Picnic outings are traditionally the add-ons to the extensive treats many wine estates as to offer. Yet, with the new ways of travel and leisure, requiring keeping yourself in a virtual capsule, picnics become the reasonable choice for many explorers.

Since most offers are made by the estate’s chef or at the restaurant, venues are able to cater to different dietary requirements given a proper notice. In all cases, advanced booking is mandatory since space and availability is limited.

The world renowned Nederburg Estate, in the Paarl wine region, producing award winning wines for centuries (we kid you not!), recently completed a massive renovation at the old manor house which now houses both the wine tasting section and a chef restaurant.

A meal on the lawn, under the shade of age-old trees starts at 12:00 with generous picnic baskets, filled to the brim with a splendid selection of local cheeses and charcuterie, olives, pickles, nuts, hummus, and freshly baked bread for entrée. The main course is crispy roasted baby chicken with sautéed caramelised new potatoes. To finish, enjoy a deliciously decadent chocolate brownie served with cream. The picnic basket serves two and includes a bottle of your choice of wine from their ‘The Winemasters’ collection. Adult picnic baskets, serving two, cost R460, while kids’ picnic boxes (for those under the age of 12), serving one, goes for R100. You may also add additional soft drinks, waters, non-alcoholic ciders and hot beverages to your basket selection. These are offered at an additional cost.

A picnic a Quoin Rock wine estate in Stellenbosch is a full day experience. Only 8 iron cast pergolas at the edge of the garden are available and you are seated on classic garden furniture, served a dedicated menu by a waitron that will accompany you throughout the day.

Picnickers can relax in the garden after lunch, either on a picnic blanket or fat sac or alternatively enjoy the various lawn games provided, making this a truly leisurely excursion.

A basket includes freshly baked French baguette with chef choice artisanal butters; basil and pesto cream dip; foie gras pâté; fresh snoek pâté, and a local cheese and charcuterie selection.

To add to the delight, a basket also features a butternut, baby mix leaves and feta salad; beetroot, baby mix leaves and goat cheese; a fresh poke bowl; smoked salmon wrap; delicious roasted lamb on Moroccan couscous; as well as Pina Colada and coconut panna cotta; and unlimited still and sparkling water.

A children’s basket includes rootstock crisps; a chocolate or strawberry milkshake; a handmade cookie and seasonal berries. Children also have the option of selecting a ham and cheese baguette, a cheese baguette, or a mac and cheese.

Note that chefs at Gåte are also able to create a delectable vegan, vegetarian, or gluten free version of the menu, with prior notice.

Picnics are priced at R400 per person, and R180 per children’s basket. They are available from Thursday to Sunday, from 1 October 2020 to 30 April 2021.

Nothing beats the picture perfect location of De Grendel Wine Estate in the Durbanville Valley. Across the bay from Table Mountain and Cape Town, they could have settled with that, but being owned by a line of Baronet for the 4th generation, aspiring to quality is in the genes.

You won’t find a picnic per se but rather an extended wine tasting option in the form of mezze platter. That, when combined with the setting and wonderful weather, is perfect for a prolonged experience.

Eagles Nest wine estate, a small boutique winery in the Constantia Valley, producing small quantities of superb wine, nowhere else to be found in South Africa because most bottles are exported, is a must on-site visit.

With 3 generations living on the property as well as some of the staff members, it is not only beautiful but also family oriented.

Four types of casual sitting, 1 indoors and 3 out, under the shade of the pergolas or the Corallodendrons, next to the big, naturally bordered lawns, where children can run around, is where you can have your tasting of their full range. Complement the tasting with one of the platters that are designed to be shared and you get a perfect, relaxed winelands experience.


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