If your only aspiration this summer is to sit in a park and drink wine, that’s a perfectly acceptable goal and you shouldn’t let others shame you for your lack of ambition. But when it comes to drinking outside, there’s one important thing to keep in mind: glass is fragile. It’s also heavy and makes a lot of noise as it bounces around on your way to a picnic - although that doesn’t mean you have to drink your fine, grape-based beverages exclusively out of red solo cups.
Get yourself some sturdy and reusable drinkware that was actually built for wine. You’ll find a ton of great options on this guide, from some lightweight classics and plant-themed cups to the shiny, high-volume flute that your outdoor Champagne deserves.
Read on for our top picks of the best outdoor wine glasses.
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A Picnic Staple
When we were putting this guide together, we asked a bunch of wine professionals what they’d recommend, and the most common answer was Govino. These acrylic glasses are featherlight (so you can throw one in your bag without even noticing), they’re reusable, and they also have a little notch for your thumb. Do you need that notch? Not really. But it’s fun.
Because Colors Are Fun
They’re a little less discrete, but still, we slightly prefer our Govinos in jewel tones.
A More Substantial Route
Another popular outdoor choice, Tossware’s glasses have a bit more heft for when you want a slightly more luxurious feel. And if you prefer stems because you have a somewhat well-founded fear of warming your rosé with your hands as you drink, they have that option as well.
The Convertible Glass
Having trouble sleeping because you can’t decide between stemmed and stemless glasses? Try some melatonin and also these hybrid glasses from Tossware.
How To Tell People What You Care About
If plants and wine currently form about 50% of your personality, allow us to introduce the Plant Mom series from Tossware. The designs are almost as pleasant as actual houseplants.
For When You Just Need One
Prefer to buy your glasses individually because you have a weird number of friends or really only need one cup to keep in your backpack at all times? Here’s a good hefty option, similar to the Tossware Reserve one.
A Heavy Duty Glass
Technically, this one’s actually made from glass. But it’s also wrapped in silicone, which should significantly decrease the odds of your smashing this cup into several million pieces. It also comes with a lid, so you can confidently take your wine on the go.
A Modern Marvel
Truly, everything exists now, including this highly protective 12-ounce to-go flute. Bring some vintage Champagne to the park in this, and you’ll be picnicking better than anyone else with a basket and a blanket. It comes in over 30 colors.
A Better Way To Drink Cold Wine
Yeti excels at insulation. That’s why we like their coolers so much, and it’s why we trust them to keep our chilled wine at a temperature that’s acceptable for drinking. This tumbler with vacuum insulation and a magnetic lid should do the trick just fine.
A Festive Pick
To us, these multicolored glasses from Wine Enthusiast say, “Please, come drink chardonnay on my patio in Palm Springs in 1980.” They’re also currently on sale, which means that you’re running out of excuses to get a set.
A Subtle Pop Of Color
For something more subdued and stackable (and also on sale), try these acrylic tumblers from Wayfair. They’re a bit smaller (8oz) than most options on this list - but, also, it’s not like you need to pour yourself a pint of wine every time you visit the bottle. (It’ll just get warm before you drink it.)