Spoiled Dog Winery, a destination worth discovering.
Spoiled Dog Winery is located on scenic Whidbey Island.
Whidbey Island's unique maritime climate makes it an ideal location for growing Pinot Noir grapes. This varietal thrives in the island's cool climate. Situated in a "rain shadow", Whidbey Island receives considerably less rain than the surrounding Puget Sound area assuring a long, dry growing season.
Spoiled Dog Winery is a small, family-owned business. We believe great wines begin in the vineyard and our grapes are our passion. Using sustainable growing practices we are committed to provide our customers with a selection of high quality fine wines sourced from our own vineyard (Pinot Noir) and select Washington & Oregon vineyards that utilize biodynamic or certified organic growing practices.
Our boutique winery produces a limited number of cases per year that are only available at our winery and select restaurants in the local area. We offer each of our guests an inviting tasting atmosphere where they can enjoy our wines, surrounded by the natural beauty of our vineyards and farm.
We provide a diverse selection of red and white wines with something to satisfy every palate, from our flagship award winning estate grown Pinot Noir, to our Pomo di Moro apple pear wine made from fruit grown on our farm.
Our goal is to focus on being a local winery dedicated to serving residents and visitors to Whidbey Island and provide memorable wine experiences that bring them back to the area and our winery.
For visitors to the Island, we want Spoiled Dog Winery to become a primary reason to visit Whidbey Island and not just a serendipitous discovery. For locals, we want Spoiled Dog Winery to become a regular destination to purchase and enjoy wine.
While Jack and Karen Krug might appear to be your conventional winery owners, there is nothing conventional about their approach to wine.
One doesn't think of Washington first or maybe even second when it comes to Pinot Noir. When they decided to move to Whidbey Island and start a winery in a beautiful farm setting, Karen's passion for Pinot Noir led her to conduct exhaustive research and identify a diverse set of clones that thrive in the maritime micro-climate of Whidbey Island and produce a distinctive complex yet balanced wine using sustainable growing methods.
Looking beyond just making wines from grapes, the Krug's decided to produce Pomo di Moro (apple of love), an apple pear wine made from the heritage fruit trees in the orchard on their 25-acre farm.
When you drive up to the winery, expect to be greeted by their friendly dogs who in addition to being the namesake of the winery, is prominently showcased on the labels of their wines. Karen and Jack want visitors to feel like they've discovered a secret spot that will become a destination and a reason to regularly return to Whidbey Island for a visit.
The relationship between food and wine is something that transforms wine tasting at Spoiled Dog Winery into a culinary experience. From the moment you enter the tasting room in the winery among the barrels of aging wine you realize you have discovered a special destination. You will be offered estate grown Pinot Noir with chocolate and nibble on crackers with a savory cheese made using their wine.
If you love to cook, you'll find a hidden jewel waiting for you at Spoiled Dog Winery. They produce lavender infused Verjus from their estate Pinot Noir grapes. This special ingredient that gained popularity during the Renaissance will add a delightful flavor to your next salad dressing or sauce.
If you love to eat, Spoiled Dog participates in several annual food and wine events and their special winemaker dinners hosted under the eaves of their apple trees overlooking the lower vineyard are not to be missed.
Whether you are a local or a visitor, Spoiled Dog Winery will become a regular destination to "wine down" and experience the joie de vivre of Whidbey Island.
Our Farm & Vineyard
Source is everything. We have great loamy soils with character. The soils are glacial moraines deposited across Whidbey Island. Our Maxwelton Valley microclimate is cool and dry in the summer, allowing for the grapes to balance acids and sugars. It is a marine climate. On an east facing slope, the Pinot Noir grapes develop on cool morning temperatures and are protected from afternoon heat. Our Pinot Noir reflects the terroir of our vineyard, with an elegant and defined flavor and well-balanced structure.
Sustainably grown is more than just a phrase to us. It is a commitment to grow our grapes using the best practices we know. Sustainability means “capable of being maintained indefinitely, capable of meeting the environmental, economic and social needs of current generations without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs”. Here is a listing of some of our practices:
- Our grapes: diversity of clones of pinot noir is key to creating a complex and balanced wine and diversity of plants is a sustainable practice. We grow the following pinot noir clones: Pommard, Dijon 112, 113 and 115, Swan 777 and 667 and Pinot Precosce. All of our grapes are grafted on rootstock (3309 or 101-14) that have been identified by WSU as being ideal for Western Washington climate conditions and they are disease resistant. We also grow limited amounts of Zweigeldt and Agria grapes, used for blending.
