Event Details

Grab your leash and get a wiggle on to Muddy Paws Wine Festival

On the weekend of July 7 & 8, 2018, Vineland Estates Winery and Featherstone Estate Winery will open their doors to well-behaved dogs on leash who wish to accompany their owners. The Bruce Trail connects Vineland Estates and Featherstone, and the way is signed. It’s roughly a 20 minute hike between wineries. “Vineyard chic” footing is recommended- sneakers, hiking boots or running shoes  (high heels will be regretted and the Trail is not appropriate for baby strollers, wheelchairs or those with mobility issues.)

New and favourite wines will be available by the glass and renowned chefs will be serving delicious fare all afternoon. There will be a canine theme to the weekend, with special events at each winery and a portion of wine sales will support The Bello Project / Home Hospice. This association provides care and compassion for the pets of the terminally ill.

At both wineries you will find a tent for Your Designated Driver transportation services who are providing DD services. We highly recommended booking ahead with them. Call 289.929.0701 or visit their website for more information about their services and fees.

There is no shuttle service between the wineries, but if you have the right footwear, it is a lovely 20 minute hike through the woods on the Bruce Trail. The trail is clearly marked, but appropriate footwear is essential. (i.e. you should have support for your ankles, it’s a wilderness trail, not a paved one). We do not recommend the trail for wheelchairs, baby strollers and those with mobility issues.

Our chefs will be cooking up delicious offerings (outside food and beverages are not permitted) and food tokens can be purchased at each winery for $8.00 (incl tax). Tokens are valid only at the winery where purchased.


12:00 noon – 5:00pm Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8, 2018


Tickets are $20.00 + HST.

Ticket Sales on the day of the event to walk-in customers will be $25.00 (incl tax.)  Please pay with cash, where possible.

Each ticket includes access to the Festival area at both wineries; one glass of wine and one commemorative glass. Tickets are valid for either Saturday July 7 OR Sunday July 8, 2018. Please specify which date you will be attending when you purchase your ticket.

Additional wine by the Glass:

$8.00 /each (incl. tax). This is a full 5 oz glass of wine – a Border Collie-sized portion, not a Chihuahua size.


Tickets can be ordered by calling Featherstone at 905-562-1949 or Vineland Estates at 1-888-846-3526 or order online through EZTix.

We hope we haven’t jinxed ourselves by calling it “The Muddy Paws” festival but we will go ahead rain-or-shine and tickets are non-refundable.

Children under the age of 12 will be admitted free with adult accompaniment. Children 12 and older and Designated Drivers can use their wine coupon for a food purchase from our chefs.

Featherstone winery

Find out about The Bello Project

The Muddy Paws Wine  Festival is proud to support The Bello Project and a portion of sales from the weekend will go towards supporting their mission.

As a division of Home Hospice Association, The Bello Project journeys with a pet along the path of their loved one’s life-limiting illness. This maintains the unshakeable bond between pet and pet-owner until death occurs. Why is this important?  If the pet can see the changes in their owner they will be more accepting of the death. Keeping this companionship together maintains a source of unconditional love they both need. The Bello Project also ensures that at the appropriate time, a person’s pet is rehomed into a safe and loving environment for the rest of their lives.

Amazing food with our go-to guys

Come. Sit. Cook! We’re thrilled that Chefs Patrick Engel and Mike McColl are back in 2017. All weekend their team will slaving away over a hot charcoal grill. You can choose from Rosemary & Garlic Smoked Pork porchetta sandwich with summer ‘slaw; Mexican Salad Bowl with rice, black beans, cilantro and fresh corn salsa or Soup, Bread & Cheese. The soup is a Chilled Garden Fresh Gazpacho (tomato & cucumber), with local cheddar melted over grilled bread. Pavlov himself would be salivating at the thought.

Live Music : MGM Jazz Trio

Everybody loves the MGM Jazz Trio, so we’ve invited them back. They will be keeping your toes tapping to the groove of your favourite Jazz tunes.

Fresh Baked Artisanal Dog Treats

We’ll be firing up our wood-burning pizza oven and baking fresh Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Dog Cookies all day. They’ll also be available for sale to take away. All proceeds go to National Service Dogs (NSD). For the humans, we bake Dog Bones…tasty little garlicky knots of deliciousness.

Indigo Pet Photography: Winery Barrel Room Sessions

Indigo Pet Photography is back! This year, pawsome pet photographer Karen Black will be located at Featherstone to accommodate more Winery Barrel Room Sessions. Details coming soon!

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Marketplace for Canine Lovers

Don’t miss our marketplace! There will be cool things to purchase and representatives of several rescues to give you the inside scoop into the good works that their rescues do. Included this year are:

Canine Cupcakes and Couture
Healthy Hearts Animal Wellness
Spoil the Dog Bakery
Luck and Mutts
Companion Pet Products
Ren’s Pet Depot is donating the Swag Bags

Want to chill out with your pooch? you won’t want to miss the Hammer City Paws Rescue and the Pioneer Pools Leash Free Zone.

The Bello Project/Home Hospice Association will be there with fun activities for you and your pooch.

And the Welland & District SPCA will be on hand with their Adoption Truck.

We’re also really excited that Habitat for Humanity has built a STUNNING dog house that we will be raffling off!

St. Catharines Ice Dogs mascot “Bones” will be making an appearance on Saturday at 1p.m.

We are keeping our food close to home this year

New this year! Vineland Estates’ very own dog-lovin’ Chef Justin Downes will have you sitting pretty for delicious treats that will be fired up on the BBQ!

Doggy Contests

Contests are on Saturday and Sunday. More details to follow! Please enter/signup at Vineland Estates only.

Dog Obedience and K9 Unit Demonstrations

We are just putting the final details on our Saturday demonstration. Times to follow, but we will have Dave McMahon Dog Training Academy and the Niagara Regional Police K9 Unit on hand to wow you!

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Event Details May 14, 2016

Find our wineries

Featherstone Estate Winery | 905-562-1949
3678 Victoria Ave, Vineland, ON L0R 2C0

Vineland Esates Winery | 1-888-846-3526
3620 Moyer Road, Vineland ON L0R 2C0

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