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

On the weekend of July 11 & 12, 2020, Vineland Estates Winery and Featherstone Estate Winery will open their doors to well-behaved dogs on leash who wish to accompany their owners.

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.

Your Designated Driver transportation services will provide DD services from both wineries. 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

Between the wineries 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.

Outside food and beverages are not permitted!

Last year tickets sold out before the event. If any tickets are left, they will be available on the day of the event to walk-in customers for $25.00 (incl tax.)  Please pay with cash, where possible.


12:00 noon – 5:00pm

Saturday July 11 & Sunday July 12, 2020


Tickets are $25.00 (inc HST).

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 11 OR Sunday July 12, 2019. Please specify which date you will be attending when you purchase your ticket. Also you will need to specify the winery where you wish check in. You must start at that winery on the day of the event.

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.

Local Chefs and fabulous food:

Food tickets ($10.00 each incl. tax). There will be 2-3 delicious options at each location –  menu details will be announced on our Facebook page and posted on this page closer to the event.


NOTE: Food and wine tickets are valid only at the winery where purchased.

Goings on at Featherstone Estate 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. Eat! We’re thrilled that Chefs Patrick Engel and Mike McColl are back again. All weekend their team will be slaving away over a hot charcoal grill. You can choose from Thai Beef Salad – a flavourful  bowl  of  noodles, fresh mixed greens, veggies & sprouts, with a tasty ginger dressing; and Mediterranean Salad Bowl with rice, grilled & marinated chicken, tomatoes, cuc’s, lots of fresh basil and oregano with a little chick pea salad on the side. Pavlov himself would be salivating at the thought. (Vegetarian options of both of these are available). Food tickets ($10.00 each incl. tax)  and wine tickets are valid only at the winery where purchased.

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

Featherstone will be firing up their wood-burning pizza oven and baking fresh complimentary Pumpkin and Peanut Butter Cookies for the dogs all day.  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 Photo Sessions. Details coming soon!

What’s on at Vineland Estate Winery

Marketplace for Canine Lovers

Muddy Paws is a premium food and wine event for you to enjoy with your dog, but we do have a handful of vendors at our Outdoor Market Place. Nestled among the grape vines, you can stroll and shop for locally made related products for your fur buddy! Stop into a booth to meet some of the compassionate people that volunteer for important animal rescue agencies and learn about the good work that they do! Or get some tips on training your pooch from some local experts or let your four legged friend enjoy some complimentary treats!


2019 Marketplace vendors:

  • The Niagara SPCA and Humane Society Adoption Truck will be here with some incredible pooches that are looking for their forever homes
  • Canadian made pet leashes, collars, and accessories. Waterproof and durable vegan leather or genuine leather collars and leashes are available.Ethically sourced and manufactured, in Toronto, Canada.
  • Two Lil Doggos: Handmade bags for walking your dog
  • Luck & Mutts: hand made custom dog accessories
  • Smiling Dog Canada: Hand painted glasses with your dog’s likeness and beaded collars too
  • Refraction Glass Works: custom artwork in stained glass
  • Pink Frog Pet Products: innovative solution-based products that enhance the lives of pets and their owners.
  • The Wig Wag Shop: Custom Cr8ables – turn your dog’s crate into a piece of furniture
  • Royal Tails: Therapeutic essential oils for your pets
  • Niagara Canine Conditioning Centre: the first and only full service rehab-only facility for pets in the Niagara Peninsula will be with us on Saturday
  • Briar Meadows
    A home away from home for your dog. We are a proudly independent, locally owned and operated facility that strives to be your dog’s favourite retreat!
  • Pawcasso’s Studio is back, this year at Vineland Estates! For a small donation you can discover your pooch’s inner Pawcasso with the good folks from The Bello Project/Home Hospice Association (the charity recipient of funds raised through the festival).
  • and Dave McMahon’s Training Academy will be back again with his dog training demonstrations on Saturday at 3:30 pm and Sunday at 1:00 pm
  • plus! St. john Ambulance Therapy Dogs will be on hand offering education about what they do, how to become a volunteer and providing information on their First Aid Course

Vineland Estates Restaurant – Event Menu items!

Follow your nose to the booth that will tantalize you with delicious BBQ fare created by our very own dog-lovin’ Executive Chef George Ward and his Vineland culinary team! We’ll be serving up: the Barking Good Burger and the Sit & Stay Tostada this year! Food tickets ($10.00 each incl. tax)  and wine tickets are valid only at the winery where purchased.

Live Music: By Design

These guys are a talented and popular Niagara rock band and you can find them all over with covers and acoustics, we know you’ll love hanging out with By Design under our big tent in the vineyard.


Doggy Contests!

Do you think your dog has the most enthusiastic wagging tail or is the best kisser!! Maybe you have the biggest or smallest dog ever!! Be sure to enter our fun doggy contest and get a chance to win a prize!! Sign up the day of at the registration booth!