It’s a Saturday afternoon, the sun is shining and the neighbors call to see if you’re free to hang outside. What better opportunity than this to grab your favorite chilled bottle of vino and gather for a casual park picnic?
No matter where you hold your wine-themed outing, you’ll want to be sure you have everything you need for a seamless experience. From wine glasses that look fabulous to an insulated bag that comfortably holds bottles and food, here are our favorite picnic gear for wine lovers.
What Should You Pack for a Wine Picnic?
When packing for any kind of outdoor gathering, remember that you won’t have access to your usual household items. After all, there are ways to open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew, but we wouldn’t advise it. While paper or plastic essentials like plates, cutlery and napkins can be snagged at any neighborhood corner shop, items like corkscrews, glasses and blankets may be less hard to come by. Don’t leave home without them.
It’s also essential to consider where you’ll be picnicking and if you’ll need outdoor-friendly equipment. If venturing beyond your own backyard, leave glass or easily breakable items at home. Plus, some parks, pools and beaches don’t allow them. Also, scope out if your desired location has picnic tables available, either to reserve or on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you’re not sure if you’ll be able to snag a table, bring your own set-up—or plan to hunker down on the ground. Not venturing much farther than your front door? Break out that stunning marble cheeseboard without a second thought.
Of course, be sure to choose the best snacks, like a shareable seven-layer dip, cheesy snacks that pair great with wine or a perfect charcuterie board. Drinks are a must, too, like summer-ready reds, low-alcohol porch pounders or even some cold beers to really get the party started. (Just make sure booze is allowed wherever you choose to picnic.)
A final word of advice: Ask friends to bring food and drink as well, so you’re not stuck carrying the entire party in one bag. Now, let’s get picnicking!
The Best Picnic Gear for Wine Lovers
Wine Print Waterproof Roll-Up Picnic Blanket with Carry Strap
Every wine picnic starts with a comfortable place to park yourself and your drinking buddies. This oversized royal blue blanket is five feet wide by six feet long—big enough to fit multiple friends. It’s also lightly padded and has a waterproof back so you’ll stay comfy and dry. It features an adorable wine bottle pattern and stylish fringed edges to set the mood, plus a vegan leather carry strap for easy transport. Bonus: A personalized strap option makes it the perfect gift.$89.00-$109.00 Wine Enthusiast
Reclaimed Barrel Portable Picnic Table with Stemware Holders and Bucket Chiller
Sure, you can have a nice picnic hanging out on a blanket. But what if you could have a portable table, equipped with space to chill your wine bottle and slide your wine glasses into for no-spill ease? Made from solid pine and reclaimed oak barrel staves, this collapsible table is a dreamy park picnic staple. It features slots to hold eight stemmed wine glasses and a stainless steel bucket wine chiller—which is also included. The legs fold in and there is a built-in carry handle for easy packing and portability. Get it personalized for an extra special touch.$249.00-$279.00 Wine Enthusiast
Wine Enthusiast Brilliance! Shatterproof Tritan Outdoor Wine Glasses
The quality BPA-free Eastman Tritan copolyester provides the elegance and style of crystal glass stemmed wine glasses without the worry of breakages, scratches, cracks or cloudiness. This means you’ll have a stress-free picnic without the worry of shattering glass. Oh, and did we mention they’re dishwasher-safe for easy cleanup? Get them in clear or assorted colors. You can also opt for the stemless option.$59.00 Wine Enthusiast
Double-Walled Iceless Wine Bottle Chiller
There are few things worse than sipping warm wine on a hot summer day. This portable, double-wall iceless wine bottle chiller helps you avoid just that. The thermal-insulated walls can keep any pre-chilled white wine or Champagne bottle cool for up to three hours. The acrylic design keeps it ultra sturdy, and the stainless-steel rim looks stunning on any tablescape (or picnic blanket). Plus, the chiller won’t sweat, so you can enjoy a mess-free afternoon of cold vino in the sunshine.$19.95 Wine Enthusiast
Marble and Acacia Wood Multi-Sectional Cheese Board & Knife Set
From cheddar and goat to blue and vegan varieties, there’s no better wine picnic pairing than cheese. This acacia wood and marble piece is an essential tool for enjoying your cheesy bounty outdoors. The secret? It comes with three removable solid white marble trays that can be packed in a fridge or your cooler prior to serving to keep your cheeses chilled longer. The hidden drawer also keeps three stainless–steel cheese knives tucked away for easy serving. Plus, you can get it personalized for a fun gift.$52.99-$62.99 Wine Enthusiast
Insulated 2-Bottle Wine Picnic Cooler Bag
A single bag that packs nearly everything you need for your picnic outing seems like a dream. But this insulated, two-bottle wine picnic cooler bag does just that. A large insulated compartment can hold casserole dishes and cheese boards while a side pocket carries two wine bottles for a full-on al fresco affair. There’s also a front zip storage with pockets to hold napkins, flatware, plates and other accessories you may need (don’t forget that corkscrew).$119.00-$139.00 Wine Enthusiast
Uncork and Unwind 2-Bottle Jute Wine Bag
For smaller picnics or impromptu outings, this one-of-a-kind, handmade wine bag is a great pick. It’s embroidered with “Uncork and Unwined” and is lined with an adorable pineapple pattern made from colorful wine glasses and for an on-theme look. With two wine bottle pockets, it has all the room you need for your wine, a few picnic essentials and your belongings Bonus: It’s water-resistant, so you can bring it poolside, to the beach or even on a day the sky looks a little cloudy.$29.00 Wine Enthusiast
Canvas and Leather Farmer’s Market Wine Bag with Removable Insulated Cooler
Pick up the season’s best produce at your local farmer’s market and head straight to the park with this canvas and leather farmer’s market wine bag. Featured in the The New York Times as a “wine bag ready for a picnic,” it has multiple pockets to fit flowers, fruit, two wine bottles and baguettes, plus a removable insulated cooler for cheeses, meats and spreads. With a leather shoulder strap for easy toting and a fun printed phrase for the wine lover, it’s the ultimate market-to-picnic bag.$79.00 Wine Enthusiast
Retractable Foil Cutter Corkscrew
Finally, no wine-themed picnic is complete without a corkscrew. This no-frills option may not look like much, but according to its five-star reviews, it’s easy to use and works like a charm. It’s lightweight, small enough to toss into a bag and comes with a built-in foil cutter and stainless-steel helix.$19.95 Wine Enthusiast
Last Updated: June 6, 2023