- Grapes we source: we are very particular when sourcing other grapes. Our Oregon sourced grapes come from Momtazi Vineyard. These grapes are specially grown for us - certified Biodynamic grapes. Biodynamic is an ultra organic way of farming. It comes from two words: Biological and Dynamic. The Biological aspect is practiced throughout organic farming and includes composting, cover cropping, green manuering, cultivation and integration of animals throughout the farm. The Dynamic effects are important as well. They include planning and planting by a calendar (i.e., near and far stars), biodynamic composting along with homeopathy. The entire Momtazi farm (similar to our farm) is self-contained and a farm is believed to be sick if it imports fertilizers from the outside.
- Soil Building: feed the soil and you feed the plant. We feed our soil by using cover crops (crimson clover, legumes, fescues, rye) that fix nitrogen and protect our soils from erosion from the winter rains. We use compost generated from our animals on the farm as well as vine clippings returned to the vineyard floor and tilled into the soils.
- Weed Control: mechanical removal using a “weed badger” is how we control weeds. This is an attachment to a tractor that tills the soil in-between the plants keeping weeds from becoming established.
- Disease Control: we prevent diseases by feeding the plants using organic (certified) foliage nutrient sprays as well as preventive mildew sprays including horticultural oil and sulfur. We also use careful hand work to position the canopy and thin the foliage to develop air flow and sun penetration.
- Pest Control: we encourage beneficial bugs by planting insectory plants and hedgerows that attract them. Our farm has diverse crops and plantings. We also use netting so there is no harm to birds. Our dogs, Sami and Blue, are a major contributor to discouraging birds to stay in our vineyard and eat our grapes. They consider bird scaring one of their major “jobs”. Minimal water use: we use drip irrigation for new plants (1-2 years old) and if needed elsewhere.
- Family owned and operated, community support: we believe in keeping our size small and manageable so we only produce a limited amount of wine each year. We support our community and it supports us!
- Cleaner surface and ground water as well as air, because of the practices we use, mean gallons of water saved, healthier plants, increase in wildlife, healthier livestock and most of all – BETTER WINE!
The winery and vineyard are graced with our two Australian Shepherds, Blue and Sami. Blue is a Blue Merle and Sami a Black Tri-color. Blue is teaching Sami the ropes about being a vineyard dog. They diligently guard the grapes and play in their spare time. After a hard day of work, they enjoy running on the beach.
Please read about our dogs in this Article in Bellingham Alive Magazine.
Spoiled Dog Contest
Click here for details about the current Spoiled Dog Contest. September 1, 2015 is the deadline for the Spoiled Dog 2015 Contest entries.
2014 Spoiled Dogs:
|2014 Spoiled Dog - Sugar||Ellie Winjum||Baylee Rose|
News & Events:
What we're barking about...
Spoiled Dog Winery is on the list in THE GREEN VINE, a guide to West Coast sustainable, organic and biodynamic wines, by Shannon Borg. Check us out on page 175!
Deception wins Double Gold in the Best of the Best of the Northwest.
February 21-22 NEW RELEASE of our Sauvignon Blanc!!
April 18 ~ Spoiled Dog Winery Wine Pairing at the Roaming Radish from 2-4 p.m. Back by popular demand! Five small plates paired with our wines. Reservations required. Just give us a call at: 360-661-6226.
May 16-17 ~ Savor Spring Food, Wine & Spirits Tour. Enjoy a true taste of Whidbey when you pair new releases with locally grown and prepared foods to sample. Tickets are available through Brown Paper Tickets or at any of our tasting rooms. Buy the ticket ahead for $20, or $25 if purchased on the day of the event.
Save the Dates for our Winemaker Dinners:
June 20 ~ with Roaming Radish;
July 10 ~ celebrating Bastille Day with Chef Vincent Nattress;
July 31 ~with Chef Vincent Nattress; and
August 28 ~ with Roaming Radish.
Tickets will go on sale to the public May 1.
Savory Cheese - Ymmm!
Spoiled Dog Winery featured in Tasting Room Magazine
Take a look at the Tasting Room Magazine, Winter 2015 and see Spoiled Dog Winery under the "Movers and Shakers" section.
Spoiled Dog Winery receives a recommendation from Matador Trips!
Our Winery and Hours
The tasting room is in our winery so you can enjoy the ambiance of the wine barrels as you sip tastes of our award winning wines. Sami and Blue, our Australian shepherds, frequent the tasting room to welcome guests.
Other times by appointment or whenever the gate is open.
Call us: (360) 661-6226 for appointments at other times.