5 Wine Picnics and Outdoor Destinations in Napa, Sonoma and Livermore for Summer

California's wineries are set in a number of the most beautiful landscapes possible, and the summer months offer the chance to enjoy those views with a glass of wine and an outside feast. Here are five options in Sonoma, Napa and Livermore that range from idyllic picnic spots to music and a bite to eat.

A fast note: Many wineries offer picnic tables and amenities for guests tasting wine. Check reservation and picnic policies before you visit—some allow outside food, some don't, and no winery allows outside beverages.

Picnics within the vineyards of DIYers: Reserve a picnic within the rose garden, meadow or pond at this Windsor winery and also you'll receive a cheerful red Bricoleur Vineyards wagon to move your well-packed luxury wicker basket and chilled wine. The “Essential Picnic” package costs $75 to $100 per person and includes every little thing you would like for an al fresco meal. Available Friday through Sunday through October. Reserve and learn more at bricoleurvineyards.com.

Sunset hikes at Murrieta's Well: Hike to the highest of this Livermore vineyard and revel in sunset colours, beautiful scenery, small-batch wine, and a picnic box for 2 on select dates through October. Make reservations ($95 per person) and learn more at https://murrietaswell.com/visit/.

Wente Vineyards Live Music Series: This Livermore Winery Music Series, running through August 24, includes outdoor performances by local artists – Queen Nation, The Sun Kings, The Front Porch Drifters and more – in addition to wine, beer, cocktails and food trucks. Reserve tickets ($50) and find details at wentevineyards.com/events.

Sunset Soirée at Dry Creek: Yes, summer is just starting—but mark August 24 in your calendar for a summer send-off at this Healdsburg winery. This festive dinner and dance party features limited-production wines, outdoor snacks and retro music at Dry Creek Vineyard. Reserve tickets ($195) and find more information at tinyurl.com/SunsetSoireeDryCreek.

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