Last month, the CT Food Challenge team explored some of Cape Town’s top picnic places, as voted by you on all our relevant Twitter profiles. We’ve collaborated with Rikkis Taxis on this journey to ensure we get to and from all the wine estates safely (proudly promoting safety on the roads), and had a whole month of wine, sunshine, and good food. Here’s the recap of our top picnic spots in Cape Town.


Hartenberg was the first spot we visited on our picnic challenge, and this was definitely one of our favourites! The estate itself is absolutely beautiful and is the proud home of one of the oldest underground cellars in the Western Cape. Hartenberg’s wines are fantastic and the picnic, well, that’s a whole different level of yumminess. What we loved most about Hartenberg? Their homemade touches – snoek pate that’s to die for, onion marmalade, homemade bread, salted caramel brownies, and so much more! For the full review on Hartenberg, check out the original post here.

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Groot Constantia

Up next we visited Groot Constantia, nestled under the protective Cape Town mountains. We enjoyed a cellar tour, learned all about the wine-making process, had a wine tasting, and then enjoyed a very simple but delicious picnic. With a selection of all that’s needed in a picnic – cheeses, cold meats, bread, salads, and a little something sweet, there really was nothing missing here. Also absolutely loved the picnic baskets themselves! Check out the full review on Groot Constantia here.

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I think the ‘W’ of Warwick stands for Wow. This was an amazing picnic experience, with probably the most interesting picnic goodies. They had some really amazing Mason Jar salads, and included a divine selection of pates, including biltong pate and salmon pate. These may sound a little odd, but are far from it, and with ciabatta and pretzel rolls to choose from, these definitely made this picnic experience amazing. For the full review, check out the article on Warwick here.

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Our last spot on this picnic adventure was Boschendal, situated a little further out than all the others, but proving to be worth the trip. With a selection of homemade and organic eats, Boschendal creates a yummy picnic full of goodness. And what’s awesome about this one is that you actually have the traditional picnic blankets, giving you the full picnic experience.

So, there you have it, our top picnic spots in Cape Town and surrounds! I’m on such a picnic vibe right now, I might be visiting many more wine farms to experience their picnics as well. The weather may be a little miserable now and then, but if you happen to have some free time on a nice clear day, definitely check out one of the above picnic spots in Cape Town for some all-round goodness!

The CT Food Challenge team includes InstaEats Cape Town, DineGuy SA, and I Love Foodies, as well as Francis Gersbach as our official photographer.

Written by Benike Palfi

Article Date: April 2016