Plan a Wine Country Picnic

A delicious picnic lunch and a glass of wine in a beautiful vineyard setting are one of life’s greatest pleasures. A trip to the wine country would not be complete without a delicious picnic lunch. We list tips and ideas for a successful picnic for your California Wine Country Getaway

When you plan your wine country getaway include a scheduled stop for a picnic lunch. Lunch can be as simple as a deli sandwich or as elaborate as a spread of gourmet foods and epicurean delights.

It is a good idea to have a picnic basket with essential items handy. These include plates, eating utensils, wine glasses, small cutting board, a table cloth, napkins, and a corkscrew. A small ice chest is ideal if you plan to pick up lunch along the way. It is a must if you are transporting food for any length of time.

When one picnics at a winery it is customary that you drink the winery’s wine. It is just not a good idea to take up a picnic space at a winery while drinking a bottle of wine from another winery.

If you don’t have your own wine glasses, most wineries will lend you some. Ask the winery to borrow the glasses when you buy the wine for your picnic. Make sure you ask for a chilled bottle if choosing a white wine. You can also ask them to open the bottle for you.

Our “Top Picnic Wineries” in each wine region

Healdsburg Area – Lambert Bridge
Mendocino Anderson Valley – Navarro Vineyards
Mendocino Hopland Area – Jeriko Estate Winery
Monterey – Chateau Julien
Napa Valley – Rutherford Hill
Paso Robles – Calcareous Winery
Santa Barbara – Gainey Vineyard
Santa Barbara – Rusack Vineyards
Santa Cruz Mountains – Picchetti Winery
Sierra Foothills Amador – Deaver Vineyards
Sierra Foothills Murphys –  Twisted Oak
Sonoma Valley – Gundlach Bundschu

More Picnic Wineries and where to buy a decent picnic lunch

We have made a convenient list of good delis along the roads of the Wine Country Getaways. We have also listed our favorite wineries or picnic spots along the route. You will find the top delis and picnic spots in the Tour Details of each wine country region. Or, click below on a wine region and find a listing of the top picnic spots and delis.

Top Delicatessens and Picnic Areas in these wine regions

Napa Valley Sonoma Valley
Russian River Region Paso Robles
Monterey Sierra Foothills
Mendocino Santa Cruz Mountains
Santa Barbara Livermore