08 December 2021
The long summer months call for long, lazy lunches and relaxed dinners where we can reconnect with friends, reflect upon a year that presented unprecedented challenges for many of us, and soak up every last ray of sunshine.
With health and safety top of mind for most of us, alfresco dining has become even more desirable.
All around this wide, verdant land, vignerons are flinging open their cellar doors for dining, entertainment, events and tours in their wineries, sharing their craft and their divine drops with the general public.
From the coastal fringe of WA to the tropical hinterland of Queensland, there’s something for every palate.
Read on for six of the best outdoor dining options in some of Australia’s most beautiful wine regions.
Relax on the vast Tuscan Terrace at Sirromet winery or under the shade of the fig trees and enjoy the wonderful seasonal flavours of the freshest local produce prepared Italian-style. Feel the cool sea breeze on your cheeks as you take in breathtaking views to Moreton Bay. Book the memorable Eataly Discovery for a Tuscan inspired treat, including a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery and private tasting of six Granite Belt wines, and a 3-course meal on the deck of the Tuscan Terrace, overlooking breathtaking views to Moreton Bay.
Spend a memorable summer’s day in the Hunter Valley and stop for lunch or early dinner at Brokenwood, where the expansive outdoor terrace takes in epic views over the vineyards. Savour a casual meal over shared plates, woodfired pizzas and sweets, or book the Brokenwood Match and Dine for a self-guided wine and food flight with a selection of six Brokenwood wines matched with bite-sized seasonal canapés, followed by your choice of main, side and dessert from the fine dining menu.
Twilight on the Terrace beckons each Friday and Saturday from 4 pm – 7 pm during daylight saving. Soak up the ambience with live music, fabulous bar snacks and Brokenwood favourites by the glass or bottle. Book directly with Brokenwood via email or phone.
Seriously good food and even better wine are best relished outdoors on a blue-sky summer’s day. Dine alfresco at Brown Brother’s Restaurant in Milawa under an elegant umbrella, overlooking the vines. Share a feast of seasonal produce grown right here in the kitchen garden, or book a Food & Wine Adventure and discover the Brown Brothers’ rich history as pioneers of winemaking in Victoria, forage with the chefs in the garden, and enjoy a very special lunch, exclusively designed just for you.
Kick back at The Piazza at Montalto winery on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, where you can sit amongst Wendy’s Garden and watch the chefs foraging for produce, herbs and flowers for the day’s menu. Montalto’s kitchen garden is one of the oldest and largest in Australia, now spanning over three acres.
Book the Estate to Plate experience for a guided exploration of the 75-acre estate including the wetlands and extensive outdoor sculpture collection, home to the famous Montalto Sculpture Prize. Delve into the kitchen gardens and learn how Montalto growers and chefs work together to maximise the natural bounty. The tour includes a guided tasting and multi-course lunch matched with award-winning wines.
Life is great laying on a picnic rug, taking in stunning Barossa Valley views, savouring fresh fare and a glass of Jacob’s Creek wine. Enjoy the perfect picnic under a clear blue sky, including a selection of food all sourced from local producers, a bottle of Jacob’s Creek wine, recyclable cutlery and plates and a picnic blanket to keep. Take your pick of the best picnic spots around the lush grounds, using a handy map as a guide. This experience also includes a $10 tasting flight, best enjoyed before your picnic experience.
There are few destinations more beautiful for an alfresco lunch in Margaret River than the Restaurant at Vasse Felix, the region’s founding wine estate. Feast on an innovative menu inspired and created by the award-winning wines while soaking up panoramic views of the old vines, rolling landscape and nearby Wilyabrup Brook. Book the Tour Tasting and Lunch for an unforgettable sensory experience, including an exploration of The Vault, home to the Estate’s museum and historic wine collection, a private tasting and a three-course lunch.