How to Pack a Winery Picnic (The BEST Winery Snacks)

Looking for winery picnic ideas for your day in wine country? It’s easy to pack a picnic for wine tasting with these simple tips! Just choose a few cheeses, add bread & some savory elements for an easy & elegant feast that will compliment those wines perfectly.

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Picnic Ideas for a Day of Wine Tasting - Lange Estate View

Today one of my friends tagged me on a wino post on Facebook, yesterday a co-worker mentioned, “I saw a picture of you this weekend… WOW – You went wine tasting again?” And, when my boss went out of town and left me with a huge workload, he returned on Monday and thanked me with a bottle of Chardonnay. So, yeah, I’m that person.

You all probably know by now, I like my wine!

Yep, I go wine tasting – Like a lot… Like a lot a lot. Which is why, I feel qualified to offer you my suggestions on picnic ideas for your next wine tasting adventure.

Wines can vary quite a bit by region, with some areas, like Walla Walla, Washington, having heavier reds, and others, like the Willamette Valley, having softer, lighter Pinot Noir and bright, acidic, Pinot Gris. With a well rounded cheese plate, you’ll be able to compliment any of those flavors and an extra layer to your tasting experience.

Picnic Ideas for a Day of Wine Tasting - Spread at Penner Ash

Having a picnic at a winery

  • Most wineries are happy to have you bring along a picnic for consumption with their wines. However, it’s always a good idea to check with them first on their outside food policy.

My go to for a picnic in wine country is an abundant cheese plate complimented by fruit, charcuterie & bread or crackers. I like a good balance of sweet and savory.

Food to bring to a winery

Choose your cheeses

Variety is important! I like to make sure I 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 vehicle

Tip: I like to pre-slice my 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, Tapenade, Tahini Yogurt Sauce, Baba Ganoush, Hummus, Greek Yogurt Onion Dip
  • Sweet: Jam, Fig compote, Strawberries, Raspberries, Cherries, Blueberries, Apple Slices, Pear Slices
  • Crunchy: Marcona Almonds, Cashews
  • Meat: Prosciutto, Salami, Capicola

One of my 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’s got a great sweet and tangy note that really compliments almost any wine.

Simple Tips for Packing for a Wine Country Picnic

Picnic serving items

Finally, I like to bring along a large wooden cutting board to act as the serving platter, along with some cloth napkins, a few cheese knives, and a corkscrew.

That’s it – You’re set!

I can usually throw together a quick picnic like this in less than half an hour. 

So, there you have it – my favorite picnic ideas for a day of wine tasting. Head out there with your favorite friends, be prepared to taste some amazing wines, and take all the kudos for putting together this AMAZING spread!

The Gran Moraine Tasting Room in Yamhill, Oregon has spectacular views & a lovely patio to enjoy while sipping on their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Rosé wine.

One more pro tip:

If you’re heading out to do some tasting and purchase some wines, and it’s HOT outside, be sure to pack a cooler with ice packs so that you can stash your purchased bottles in there between tastings. You don’t want your expensive wine overheating in the car. The corks can actually pop out of the bottles if it gets too hot!

What are your favorite spots for wine tasting? I’d love to hear about them in the comments below!

The Gran Moraine Tasting Room in Yamhill, Oregon has spectacular views & a lovely patio to enjoy while sipping on their Pinot Noir, Chardonnay & Rosé wine.

This post was originally published in 2015. It was updated in 2023 provide a bit of new information. Cheers!

42 thoughts on “How to Pack a Winery Picnic (The BEST Winery Snacks)”

  1. I love wine tasting too! (Who doesn’t?) Great suggestions for picnic items. I saw in one of your photos that you were at Stoller Vineyards… that is one of my favorite spots. Hawk View Cellars is another great winery with a great view and wonderful wine. And we’re wine members with Marchesi in Hood River, OR. (Although they give you a cheese/meat board so you’d just have to bring the sweets and crunchies.)

      • Marchesi is a favorite of ours too! We’re hosting friends this weekend in Hood River and I’m putting together some winery snacks for us all. Walla Walla is on our list to visit soon! Thanks for the tips- i need to go find some fig preserves!

  2. This is great! My husband and I love to go wine tasting (although we haven’t done much of it lately) and packing a picnic would be a great addition to our outings!

  3. Oh, I recognize those adirondack chairs… I was at Stoller Saturday for the half marathon and Sunday for a business event, and I’ll be back again Friday and Sunday! 😉 I have quite a few local favorite spots, but Hawks View is at the top, as well as Stoller, Soter, Keeler, Alloro, Phelps Creek in Hood River… we’re pretty spoiled here in wine country!

  4. Saw this post on the sidebar when I was reading another one and couldnt resist reading and commenting. I love wine though not as knowledgable as you are. I know what I love and thats about it! 🙂 But i totally get wine gifts from all our friends cos I am the wine snob of the lot. Haha.
    We havent done a lot of wine tasting here yet, mostly only when we travel. This summer though I want to do some local wine tastings and this is gonna be my resource. I might even message you on FB! 🙂

    • Isn’t wine tasting just the best? I’m a bit obsessed with it 😉 Definitely feel free to message me if you need some ideas to get your trip started Manju!

  5. My husband and I love wine tasting and have a small group of friends that usually join us! We have tasted wine in the Rogue Valley, the Umpqua Valley, and all along the Willamette Valley. We also did some wine tasting earlier this year while we were in Arizona. We currently have wine memberships at Del Rio and Chateau Lorane. Love taking along a picnic and lots of water! Great article!

  6. Love love love the picnic ideas, I’m planning on doing a date with my boyfriend and 1 other couple. I definitely want to go to stoller and have the picnic there, but this is my first time going wine tasting and wasn’t sure if going to just stoller is going to be enough. What does your typical winnery day consist of. Obviously in Oregon’s wine country.

    • Hi Justyce – I’ll normally hit up three wineries in one day. Two of my other favorites, that are very close to Stoller, are DePonte and Sokol Blosser. I hope you have a great time! I cannot wait for the sunshine and warmer weather so that we can sip wine outside again!

  7. Thank you for making my picnic a success. I was unsure exactly what I would need to make a friends birthday extra special while having a picnic at our local winery.


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