MEMORABLE FAMILY OUTINGS
Visiting a wine estate for either wine tasting or a day outing destressed itself in recent years with some of the best destinations making an extra effort to accommodate children and young adults. We are not talking jungle gyms but curated experiences and special design that attends to the younger members of the group and cater for their need for activity.
The picnic offerings include a special basket for kids and the picnic ground is a large, fenced meadow in the heart of the estate. They also serve complete pizza boards from the restaurant to the picnic area.
The daily guided garden tour starts at the Farm Shop at 10:00 every day, led by one of their experienced gardeners. The 3.5 hectares is laid on a classic grid and discloses big varieties of hidden spaces, pocket gardens and crossing paths. It is a charming experience for all ages. The hiring of a guide is not a must, you can choose to stroll by yourself after paying the small entry fee.
A tea ceremony takes place at 9:30 on Tuesdays in the healing garden and includes an informative explanation of nature’s medicine chest. The central layout of the garden follows the form of the human body with herbs to heal the head, heart, lungs, digestive system, organs, skin, bones and feet. The trees planted in this garden are some of the “giants” in African healing traditions. Herbs along the outer wall follow the seasons, summer to winter, specially selected to heal, soothe and balance the body through the time-honoured pleasure of tea. Available to children over 10 years and older.
The existing Splish Splash play area is about to be joined by The Tree House – a place for children to day dream.
They offer a covered kiddie’s play area supervised by childminders (for children under 1.2m tall) and a babysitting service under your watchful eye.
Red and white grape juice ‘tasting’ especially for children. Colouring-in activities occupy the children while parents concentrate on enhancing their wine tasting skills. A jungle gym, with supervision, occupies the children while parents linger over their lunch. Family picnics near the vines or within the beautiful gardens are a perfect style of relaxed al fresco dining over the summer.
This family estate is situated along the Berg River. Overnight sleeping or day visiting allows strolls and picnics on the lush lawns.
They also offer a High Tea menu to celebrate any occasion. This is subject to pre-booking.
The Rotisserie offers a ‘Family Table’ for groups of 10 or more with a dedicated waitron to take care of any need and platters to be shared.
In smaller groups, children are offered a small craft set or educational games to keep them occupied.
Referring to children as ‘Little Corkers’ they created a parallel experience for the young ones.
Although parental supervision is required, they offer dedicated accommodation for children, a range of activities, flexible menus in both restaurants to meet some fussy tastes, grape juice tastings, competitive gaming on the lawns that are located around the grounds and a scavenger hunt.
Cosecha, the Latin inspired restaurant of the estate, is rolling out the elevated deck and ground level lawns that goes all the way to the river bank. Open and in sight, with special kids’ picnic basket that will appeal even to a more sophisticated child pallet.
At a table with a view inside or at a picnic table under an old Oak, you can have your order from the restaurant menu or pre-order from a range of baskets, including a family option. No one rushes you off and a big jungle gym will keep the young one’s attention.
The above estates can be reached individually but they are also on the Franschhoek Wine Tram Routes. You can start at the Drakenstein Station or in Cape Town with City Sightseeing.
City Sightseeing offers a direct coach to the Wine Tram main station where you can choose between two of their 8 routes. Leaving Cape Town on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, collecting along the Atlantic Seaboard in the morning.
A full artisanal destination for gourmands of all ages. Winery, distillery, the CBC brewery, a chef restaurant, a pizzeria, cured meats, biltong producers and a chocolatier for dessert.
A start and end point for a number of adventures trails, on foot or on wheels. Quad biking and horse riding are also available. A perfect destination for an active family.
Once a month they hold a Farmers Market – a great local gathering of small producers with a bazaar vibe.
The only Kosher option offers picnic baskets for adults and children to be relished on the estate’s grounds.
Known for their acclaimed yearly series of ‘Pinotage on Tap’ festivals across the country, they deliver interest on a daily basis. The estate’s grounds are dotted with life sized and extra-large scale wild animal sculptures and live ducks, geese and horses. Horse rides through the estate’s vines and orchards are available with pre-booking.
It is also the only estate that offers extra products made with the estate grapes: preserves, relish and decedent truffles with distinctive different flavours. Although not available to taste, our experience was amazing in one short word.
The place to combine a river walk with a picnic. Known for its mysterious hills and vales, it is also home to many small mammals, including buck, porcupine, baboons and even a leopard.
Among the 7 different pairing options you’ll find interesting combinations of pancake pairings and a non-alcoholic pairing / kiddies’ pairing.
Adults that prefer to avoid alcohol are offered a replacement of juice and ice tea, produced in Wellington. Younger guests are treated with a more age appropriate pairing where flavours of juices and snacks are on offer.
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