Karen and Jack Krug moved the tasting room of Spoiled Dog Winery to their farm/winery on February 11, 2011. In just a short time, their tasting room has become a major tourist destination for people wanting to sample their award-winning wines and tour their vineyards: a complete vine to bottle experience.”
Spoiled Dog Winery is known for its extraordinary hand-crafted Pinot Noir, their flagship wine and winner of a Double Gold award at the 2011 Seattle Wine Awards. They also have other award winning wines including wines made from grapes grown in their own vineyards on Whidbey Island, as well as wines made from grapes grown elsewhere, following their specifications.
The Krugs moved to Whidbey from Colorado in 2003. They had sailed in the Puget Sound Area many times and were drawn to the beauty of Whidbey Island. The move to Whidbey allowed them to follow their dreams to start a vineyard and winery in a place perfect for growing Pinot Noir grapes.
They explored and researched Pinot Noir grapes extensively and completed three planting phases, leading to a complex Pinot they describe as “full of spices, fruit and backbone.” Their first harvest was 2007. The Double Gold Award came from their 2009 Estate Pinot Noir.
Next they wanted to develop an equally excellent white wine from their farm. They created “Pomo di Moro” (which means apple of love), an apple-pear wine made from heritage trees on the Spoiled Dog farm. Pomo di Moro was a bronze award winner at the 2010 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Awards (largest in the world). Some describe it as a “chardonnay of apples”.
The winery has continued to expand, and Spoiled Dog now offers Estate Rose of Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris (from Whidbey Island grown grapes), Deception Red (a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Mourvdere and Cab Franc) and Crimson (a Chianti). The latter are from Eastern Washington grapes.
The Krugs are committed to sustainable growth at their earth-friendly vineyards, and encourage visitors to not only sample the wine, but to tour the vineyard/farm as well.
The name of the farm comes from their two Australian Shepherd dogs, Blue and Samantha (Sami), who love to greet visitors.
The Spoiled Dog Winery and Vineyard is located at 5881 Maxwelton Road, Langley just ¼ mile from Highway 525. Winter hours are Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 PM. Visitors can call for appointments at other times: 360-661-6226. For more information visit the website: