-winning wines are superlative, and the property is stunning.

If your heart is set on a visiting a vineyard with your furry co-pilot onboard, check out The site offers great resources and info, including a Dayplanner program that lists pet-friendly wineries.