Places to Picnic in the Hunter Valley

  • People sharing a bottle of Ivanhoe wine over a picnic of fruit

Places to Picnic in the Hunter Valley

2020-03-25T17:28:09+11:00October 3rd, 2019|Hunter Valley Recommendations, Ivanhoe News|

Picturesque Places to Enjoy A Hunter Valley Picnic

Picnic Spot #1

The Grounds of Ivanhoe Estate

Pop into our cellar door on arrival and we’d be more than happy to suggest some picturesque places to have your picnic while you soak in the vineyard views.

Crowd favourites are the deck beside a huge peppercorn tree overlooking the vines, and beside the dam where you can watch our friendly family of geese potter around.

Ivanhoe Cellar Door across the vineyard
Two women cheersing wine

Picnic Spot #2

Hunter Valley Gardens

There are few places more spectacular for a picnic than the Hunter Valley Gardens. You can thank the garden’s founders, Bill and Imelda Roche, for the lush surroundings that await. In 1999, the pair set out to create a botanical space which could be enjoyed by everyone, and they did not disappoint.

You’ll find a dedicated picnic area including barbeques and sheltered tables adjacent to the Shopping Village. Or explore the 14 hectares of gardens, including ten themed areas such as the Chinese Garden, Sunken Garden and Indian Garden. Each has its own distinctive selection of plants, water features and statues, sure to give a memorable atmosphere to your picnic.

Picnic Spot #3

Mount Bright Lookout

For a picnic with perspective, head to Mount Bright Lookout. Load your basket with Hunter Valley goodies (see our recommendations below), grab a blanket and enjoy your bounty with views of Cessnock toward the east coast stretched out before you.

If you really want to work for your supper, there’s even an option to walk along Mount Bright Road from Pokolbin Mountains Road up to the lookout. We'd recommend having a chilled bottle of wine on hand for when you get to the top!

Ivanhoe bottles an glasses of red at a picnic
Woman reclining on pillow at picnic with wine in hand

Picnic In Style

Pokolbin Picnic Co can put together a delicious basket of goodies for you ahead of time. All you'll have to do is pick it up and decide where to eat it!

And if you're looking for something extra-special, Ivanhoe Wines have partnered with Miss Mays Picnics, who can put together a luxurious picnic in our enchanting vineyard setting. For more information and to book a picturesque picnic experience, go to their website.

Things to Fill Your Basket

Hunter Valley Cheese

A picnic isn’t complete without a few good cheeses, and you’re spoilt for choice in the Hunter. Hunter Belle Cheese have all your cheese needs covered with everything from soft to hard, blue to cheddar, all made using traditional cheese making methods.

Hunter Valley Bread

The folks at Fawk Foods Kitchen & Bakery have the baked portion of your picnic larder covered. Choose from sourdough and brioche loaves, milk buns and focaccias to name a few, and satisfy a sweet tooth with fresh muffins, scones and friands. Their takeaway hampers are also worth a look if you can’t decide.

Hunter Valley Olive Oil

We’re guessing you’ve probably tasted your fair share of wine, but have you ever done an olive oil tasting? Stop by Pukara Estate in Pokolbin and sample their selection of oils, vinegars and condiments. They’ll make for a great addition to your Fawk Foods sourdough.

Hunter Valley Fresh Produce

Freshen things up with some produce from Wollombi Road Providore. Located in Cessnock, this grocer showcases the best fresh fruit and vegetables the Hunter has to offer.

If you'd like to taste any of our wines and choose one (or more!) for your picnic, come see us at our Hunter Valley cellar door for a wine tasting masterclass.