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.
My family and I had a superb Sunday afternoon relaxing on the lawn on over-sized cushions in their gorgeous gardens eating delicious bites and enjoying a chilled bottle of the estates famous Riesling. It is outstanding and I encourage you, if this is not your usual choice, to try it! It is a wine of elegance and full of flavour.
Next to the picnic area, strategically placed up a little slope, is a kid’s play area with a jungle gym, slide, swings see-saw and in-ground trampoline. There is a picnic table in this area if you like to keep a close eye on your little adventurer.
In the picnics gardens you can choose to sit at tables, complete with red-checkered tablecloths, or simply relax on the lawn on picnic blankets with large cushions, both provided. There lush gardens have plenty of trees for shade to escape the summer heat, the setting is ideal.
Picnics are freshly prepared using locally sourced ingredients, free-range and complemented by freshly baked breads and beautifully delivered in Hartenberg wooden boxes with dishes presented in Consol jars.
Our Picnic basket was filled with deliciousness consisting of:
- The popular Eleanor’s snoek pâté
- A selection of local cheeses and charcuterie with a tasty tomato pesto
- A Gourmet chicken Caesar sandwich with garlic aioli and Chevin cheese
- Delicious fig and blue cheese quiche
- A roasted vegetable rice salad with feta
- Deconstructed Strawberry Cheesecake (served in a Consol jar)
- Peanut Butter and Chocolate dessert (served in a Consol jar)
The kid’s picnic box was perfectly packed for my two monkeys!
- The most delicious sweet potato chips I have ever tasted! I am a huge fan of sweet potatoes for all their nutritional goodness so this was a winner on my list!
- Crumbed chicken
- A decadent chocolate brownie
- Juice box
New to Hartenberg, this season visitors will be treated to a five-star experience with the introduction of Hartenberg’s Celebration Table. Ideal for that special occasion and guaranteed to be picture perfect this experience includes a beautiful festively decorated table with all the trimmings to make it extra special.
The Celebration Table is a tailor-made package to suit your needs!
It includes: Special menu options, wine and décor for the table.
To ensure the ultimate exclusive, stylish and upmarket experience the Celebration Table is ideally suited to minimum of 10 and maximum of 25 guests. Contact Johan for more information: [email protected]
Hartenberg are passionate about preserving their natural wealth and follow sustainable farming practices and conservation programmes. They are proud members of the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) and Integrated Production of Wine (IPW), and the estate is home to plentiful wildlife and over 120 species of birds, inspiring them to combine the best of nature with fine wine. The Wetland Conservation Area, alongside the vineyards, makes for a beautiful setting for walks.
Thank you, Hartenberg Wine Estate, for a lovely afternoon, delicious food and wine.
Bottelary Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 865 2541 | www.hartenbergestate.com