What to Pack for a Perfect Winery Picnic

The best winery picnic is shared with the ones you love with great food and wine.

We often get asked about the picnic products that we take on our Taylored Tours so we thought we would share some of our favorites.

A winery is the perfect location for a picnic. The views are beautiful and many wineries now provide outdoor or even indoor picnic facilities to encourage visitors. Pack up your favorite food (who doesn’t love cheese and wine?!!), call up the people you love the most, and take them to a gorgeous vineyard to enjoy the scenery.

The Picnic Accessories:

You’ll love the convenience of this picnic backpack. Perfect for a picnic at a winery for up to four friends. Added bonus…the back portion is insulated and it has a pouch to secure your wine. Wine win!

Or maybe you’d prefer a traditional picnic basket to enjoy on a romantic outing at your favorite winery. This large picnic basket contains all the necessary essentials you need for your picnic: 4 x stainless steel flatware, 4 x ceramic plates, 4 x wine glasses, 1 x stainless steel waiter’s corkscrew, 4 x navy blue/white cotton napkins, and 1 rectangular and 1 square container. All the tableware is reusable, food-safe and dish-washer safe.

And of course you’ll want the perfect picnic blanket to relax and take in the scenery, while enjoying your delicious lunch and wine. We are super happy with this one. It’s extra large and light and we love that it has a waterproof backing.

Now that you’ve packed your blanket and filled your picnic basket with an array of meat, cheese, crackers, and fruit, how will you serve this delicious feast? This charcuterie board is perfect!  It is bordered by grooves that hold crackers, nuts, or olives and has been designed with two hidden drawers with four cheese knives. This handmade bamboo serving board is great for entertaining your picnic guests.

You’ve created the perfect picnic for you and your friends at an amazing winery. Now it’s time to sip some local wine and have fun with your friends….without spilling! These wine stakes for 1 wine bottle and 4 wine glasses are just the ticket!

Assembling the perfect cheese plate for your wine tasting picnic: 

Our go to for a picnic at a winery is an abundant cheese plate complimented by fruit, charcuterie & bread or crackers. We find that most people like a good balance of sweet and savory.

Choose your cheeses: 

Variety is important! We like to make sure that we include at least one of each of these cheese types below:

  • Aged: Aged Cheddar, Comté, Gouda
  • Soft: Camembert, Boursin, Brie, Goat
  • Firm: Manchego, Gruyere, Jarlsberg, Monterey Jack, Provolone

Plan to serve 3-4 oz. of cheese per person, plus accompaniments.

Choose your crackers, bread, or pita:

Helpful tip: pre-slice your bread or pita before leaving home, it makes things much simpler when you get to the winery and frees you up for drinking more wine! 

Choose your extras: 

  • Savory: Olives (Kalamata, Castelvetrano, and Nicoise are some of my favorites), Artichoke Hearts, Cornichons, Roasted Red Peppers
  • Sweet: Jam, Fig compote, Strawberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Blueberries, Apple Slices, Pear Slices
  • Crunchy: Marcona Almonds, Cashews
  • Meat: Prosciutto, Salami, Capicola

*** One our favorite things to bring along, that is always a huge hit, is a small mason jar filled with jam or fig compote. Top that with some chevre and spread on crackers or bread. It has a great sweet and tangy note that really compliments almost any wine.

Cheers to your next wine picnic! 

There’s still plenty of time to take advantage of the nice weather and fall foliage before winter sets in. Whether you’re in a vineyard on vacation, or in the comfort of your own hometown, we can all agree that a meal spent outside with a glass of wine is one of the best ways to spend an afternoon. Cheers from your friends at Taylored Tours!

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