If you’re an avid alfresco diner, you might already be familiar with Uitkyk Wine Estate on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Paarl. The estate’s vintage-inspired picnics are the perfect summer outing, where lunch-goers can sprawl out on the laws of the old manor house – one of only three 18th century, double story, flat-roofed, Georgian-style houses still standing in South Africa.
In addition to the lovely basket-and-blanket dining experience, guests now also have the option of tucking into healthy, hearty cuisine at the estate’s pop-up restaurant until the end of April. Offered by Pikant Catering and Events, a light and fresh lunch menu is available to enjoy at the tasting room or under the ancient oak trees opposite the manor house.
Build your own platter from the large selection of tapas, either to create a custom picnic basket, or line your stomach while wine tasting.
Mains include bacon-wrapped sirloin skewers and hearty salads, that range between R89 and R140. Moms and dads will be happy to know that the little ones are specially catered for with hot dogs on a stick, Nutella and banana sushi, quesadillas and mini Greek salads.
Those with a sweet tooth simply can’t leave without ordering the candy board. It’s all sugar and childhood nostalgia.
Did you know A wine farm is only allowed to call itself an estate if all the grapes that go into the production of the wine are grown, harvested and bottled on the farm itself. This gap in what I thought was a well-rounded knowledge of wine, was shared by Uitkyk’s wine maker, Estelle Lourens, during a food and wine pairing at Arugula bistro, which takes place on the first Tuesday of every month. Cheers!