6 Romantic Valentine’s Day Picnics

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Bookings for Cape Town restaurants reach fever pitch around Valentine’s Day: you may have to sell a kidney just to secure a table. And while cooking a meal is a certainly a commendable way of showing your affection, not many people have the inclination to slave away in the kitchen when they could be exploring some of the Cape’s more romantic spots. After all, what could be more memorable than an intimate al fresco Valentine’s Day picnic with enchanting vineyard sights or sweeping Atlantic views?

We recommend you ditch the packed restaurants and head to one of these top spots to spread out with a luxury picnic instead. Any one of these should score you some serious brownie points!

 

Cape Point Vineyards

CAPE POINT VINEYARDS

Location: Noordhoek, Cape Town
Price: R395 per basket, serving two
Picnic blanket and pillows provided? Yes.
Setting and romance factor… A Cape Point Vineyards luxury picnic serves as a special end to a coastline trip where the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. Relax next to the tranquil vineyard dam, and soak up the hauntingly beautiful Cape sunset over the Atlantic Ocean.
What’s on the menu? The picnic includes scrumptious chicken liver and bacon paté with freshly baked ciabatta, fiery fish cakes with a feisty dressing, and a double dose of chocolate in the form of decadent éclairs and white mousse. For vegetarians, the vineyard presents a refreshing legume salad with pecans, rustic roasted pepper paté with homemade crackers, and a vivid seasonal fruit salad.
Wine included? No, but the vineyard offers its own wine, or you may bring your own (R65 corkage fee).
The nitty gritty: Bookings to be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
Opening times for picnics: Monday to Wednesday & Friday to Sunday 11am to 5pm
To book: Tel 021 789 0900, Email bookings@cape-point.com

 

La Couronne

LA COURONNE WINERY

Location: Franschhoek
Price: R390 per basket, serving two
Picnic blanket and pillows provided? No, you may bring your own.
Setting and romance factor… Start your day on a romantic high by travelling in old-fashioned style on the Franschhoek Wine Tram to head to this picturesque vineyard. Before your picnic, we recommend popping into the Tasting Room for a quick preview of La Couronne’s revered wines. Then nab yourself an idyllic spot under one of the vast trees on the lawn, and unwind with the never-ending mountain views.
What’s on the menu? Fresh, local produce including homemade pesto, chicken kebabs, and a variety of cheeses. ‘Something Sweet’ ends up the perfect after-dinner surprise. Vegetarian options are available.
Wine included? A complimentary glass of Chenin Blanc or Upper Deck Red is served upon arrival. Additional wine may be ordered directly from the Tasting Room. Only La Couronne wines are allowed on the picnic grounds, which isn’t a strain – their wines are glorious!
The nitty gritty: Bookings to be made a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
Opening times for picnics: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm
To book: Tel 021 876 3939, Email info@lacouronnewines.co.za

 

Lanzerac

LANZERAC WINERY

Location: Stellenbosch
Price: R300 per couple
Setting and romance factor… the Wine & Dine with Lanzerac Package provides guests with the perfect excuse to escape to one of the Stellenbosch Winelands’ most breath-taking retreats. The package includes a special Valentine’s wine tasting guided by one of the Estate’s Wine Advisors, followed by a relaxing light lunch at the Lanzerac Deli.
What’s on the menu? Savour the delicious flavours of the Lanzerac Premium Pinotage Rosé 2017, Chenin Blanc 2017 and Sauvignon Blanc 2017, before enjoying a delectable Ploughman’s Board for two. Perfect for sharing, the platter includes a selection of artisanal breads, cheeses, charcuterie and preserves. A special sweet treat from the Lanzerac Deli display for each guest adds the final touch to a perfect day out.
The nitty gritty: The Wine & Dine with Lanzerac Package is available at the Estate from 1 to 28 February 2018.
Opening times for picnics: Monday to Saturday 9am to 6pm, Sunday 9am to 5pm
To book: Tel 021 887 1132, Email fandb@lanzerac.co.za

