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WINE DOGS: THE IMPORTANCE OF ANIMALS IN WINE HOSPITALITY

Having a winery dog increases the attractiveness of tourist wineries and wine tourists with a leash are definitely multiplying. In half of the Italian houses there is an animal, often a wine dog

 

by Donatella Cinelli Colombini

Fattoria del Colle Violante Gardini in front of the Cancello Nero vineyard

Wine dog Felix with Violante Gardini Fattoria del Colle

A few years ago books on wine dogs began to come out and then those on wine cats becoming a real trend. The pioneer was the Australian photographer Craig McGill to whom we owe a sort of encyclopaedia of dogs from wineries around the world.

Together with his wife Susan Elliott, he has published books and posts about wine dogs and cats. The second edition of the book on dogs from Californian cellars contains over 120 portraits of the faithful furry friends – from thoroughbreds to mutts – along with short essays by Robert Parker Jr, Nick Ryan, Eve Bushman, Sam Neill and Max Allen. A true celebration of the role of dogs in wine production.

 

PUBLICATIONS AND REPERTOIRES ON WINE DOGS

In addition to books and calendars, there are Instagram accounts and Facebook pages about wine dogs. In California there are rankings of the most dog friendly wineries. A bestiary so numerous as to suggest that all US wineries have a dog and that it is almost more famous than the wine maker.

The Wine Spectator column has consecrated a liaison between four-legged furry friends and wine lovers. In 2021 subscribers to the famous American wine magazine received this announcement <<In the March 31 issue, on sale next week, we will highlight one of the best parts of the wineries that can be visited: their dogs>>. Well in November 2021 the dog section of the Wine Spectator already contained photos of 1570 readers’ dogs.