Whether you're at an open-air formal event or an outdoor hangout with friends, you'll need a sturdy wine glass that can be used on the deck or patio—or taken with you (safely and responsibly, of course). The best outdoor wine glasses aren't just convenient, many are also much safer than classic glass drinkware in case they're dropped.
Usually, we use different glasses for different styles of wine, as they really do make a difference in the aromas and flavors. But for outdoor, pool, picnic, and beach use, we typically aren’t pulling out our best cellar bottles to open up and assess in the same way. On the other hand, there are plenty of high-quality outdoor wine glasses that look and feel just like traditional drinkware, with the added benefits of being more durable and even dishwasher-safe. Either way, there's an outdoor glass for you.
So, grab a bottle of wine and head outside. We've compiled a list of our favorite wine glasses for your next summer picnic, cookout, or outdoor event.
MICHLEY Unbreakable Stemmed Wine Glass
Comes in a set
As clear and thin as glass
Great for the pool or camping
A little too light even when filled
Prone to scratches
Stemless glasses and wine tumblers are a great alternative to fragile glassware and are fine for casual events like a beach picnic or a backyard barbeque. Still, for some occasions, the elegance of a traditional-looking wine glass makes all the difference. These Tritan plastic wine glasses come to the rescue and offer a more formal look, but with the added feature of being shatterproof and unbreakable.
These dishwasher-safe outdoor glasses can hold up to 15 ounces (a generous pour would literally be a half bottle of wine) and come in a set of six, so there is plenty to go around. They're also offered in both Burgundy and Bordeaux shapes to enhance different wine varietals.
Price at time of publication: $44 for 6-piece set
Material: BPA-free Tritan plastic | Number of glasses: 6 | Capacity: 15 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes
BergHOFF Acrylic Wine Glasses with Chevron Pattern, Set of 4
Comes with a lid and straw
Double-wall insulation keeps drinks cold
Lid seal is tricky to clean
This is probably the most versatile glass on the list. Able to hold up to 13 ounces, it’s made from acrylic and comes with a lid and a straw. Not that you need the straw for wine, but it can be handy for a wine cocktail or sangria, perhaps. Plus, lids or wine glass covers for the outdoors are always a good idea for accidental spillage.
The double-wall insulation will keep your drink cold. The fun chevron pattern is also cute, and the stem makes it easy for you to carry the drink to the patio, hold it at a picnic, or sip from it poolside.
Price at time of publication: $30 for 4-piece set
Material: Acrylic | Number of glasses: 4 to 8 | Capacity: 13 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: No
W&P Porter Stemless Travel Wine Glass
Comes in several colors
Easy grip and nonslip
Only sold individually
Gone are the days of drinking wine from plastic cups outside. They’re not that pretty and they aren’t sustainable. And honestly, wine tastes much better in a proper glass. Silicone-wrapped glasses have entered the chat. This glass has a flat base that won’t tip over and a lid with a slide lock, so it's spill-proof.
Available in eight different designs and in neutral colors such as slate and cream, this 15-ounce stemless travel glass will be your new go-to.
Price at time of publication: $20
Material: Glass and silicone | Number of glasses: 1 | Capacity: 15 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes
Best with Lid
Oggi Cheers Stainless Steel Wine Tumbler with Acrylic Lid
Comes in several fun colors
Keeps drinks at temperature for up to 9 hours
Makes a great gift
Lid is not fully spill-proof
Lid? Check. Double-wall vacuum insulation? Check. Keeping your wine chilled for up to nine hours? Check, check, check!
This stainless-steel tumbler comes in several different colors and will hold 12 ounces of your white or red wines safely. We're not sure what else you really need in a wine tumbler because this one has it all. Buy a few of them to give to friends. They'll be so happy you did.
Price at time of publication: $16
Material: Stainless steel and plastic | Number of glasses: 1 | Capacity: 12 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: No
Best for Champagne
Q Squared Hudson 7-ounce Tritan Acrylic Glitter Champagne Flute Set
Resistant to warping
A bit pricey
If you’re drinking Champagne outside, you really don’t want to do that in a plastic cup, or even a tumbler for that matter. Luckily, there’s a flute for that and Hudson has you covered with the tapered shape so you can be mesmerized watching the bubbles dance to the top.
This glittery, unbreakable Tritan acrylic Champagne flute set is BPA-free and top rack dishwasher-safe. The flute-shaped glass preserves your bubbles until the very last sip.
Price at time of publication: $60 for 4-piece set
Material: Acrylic | Number of glasses: 4 | Capacity: 7 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes (top rack)
Best for White Wine
Host Freeze Cooling Cups, Set of 2
Silicone grip keeps hands from getting cold
Several colors available
Prone to condensation
When the weather is warm but you still want to enjoy a chilled glass of white wine outdoors, this cooling cup from Host comes to the rescue. The base has a built-in cooling gel that turns to ice after a few hours in the freezer, keeping your wine between 43 and 53 degrees without watering it down. The rest of the cup has double-walled insulation and a silicone band to keep your hand from getting cold while sipping.
