The Best Pre-packed Wine Farm Picnics in Cape Town
Picnics are wonderful, aren’t they? Even better if you don’t have to do the work to make them. This is our list of the best wine farm picnics. These wine farms not only boast incredible views but they’ll pack your basket for you. Enjoy tasty food and, of course, a few bottles of wine too.
Wine Farm Picnics in Franschhoek
Enjoy the scenic views of the Drakenstein Mountains and the vineyards that Alleé Bleue wine estate has to offer. While you’re admiring the view you can nibble on one of many dishes in their fantastic picnic basket like Braised Beef Wraps with Wasabi Tzatziki. There is also a platter of local cheeses, breads and fruits, served with a selection of condiments. Visit Alleé Bleue for an afternoon of fun with the family and wonderful food.
Location: Intersection R 45 and R310, Groot Drakenstein.
Good to know: make a booking to reserve a basket.
Why you’ll love it: they have picnic baskets just for kids.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 08h00-17h00 | Sun: 10h00-16h00
Contact: 021 874 1021
Boschendal Wine Estate
This celebrated wine estate has been known for their signature picnic baskets (or boxes rather) for many years. Boschendal has two different picnic sites – The Werf and Rhone. Once you choose a site, you’ll choose a basket that will be filled with healthy, tasty, wholesome dishes and much of the produce is sourced from Boschendal itself. Read a more detailed outline of picnics at Boschendal here.
Location: Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein.
Good to know: they have two different picnic sites.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00-22h00
Contact: 021 870 4274
Prepared by Executive Chef Guy Bennett, the Grande Provence summer picnic basket is filled to the brim with delightful baguettes, artisanal brie, locally cured saucisson, Franschhoek trout, homemade preserves and butter, artisanal rosemary and sea salted crisps with whole grain mustard aioli, a crisp garden salad, and a decadent chocolate brownie. These are all perfectly rounded off with a bottle of Angels Tears wine and your choice of still or sparkling water.
Location: Main Rd, Franschhoek.
Good to know: Guests can choose to have a seated picnic
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 12h00-14h30 | 19h00-21h00
Contact: 021 876 8600
Mont Rochelle Hotel and Vineyard
The team at the Mont Rochelle prepare awesome baskets for adults and the kids and opting to have a picnic in the vineyards is a great way to see the estate. There are a couple of different baskets to choose from that include tasty treats such as local cheeses, salads, homemade crackers, BBQ chicken wings and brownies – yum! There are speciality baskets for kids too and don’t forget to choose a bottle or two of tasty estate wine.
Location: Dassenberg Rd, Franschhoek.
Good to know: baskets need to be pre-booked 12 hours ahead.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-18h00
Contact: +27 21 876 2770
Rickety Bridge Winery is known for its incredible views, relaxed atmosphere and amazing food. Spend a wonderful afternoon in the sun, snacking on some tantalising treats with your date, friends or family. Their picnic basket boasts tasty vegetarian dishes like their famous spinach and mushroom quiche, vegetable spring rolls and wraps. A selection of home baked-breads, pâtes and cheeses are included in the basket. If you’d like to pair wine with your dishes, be sure to make a request upon your arrival and choose from their lovely range.
Location: Main Rd, Franschhoek.
Good to know: you need to request wine with your meal.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 09h00-18h00 | Sun: 10h00-17h00
Contact: 021 876 2129
Wine Farm Picnics in Stellenbosch
The team over at Warwick Estate know how to take care of their guests. With over eight delicious dishes in both their regular and vegetarian baskets, your taste buds are in for a real treat. Not to mention, they offer an awesome picnic basket for the little ones, so they can have just as much fun while they eat as they do when they’re busy playing. Treat yourself to a day of fun and laughter on the lush picnic lawn at Warwick Estate.
Location: R44, Stellenbosch.
Good to know: they have awesome picnic pods!
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 09h00-17h00
Contact: 021 884 4410
Located in Stellenbosch, Spier is famous for its picnics in summer and is known for its lush green lawns, family-friendly atmosphere and entertainment. If you choose to visit Spier during the day, be sure book in advance so that their deli staff can put together an awesome picnic basket for you and kids. You can also opt to have a picnic under the stars whenever they set up an open air cinema, where you’ll get to nibble on tasty treats while watching a classic movie.
Location: R310, Stellenbosch
Good to know: they source ingredients locally.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-16h30
Contact: 021 809 1100
Zevenwacht Wine Estate
Nestled along the Stellenbosch Wine Route, Zevenwacht boasts spectacular views of the mountains and the greenery surrounding the estate. Relax on the lawn while taking in the views of the stunning lake and evergreen trees. They have a range of picnic baskets like the regular Farm House basket, Vegetarian and Kiddies baskets that are packed with tasty dishes. The Braai Basket is a popular option where guests are supplied with everything needed to have a delicious braai. Make a booking in advance in order to get a lovely spot close to their braai facilities.
Location: Langverwacht Road, Kuils River.
Good to know: there are four different picnic baskets.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 08h30-17h00 | Sat-Sun: 09h00-17h00
Contact: 021 900 5700
Wine Farm Picnics in Paarl
Rhebokskloof is situated in Paarl and is loved for their play area, picnic baskets and lovely surroundings. The lake is a popular spot to sit and snack on the delicious treats in your picnic basket. You can choose delicious bites from the Lakeside, Vegetarian and Kiddies baskets. For the more conscious consumer, there is a gluten-free option. With a great selection of wines, amazing views of the estate and a jungle gym, Rhebokskloof Wine estate is fun for the whole family.
