Picnics in the Winelands means good wine and views for days. Here’s where to make the most of it.
Aphrodisiac Shack and Smokehouse (Theewaterskloof Dam, Villiersdorp)
Take in the scenic views of the Theewaterskloof Dam and savour one of these popular picnics. The team will kit you out with a blanket, cutlery, crockery and a basket brimming with treats, such as smoked trout, apple-smoked free-range chicken breasts, a bouquet of hand-crafted cheeses, some cold meats, freshly baked bread, a seasonal salad straight from the garden, and your choice of complimentary Appletiser or Grapetiser, water or a bottle of wine. (R350 for two; R650 for four)
The Bakery at Jordan (Stellenbosch)
Unwind and enjoy the freshly produced dishes along with freshly baked breads, pastries and home-brewed coffee. Alternatively, diners can enjoy their meals alfresco-style on the lawns or the wooden deck. A selection of dishes of the day, charcuteries, breads, dips, cheeses and pastries are available.
Bertus Basson at Spice Route (Paarl)
Go to their ‘Pak-’n-Mandjie’ section and grab whatever eats you’re in the mood for, from flavoured popcorn to artisanal meats and delicious baked goods. Get a bottle of wine too and relax out on the grass with the fantastic view.
Bistro Allée Bleue (Groot Drakenstein)
Find a spot under the shady oak trees where children can play in the picnic area secured by a Cape Dutch wall. The standard picnic costs R230 (or R425 for two) and starts with a rare roast beef wrap, continuing with a farm-style pie and farm-style cheese platter. The dessert is white chocolate mousse with a pumpkin seed brittle and fresh fruit. For the same pricing, the vegetarian picnic basket includes eats like roasted zucchini wraps, a farm-style pie, a farm-style cheese platter and chocolate mousse. The kids’ basket includes a homemade pizza, veggie crisps, a selection of cheeses, nuts and cold meats, and homemade ice-cream with chocolate sauce and mini marshmallows.
With dramatic mountain views framing the rolling lawns of the Boschendal Estate, it’s no surprise that this venue is a popular summer picnic destination. Large picnic baskets are packed with tasty dishes. Choose from the Rhone picnics (R440 for two) with items like potted Angus beef, farm-style hummus and stoneground flat bread, or Werf Garden picnics (R395 for two) with bites like pressed farmer ham, chicken kebabs and yoghurt marinade. Banting- and kid-friendly options are available.
Franschhoek Kitchen (Franschhoek)
Picnic along the river on the Holden Manz estate with a packed basket of farm breads, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, pâtés and spreads, olives, salads and a sweet treat. The picnic also includes a bottle of Holden Manz rosé.
Fyndraai Restaurant (Franschhoek)
Picnic spots at the Solms-Delta Wine Estate include a large grassy lawn alongside the forest, sandy riverbank spots and shady areas overlooking the farm dam. Baskets are freshly packed and a complimentary bottle of wine is included in each picnic basket for two. Enjoy bites like roosterkoek with wild rosemary butter, Spanish cured pork loin, bobotie, buchu-glazed pork rib, and Cape Malay koesisters and ginger pudding for dessert. (R225 per adult, R365 per basket for two, or R75 per child)
The Greenhouse at Babylonstoren (Stellenbosch)
At The Greenhouse, they’re inspired by what they find in their garden every morning – these are the ingredients that will make up your meals. In pleasant weather, have anything off the picnic-style menu to enjoy under the trees. Options include pot pies, scones, soups and desserts served in a jar made to look like a plant. Drinks include cordials, teas, craft beer, coffee and Babylonstoren wines.
Hartenberg Estate (Stellenbosch)
Picnic anywhere on the vast lawns of the estate – in the shade under the oak trees or near the vines of the sunny terrace – while the kids enjoy the fully equipped playground. Alternatively, you can enjoy a walk along the trail with your picnic in a backpack. Picnics (R230 per person or R460 for two) include Eleanor’s famous snoek pâté, local cheeses, cold meats, Scotch eggs, a salad jar, crudités, baked breads and a homemade salted-caramel brownie. A kiddies’ picnic is also available for R95 for a single box, and includes chicken strips with sweet potato chips, a veggie jar with a dip, a chocolate brownie and a juice box.
Klein River Cheese (Stanford)
Purchase a delicious picnic lunch and enjoy it on the banks of the peaceful Klein River. Create your own basket with the delicious cheeses, breads and deli items available from the shed.
The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)
Go to the Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate for a delightful summer picnic prepared by executive chef Darren Badenhorst. Expect offerings like baguettes, artisanal brie cheese, locally cured saucisson, Franschhoek trout, homemade preserves and butter, rosemary-and-sea-salted crisps with wholegrain mustard aioli, a crisp garden salad, and a decadent chocolate brownie. Drink it down with a bottle of Angel Tears wine and a bottle of still or sparkling water. The Grande Provence picnic menu is available at R325 per person sharing, or R345 for a single basket. Book in advance, as limited baskets are available.
This wine estate has become known for their gourmet picnics on the lawn. Remember to place your order a day in advance in order to enjoy the lakeside picnic. For R185 you’ll get farm-baked breads, spreads, a vegetable quiche, cold meats, two local cheeses with preserves and crackers, potato salad, chicken strips, a salad, something sweet and something fruity.
Spier Farm Kitchen (Stellenbosch)
Pre-book your picnic and choose between a vegetarian or seasonal option (R580 for two and each additional person is charged R290). The baskets include a selection of farm cheeses, crispy baguettes, homemade hummus, charcuterie, seasonal salads and vegetable quiche. Desserts include milk tarts and koekisters, and the basket comes with a bottle of Spier wine. Special picnics for children are also available, offering favourites such as cheese and cold meat on rolls, Baybel cheese, a fruit-and-yoghurt tub, a fruit juice box, fruit jellies a kiddies fun bag with crayons (R150 per child).
Vergelegen Camphor Forest Picnic (Somerset West)
At Vergelegen you can enjoy delicious fare from your picnic basket in the magical surrounds of the camphor forest. Tuck into eats like artisanal bread with truffle-flavoured farm butter, pork pâté with forest mushrooms, a salad of zesty lemon quinoa and cashew nuts and a salmon starter. The main is a selection of cured meats, slow-roasted chicken breast and a pastry tartlet. Finish off with a selection of cheeses and preserves followed by a lemon cheesecake with a toasted cashew nut brittle and filter coffee. The cost is R255 per person and the menu is subject to change in order to remain seasonal. Vegetarian and kids’ baskets are also available.
Warwick Gourmet Picnics (Stellenbosch)
Choose from a range of different picnic areas on the beautiful estate, such as the forest courtyard, the lawn, private picnic pods, the penthouse – or take a Land Rover ‘safari’ to sample the Big Five grape varietals. The gourmet picnic (R550) serves two and comes with Sichuan pepper beef fillet, a baby potato salad with fried capers, pâtés, spreads, homemade bread, and a gluten-free key lime pie jar for dessert. You could also get it for one (R300) and children’s menus (R125), vegetarian and vegan options are also available.
Zevenwacht Restaurant (Stellenbosch)
A range of picnic baskets is served in a peaceful setting under tree-dappled lawns by the lake of the wine estate for R440 per basket for two. Enjoy a selection of bread and biscuits, cold meats, cheeses, and salads or pre-book a braai basket (R440) and cook your own meal over vine-wood fires. Available on weekends only.
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