‘Sharing is caring’ seems to be the food philosophy at Warwick. Picnic baskets burst with gourmet ingredients and guests are encouraged to enjoy them wherever they want. Inside you’ll find treats like rooibos and oak-smoked salmon, brilliant charcuterie boards, and fresh bread waiting to be smeared with brandy and mushroom pâté. Another way to appreciate a lazy day out in the winelands is to order a few tapas dishes and open some bottles of wine. Choose from light and fluffy sole goujons, venison ragout samoosas, lightly curried calamari, or pan-fried prawns with crayfish bisque. One of the ridiculous chocolate brownies, topped with a white chocolate ganache and cranberries, should take care of that sweet tooth.
Obviously the wine is good. The fantastic range caters for all tastes and – more importantly – all budgets. Try many and stock up with some from the deli on your way out.
It’s up to you. Book your picnic basket in advance and collect it when you arrive. If you’re sitting in the bistro area enjoying tapas, you’ll be welcomed with warm hospitality and friendly, laidback staff.
The wide-open lawns and shimmering lake make it a tough place to beat in summer. The picnic pods dotted around the gardens are a stunning feature. Basically, they’re outdoor dining rooms, made from wood and complete with place settings. Eating good food and drinking good wine in this setting shows a unique and unpretentious way of enjoying the winelands. It’s a dream for families: the kids will absolutely love it out here.
Consider the big 5 vineyard safari for something different. Guests load up a 4x4 with wine and picnic baskets and cruise through the estate, stopping at five different vines, each being prepared for a different varietal. It’s a fun way to learn about wine, without the stuffiness of a wine tasting room. Pre-book this to do with some mates – it’s a cool day out. (AF, October 2011)
Had the most relaxing and afternoon here. The picnic was delicious - more than enough for two! The wine was refreshing. Book yourself a place on the lawn and prepare to spend hours here! Perfect for a family day, a date or an outing with friends.
We can highly recommend the gourmet picnics at Warwick. The ambience is so relaxed, the whole concept, so well thought out, with umbrellas, blankets, pillows and wine glass holders all set up and ready for you just to indulge in the picnic. The food is delicious and the portions abundant. Not to mention their lovely wines. And for a supreme view over the vineyard to the surrounding areas, a 'Big 5' wine safari with a wine tasting at their penthouse, is a must! Very informative and extremely friendly staff. Thank you for a wonderful Saturday Warwick team!
We had a lovely time at the Easter Picnic. Fun for children and superb picnics for adults. The only disappointment was the children's basket which was a bit pricey (150 rand) for a hot dog, juice and candy, and not very nutritional.
We joined Warwick Estate for their Valentines Picnic on Sunday 13 February 2011 - wow! It was perfect, right from the cushions on the lawns by the lake, to the delicious contents of our picnic basket, through to the efficient service and ambience of the beautiful outdoor setting. Definitely well worth it and we will definitely be back!
Initially the picnic process from a previous visit was structured in a way that you would book, arrive and make your way to your spot. Your waitron would then bring all beverages and picnic baskets to you and run a tab which is delightful if you are having a birthday function for a party of ten as we were. At the time of booking we were not advised that the service had been removed and we would need to collect everything as we needed if from their main area. We were told by one of the staff that the management had moved the goal posts. Having made a booking prior, it would have been nice to know. We were advised that it had changed that week. I also felt much aggrieved to have to pay for bottled water as they simply would not provide jugs of tap water. Mmm good old South African in me says - nothing wrong with our water. All in all, the setting is pretty albeit work in progress and I must admit the food selection and presentation of the picnic basket was superb.