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LIFE IS A PICNIC

LIFE IS A PICNIC

Either for a romantic or a practical decision to suit a diverse party of people, choosing the picnic option while exploring the Cape Winelands can often provide you with a delightful culinary experience and a memorable day.

Our past engagement in that activity proved that the wine estates don’t take this menu offer lightly in any way. Effort, creativity, presentation and well attended location are all taken into consideration.

It’s actually a perfect example to the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. Picnic grounds for a start, reflects the history, environmental ethos, landscaping traditions, respect to the neighbouring ecosystems of the estate and the desire to create a welcoming site that will make you feel spoiled for choice.

With the same attention, the picnic basket content is a purification of the estates produce for both the wine and the culinary offerings. It is inevitable that you will be offered to pick a wine to suit the season and the food, to brighten your day and leave you light headed and content.

The dishes and goods offer the same approach. When enjoying the estates’ chef’s culinary creation in small bundles of joy he doesn’t have the luxury to impress with beautiful plating, so it comes down to flavors. Lucky for us, we got to have some of the most appetizing dishes coming out of a freshly assembled jar.

We have a few examples for you with what is coming for the 2018/19 season:

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek

Sourced out of their award winning French restaurant, their picnic basket gets reinvented each summer. The Grande Country Picnic baskets include free range chicken, estate made hummus, local cheeses and preserves, heirloom garden salad, smoked snoek pâté, olives, charcuterie and crusty farm baked bread. The decadent rocky road Valrhona chocolate bar will satisfy any sweet tooth. The picnic basket comes with a bottle of Grande Provence’s popular Angels Tears wine of your choice as well as still or sparkling water. Vegetarian baskets are available on request.

The Grande Country Picnic is available at R650 for two people sharing or R325 for a single basket. To book, call The Restaurant at Grande Provence a day in advance on Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email [email protected]  The picnics at Grande Provence take place from September 2018 until April 2019 and are weather dependent. Limited baskets are available per day, so book early to avoid disappointment.

 

 

Perdeberg Winery, Paarl

Providing a local interpretation to tapas, you should expect a mouthful of meaty dishes that will allow you to indulge over the advantages of locally sourced, fresh ingredients.

 

Braai Tapas Picnic : R350

Basket: Serves two and includes a bottle of Perdeberg Classic Sauvignon Blanc 2018 / Chenin Blanc 2018 or Perdeberg Classic Merlot 2017 / Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

Baby potato and gherkin salad, camembert and green fig roosterkoek, marinated free range chicken and peppers kebab, grass-fed lamb chops, traditional skildpaaitjies and a giant marshmallow and dark chocolate s’more

Additional options and extras are offered. Only two sessions per day- 11:30 & 12:30

 

Vergelegen Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

The ‘White Tablecloth’ picnics are held it the magical Camphor Forest that surrounds the estates famous gardens. Due to the natural setting picnics are season limited between November and April.

The picnic basket include breads & pâtés, starter, salad, mains, cheese and dessert.

Jordan Wine Estate, Stellenbosch

Launched their wildly popular picnics again this September following huge success last year!

The picnic basket for two is filled to the brim with delectable treats from The Bakery at Jordan and includes a bottle of wine from the Chameleon range.

They serve seasonal menus at Jordan so the baskets are subject to change. Nevertheless we can assure a selection of at least 7 dishes for the cost of R595 for two people sharing.

 

 

 

Groot Constantia

Although not served in the basket, the alfresco dining experience at Jonkershuis restaurant, under the light shade of ancient oak trees is one of the most leisurely, informal culinary activities you can have.

A diverse offer of platters and options to share are available.

Open 7 days a week with the exclusion of Christmas Day & Good Friday, the estate can be reached via the City Sightseeing Peninsula Route (Blue).

La Motte, Franschhoek

Pierneef à La Motte restaurant, a whole year round fine dining establishment created a separate Garden Menu.

Welcoming guests to its culture of sharing, it is a relaxed offering to be enjoyed under the estate’s majestic oak trees during warmer weather, from October to Easter.

Think flavoursome Cape curries, Mosbolletjies, biltong, curry lamb kebabs, cinnamon pancakes and all those interesting combinations of sweet, sour and savoury. Making use of seasonal, sustainable and local artisan ingredients, the menu offers guests a selection of smaller plates for a wider variety and to enjoy with La Motte’s wines.

The delightful confectionery of the Farm Shop is always a temptation, the La Motte gardens also offers a beautiful opportunity to sit down with a glass of the estate’s award-winning Méthode Cap Classique, coffee or tea and a choice of delectable bakes.

The Garden Menu is served in the garden or on the Pierneef à La Motte stoep from Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 – 17:00. (Last orders at 16:30).

Most of the estates, on and off our list, offers Vegetarian and kids options. Please browse specific details for each estate.

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