From majestic mountains to spectacular vineyard views, these are the places you should be visiting for gourmet picnics in the Winelands.
Aphrodisiac Shack and Smokehouse (Theewaterskloof Dam, Villiersdorp)
Take in the picture-perfect views of the Theewaterskloof Dam from your picnic spot. Aphrodisiac Shack provides guests with a blanket, cutlery, crockery and a full picnic basket for two for R399 and R699 for four. The basket includes apple-smoked free-range chicken breasts, cold meats and cheeses, freshly baked ciabatta, a seasonal salad, complimentary apple or grape juice, cool water, and a bottle of wine or craft beers.
The Bakery at Jordan (Stellenbosch)
Plan a trip to The Bakery at Jordan for a picnic on the lush lawns overlooking the stunning Stellenbosch Kloof Valley. For R595, the picnic basket contains a selection of locally produced cheeses, Italian coppa, parma ham, biltong, salami, fresh wood-fired bread, olives, homemade preserves and spreads, a salad of the day, a pastry option from the bakery and a bottle of wine from the Chameleon range.
Bistro Allee Bleue (Groot Drakenstein)
Make your way to Allee Bleue for a relaxing picnic under the shade of the majestic oak trees and enjoy one of the two picnic options on offer. The Chicnic basket includes a roasted beef wrap; a micro herb salad with an Allee Bleue cabernet or merlot wine reduction dressing; a farm-style cheese platter with a selection of local cheese, cold meats, freshly baked bread and fruited Melba toast; and lemon posset with a chocolate-mint cookie crumble. It costs R260 per basket or R495 for a double basket. Vegetarian and children’s options are available.
Enjoy breathtaking mountain and vineyard views from the two picturesque picnic areas at Boschendal Estate. The Rhone Rose picnic basket is filled with items like farm baked bread and butter, chicken liver spread, garden slaw salad and herb vinaigrette, Werf Butchery cold cuts, coronation chicken and barley salad and baked chocolate tart and burnt meringue. This all costs R275 per person or R520 per couple. Treats from the Werf Farm picnic basket include breads, hummus, rotisserie chicken, Dalewood camembert, onion and marmalade and ice cream. The Werf Farm picnic basket costs R460 per couple and R105 for children aged between three and 10.
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Start 2019 with a summer picnic in the sunshine using this recipe shared by our winemaker Danielle Jacobs – and perfectly paired with our 1685 Chardonnay: “Lemony on the nose, with buttery citrus and ripe tropical fruit flavours, Boschendal’s 1685 Chardonnay is one of my favourite wines for summer. I love to pair it with my curried chicken salad. Simply: Mix mayonnaise with curry powder and season to taste. Combine cooked chicken with celery, apple, raisins and almonds. Pour the dressing on top and serve in crisp lettuce cups! Serve with the 1685 Chardonnay in a stunning summer setting for the perfect picnic with friends.”
Rhebokskloof Wine Estate (Paarl)
Experience a picturesque picnic in the historic Paarl valley surrounded by the hills of the Paarl Rock Mountains. The Lakeside and vegetarian picnic menu at Rhebokskloof are served as a double basket, for R370 per basket. Highlights from the menus include local cheeses, homemade breads, preserves, piquanté pepper pâté, hummus, grilled chicken sosaties, spanakopita, chilli-and-garlic marinated potatoes and a selection of fresh fruit. A kiddies’ menu is also available for R95 per child. Orders must be placed at least one day in advance.
The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
Make your way to Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate during spring and summer for a relaxing country-style picnic prepared by executive chef Guy Bennett. For R650 per couple or R325 per person, the Grande Country picnic basket includes Dalewood camembert and preserves, heirloom garden salad, stone fruit, chevin, fynbos-and-honey dressing, estate-made hummus, farm baked bread, salted butter and olives, charcuterie cold cuts and grilled free-range chicken breast, Valrhona brownies, a bottle of Angel Tears wine and water. A vegetarian menu is also available.
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Spier Farm Kitchen (Stellenbosch)
The delicious, seasonal treats from the Spier Farm Kitchen include a selection of Farmer Angus charcuterie, olives and pickled baby gherkins; coronation chicken with dried apricots and almonds; Dalewood camembert with crackers, preserves, hummus and Vadas Bakery sourdough bread and butter; chocolate brownies with summer berry compote; and a bottle of Spier Signature Wine for R580 per basket. There’s a vegetarian basket for the same price and a children’s picnic offering for R150 per child. Guests can bring their own chairs, cushions and blankets or hire from the Farm Kitchen.
Vergelegen Camphor Forest Picnic (Somerset West)
The peaceful and beautifully shaded Camphor forest at Vergelegen makes the perfect setting for a summer picnic. Key features from the menu include artisanal bread with truffle-flavoured farm butter, homemade duck liver pâté and thyme butter; a selection of local cheeses served with homemade biscuits and preserves; and gin-cured salmon with roasted beef and chive crème fraîche. Mains include a selection of home-style cured meats, teriyaki chicken and Asian slaw, freshly baked pastry tartlet and traditional Greek salad. Finish the feast off with lemon cheesecake with toasted cashew nut brittle served with aromatic filter coffee. Other menu options include vegetarian or pescatarian for R275, vegan for R290 and a children’s basket for R105 per child (aged three to 10).
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Warwick Gourmet Picnics (Stellenbosch)
Warwick has a wide range of picnic areas to choose from, with each offering a different view and experience. The gourmet picnic for R550 serves two (R300 serves one) and includes home-smoked Norwegian salmon with a summer quinoa salad, Warwick’s famous biltong pâté, homemade bread, a charcuterie box and a duo jar of carrot cake. There’s a children’s menu for R125, and vegan and vegetarian options are also available. House wines, MCCs, champagnes and non-alcoholic beverages are also available at additional costs.
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