Picnic Friendly Places in Sonoma Valley

Picnicking in Sonoma Valley is a natural way of life here. Breathing in the fresh air, soaking up the sun’s rays, while satisfying your taste buds with good food and wine, is a simple luxury that invites a slower rhythm of rest. We love to picnic in the Historic Sonoma Plaza with local food and wine. And of course, we love to go to a winery and picnic, yet not all wineries allow that. Here you will find suggestions of picnic friendly places in Sonoma Valley. Gather your favorite people and provisions and head on out to Sonoma Valley Wine Country.


Three Fat Guys 

Three Fat Guys Winery is such a laid back and casual vibe, you’ll want to stay awhile. The Three Fat Guys are Tony Moll, Daryn Colledge, and Jason Spitz, former Green Bay Packers offensive lineman. The three forged a friendship and founded Three Fat Guys. Tony Moll, a Sonoma native, runs Three Fat Guys, where you will see him pouring wines or talking to guests in the TFG tasting room. My husband and I heard that picnicking was welcome here, so we popped in to check it out. We came prepared with a picnic basket filled with foods from Glen Ellen Village Market, our wine glasses, and corkscrew. We walked into the small, yet big hearted tasting room (the staff is SO friendly here) and ordered The Champion Brut Rosé to go with our foods. We didn’t need our wine glasses or corkscrew. Three Fat Guys provided us with beautiful wine glasses, opened our wine, and guided us to the charming backyard garden. Such a beautiful spot to hang out under the trees, nestled near the hidden creek that brings in cool breezes on a hot day. They don’t rush you here. It’s a great place to reconnect with family, friends, or have some R&R with your love. My husband and I are learning photography together, so we had fun taking pictures and setting up our food and wine scenes. TFG even came up and gave us some “props” a sabre and a porron.

Bartholomew Estate Vineyards & Winery

Bartholomew Estate Vineyards & Winery resides in a private park called Bartholomew Park bartholomewpark.org The winery is nestled within 375 acres of vineyards, gardens, and forest. My husband and I didn’t want to reserve a tasting experience at the winery on our R&R (rest and romance) day. We just wanted to enjoy moments together with a bottle of wine and our food that we brought to picnic with in the park. Our picnic table was cuddled under a huge oak tree overlooking the lake, vineyards, and mountains of Sonoma Valley. It was a gorgeous day of rest after a fast paced week. Nature tends to bring it down a notch and a glass of wine helps too! We purchased a bottle of Syrah in the tasting room, a perfect pairing with our picnic fare from Sonoma’s Best. My husband and I inconveniently forgot wine glasses and a corkscrew, yet no fret as the tasting room had us covered. We bought 2 govinos and borrowed a corkscrew. We’ll be back to Bartholomew Estate Vineyards & Winery.

Kenwood Plaza Park

Kenwood Plaza Park, a Sonoma County Regional Park, is one of the many beautiful parks of Sonoma Valley. It is located between Santa Rosa and Glen Ellen in the Sonoma Valley. My husband and I, in our usual R&R mood on the weekends, went to Kunde Family Winery to buy a bottle of wine and enjoy our picnic feast that we gathered from Broadway Market in Sonoma. Once we got there, we were told we could not bring in outside food, so we bought a bottle of their delicious Sparkling Rosé and traveled to Kenwood Plaza Park, suggested by the Kunde folks. The park is tucked away in a charming neighborhood with lots of shade, supplied by the dignified and majestic redwood trees of California, with plenty of wooden picnic tables. Alcohol IS allowed in the park so it was a perfect setting for relaxation on a leisurely Sunday afternoon.

Hamilton Family Wines

Hamilton Family Wines is a friendly, family owned winery that is humbly tucked away from Sonoma Highway. The owners are Greg and Lindsay Hamilton who after the loss of their home from the 2017 fires, decided to rebuild and go after their dream of making great wine. They have an acre and a half of vines located on their property. Greg met us in the vineyards where there was a long wooden table under a magnificent walnut tree set up for our tasting with him. This personal touch reminded me of good old fashioned family owned wine country and I am glad Hamilton Family Wines exist. My husband and I are huge Grenache lovers so we were thrilled to be surrounded by Grenache vines (we even got to name one as part of our wine club benefit) Bring your food, buy their wine, and enjoy being surrounded by nature on the Hamilton Family Wines property. You can enjoy your picnic as you taste their wines. The Rose of Grenache is beautiful. P.S. a tasting room is in the works. Stay tuned.

Historic Sonoma Plaza 

The eight-acre Plaza is splendidly laid out for a wine country picnic. There is a playground for the kids, a duck pond, and plenty of tables and lawn to enjoy good food, wine, and the company of family and friends. You can walk around, shop, and hop from tasting room to tasting room. It’s such an enjoyable way to spend the day on the Sonoma Plaza.


TOP TIP  

Always call ahead or jump online when visiting wineries to confirm whether or not a picnic reservation is needed. This makes for a smoother day, giving you more time to relax.


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