Celebrate Easter by pairing quality time with quality wine in the South African winelands. Whether you are looking to have a memorable Easter with the kids or just make the best of the long weekend with fine dining and special tastings, you will find your fun at some of our favourite farms.
Vergenoegd – Stellenbosch Wine Route
Not exactly the Easter Bunny, but a parade of 1000 Runner Ducks on the historic Vergenoegd Wine Estate should wow young and old. Catch the “waddling workforce” for the famous Duck Parade at 10:30, 12:30 or 15:30 and spend the rest of the day at the estate’s Easter Festival Market which will be running throughout the Easter weekend from Friday, 30 March to Monday, 2nd April from 09:00 to 15:00 daily.
You can look forward to daily Easter egg hunts for the little ones and a relaxed atmosphere with live entertainment, food, wine and crafts.
The estate also offers wine tastings, cellar tours and various blending experiences as well as picnics, a deli and an a la carte menu that will satisfy the foodies.
Contact: 021 843 3248 I http://vergenoegd.co.za/
De Villiers Chocolate Tasting –Spice Route, Paarl
Over-indulging is a given during festive holidays. If you don’t feel a little bit guilty about all the delicious meals you treated yourself to over special occasions such as Christmas and Easter, chances are you’re doing it wrong.
Treat yourself to a tasting of the legendary DV chocolates at Spice Route on the slopes of the scenic Paarl Mountains. Choose between their Single Origin Chocolate Tasting, priced at R35pp or their Chocolate & Confectionery Tasting for R25pp. The De Villiers team’s passion for artisanal and handcrafted foods has led them into making coffee and homemade ice cream, available to enjoy at the DV Café at spice Route.
Spice Route truly is a destination, boasting 13 artisans, all masters of their craft and 6 different tastings that will make this a 1-stop fun outing.
Contact: 021 863 5200 I http://www.spiceroute.co.za/tastings/
Franschhoek Wine Tram
Make your day out in the beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley an adventure with a hop-on hop-off experience on the Franschhoek Wine Tram. You will get the best view of the valley and the most relaxing ride to your tasting and lunch destination on the double-decker tram which offers six hop-on hop-off lines, focusing on different parts of the Franschhoek Valley.
The RED LINE will take you to estates like Leopard’s Leap, Chamonix, Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence and Franschhoek Cellar. Those travelling with kids can book a lunch at The Franschhoek Cellar, which not only has a fantastic kiddies menu but also the best play area with child minders who can watch over the kids at play while you have your meal or enjoy a wine tasting.
The BLUE LINE includes estates like La Bri, Holden Manz, La Couronne and Le Lude.
One of the most exciting new producers of MCC, Le Lude, is also home to renowned chef Nicolene Barlow who dishes up classical French cuisine with a local twist at Le Lude’s Orangerie Restaurant. Orangerie is the perfect stop for a sophisticated dining experience and fine bubbly.
Wine Tram: 021 876 4943 I http://winetram.co.za/
The Franschhoek Cellar: 021 876 2086 I http://thefranschhoekcellar.co.za/contact-us/
Le Lude: 021 100 3464 I http://lelude.co.za/
Bosman Family Vineyards – Hemel-en-Aarde Valley
Take advantage of the long weekend and take a trip out to Bosman Family Vineyards’ new tasting room and picnic venue in the Upper Hemel-en-Aarde Valley towards Hermanus. Launched in December 2017, Bosman Hermanus aims to reconnect visitors with the wonders of nature with the unspoilt landscape of the valley. Their simple wood & canvas structure, named the Frame House, perches lightly in a field of fynbos. Sounds like the perfect atmosphere to unwind, drink in the views and enjoy a picnic doesn’t it?
Their picnic baskets contain the essential elements for the perfect picnic: bespoke, hand-made crockery, fine glassware and wicker baskets filled with locally sourced, artisanal delicacies. There is also a special picnic hamper for children to tuck into.
Contact: 063 088 5571 I http://bosmanhermanus.com/
Jordan Wine Estate – Stellenbosch
Jordan Estate has conjured up a mouthwatering Easter lunch menu. The traditional menu with a contemporary flair is the perfect way to enjoy the holiday and celebrate family, friends and food. Set on the deck under the tree canopy, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful view along with the estate’s award-winning wines and end off with a dreamy egg-inspired dessert.
They didn’t forget about the kids (or rather helping out the parents) and included a kiddies menu and Easter egg painting activities for the day.
Contact: 021 881 3004 I http://www.jordanwines.com/
It’s the most wonderful time of the year to visit the winelands with wineries buzzing with harvest and the vineyards looking spectacular. Treat yourself and your loved ones to a joyful Easter holiday, enjoying all the winelands have to offer.