Summer is on us, and what better way to spend it than in Cape Town? But there is more to do than to laze around on Camps Bay beach and have cocktails watching the sun go down, believe it or not! Sundays happen to be perfect to take a mosey inland to find out what the lush winelands have to offer. Franschhoek is an absolute gem of a town, tucked cozily in a valley with towering mountains rising up around it. It is picturesque, it is quaint, and most importantly; it has wine. In celebration of summer, we have put together our list of the best estates to visit for a relaxed, summer lunch.
If you are looking to have a delectable lunch with the mountain views pouring out in front of you, look no further than Rickety Bridge. This lovely boutique farm’s lawn rolls down onto the vineyards which are splayed out in front of the tasting room and restaurant. Rickety Bridge is one of the stops on the hop-on hop-off Franschhoek Tram Line, a fantastic option for day travelers to explore the region. Visit Rickety Bridge’s restaurant, Paulina’s for a scrumptious lunch which is expertly designed by Head Chef Brent Malander, we highly recommend the pork belly. Make sure to treat yourself to a blending experience in the tasting room and don’t miss out on a glass of their highly awarded Shiraz. Crowned as one of the Top 12 Shiraz winners in 2016, the wine is elegantly aromatic, showing black and red fruit along with white pepper and spice aromas.
This cheerful estate, rich in history and certainly not lacking beautiful views, provides a full day’s offering. From museum tours through the music and slave museums to a leisurely stroll at the dam. Their famous restaurant will be re-opened in time for summer in its new location on the estate and the exquisite glass-plated space will become the tasting room. The restaurant, run by Chef Shaun Schoeman, is renowned for its emphasis on local creations with ingredients being plucked off the property and reflecting the Capes rich history. You can choose to have lunch in the new restaurant which flows onto green lawns, or indulge in their decadent picnic basket packed with their signature Cape Malay inspired treats like roosterkoek and babootie with coriander blatjang. Delicious. Make sure to get their current vintages of Amalie and Hiervandaan before their newly branded vintages come out.
Perfectly manicured gardens with strategically placed elegant artwork greet you as you enter this magnificent property. Tall, leafy oak trees provide a tranquil canopy of shade should you wish to have a beautiful picnic lunch outdoors. The picnic basket is made up of brie, a French bagette, garden salads, preserves and a bottle of their Angels Tears, with plenty of options to add on. The wine is an everyday easy drinking favourite with fruity aromas and a light, smooth palate. The estate also offers the Chef’s table dining experience at the Jonkershuis which is an exquisite fine dining experience in the beautiful private dining room. If you are looking for a full days outing, they offer a Wine Blending experience to add on to the lunch or picnic, and an option to do so with the winemaker too.
Nobel Hill exudes a warm, pleasant family atmosphere with plenty of space to lounge around on the lawns looking over the dam. Their estate’s restaurant is called “cosecha” meaning harvest in Spanish and is a Latin themed eatery which sources a lot of their ingredients from the farm. Its open aired, laid back feel provides unmissable views, but should you prefer to go picnic on the lawns, you can pick the Latin inspired baskets. Crammed with charcuterie board, a selection of local cheeses, black bean & grilled corn salad, fresh avocado guacamole, homemade tortilla chips and Mexican wedding cookies, it is a not to be missed experience! Make sure to try their Chardonnay with its bouquet of orange blossom and lemon curd.
Make sure to get to Cybercellar.com to choose your favourite wines from each of these estates to whet your appetite before heading through for your summer lunch