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Picnics are available daily.

About Picnic Season

One of the most delightful ways to spend an afternoon at Montalto is having lunch at your own private picnic site. We have been orchestrating picnics at Montalto since we opened in 2002 and they are a much loved offering on our estate.  There are ten beautiful and secluded sites throughout the property.  These sites are not otherwise accessible to visitors to Montalto.

Let us look after every detail so you can relax and enjoy the company of your friends, loved ones and family for the afternoon. A table set with white linen, proper tableware and glassware.  Freshly prepared food inspired by the best of the season.  Wine by us.


They’re different to a Summer style picnic, It’s Winter! Rug up, arm yourselves with some shiraz or pinot, settle in and luxuriate in the beauty of Winter on the Estate. Sites include a heater and a rug.

NOTE: Picnics will still be cancelled due to torrential rain, gusty winds or storms.

To view the Winter picnic menu, please click HERE

How does it work? Picnics are booked for a 12pm start, and the site is yours until 4pm. Check in for picnic is in our Cellar Door, we will give you the lowdown on the day, and take you through a wine tasting so you can choose wine to drink with lunch. We will then give you a map and directions so you can walk to your site, which takes about 10 – 20 minutes.  When you arrive you will find a refrigerated box with your picnic food, delivered just prior to your arrival.  Our picnic team will take you through the picnic menu and then leave you to enjoy the day. If you need some more wine or anything else just call our picnic team who have a dedicated mobile phone.

How many people can have a picnic? We cater for groups from two to a maximum of eight people, with each site able to accommodate a different number of guests. Children under 12 (or those who will not consume an adult meal) are not catered for but are more than welcome. We suggest you self-cater for children if they are coming with you.

How much is a picnic and what’s included? Picnics are $90 per head and include a shared, set menu lunch.  The menu is below.  Tea and coffee are included and are served in the Piazza Café until 4pm. All wine is additional.  Gift vouchers are available online, click HERE to purchase or contact us by telephone.

Do you cater for dietary requirements? Yes, for most. Picnic menu is set and caters for gluten free, dairy and lactose intolerance.  Unfortunately we do not cater for nut-free, vegan or general ‘dislikes’.

How do we book? Picnic reservations can be made by calling us on 03 5989 8412 (option 3) or emailing  A Credit Card number or Voucher number is required to confirm your booking.

How far ahead do we need to book? We require a minimum of 48 hours notice, however due to the popularity of picnics, bookings should be made as early as possible. Weekends in particular book out extremely quickly so try and book as soon as you have a date. We require 24 hours notice of cancellations or change of numbers. Picnics cancelled with less than 24 hours notice incur a 100% cancellation fee, those paying by voucher will have their voucher voided. We prepare all food early in the morning and so any cancellations made by you on the day must be charged in full.

What happens if it rains on the day of our picnic? or if the weather looks awful? Our picnics are very much weather dependent and unfortunately we cannot control the weather. We keep a close eye on the forecast and will call you the day before your picnic to confirm.  If the forecast looks bad we may have to cancel. If you’re committed to that day and the picnic is cancelled we will do our best to accommodate you in the restaurant. Alternatively you can re-book the picnic on another day.

Our picnic sites have been selected because they are beautiful, private and offer a level of protection from the elements. Each site however has its own particular characteristics and some perform better than others on cooler or warmer days. The sites have a market umbrella which offers shade and shelter from drizzle. We now also have three sites with a permanent roof structure.  If you wish to cancel the picnic for any reason, it is your responsibility to do so at least 24 hours prior to your scheduled booking.

The Menu

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Winter Picnic Menu

Spelt and fennel seed ciabatta, olive oil, olives
Charcuterie, pickles
Carrot hummus, ricotta 

Hot smoked salmon, quinoa, lemon and herb
Roast chicken, carrot, radish, cabbage and chickpea salad
Buffalo mozzarella, marinated tomatoes Potato, herb, caper and onion salad 

Cheese plate, accompaniments
Chocolate Cake (gf), clotted cream


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