One of my favourite things about summer is being outdoors and enjoying a lazy picnic with friends. What could be nicer? I’ve rounded up a few great wine estates and restaurants that offer gourmet picnic hampers and a wonderful al fresco experience. Let us know if there are any places we should add to the list.
1. WARWICK WINE ESTATE
From the lawns to more private picnic pods, Warwick offers an amazing gourmet picnic for special occasions or just a lazy day in the winelands.
There are two food options to choose from:
Gourmet menu (R375 for two)
Vegetarian (R375 for two people)
Kids menu (R49 per box)
2. BOSCHENDAL’S “LE PIQUE-NIQUE”
During the hot summer months Boschendal is the ideal setting for a relaxing al-fresco lunch of pre-packed picnics set under the shady trees.
R 165 per person
3. SPIER LAKESIDE PICNICS
If you’re looking for a gourmet picnic this is the picnic for you. From a crispy baguette with farm butter and homemade hummus to homebaked chocolate brownies this will be a picnic to remember.
There are four baskets to choose from:
Gluten-free Picnic (R320 for two)
Gourmet Picnic (R320 for two people)
Vegetarian Picnics (R270 for two people)
4. ROUNDHOUSE RUMBULLION
Nestled in the glen of Table Mountain, the Roundhouse Restaurant offers a more relaxing al-fresco style dining in the sun on the lush lawns during the summer months.
Enjoy the historic Cape Dutch farmstead and winery that frame the beautiful gardens studded with ancient trees under which you can enjoy your picnic.
R135 per person
6. CAPE POINT VINEYARD
Enjoy a relaxing picnic on this wine farm with magnificent wines and breathtaking views.
They offer two different baskets as well as a snack basket and kids picnic.
Picnic Basket (R395 for two people)
Vegetarian Basket (R395 for two people)
Snack Basket (R230 for two people)
Kids Picnic (R65 per hamper)
This picnic spot is perfect if you’re looking to get away from the usual restaurant scene as you collect your basket from the restaurant and then take a 10 minute stroll to select the perfect spot from a variety of sites which include a large grassy lawn along side the forest, sandy river bank spots and shady spots overlooking the farm dam.
R175 per person / R290 per basket
8. ALLEE BLEUE
Here you can enjoy a so-called “chicnic” deli-inspired picnic in the shade of old oak trees, views of the vineyard and the majestic Dreakenstein Mountains in the background which create the perfect picnic spot.
9. FRANSCHHOEK KITCHEN
Have a stress-free picnic where the only thing you will hear are the birds in the ancient oaks and the gurgling of the river. Enjoy the fresh local produce in your picnic basket, refreshing drinks and the farms fine wines.
10. HARTENBERG WINE ESTATE
Lush lawns are perfect for picnics and Hartenberg has just that. You will receive delicious treats in your basket, like freshly baked farm bread, snoek pate, beetroot and cumin dip and much more.
R175 per person.