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ShowMe’s Top 13 Picnic Spots in Winelands near Paarl

ShowMe Top 13 Picnic Spots in Paarl and Surrounds

Summer is the perfect time to be outside and have a picnic. Paarl has some beautiful spots where you can either take your own picnic basket or buy one right there. With superb views of the valley or looking far into the distance with Table Mountain beckoning you – Paarl’s picnic spots are a feast for all the senses.

 

Braai Picnics at Eat@Perdeberg

Picnic: R400 per box for 2

What better way to relax than in a beautiful setting with one of South Africa’s traditional favourites!

Their picnic for two people is R400, including a bottle of wine or sparkling juice.

The picnic includes lamb braai chops, skilpadjies, chicken and pepper kebabs, roosterkoeke with figs and camembert, potato salad, and cappuccino tarts – served for dessert

Booking 48 hrs in advance and 50% deposit required. .

For more information: 021 020 1626 or visit their website.

 

Rhebokskloof

rhebokskloof picnicPicnics: R370 (Lakeside Picnic or Vegetarian Picnic, serves two); R95 (Kid’s Picnic)

Rhebokskloof Wine Estate is famous for their picnics, and they regularly hold various events, such as outdoor, moonlight and concert picnics.

Besides the famous Pearlstone picnic basket, they also offer gourmet, vegetarian, banting, and gluten-free picnic variaties, as well as kiddies baskets.

Due to the natural beauty of the estate, they now additionally offer trail picnics in backpacks.

The famous Pearlstone picnic includes a sourdough baguette, 2 spreads of the day, salami sticks, parma ham, cocktail gherkins, 2 local cheeses, preserves and whole wheat crackers. The basket also includes sliced beef fillet, baby potato salad with sundried tomatoes & green beans and a summer green salad.

The meal has a sweet ending with dark chocolate brownies and a plump bunch of grapes.

Buy an ice cold bottle of Rhebokskloof wine to compliment your picnic meal and make sure to order the day before!

For more information: 021 869 8606 or visit their website.

 

Mellasat Vineyards

Picnic: R279 per basket for 2

mellasat-picnic-1-evThis summer come and relax and laze on their lawns with a gourmet picnic for two.

Their picnic for two people is R279.00 per person, including a glass of wine each (excludes wine tasting).

The picnic includes a selection of cured meats and cheeses, spicy Moroccan carrot salad, vegetarian chickpea salad, fresh bread, crackers, homemade chutney, olive tapenade, chocolate brownies and a glass of wine each (from their Dekker’s Valley range).

Booking essential and subject to availability. 

For more information: 021 862 4525 or visit their website.

 

Nederburg

Nederburg picnics (14)Picnics: Starts from R155 per person. They also offer a children’s picnic for R65.  You must pre-order picnic baskets 2 days in advance.  Picnics are available from November until the end of March.

The Red Table restaurant at Nederburg not only offers a beautiful setting for a picnic, but also offers various outdoor activities. Their lawns stretch out to views of the surrounding mountains and vineyards that yield their award winning wines.

You’ll find leisurely spots complete with skittles and swings, croquet and giant Jenga, as well as tasting nooks for the curious at heart.

Their picnic basket includes a selection of artisanal cheeses and fig preserve; pork terrine and chicken skewer; olives and chorizo; petit venison frikkadelle; roasted nuts with cajun spice; freshly baked bread with homemade spread and flavoured butter; brie and wild mushroom tartlets with caramelised onion; and salad with goats milk feta pickles and sundried tomatoes. For desert indulge in their chocolate brownies and berries.

For more information: 021 862 3104 or visit www.nederburg.co.za

 

Volksmond Restaurant @ The Taalmonument

volksmondPicnics: R250 for 2 people.

There are few places in Paarl where you get such a beautiful view of Table Mountain. The Volksmond is a popular tourist picnic spot due to it’s location at The Taalmonument.

The basic basket includes panini rolls, biscuits and sweet chilli sauce, cold meat, samoosas, spring rolls, meat balls, liver pâté or chicken mayo, Greek salad, Fruit salad (fresh fruit in season), milktart, Koeksisters/fudge, Bon Vino 500ml (dry white, natural sweet, red or rosé) or 2x Henties juice

You can either make yourself comfortable at one of the tables next to the restaurant or take your picnic up to the monument and stretch out on the grass.

The Taalmonument also hosts a variety of musical and theatre events during summer where you can bring your own picnic basket or pre-order one from the Volksmond Restaurant.

For more information: 021 863 2800 or visit www.taalmuseum.co.za

 

Meulwater Wild Flower Garden

Meulwater Wild Flower GardenPicnics: Bring your own.

The Meulwater Wild Flower garden was established in 1932 by the ladies of the Paarl Beautifying Association. They established the 4,5 ha wild flower reserve in an effort to preserve the indigenous fynbos – planting, sowing, pruning and growing cuttings, all by themselves. During World War 2 the Italian POWs helped them build the garden’s pond, stone bridge and pathways.

