Spending an afternoon enjoying a gourmet picnic is one of the best ways to relax, catch up with friends and soak in the beauty of the Cape. With so many to choose from whether you are in Cape Town or exploring the winelands, we have picked our top 10 in the hope that it will make your decision process that little bit easier. From big outside couches under giant umbrellas to more classic, formal affairs under magnificent trees, here are your options.
Boschendal is enjoying something of a renaissance. We are hearing so many good things about the picnics and restaurant. Expect picturesque views, a vegetable garden to die for and the perfect spot to chill out with friends and family whilst enjoying your picnic. You can choose between two picnic spots – the Werf Garden Picnics are under the trees of the Pavilion lawn, with hammocks, bean bags and loads of space (bring your own blankets, chairs and tables….). Then there is the more formal Rhone Classic Picnics, where picnic baskets are enjoyed at beautifully laid tables and there is full service, all surrounded by the vineyards. A wonderful day out.
2. Warwick Wine Estate
Warwick has trail-blazed the gourmet picnic trail. With it’s giant picnic cushions under equally large parasols and also more private picnic pods to choose from, Warwick makes booking a picnic easy (it’s all online) and an afternoon of pure relaxation, even easier. This place is a dream for families – there is a children’s play area but also a fountain which on hot days offers some much-needed cool-down time. Book ahead.
In Somerset West you will find the historic must-visit, Vergelegen. Founded in 1700, history is everywhere here and you can expect an old-world elegance quite different to other wine farms in the area. Picnic in the magnificent Camphor Forest (these trees are hundreds of years old), with its swept pathways and dappled light and enjoy your picnic basket at long tables with white table cloths and waiter service. Perfect for special occasions.
4. Cape Point Vineyards
If you are looking to explore the Cape Peninsula or want to stay closer to town than the winelands, the Cape Point Vineyards are a superb option. Set up high on the mountain over looking Noordhoek beach, you will be in for a treat indeed. Lawns to run on, playgrounds to climb, a dam and a sensational view… and all of this enjoyed on a picnic blanket with pillows and a delicious picnic basket to devour.
Ever seen a parade of runner ducks? Well here’s your chance. Nearly 800 ducks are used at the Vergenoegd farm to assist with the snail and pest population in the vineyards and watching them running is a sight to behold. The gardens here have been recently re-landscaped the picnic menu designed by Chef Ryan Shell has been getting some great reviews. Definitely an experience not to be missed.
6. The Round House
Overlooking Camps Bay are the Rumbullion lawns and it is here that you can enjoy the Rumbullion ‘tick-box menu’ for breakfast, lunch and sundowners. This is a truly spectacular setting (and pairs perfectly with a trip up Table Mountain).
You really don’t have to head to the winelands for a gourmet picnic in a spot that makes you feel you are away from the hustle and bustle of town. Buitenverwachting in Constantia is a historic Cape Dutch farmstead and winery and here you can indulge in their fabulous Sauvignon Blanc with a pre-booked summer picnic, all under the ancient trees and with a few friendly chickens as company! This is a great value option too.
With a playground for the kids to spend hours exploring and a delightful picnic basket to enjoy, Hartenberg is also a good gourmet picnic option. Relax on the lawns or play a game of boule and enjoy a superb afternoon with your friends and family.
Keen to enjoy one of these gourmet picnics? We hope so. Get in touch and we will gladly help you work out the best itinerary for your trip to the Cape.