Picnics in the Cape Winelands

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March 8th, 2010

Head to Cape Winelands for a tranquil escape into nature, and enjoy the fruits of this lush wine-farming region.

The Cape Winelands offers a magical retreat into the countryside where, during the summer months, visitors flock to enjoy idyllic picnics. The Winelands is celebrated for its award-winning vineyards and estates and is home to many of South Africa’s leading winemakers and chefs. Some of the country’s best wines, cheeses and local delicacies can be found here.

In summer, the picture-perfect beauty of the Cape Winelands, combined with its tranquillity and epicurean delights, makes it an ideal destination for a day out with family, friends or someone special. Relax on manicured lawns or beside beautiful lakes, enjoy delicious picnic fare and sip chilled wine.

If you’re looking for the perfect outing, fresh air and countryside hospitality, the Cape Winelands is the place to go.

In pursuit of the best picnics in the Winelands
What could be better than whiling away a summer’s afternoon on a beautiful wine farm? Many estates in the Cape Winelands offer just this: delightful picnic spots, decadent treats, and tranquillity. For most people, a picnic in the Winelands is a special event, so it’s important to choose the right picnic venue.

Choosing a picnic destination in the Cape Winelands from the wide range on offer in the region may seem daunting. However, if you’re seeking a location that caters to all ages and tastes, there’s simply no better destination than Franschhoek – the quaint, exquisite French Corner of the Cape Winelands.

Nestled between mountains and lush vineyards, Franschhoek is a charming town renowned for its gastronomic pursuits. Here, nature, food and wine are celebrated throughout the year. Franschhoek boasts many of South Africa’s top restaurants where chefs prepare delicious picnic hampers on wine farms such as Solms-Delta where the highly-regarded Fyndraai restaurant can be found.

Picnic fare: The freshest local offerings
Enjoy cheeses, jams, fruit chutneys, biltong and spreads, various salads and cold meats, as well as freshly-baked bread, seasonal fruit and desserts – accompanied of course by a special wine from the estate.

Where necessary, some estates provide a personal guide to escort you to the perfect picnic spot , maybe beside the gently flowing Dwars river or a shady forested area, as can be found on the Solms-Delta wine estate.

Adding a special extra to your Winelands picnic
Why not combine your Cape Winelands picnic with a summer sunset concert? If this appeals, head to the Cape Winelands at sundown. Some farms offer sunset concerts throughout the warm months, with the sounds of some of South Africa’s top performers and Cape heritage music. It’s the perfect way to celebrate summertime in the Cape, and the fruits of the magnificent wine farming region.

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