Our guide to wineries where you can picnic in the Hunter Valley
When a region has as much beautiful outdoor space and quality local produce as the Hunter Valley does, throwing down a blanket and having a picnic makes total sense.
Do you want to enjoy incredible Hunter Valley wine with your delicious local treat? Here’s our guide to Hunter Valley wineries where you can unpack a picnic.
With 270 acres to choose from, you’ll have no problem finding a picnic location at Audrey Wilkinson. Its Picnic Among the Vines packages start at $85 per person.
Where: 750 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin
Take in views of the Barrington Tops and Brokenback Ranges while you picnic at Bimbadgen. For $125, enjoy a hamper for two with local cheese, Bimbadgen wine, olives, and some sweet treats for dessert.
Where: 790 McDonalds Rd, Pokolbin
Not only does a picnic at Bonvilla Estate include a delicious basket full of wine and goodies, but also a guided tour of the estate and a wine tasting masterclass at the cellar door.
Where: 534 Oakey Creek Rd, Pokolbin
Want to picnic at Briar Ridge Vineyard? Take your pick of spots – whether it’s on rugs spread out on the grass or cosied up by the fire in winter – and choose your platter, then get picnicking.
Where: 593 Mount View Rd, Mount View
Picnic in style at Calais Estate, with the option to enjoy a styled picnic on the grass including gourmet cheeses, cured meats, handmade condiments, local olives, crackers and bread, plus all the trimmings.
Where: 151 Palmers Ln, Rothbury
Staying at Château Élan at The Vintage? This luxury accommodation offers picnic hampers ready to enjoy at one of the resort’s picturesque locations, a selected Hunter Valley winery, or a secret location of your own.
Where: Vintage Dr, Pokolbin
Customise your own charcuterie board with goodies from The Larder at Emma’s Cottage, pair it with some a drop by Alter Wines, and picnic on the grounds of Emma’s Cottage.
Where: 438 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale
Ready to up your picnic game? Head to Greenway Wines for their Luxe Vineyard Picnic, which includes a wine tasting first, so you can select your favourite wine and enjoy it with your styled picnic among the vines.
Where: 350 Wollombi Rd, Broke
Hanging Tree Wines
Hanging Tree Wines is one of the friendliest Hunter Valley cellar doors – bring the kids and your furry friends for a picnic on the grounds. Make sure you sample their award-winning wines and estate-grown olives.
Where: 294 O’Connors Rd, Pokolbin
Head to Hungerford Hill’s Sculpture Garden to roll out a picnic rug and share a picnic with your nearest and dearest. Don’t forget a bottle of wine from Hungerford Hill’s cellar door!
Where: 2450 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
We had to sneak Hunter Valley Gardens into this guide, even though it's not a winery. There's just too much beautiful green space at the gardens that makes it perfect for a picnic. BYO spread and enjoy one of the Hunter Valley's premier attractions.
Where: 2090 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Krinklewood is one of the most picturesque cellar doors in the Hunter Valley. Take advantage of the French vibes and beautiful views and enjoy their Picnic on the Lawn, featuring Krinklewood’s signature grazing board and a bottle of Krinklewood wine.
Where: 712 Wollombi Rd, Broke
McLeish Estate have packed their Regional Tasting Platter full of locally-grown, locally-sourced, and award-winning produce for you to enjoy picnic-style on their grounds.
Where: 462 De Beyers Rd, Pokolbin
Misty Glen is a family and dog-friendly cellar door offering picnics alongside their wine tasting. Let the kids and pups run around while you enjoy a picnic box – there’s even children’s picnic boxes available for the little ones.
Where: 293 Deasys Rd, Rothbury
Pepper Tree Wines
Make the most of Pepper Tree Wines’ beautifully manicured grounds by having a picnic. BYO picnic and chat to the staff at the cellar door who can help you pick a Pepper Tree wine to enjoy with your food.
Where: 86 Halls Rd, Pokolbin
Saddler’s Creek Wines is home to Saddler’s Pantry which stocks house-made goods like terrine, pate, and preserves, as well as local cheeses, olives, and honey. Stock up and head to the Picnic Garden with a bottle of Saddler’s Creek wine.
Where: 15 Marrowbone Rd, Pokolbin
Visit the gourmet pantry at Stomp! Wines and fill your picnic basket with delicious produce from local makers like Binnorie Dairy, Spotty Dog Estate, and Belarna Grove – paired with a bottle of wine by Stomp! of course.
Where: 504 Wilderness Rd, Lovedale
Looking for a romantic picnic in the Hunter? Try Tatler Wines, where the Bohemian Picnic experience lets you sample local produce and Tatler wine, all against the backdrop of the Brokenback Ranges.
Where: 477 Lovedale Rd, Lovedale
Want someone else to do the work of organising your BYO picnic hamper? Head to Two Fat Blokes Gourmet Kitchen and Deli to pick up a picnic pack (or customise your own), ready to take to a location of your choosing.
Where: 691 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
One of the most iconic and renowned Hunter Valley wineries, Tyrrell’s offers a Grazing on the Grounds experience featuring a ploughman’s platter of local cheeses and charcuterie and a bottle of Tyrrell’s wine.
Where: 1838 Broke Rd, Pokolbin
Wombat Crossing Vineyard
Wombat Crossing Vineyard offers Italian antipasto lunch boxes by Our Italian Table, a local Italian cooking school. Take your box to a spot in the garden at Wombat Crossing Vineyard and enjoy a picnic lunch.
Where: 530 Hermitage Rd, Pokolbin
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