A Warwick Wine Estate Picnic has been on the top of my Cape Town Bucket List since I set foot on the shores of the place with the shadow of the big flat mountain. Okay, that’s not entirely true in the logistical sense… BUT I have wanted to go for a Warwick Picnic for a really long time.
Warwick Wine Estate is a family run estate, and Mike Ratcliffe is the third generation to manage all the awesome of the estate. We were lucky enough to visit the estate for a #ZomatoMeetup. We may have gone there for a picnic but we ended up having the kind of day that ends up somewhere near the top of that “best day ever” list we all have going.
The first thing that we need to discuss is how divine Warwick’s wine is. I have always been a fan of Warwick First Lady Cabernet, and it is definitely one of my go-to’s when I’m out and about, but my goodness their First Lady Rose and Chardonnay kind of made me feel like I was one of the little kids playing in the fountain/water feature outside.
I mean I’m not saying I would have whipped my shoes off and joined in on the fun, because I feel like that may have been a bit weird, but it became a more considered option with the delicious wine in my hand. Also, I do need to point out that if you ever see a bottle of The White Lady, and you like Wooded Chardonnay you need to buy it immediately, seriously, don’t even think about it. Buy two bottles. What am I even saying … buy them all.
We were treated to the Warwick Wine Safari and when (not if) you do visit, please note that this is an absolute must. I almost don’t want to ruin the surprise, because the view from the top of the hill is absolutely breath-taking, but I actually do have to show you what you are in for.
We were told the story of The Wedding Cup AND we tried it out… OBVIOUSLY.
Then it came time for the most “important” part of this whole thing… the picnic. I am always slightly dubious of pre-packaged picnics, firstly because I am a fussy eater (by choice and by gluten-intolerant driven necessity) and secondly because I have a chronic fear that we will run out of the food. Because this is pretty much my approach to life in general…
So now that you know how I feel about food, if you didn’t know it already, let me show you a picture of the Warwick Picnic Basket.
There was so much food we even had some left over – I know right? How did that even happen on my watch. They were completely accommodating to my dietary requests – pescetarian (yes that’s happening again) and the whole “please don’t feed me gluten” thing. So not only is the standard basket amazing (judged purely by the “mmmmm” and “nom nom nom” sound effects that happened as soon as the feasting began), but they are also lovely when it comes to odd requests from guests.
My half of the gluten-free, Vegetarian except for fish box came with artichoke pate, salmon, two different (and completely delicious) salads, assorted cheeses made by angels and gluten-free, low carb rolls with home-made umami butter.
The normal, nothing-free, all the yummy box (not it’s real name that’s just what I call it) came with fillet, biltong pate, assorted charcuterie, cheeses, freshly baked bread, two salads and other treats of deliciousness.
Dessert consisted of gorgeous chocolate brownies and grapes, and I got a Las Paletas Lolly to make me jolly. The always lovely Melissa, from The Truffle Journal took this really awesome photo of me and my lolly of yumminess from Las Paletas. She takes some of the most beautiful photos you will ever see, and you should totally go and take a squiz if you haven’t already.
The very talented Herman Agenbag managed to capture a real proper LOL moment, in all it’s attractiveness (on my part). Unfortunately for myself and everyone else around me I have the tendency to laugh rather too enthusiastically.
Thanks for helping me cross this particular picnic off my bucket list, Warwick Wine Estate, your picnic is just the most beautiful way to spend an afternoon.
The picnic baskets are R400 and they serve two people. When you do decide to go, make sure that you book your picnic in advance, because they are amazing they are usually fully booked about a week in advance… at least. You can book your picnic here.