Gone are the days of soggy pre-packed sandwiches, warm wine and lugging a heavy Esky for a picnic. Regional Victoria offers more fancy, catered picnic options than you can shake a blanket at – all you need to pack is sunscreen, insect repellent and a good playlist.
Daylesford & the Macedon Ranges
Wombat Hill House Cafe, Daylesford
Pick up a gourmet picnic pack from the cafe, complete with rug, plates, cutlery and glasses. Enjoy a fresh, changing menu of local produce, such as Reuben sandwiches, pizza, seasonal salads, smoothies and house-baked cakes and pastries.
Jones Winery, Rutherglen
At one of the oldest and smallest family-run wineries in the Rutherglen district, the 'Pique-nique' menu and hampers feature gourmet treats to share in the winery's picnic area or other picturesque locations in the region.
Indigo Vineyard, Beechworth
Just ten minutes from Beechworth you'll find Indigo Vineyard's cellar door. Order a cheese picnic to enjoy beside their hidden vineyard. Pair with a matching wine and follow up with a game of bocce on their pitch.
King River Estate, Edi
Spread your rug on the lawn and relax with a gourmet spread in the beautiful King Valley. Taste the European style wines and try a few less common varieties, such as barbera, lagrein and saperavi.
Pierrepoint Wines, Hamilton
Call in at the vineyard for a picnic spread with a glass of Estate pinot gris, chardonnay or pinot noir. Sprawl on the beautiful lawns and relax as you watch the free-roaming chickens, geese and ducks waddle by.
Mount Avoca, Avoca
Mount Avoca is a cool climate organic vineyard in the Pyrenees ranges. Call the week before to plan to stop by and arrange a delicious gourmet hamper. Enjoy in the shade of the old gum trees, nestled within the property.
Montalto, Red Hill South
Montalto has 10 secluded sites for picnic groups of two to eight people. Truly fancy, the picnic is set with white linen, proper tableware and glassware, and fresh seasonal food. Enjoy with award-winning wines from the cellar door and stunning views.
Geelong and the Bellarine
Bellarine Taste Trail
Made up of more than 40 makers, growers, wineries, breweries and restaurants, the Bellarine Taste Trail is ideal for building your own picnic basket. Select your goods along the trail and choose a perfect waterfront picnic spot.