Sipping on a glass of tasty wine with friends while admiring a gorgeous outlook is absolute bliss.
And Australia’s abundant wine regions are dotted with vineyards where the vistas are as good as the vino.
So, with our friends at Laithwaite’s Wine People, we’re showcasing 11 irresistible outdoor winery experiences right across the country.
Start dreaming of an escape to one of these alluring cellar doors.
This winery has absolute star appeal. It begins with a superb, elevated position that delivers fantastic views over vineyards and rolling hills, best enjoyed from a huge deck. A signature of Montalto is its sculpture trail, which takes in dozens of art pieces and includes wetlands. And private picnic spaces enhance its reputation for providing one of Australia’s premier outdoor winery experiences.
Stay at: BIG4 Mornington Peninsula Holiday Park.
This estate is huge with loads of outdoor space led by Llawn (that’s no typo), a popular family-friendly precinct along the banks of the Swan River. Throw in a brewery, restaurant, an art gallery, and more and it quickly becomes clear why Mandoon is a Swan Valley favourite.
Stay at: BIG4 Perth Midland Tourist Park.
The boutique, family-run vineyard is a great find in one of South Australia’s premier wine regions. Scarpantoni features an undercover terrace and lawned area in a tucked-away location and showcases flavoursome wines that are truly representative of the region.
Laithwaite’s picnic tip: Nab one of the historic fisherman’s caves at nearby Port Willunga Beach, set up your picnic table, and admire a stunning sunset.
This is one of the Hunter Valley’s best wineries, gifting glorious panoramic views from its positioning atop a foothill of the Brokenback Mountain Ranges. The historical vineyard is backed by a charming cellar door and its huge assortment of first-rate wines simply adds to the property’s must-visit status.
Stay at: Ingenia Holidays Hunter Valley.
Frogmore Creek is a perennial pick for best outdoor winery experiences thanks to its from where you’d rather be setting. A large grassy area overlooks the surrounding valley of this underrated cool-climate region and on a warm, sunny day you’ll likely find it hard to get up and leave.
Laithwaite’s picnic tip: You’ll have to save the wine for later, but Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is prime for a picnic.
Stay at: BIG4 Hobart Airport Tourist Park.
Perched at the top of Montville, this popular Granite Belt winery demonstrates the rich appeal of the Sunshine Coast Hinterland. Take a glass of the good stuff on to the terrace and admire vibrant valley views that stretch to the sea and encompass other eye candy. And you can throw in a wonderfully relaxing ambience for good measure.
This winery converted a circa 1930s limestone shed into a delightful cellar door, which offers a commanding outlook over the vineyards. Lake Breeze is revered for its food and wine and a handful of picnic platters are sure to tempt, delivered to a shaded, grassy setting that is backed by gum trees. Yes, please.
With its raised setting and ample stretch of lush grass, this South Coast NSW winery is the perfect place to indulge and soak up spectacular views over Burrill Lake and the Budawang Ranges. The estate has a microbrewery and fromagerie onsite in addition to a cellar door, so there’s plenty to please the palate.
A 20min drive from the CBD incorporating the city’s famed Avenue of Honour – and less than half that time from BIG4 Ballarat Windmill – leads to a spacious winery inside and out. Its lawned area reveals a pleasant rural outlook and there’s a generous assortment of tasty wines to sample across various labels.
Laithwaite’s picnic tip: Ballarat Botanical Gardens and neighbouring Lake Wendouree are the perfect places to throw down a rug.
Grab a glass of wine, nab a table or patch of grass, and admire a setting backdropped by a striking chateau. The Yaldara experience is enriched by the daily lunchtime tour and tasting alongside a couple of other cellar-door options for the true wine lover. And it features a riverside restaurant, too.
Stay at: BIG4 Barossa Tourist Park.
It’s hard to beat the views from Wills Domain, rated one of the best wineries in Margaret River. Lunching on its alfresco deck is seriously hard to top; the views mixing vineyards and valley in spectacular fashion. Unsurprisingly, the food and wine are just as desirable.
Laithwaite’s tip: Alternatively, Swings & Roundabouts is another excellent regional choice.
Then picnic with wine anywhere (permissible) with this nifty portable picnic table from Laithwaites.
It is the perfect picnic accessory with enough room to safely hold four wine glass and a bottle complete with a stable surface to add nibbles.
No dirt, no ants, no hassle. And the legs fold underneath for easy carrying. Check it out here.