These cups come in packs of two, and there are four different colors to choose from—ideal for when you're drinking outdoors with multiple people and want to keep track of individual wine. Plus, it's a great gift idea for friends and family who live in hotter climates.
Price at time of publish: $24 for 2-piece set
Material: BPA-free plastic with silicone grip | Number of glasses: 2 | Capacity: 8.5 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: No
Best for Red Wine
Gusto Nostro Stemmed Stainless Steel Wine Glasses
Wide base helps prevent spillage
Multiple colors available
Colors may chip over time
Made of sturdy stainless steel, these modern outdoor wine glasses feature a larger rim and generous 18-ounce capacity to increase oxygenation in red wines. The base is wide and stable to prevent spilling and the glass comes in four different colors—rose gold, gold, black, and red—to match any style.
We love the look of these glasses because they maintain a sense of elegance while sipping by the pool or on the patio. The stainless steel construction isn't just for aesthetics, it also keeps drinks from overheating and won't affect the taste of your wine. They're also shatterproof and non-corrosive, so they'll last for a long time with proper care (hand wash only).
Price at time of publish: $35 for 2-piece set
Material: Stainless Steel | Number of glasses: 2 | Capacity: 18 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: No
POINTER Outdoor Wine Glass, Set of 2
Easy to clean
Can be personalized
Can be awkward to hold
Just because you’re outside doesn’t mean that you have to have everything acrylic and unbreakable. There will be a time when you want to have a candlelit dinner on the beach or maybe a glass of wine by a firepit, we’ve got a perfect glass for just that occasion. Actually, two glasses because they come in a set.
The Pointer wine glass is all-purpose white, rosé, or red, but instead of a stem and base, it has a spike (or pointer) at the bottom that you can stick in the ground. It's packaged in a circular tube for safe delivery and is easy to carry to your special event. No need to worry about it tipping over, or the wine blowing: your glass is literally staked in the ground. Just be careful not to kick it or drop it, and you’re fine. As a bonus, this glass can be personalized.
Price at time of publication: $79 for 2-piece set
Material: Lead-free crystal and stainless steel | Number of glasses: 2 | Capacity: 8 ounces | Dishwasher-Safe: Yes
Whether you're enjoying your evening glass of wine on the porch or hosting an outdoor dinner party, the durable and clear-as-glass MICHLEY Unbreakable Stained Wine Glass Set is a great option. But if you must drink from real glassware, make sure to stake the Pointer Outdoor Wine Glass within arm's length.
What to Look for in Outdoor Wine Glasses
There are many ways to go when it comes to buying wine glasses for outdoor use. But perhaps the first consideration is how will you use it outdoors. If your main goal is to keep your wine at a consistent temperature for a prolonged period of time, aim for something that's insulated. But maybe presentation is more important, and so you're looking for a glass that's a little less laid-back looking and more in keeping with a traditional wine glass. Those are good choices, and they come with and without stems. Finally, if you want to pack the glasses and go, the ones that can collapse are an even more inventive choice.
If you're mostly concerned about durability, then the stemless ones will be your best bet for the long haul because they are less prone to breaking. If you're OK with a few breaking here and there, aim for the shatterproof ones.
For unlimited budgets, a glass wrapped in a silicon sheath might be the way to go. It also comes with a lid. But if you're looking for something inexpensive, and you won't mind if one breaks or accidentally goes home with a neighbor, you'll want something cheaper, maybe even under $20 to $30 for a set.
What is the point of stemless wine glasses?
People like them for more casual settings and for situations that call for an affordable, drinkable wine, one whose glassware won't make or break the enjoyment of the wine's nuances. And in fact, if you're serving a chilled red in a warm month, holding a stemless glass can help take a little of the chill off the wine.
Does the shape of the wine glass matter?
For the sake of most backyard sipping, the answer to this question is not necessarily—with the exception of Champagne. Because of the carbonation, Champagne does best with flute-shaped glasses.
Are outdoor wineglasses reusable?
Yes, these glasses are absolutely reusable and are designed to be used again and again. Many of them are dishwasher safe, but some of them require handwashing. Check the manufacturer's recommendation.
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Tanisha Townsend is a freelance writer for The Spruce Eats and the founder and chief wine officer of Girl Meets Glass, a wine lifestyle and education agency. She lives in Paris, France, where she conducts wine and food pairing experiences, hosts a podcast, and teaches wine courses at universities.
Rebecca Treon, a freelancer, experienced food and drink writer and author, and proud mother of two, updated and contributed to this piece. Her work has also been featured on Thrillist and The Huffington Post.