There are so many reasons to visit a Wine Estate with the family, beautiful locations, outstanding dining experiences, wine tasting, grape juice tasting for kids, animal experiences, amazing play areas and plenty of space for the kids to run wild 🙂
Here are some of my Favourite Child Friendly Wine Estates to visit with the family:
Vergelegen Wine Estate
My family and I love an outing to this beautiful estate and easily spend the day here exploring and enjoying all that it has to offer. The exquisite gardens, historical Homestead and Library, ancient Camphor trees over 300 years old, spectacular views of the Hottentots Holland mountains, incredible kids play area, world class restaurants and award winning wines all contribute to the unique experience at this estate.
There are two restaurants, Camphors at Vergelegen offers a fine dining experience and Stables Bistro is a lovely, child-friendly restaurant to visit with the family. They also offer Gourmet picnic’s in the magical Camphor Forest between November to April.
They have an amazing play area for the little ones positioned a little distance away from Stables, it can be seen from the outside tables but not close enough to watch young ones. There is lawn space in front of the restaurants outside tables for the little ones to play while you are eating.
The kids play area is one of the best I’ve seen. They have definitely taken pride in constructing this for our little people and it has all been specially handcrafted. It really is lovely with beautiful mountains in the background the play area almost feels tranquil, if that is possible with kids 🙂 There is a wooden jungle gym, swings and a specially handcrafted wooden tractor and animals for them to play on. Honestly they have done a great job and my kids love playing here.
Vergelegen has a special place in my heart and is one of my favourite estates to visit. Click here to read more about Vergelgen
Lourensford Road, Somerset West | Tel: 021 – 847 2100
Open Monday to Sunday 9:30am – 5pm, the last entry onto the Estate is at 4pm
Entrance fee is R10/adult and R5/scholar or pensioner
Spier Wine Farm
Spier is a welcoming, family friendly wine estate to visit with plenty of family entertainment on offer.
They have outstanding award winning wines which can be sampled in their tasting room and they offer a kid’s grape juice tasting so they can share in the experience. Click here to read my blog about Grape Juice tasting with the kids.
There are a few dining options. You can create your own gourmet picnic basket from local, organic produce at Eight to Go Deli or you can pre-order a Gourmet picnic basket. 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 kids busy.
On the farm you will find Eagle Encounters, a wildlife rehabilitation centre for birds of prey. They offer the opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent birds which have been rehabilitated. These birds contribute to the farms ecosystem and allow pest control to happen naturally. This is a wonderful, interactive educational experience for kids. Click here to read more about Eagle Encounters.
Spier Wine Estate, R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 809 1100
Wine Tasting open Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm; Sunday 11am – 6pm
Eagle Encounters is open daily from 9:30am – 5pm
Cost: R75/adult and R65/child age 3 – 12, children under 3 are FREE
Tokara Wine Estate
The beautiful and elegant Tokara Estate offers visitors a unique combination of award-winning wines, an outstanding fine dining restaurant, tasting room, a wonderful child-friendly Delicatessen, brandy and olive oils, and a gallery of fine art.
In the tasting room you will find a number of great works of art and at the Deli you will find sculptures. At Tokara they want to remind you that making great wine is an art and their philosophy is that good wine, good food and good art go together.
The charming Deli is ideal for kids of all ages. There are scenic views of the Simonsberg Mountains, olive groves and vineyards making it a beautiful setting for a casual breakfast or lunch with the family. For the younger little ones they have baskets full of toys for them to play with inside the restaurant or on the deck next to you at the outside tables. For the older kids they have a wooden jungle gym, a sandpit and space for them to play on the lawn in front of the restaurant, in view of the tables. There is also a giant birds nest for the good climbers mounted in a tree. Click here to read more about Tokara Delicatessen
Helshoogte Road (R310), Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 808 5950
Set in the beautiful Stellenbosch Winelands, Mulderbosch Vineyards is a wonderful child friendly wine estate to visit with family and friends for a relaxed afternoon of wine tasting and heavenly pizza. There is a modern feel to this estate with comfortable seating outside in a booth style format creating a very casual, social feel and is a perfect setting with scenic views of the Stellenbosch Hills.
The thin-based wood-fired pizza’s are heavenly and they gluten free available. On the menu they also have a choice of a burger or charcuterie and cheese boards with fresh bread and Mulderbosch olive oil. Reservations for lunch are essential.
There is a wooden kids jungle gym with a slide and swings, suitable for older children or supervised little ones as it is a little distance away from the outside tables. There are two areas for adults and kids to play a game of Boules – the French game where you roll heavy metal balls as close as possible to a target (similar to lawn bowls except you are on dirt and not lawn).
Polkadraai Road (M12), Stellenbosch | Tel: 021 – 881 8149
The Tasting Room is open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 6pm
Pizza is served from 12pm – 4pm
CONSTANTIA VALLEY WINELANDS
Nestled in the lush Constantia Valley you will find South Africa’s oldest wine producing farm, with rich heritage and a beautiful setting this is a very memorable farm to visit. It is now a National Monument and a living museum preserving the history of the South African wine industry. They have been producing handcrafted wine since 1685.
There are two outstanding restaurants and a Deli on the estate, Jonkershuis Bistro, Simon’s Restaurant and Simon’s Deli.
Jonkershuis Bistro is located next to the historic homestead surrounded by ancient oak trees and is a lovely family friendly restaurant. Click here to read more on Jonkershuis.
Simon’s restaurant offers a bistro style menu with al fresco dining on the terrace while enjoying the picturesque views of the vineyards. .
Simon’s Deli, positioned next to Simon’s, is a new addition to the farm where you can design your own picnic basket to enjoy on the estate lawns and they have a jungle gym. It also serves breakfast, is a gourmet market for meat, cheeses and preserves and is a coffee shop. Click here to read more about Groot Constantia.
Main Road, Constantia | Tel: 021 – 794 5128
Open daily from 9am – 6pm
Laborie Wine Estate
The beautiful Laborie estate is situated in the picturesque town of Paarl with Paarl Rock as the backdrop. The huge granite rock is part of Paarl Mountain, meaning Pearl Mountain.
The modern tasting space, Taste at Laborie, is their newly renovated tasting room. It is the perfect space for wine tasting, wine pairing and tapas with beautiful views to savour. There are four wine pairing options including chocolate and wine, olives and wine, charcuterie and wine, and macaroons and MCC sparkling wine. Kids can join in on the tasting experience with a grape juice tasting.
They have a selection of tapas, charcuterie platters and pizzas available to order. For the kids they have a meal of the day. Kiddies tables are located on the veranda with colouring books and crayons. Across from the tasting veranda, a little distance away, is a jungle gym for the little ones, but it is across a farm road, but still in sight of the tasting area so more suitable for older children who can climb well.
Harvest at Laborie is the estates highly acclaimed restaurant serving contemporary South African cuisine. The restaurant is child friendly with a lovely, natural wood jungle gym and slide and beautiful lawns in front of the restaurant providing lots of space for play. Click here to read more on Laborie.
Taillefer Street, Paarl | Tel: 021-807 3390