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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 R645 for two adults, 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. They also have a kiddies’ picnic for R125 per child.

The picnic area at The Bakery at Jordan

The picnic area at The Bakery at Jordan. Photo supplied.

Bistro Allee Bleue (Groot Drakenstein)

Enjoy the mountain views under the shady old oak trees and order a picnic basket for R195 per person. From a braised beef wrap and mini bobotie pies to a cheese platter and white-chocolate mousse, there’s a little something for everyone.

Blaauwklippen Estate (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy a picnic for R200 per person in the beautiful surrounds on the Blaaauwklippen Estate. Included is a dessert trio of brownie, milk tart and a white-chocolate truffle. Call 021 880 0133 to book a picnic basket.

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 like farm baked bread and butter, chicken liver spread, garden slaw salad and herb vinaigrette, Werf Butchery cold cuts, coronation chicken and barley salad, baked chocolate tart and burnt meringue. This all costs R240 per person or R440 per couple. Treats from the Werf Farm picnic basket include breads, hummus, chicken liver pâté, cheese with preserves and farm-made ice cream. The Werf Farm picnic basket costs R395 per couple or R210 for one.

Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz Wine Estate (Franschhoek)

Collect a wonderful picnic basket from The Franschhoek Kitchen and enjoy the fresh produce for R250 per person. Call them on 021 876 2738 to book a picnic basket.

Fyndraai Restaurant at Solms-Delta (Franschhoek)

Relax on the lawns and enjoy a fresh picnic at Solms-Delta. Feast on tandoori chicken wings, West Coast smoked snoek, home-made koeksisters and milk tart for R225 per adult or R365 for a basket for two. Call them on 087 701 9734 to book a picnic basket.

Groote Post (Darling)

Cured meats, salads and a local cheese selection alongside a dessert are all things you can expect in a R400 Groote Post picnic basket for two. Escape the city for a tranquil afternoon.

Hartenberg Wine Estate (Franschhoek)

Enjoy a picnic packed with local produce for R195 per person on the lawns at Hartenberg or take it along on the estate’s wetland walk.

Hazendal Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)

The rolling lawns make for an ideal winelands picnic. Enjoy a basket for R350 for two people. It has all the favourites you can expect in a picnic basket.

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Mont Rochelle Hotel & Vineyard (Franschhoek)

Enjoy a picnic by the dam from R360 for a basket for two. Think cheese selection, cold meats, brownies and homemade bread.

Mooiplaas Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)

Enjoy Victorian-style picnics and cheese platters in historic gardens at Mooiplaas for a R350 picnic basket for two. Feast on pork pies, 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 from a variety of picnic baskets starting from R170 for two people. Each basket varies, so there’s bound to be one to suit your tastes.

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate (Paarl)

Experience a picturesque picnic in the historic Paarl valley surrounded by the hills of the Paarl Rock Mountains. It’s R185 for a basket for one. Banting picnic options are available as well.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence (Franschhoek)

Enjoy the summer sun and a French-style picnic for R580 for the grand country picnic basket for two, or R325 for single baskets.

Rickety Bridge (Franschhoek)

Enjoy picnics ranging from gourmet to regular on the verandah. Prices vary, so be sure to book in advance.

Spier Farm Kitchen (Stellenbosch)

Pre-book a picnic with packaging that’s 100% biodegradable and compostable for R275 for person. Bring along a blanket and enjoy a spread of Winelands cheeses, hummus and chocolate brownie fingers on the lawns.

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 R310 per person, but they also have kiddies, vegetarian, vegan and pescatarian options available.

 

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Vredenheim Estate (Franschhoek)

Feast on a picnic basket from Hudsons Restaurant in the beautiful gardens at Vredenheim Estate. It’s R170 for a basket for one, R340 for two and R510 for three – think cold meats, salads, cheese selection and chocolate brownies.

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 R500 serves two (R300 serves one) and includes Warwick’s famous biltong pâté, homemade bread, a charcuterie box and umami butter chocolate brownies. There’s a children’s basket for R80, and vegan and vegetarian options are also available. House wines, MCCs, champagnes and non-alcoholic beverages are also available at additional costs.

Zevenwacht Wine Estate (Stellenbosch)

Order a farmhouse picnic basket for R390 for a basket for two and enjoy it alongside lake views on the tree-shaded lawns at Zevenwacht Wine Estate. From snoek pâté to parma ham and strawberry cheesecake, there’s a little something for everyone.

Zorgvliet Wines (Franschhoek)

Bring a blanket and pick a comfy spot under the oak trees as you enjoy a picnic basket for two from R450.

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

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