For our final venture in this month’s Cape Town Food Challenge, finding the best picnics in Cape Town and surrounds, we visited Boschendal Wine Estate in the Cape Winelands. Having been spoiled by Hartenberg, Groot Constantia and Warwick, we knew our standards were way up and Boschendal had great competition to match.
Boschendal is a massive estate, and they have two separate picnic areas. We were situated in a big garden area, along with comfy bean bags and the view of a wedding chapel and mountain scenery. Admittedly, Boschendal has probably one of the best scenic views for a picnic. Absolutely magnificent!
We were treated to some great wines to taste, including the Brut Rose to start with, and the Sauvignon Blanc that followed. As a bonus service, Boschendal provides you with waiters that attend to you during your picnic, while you can relax and unwind in the comfortable bean bags around the garden. It was no surprise to me that I saw many visitors napping in a beanbag under a tree. It’s an absolute gem of a place to recharge.
The picnic basket had a good organic assortment, including meats, cheeses, hummus, pate and chicken spread. My favorite was their homemade pate, as this was so rich in flavour, I decided to cover most of my bread, and later my spoon with it. As an extra surprise, we were given (a hefty amount of) chocolate ice cream for dessert (a first in the picnic challenge!), which I thought was a super plus.
The picnic challenge gave us a good insight in what makes the best picnic spots in Cape Town, and taught me that we are so spoilt for choice in the city, you can have a great picnic almost anywhere. Of the favourite spots we visited, every picnic brought its own winner, from Boschendal’s view, to Warwick’s fine cuisine food, to Groot Constantia’s wine and chocolate pairing and Hartenberg’s homemade treats and service.
It’s hard to pick a winner in this challenge, because I thoroughly enjoyed every one so much, I’d visit all of them in a heartbeat. It might sound cliche, but a picnic experience is just fantastic in any of these venues. Based on just the food content of the picnic basket, Warwick and Hartenberg just went the extra mile in this regard, but Boschendal and Groot Constantia offered the best overall wine and scenery experience.
I look forward to the next challenge with InstaEats and ILoveFoodies, and keep following the #CTFoodChallenge on social media to see what we will try next!
A big thank you to Rikki’s Taxis for providing us with our transport! You can visit them, here
Pictures: Mark Wijsman ©