Location: Noord Agter – Paarl Rd, Windmeul, Paarl.
Good to know: it’s kid-friendly, plus there’s a number of picnic baskets including a gluten-free basket.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00-17h00.
Contact: 021 869 8386
Wine Farm Picnics in Simondium
Noble Hill is one of our favourite spots to enjoy a picnic under the trees during the summer. Their picnic baskets are synonymous with the Latin-American style fare served at their restaurant, Cosecha. You can expect a classic selection of smoked cold meats, artisanal cheeses and bread as well as homemade tortilla chips, guacamole, albondigas and a black bean and corn salad. You can also grab a little picnic basket for the mini-me’s that includes a drink, a packet of chips, a fruit stick and a choice of kiddies meal off the menu (things like cheesy quesadillas or a PB&J sarmie). It also comes with bubbles for kids to entertain themselves with.
Good to know: They have a vegetarian picnic basket option as well.
Opening hours: Mon-Sun: 10h00-17h00 | Tues: Closed.
Contact: 021 874 3844
Wine Farm Picnics in the Southern Suburbs
Eagles Nest Wine Estate
A popular destination for locals and tourists who appreciate good food and great wine, Eagles Nest Wine estate is located in the scenic Constantia Valley. You can take a stroll around the amazing estate and admire the beautiful views, as well the wines they have to offer. When you’re feeling peckish, you can set up camp in the luscious garden where the tasting area is located. Select a delectable platter from their menu and enjoy it while basking in the sun’s rays.
Location: Constantia Main Rd, Constantia.
Good to know: they don’t offer picnic baskets per se, but you can enjoy their platters in the gardens.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 10h00-16h30
Contact: 021 794 4095
Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek
Looking for a lovely spot for a Sunday lunch? Visit Cape Point Vineyards where they have fantastic lawns, picnic baskets and breathtaking views of Noordhoek. Whether you’re a meat eater or vegetarian the deli has got you covered with thirteen scrumptious dishes in each basket, including starters, mains and koeksisters for dessert. Make sure you ask for blankets and pillows before you choose your spot and the friendly staff can help you set up a comfortable place for you to really enjoy your day out.
Location: Silvermine Rd, Noordhoek, Cape Town.
Good to know: make a booking to reserve baskets, blankets and pillows.
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 08h30-21h00 | Thu: 08h30-20h30 | Sun: 08h30-18h00
Contact: 021 789 0900
Wine Farm Picnics on the West Coast
Groote Post is the ideal place for couples to spend a lovely day together exploring the winery and eating tasty treats. Grab a blanket, pick a spot and tuck into Hilda’s picnic basket. The basket includes the quiche of the day, mixed salad, and a Ploughman’s Platter – which includes cured meats, local cheeses and Hilda’s relish. To bring the meal and a great day to a close, there are two freshly made chocolate brownies with cream. Take a break from the city and visit Groote Post Winery for a relaxing day.
Location: Darlings, Hill St, Darling.
Good to know: you can go on a nature walk.
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 08h00-17h00 | Sat-Sun: 10h00-16h00
Contact: 021 869 8386
Wine Farm Picnics in Stellenbosch
Delheim Wine Estate is one of the more popular picnic destinations in Stellenbosch. Sitting on the lush lawns, towering oak trees provide the perfect amount of shade, while you nibble on the delicious eats in the picnic basket. Delheim’s staff also put together baskets for kids, vegetarians as well as halaal options for Muslim guests.
Location: Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch.
Good to know: They have kids and halaal picnic baskets.
Opening hours: 09h00-17h00
Contact:021 888 4600
The famous picnics at Hartenberg make their return to the wine farm as summer slowly kicks in. Enjoy a picnic basket packed full of locally sourced, free-range ingredients while kids enjoy the lovely play area consisting of a slide, jungle gym and trampoline. It’s no wonder that Hartenberg Wine estate has become summertime hotspot for all families.
Location: Bottelary Road, Cape Town.
Good to know: The picnic baskets consist of locally sourced ingredients and the estate has wonderful play area for kids.
Opening hours: 10h00-16h00
Contact: 021 865 2541
Vergenoegd’s landscaped gardens await you. With chef Ryan Shell creating scrumptious dishes for each artisanal picnic baskets including a special basket for kids. Vergenoegd is the perfect setting to while away a Saturday or Sunday afternoon with the family or friends in the sun. Be sure to stick around for the duck parade!
Location: Baden Powell Dr, Faure, Stellenbosch.
Good to know: if the weather isn’t great, your picnic will move to the cozy barn, plus you can witness the famous duck parade.
Opening hours: 09h00-17h00 | Sun: 10h00
Contact: 021 843 3248
Vergelegen Wine Estate
Vergelegen is located in Somerset West and the scenic wine estate plays host to some of the finest wine farm picnics this summer. The picnic area is set up in a lush camphor tree forest, seeded from the original giant camphors planted three centuries ago. Nibble on the tasty treats surrounded by gorgeous greenery. Pretty darn romantic if you ask us.
Location: Lourensford Rd, Somerset West, Cape Town.
Good to know: call ahead of time to make a booking.
Opening hours: 09h00-16h00
Contact: 021 847 2100
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