 

Mont Rochelle WIne Estate

MONT ROCHELLE WINE ESTATE

Location: Franschhoek
Price: Little Rock Basket @ R360, Chardonnay Basket @ R420 & Miko Basket @ R480. Each basket serving two people
Picnic blanket and pillows provided? Yes.
Setting and romance factor… Take a pre-arranged detour through the wine estate’s 150 year old cellar to view a showcase of the wines and explore the art of winemaking. A leisurely stroll through the scenic vineyards is a sure-fire romantic winner, while the picnic setting offers a tranquil sanctuary within the Franschhoek surrounds.
What’s on the menu? The Little Rock Basket offers an aromatic Harissa spiced chicken and vegetable wrap for those seeking a lighter lunch, while smoked salmon with herbed cream cheese and a melon/parma ham duo form the centrepiece of the Chardonnay Basket. For those with more time or a larger appetite, the Miko Basket is a showman’s line-up of honey-glazed vegetables, tangy BBQ chicken wings, and chocolate brownies coupled with swirled strawberrry meringues and nougat. Liase with the booking agents for custom-made vegetarian packages.
Wine included? No. Additional wine may be ordered directly from the Tasting Room.
The nitty gritty: Bookings to be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
Opening times for picnics: Monday to Thursday 12 noon to 6pm, Friday to Sunday 12 noon to 3pm & 7pm to 9pm
To book: Tel  021 876 2770, Email countrykitchen@montrochelle.virgin.com

 

llandudno

THE PICNIC COMPANY

Location: Collections at Diep River, or arrange delivery (extra cost)
Price: R350 / R460 / R570 per basket, serving two
Picnic blanket and pillows provided? No, but available as an optional extra.
Setting and romance factor… Take your pick!  Light some candles in your own garden, or head to the ever-beautiful Kirstenbosch Gardens, romantic Signal Hill, or the intimate Llandudno beach for an unforgettable sunset, and leave the rest in the capable hands of Tammy Clucas. The Picnic Company is the ideal alternative for those seeking a more tailor-made experience.
What’s on the menu? The lighter menu focusses on biltong, root vegetable crisps and smoked trout, while the ‘medium’ package offers a mouthwatering pulled lamb wrap.  The R570 menu is a gastronomical feast, with a beetroot and onion tart, an antipasti platter, and rare roast beef slivers with a salsa verde and truffle aioli, followed a cheese selection, chocolate truffles and a seasonal berry & mascarpone salad. Vegetarian options are also on offer.
Wine included? No, but there is a good selection available to order as an optional extra.
The nitty gritty: ORDERS FOR VALENTINE’S DAY SHOULD BE PLACED BY 11 FEBRUARY. Picnic setups are generally available, but regrettably not on Valentine’s Day.
Opening times for picnics: Monday to Sunday 6am to 6pm
To book: Tel 021 706 8470, Email info@picnics.co.za

 

Solms Delta Wine Estate

SOLMS-DELTA WINE ESTATE

Location: Franschhoek Valley
Price: R365 per basket, serving two
Picnic blanket and pillows provided? No, but available as an optional extra.
Setting and romance factor… Solms-Delta’s trump card is its secluded and picturesque forest spot overlooking a placid farm dam. The ornamental river banks, with their many shaded areas promise a memorable experience. And don’t forget to take swimming costumes along for an impromptu dip into the waters.
What’s on the menu? Famous South African classics fused with a touch of haute-cuisine. Think roosterkoek with wild rosemary butter, citrus and buchu-glazed pork ribs, rounded off with koeksisters and a fragrant lemon peragonium creamed cheese mousse. Vegetarian options are also on offer.
Wine included? No, but wine from the estate is available for purchase.
The nitty gritty: Bookings to be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance.
Opening Times for picnics: Monday to Sunday 9am to 5pm
To book: Tel 021 874 3937, Email tastingroom@solms-delta.co.za

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