Planning an outing for your team or special client? A nice outdoor picnic at a scenic local winery is the perfect way to have some quality mix and mingle time, with plenty of fresh air and sunshine. Our local wine region is FULL of great spots for groups to picnic, so we’ve narrowed it down by city – here’s the Los Gatos edition!
Set high in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Silver Mountain winery and organic vineyards will take your breath away with incredible views overlooking mountain tops, all the way to Monterey Bay. This winery is the perfect spot for a sunny, outdoor, casual afternoon picnic. Choose the semi-shaded amphitheater surrounded by vineyards, or the sunny winery deck with views – your meal will be made complete by the rich, complex wines that you can’t find anywhere else. The award-winning wines they are most known for include their organically-farmed Estate Chardonnay, a Bordeaux-style blend called “Alloy,” several vineyard-designated Pinot Noirs, and their ever-popular Rosé of Pinot Noir.
Recommended Picnic Lunch: Our gourmet boxed lunch $18 pp (groups of 10+), or the Organic Picnic Buffet, $27 pp (groups of 20+)
Another beautiful vineyard and winery set along the summit of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Wrights Station overlooks a pretty spectacular scene of tree-top and vineyard views. This vineyard touts some of the oldest Chardonnay in the region, and are also known for their award-winning Pinot Noirs. Winemaker-owner, Dan Lokteff, endeavors to allow the vineyard to express itself with as little intervention as possible, which comes across in Wrights Station’s outstanding and unique tasting wines. Here, you can have your picnic outside on the huge, two-tiered patio, or take it into the restored 1947 farmhouse to enjoy it in the cozy living room, charming porch veranda, the dining room next to the upper deck, or book the winery production building for large indoor events. For Summertime events, they also have their own bocce ball court next to the lawn and patio.
Recommended picnic lunch: Try our catered BBQ Buffet Picnic, $32 pp (groups of 25+)
Regale Winery has so many great indoor and outdoor spaces to choose from! Nice views, good wines and bocce ball, plus a gorgeous, Italian-style winery building and lushly manicured grounds, make Regale the Tuscan Queen of Summit Road. For private group events, enjoy the beautiful, high-ceilinged Barrel Room or the intimate upstairs dining room with a large balcony overlooking pretty views and amazing sunsets, too. In the Summertime, groups will find tons of bistro tables throughout the property, at various seating & dining areas scattered around. Indoors or out, Winter or Summer, you can’t find a nicer winery location for a special event that includes a catered lunch or a picnic!
Recommended picnic lunch: Try our Upscale Bistro Buffet, $35 pp (groups of 20+), or the popular Charcuterie Picnic, $25 pp (groups of 10+)