Today you can still visit these magnificent gardens and have a picnic or braai at the designated areas.

The garden has several species of proteas, ericas and fynbos. There are quite a few mountain hiking trails you can take from here, so go early in the morning before it gets hot to explore these routes. Remember to take a hat, sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes.

For more information: 021 872 3658

 

Berg River Resort

bergriver picnicPicnic: Bring your own. Day Pass – R80 per person (Over 3 years) & R80 per car (Car levy exempt in June, July & August)

Come and enjoy a day of relaxation on the banks of the Berg River. This is a great destination for families, due to the varied activities available.

Your entry fee includes use of tractor rides, Jungle-gym, swimming and a trampoline. You can also go on a waterslide, play putt-putt, use the pool, go canoeing and play other games at an additional cost.

The spacious lawn is great for ball games and the volley ball net is always set up.  Children can paddle in the shallow water or search for crabs under the river stones. Parents and children are free to bring bicycles and explore the area and the donkeys and goats in the animal farmyard are a special attraction.

For more information: 021 863 1650/52 or visit www.bergriverresort.co.za

 

Landskroon Wine Estate

Landskroon-Manor-HousePicnic: Bring your own meal – only during operatiing hours. Wine is available for sale at the tasting room – per glass or bottle. Water & juice are also available.

Operating Hours: Monday – Friday: 08:00 – 17:00; Saturdays: 09:30 – 13:00

Landskroon, situated along the south western slopes of Paarl Mountain, offers a breath taking view of their vineyards and Table Mountain in the distance. This picturesque wine farm comprises more than 300 hectares and is managed as a private, family operation and owned by the families of brothers Paul and Hugo de Villiers.

Landskroon allows you to bring your own picnic basket and enjoy all the splendours they have to offer. If you want to extend your stay after your leisurely picnic, you can even book their self-catering cottage to further enjoy and soak up the beautiful surroundings.

For more information: 021 863 1039 or visit www.landskroonwines.com

 

Dunstone Estate

dunstonePicnic: R340 per basket for 2

Dunstone Estate in Wellington offers picnics on the lower banks of the estate. Please note some items may change depending on availability. Dietary requirements can be catered for if you let them know in advance.

Your basket will include homemade focaccia bread, Dunstone country quiche, homemade pork sausage roll, coconut chicken skewer, marinated beef skewer, a selection of local meats, a selection of local cheese and biscuits, basil and sundried tomato pasta salad, Greek salad and chocolate brownies and fresh seasonal fruits to finish.

Dunstone Estate is an excellent venue for the whole family as their kiddies play area will keep the kiddies busy while parents enjoy a leisurely lunch on the lawn.

For more information: 021 864 1504 or visit their website

 

Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm

le-bonheur-crocodilePicnic: R165 per person with wine; R128 per person without wine. R65 per child.

Le Bonheur Crocodile Farm provides a great day out for the whole family and they have great picnic baskets to seal the deal.

Your basket will include fresh baked bread with a pate of your choice; a selection of cured meats and cheeses, salads, bottled water, a sweet treat, and a 750 ml bottle of Van Loveren wine.

Free fishing benefit to be enjoyed per picnic basket ordered. Rods for catch and release bass fishing are supplied. The beautiful waterfront garden featuring many safe play areas for children. Croc pond tours and croc cage diving is also available.

For more information: 021 8631142 or visit their website.

 

Cosecha

cosechaPicnic: R490 for two and R940 for four; kiddies R65

Enjoy a Latin-inspired picnic on the beautiful lawns at this picturesque wine farm. Grab a blanket and choose spot on the grass before ordering your basket and drinks from the waiter.

Baskets include a bottle of Noble Hill syrah or sauvignon blanc, charcuterie, a black-bean-and-corn salad, fresh guacamole, tortilla chips, seasonal fruit and Mexican wedding cookies. There are also gourmet additions at extra cost, which include mushroom salad, chimichurri chicken, olives, and a bottle of MCC.

Kiddies’ baskets cost R65 and include a cheese quesadilla, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, or a wors roll, chips and juice.

For more information: 021 874 3844 or visit www.cosecharestaurant.com.

 

Franschhoek Kitchen

franschhoek-kitchenPicnic: R250 per person

Forget about time and relax with friends, good food and fine wines under ancient oaks by the idyllic Franschhoek River.

Arriving at the Franschhoek Kitchen, your picnic baskets will be ready for collection filled a packed basket of farm breads, charcuterie, artisanal cheeses, pâtés and spreads, olives, salads and a sweet treat. The picnic also includes a bottle of Holden Manz Rosé. As the picnics are made to order it is essential to book at least 24 hours in advance.

From here a short walk through the vineyards brings you to the river where all you hear are the birds singing and the laughter of your friends as dappled sunlight melts the day into enchanting flavours and beautiful memories.

For more information: 021 876 2738 or visit www.holdenmanz.com.

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