Who: Warwick Wine Estate.
Why: Fantastic spot for picnic / wine tours.
There is nothing like spending a Sunday afternoon on a wine farming indulging in a picnic lunch, so when I was invited to Warwick Wine Estate’s media and bloggers day I jumped at the chance. Tal, Jess and I took a drive up to Stellenbosch and when we arrived, we chose to picnic under the umbrellas on the grass. We were later joined by Tanja and Tammy and the feast began.
I say feast because, well, it doesn’t get much better than the gourmet picnic, don’t expect just the usual bread, cheese and meat combinations, there was so much more!
We were given the same basket the farm sells for R350 and serves two, it includes: ciabatta, Mediterranean pesto, gazpacho salad with a chilli and garlic dressing, grilled beef tagliata with a aioli and truffle oil, Richard Bosman’s coppa, Forest Hill baby grand brie, Healey’s mature cheddar, Loved Ponie’s 3 fruit marmalade and the chef’s cheesecake. To drink, we naturally opted for Sauvignon Blanc to pair with the picnic.
The pickled beetroot, pecan nut, goat’s cheese, quinoa and wild rocket salad was my absolute favourite, with the proscuitto, melon, bocconcic and basil skewers not far behind. The chef’s cheesecake was probably one of the most delicious desserts I have had in awhile and was seriously considering ordering a basket just of that.
All the dishes were fresh, healthy, locally sourced and with an option for everyone. All in all, seriously fantastic!
After a few relaxing hours in the sun we then decided a wine safari, through the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Pinotage and the Sauvignon Blanc vineyards after lunch would be a good idea. Think a Land Rover and some off roading.Much hilarity ensued!
I will definitely be spending some time at Warwick this summer, with their amazing picnic choices and views to match, it is hard to beat for a great day out!
ps All photos are by Talya Goldberg.