Its spring time, the sun is out and it’s my favourite time of year. The weather is getting warmer and it’s an opportunity to dust off some of those winter cobwebs and to do some “out and about” exploring.
So, we were off to do a little Saturday, afternoon picnicking on a little farm called Vergenoegd Wine Estate. I will be the first to admit that I must have driven past this farm maybe a hundred times on the way to the more familiar and commercial wine farms in Stellenbosch and surrounds and not given Vergenoegd Wine Estate a second glance.
They have a little market on site, it’s not very big but it is early in the season so hopefully it will be filling up with all manner of delicious treats. Every Saturday at around 12:00, what seems like hundreds of ducks are marched in orderly fashion across the little courtyard area, much to the delight of kids and parents alike.
A Gourmet Picnic with a Bottle of Wine and an Exclusive Wine Tasting Experience for 2 People at Vergenoegd Wine Estate,
Value : R329
Having found ourselves a comfortable spot on the lush lawn we were brought our picnic basket that consisted of two decks.
BBQ Roasted nuts
Sesame seed crackers
Cumin Seed Butter
Mature cheddar Butter
Green salad, fennel, celery, walnuts & cucumber.
Naartjie cream cheese
Basil, Olives, semi dried tomato cous cous Salad
Garlic infused Olive Oil
Frittata, nestertium pesto, Creme fraiche
Carrot cake, vanilla chantilly, mixed nut crumble
To quench your thirst
750ml Runner Duck Red,Rose or White Wine
750ml Still or Spring Water
The first deck consisted of ciabatta, bbq roasted nuts, sesame, cumin seed butter, which was amazing, mature cheddar and brie, babaganoush, marinated olives and the most delicious Salmon mouse.
The second deck consisted of a Green salad with fennel and celery, walnuts and cucumber. Then there was the naartjie cream cheese which was lovely. There was also the Cous cous salad with basil, olives and semi dried tomato. Next was the Frittata nesterium pesto and crème fraiche. The dessert consisted of Carrot cake, vanilla Chantilly and mixed nut crumble.
We were two couples which allowed us to share the complimentary wines; we opted to go with the Runner Duck Sauvignon Blanc 2017 and the Runner Duck Red 2014 to give us an opportunity to try both.
We enjoyed some wine tasting at our table and I absolutely loved all the wine on offer. The portions are generous and can easily satisfy a couple. The platters are interesting in design and require some dexterity and an imagination.
This is one of those places to go to when you are not in the mood for crazy crowds and just want to unwind in a very relaxed atmosphere.
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Baden Powell Drive,
Tel No: + 27 (0) 21 843 3248 / +27 (0) 63 629 3629
Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse