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Perfect picnics in the Winelands

From majestic mountains to spectacular vineyard views, these are the places you should be visiting for gourmet picnics in the Winelands.

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 R550 for two adults, the picnic basket contains a selection of locally produced cheeses, charcuterie including biltong, fresh wood-fired veggie focaccia, olives, homemade preserves and spreads, a pastry option from the bakery, and a bottle of wine from the Chameleon range. They also have a kiddies’ picnic for R125 per child. Book online for an amazing family outing.

 

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Boschendal (Franschhoek)

Enjoy breathtaking mountain and vineyard views from the two picturesque picnic areas at Boschendal Estate. The Rhone Rose picnic basket is filled with items such as freshly baked bread, green salads from their Werf Food Garden, roast free-range chicken, Boschendal Butchery charcuterie, homemade preserves, and one of their celebrated desserts. Be sure to book online – you don’t want to miss out on the fun!

Cavalli Estate (Somerset West)
Spend an afternoon enjoying the sweeping views at Cavalli Estate this summer and enjoy their picnic offering. Guests can indulge in the picnic offering at R600 which serves two people from Wednesday to Sunday. Wine can be bought additionally on the day from Cavalli’s Tasting area. Reservations (and full prepayment) needs to be made 24 hours in advance as space is limited.  Picnic baskets are to be collected from the tasting area between 12noon and 2pm on the day. To reserve your spot, contact the estate at 021 855 3218 or via email on office@cavalliestate.com

Groote Post (Darling)

Cured meats, salads and a local cheese selection alongside a dessert are what you can expect in a R200 Groote Post picnic basket for one. Book online to escape the city for a tranquil afternoon.

Hartenberg Wine Estate (Franschhoek)

Enjoy a picnic packed with local produce such as breads and spreads, cheese, charcuterie and a salted caramel brownie for R295 per person on the lawns at Hartenberg or take it with you as you wander along the estate’s wetland walk. Don’t forget to book online.

Hazendal Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)

The rolling lawns make for an ideal Winelands picnic. Enjoy a Babushka picnic basket for R300 per person, which you can book online. It has all the favourites you can expect in a picnic basket, including artisanal breads, snoek pâté, local cheese and the dessert cup of the day.

 

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The Manor at Nederburg (Paarl)

Along with breathtaking views of the Drakenstein Mountains and the farm’s vineyards and gardens beyond, enjoy a lovely garden picnic for R460 for two. The baskets are filled with cheese, charcuterie and chocolate brownies. Check out their website to book.

Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard (Franschhoek)

Enjoy a picnic by the dam – think a cheese selection, cold meats and homemade bread. The baskets vary from R490 to R590 for two people. They cater for all dietary requirements. Book online for a sunny summer picnic in Franschhoek.

Mooiplaas Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy Victorian-style picnics and cheese platters in historic gardens at Mooiplaas for R385 for two people. Feast on homemade quiche, hummus and freshly baked bread. Call them on 021 200 7493 to book a picnic basket.

Morgenhof Estate (Franschhoek)

Enjoy a serene day on the lawns and order a gourmet picnic basket for R500 for two or a vegetarian picnic basket for R350 for two. Both baskets include a bottle of wine. Booking is essential.

 

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Quoin Rock (Stellenbosch)

Join for a stylish picnic in a scenic natural environment. Picnics are priced at R400 per person and R180 per children’s basket. They cater for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free dietary requirements. Book online for an elegant picnic that truly pulls out all the stops.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)

Enjoy the summer sun and a French-style picnic in Franschhoek. They do a self-service picnic basket, so you get to choose exactly what you’d like from their deli to create your own picnic basket.

 

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Rhebokskloof Wine Estate (Paarl)

Experience a picturesque picnic in the historic Paarl Valley surrounded by the hills of the Paarl Rock Mountains. It’s R550 for a basket for two. A vegetarian picnic option is available as well. Book online, grab a picnic basket and a bottle of wine, and simply relax!

Spier Farm Kitchen (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy a picnic where the food comes packaged in 100% biodegradable and compostable containers. Bring along a blanket and enjoy a spread of delectable goods on the lawns. Pre-book online for R295 per person.

 

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Vergelegen Camphor Forest Picnic (Somerset West)

The peaceful and beautifully shaded Camphor Forest at Vergelegen makes the perfect setting for a summer picnic. The price for a classic basket is R325 per person, but they also have kiddies, vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian options available. Book online for a tranquil afternoon adventure.

Vredenheim Estate (Franschhoek)

Feast on a picnic basket from Hudsons Restaurant in the beautiful gardens at Vredenheim Estate. It’s R490 for two – think cold meats, salads, cheese selection and a caramel-chocolate brownie trifle. Check out their website to make a booking.

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 Warwick’s famous biltong pâté, homemade bread, a charcuterie box and a Cape honey cheesecake. There’s a children’s basket for R150, and vegan and vegetarian options are also available. House wines, MCCs, champagnes and non-alcoholic beverages are also available at additional costs. Book online now.

 

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Webersburg (Stellenbosch)

Order a picnic basket, which includes a bottle of wine, for R600 for two people. Choose a spot under the shade of the towering oak trees and relax by the dam as you enjoy the occasional visit from one of the resident ducks.

Zevenwacht Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)

Order a farmhouse picnic basket for R440 for a basket for two and enjoy it alongside lake views on the tree-shaded lawns at Zevenwacht Wine Estate. From snoek pâté to meatballs and strawberry cheesecake, there’s a little something for everyone. Book online now.

Hey Joe Brewing Co. (Franschhoek)

The restaurant at this Belgian brewer is also offering picnic boxes (R480 for two), which can be enjoyed on their expansive lawn area. There is also a kids’ play area so everyone will enjoy the day out in the Winelands. The picnic box consists of pulled pork bitterballen, lemon-and-thyme chicken strips, a garden salad and slaw, olives, bretzel sticks, meringues and strawberries. The kids’ version costs R100 each and they can choose between a burger or chicken strips with their chips and milkshake. Groups of more than four people have to book 48 hours in advance.

Zorgvliet Wines (Franschhoek)

Bring a blanket and pick a comfy spot under the oak trees as you enjoy a picnic basket for two from R555. It’s got all the tasty morsels you would expect to find in any must-have picnic basket.

 

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Have we missed your favourite picnic spot in the Winelands? Let us know in the comments section below.

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