Gourmet Picnics are a wonderful way to spend the day with family and friends, and wonderful for celebrations too. It’s relaxing, the food is fabulous, the wine outstanding, the location scenic, and of course it is ideal with kids. Remember you need to book in advance! The sooner the better with the silly season approaching.
Here are some of my favourite Gourmet Picnic Venues in the Winelands:
Delheim Wine Estate
The setting for their Riverside Gourmet Picnics is stunning, a wonderful discovery. Arriving at the farm and walking to the area not knowing what awaits only to discover a beautiful, private and secluded forest area next to the river with water trickling creating a very tranquil ambiance. The area is ideal for families and perfect for kids to play, explore, climb and swing. There are not many places I have discovered like this providing old school fun for kids to be kids and explore. There is an old school swing which was pure delight for my 6-year old son who absolutely loved it! (the only thing is watch out the kids don’t bump into the tree, they go really high). There is also a perfect swing for the young ones, which is super safe and my little guy loved it. Click here to read more.
Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch (off the R44) | Tel: 021 – 888 4600 | www.delheim.com
Hartenberg Wine Estate
A day out to Hartenberg Wine Estate in the Stellenbosch Winelands is a must on your Summer to do list! Enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic in their stunning garden setting, perfect for families and little ones. Think of lingering summer day’s alfresco style, chilled wine and picnic baskets filled with delicious delights and kids playing in the lush garden, sounds ideal. This is Hartenberg. Situated on the slopes of the Bottelary Hills is this family run estate, where nature provides the perfect soils and climate to grow and produce award-winning wines. The estate is the perfect backdrop for your relaxed picnic outing with the family. Click here to read more.
Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 865 2541 | www.hartenbergestate.com
Spier Wine Farm
Spier is a wonderful wine estate to enjoy a relaxed Gourmet Picnic in the scenic Stellenbosch Winelands. The beautiful scenery around the Spier dam with views of the Helderberg Mountain provides the perfect setting with plenty of trees for shade and a jungle gym to keep the little ones busy. At Eight to Go Deli you can create your own Gourmet Picnic or you can pre-order a Gourmet Picnic, a day in advance.
In the Tasting Room kids can do Grape Juice Tasting while mommy and daddy enjoy a tasting too. Also located on the Spier Wine Farm is Eagle Encounters, a non-profit wildlife rehabilitation, conservation, education and eco-tourism centre. Click here to read more.
Baden Powell Road (R310), Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 809 1100 | www.spier.co.za
Vergenoegd picnics are an expression of the Cape’s best hand-crafted food and includes a bottle of Vergenoegd’s own Runner Duck wine. A treat for the whole family, children will love their own special picnic items too. The landscaped gardens provide the perfect spaces for picnics under the ancient oak trees. Picnic blankets are available or you can sit at a table, if you prefer. Click here to read more.
Baden Powell Drive, Faure, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 843 3248 | www.vergenoegd.co.za
Warwick Wine Estate
Warwick Wine Estate is an outstanding family run wine estate, located in the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands, producing award-winning wines. This is the ultimate location for Gourmet Picnics in the Winelands and the perfect place to relax with family or friends and ideal for children. My family and I had a wonderful, relaxed day at the estate, it is the perfect spot for a family outing with kids. Click here to read more.
R44, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 884 4410 | www.warwickwine.com
Webersburg Wine Estate
The scenic and tranquil setting around the dam is ideal for picnics and a relaxed, lingering afternoon of tasty delights and delicious wine. There are large oak trees providing shade in the summer’s heat and ducks and geese swimming across the dam completing this picture perfect location. The gardens are immaculate and the views incredible, it’s impossible not to feel relaxed. Click here to read more.
Annandale Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 881 3636 | www.webersburg.co.za
FRANSCHHOEK WINE VALLEY
Picnics at Solms-Delta are a truly memorable experience offering delectable farm picnics with freshly packed picnic baskets. You’re spoilt for choice with the variety of picnic spots to choose from the large grassy lawn alongside the forest, the sandy river bank and shady spots overlooking the farm dam. Tractor rides are available on Sundays to transport you to the picnic area. Pack your costume and towel to cool off in the river.
Remember to purchase refreshments before walking down to the picnic site, as the site is not serviced. Ablution facilities are available, discreetly hidden in the forest.
Delta Road (off R45), Franschhoek | Tel: 021 – 874 3937 | www.solms-delta.co.za
Cape Point Vineyards
Cape Point Vineyards Estate is absolutely breathtaking and a perfect location for a picnic with the kids. Located on the mountain slopes of Chapman’s Peak with picturesque ocean views over Noordhoek Beach. There is a jungle gym for the little ones. Picnics are available Monday to Wednesday, and Friday to Sundays and need to be ordered 24 hours in advance, bookings essential. Picnics are served between 12pm – 5pm. Blankets and pillows are provided. Picnic menus are available on their website.
Silvermine Road, Noordhoek | Tel: 021 – 789 0900 | www.cpv.co.za