Picnicking at Cape Point Vineyards

One of our favourite wine estates has to be Cape Point Vineyards. With fantastic mountain and sea views, award winning wines, scrumptious meals, Cape Point Vineyards is an estate we just have to mention. This specific occasion was our third. Our previous occasions both included lunch at the restaurant and one wine tasting. This time around we decided to have a quick tasting on the deck overlooking the estate with Longbeach glimmering in the distance followed by a vegetarian picnic 😁

Located on the slopes of Noordhoek in the deep south, Cape Point Vineyards is well-known for its world-class Sauvignon Blanc. In addition to offering fantastic Sauvignon Blancs, Cape Point Vineyard has a restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner; the tasting room and deli offering wine tastings as well as various cheese and charcuterie boards, they also offer sun soaked picnics on the lawn area as well as a function venue. Because the OCD levels are high between us, we booked our picnic earlier in the week πŸ™‚ We arrived shortly after 11h00 as we thought we’d redo the premium wine tasting which consists of 5 wines. You can opt for the 7 which includes the Splattered Toad Sauvignon Blanc and Shiraz. We opted for 5 as I had ordered a bottle of Chardonnay along with our vegetarian picnic. Let’s face it, rolling down the hill due to inebriation isn’t flattering.

Our wine tasting consisted of the Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc, the Noordhoek Sauvignon Blanc, the Reserve Sauvignon Blanc, the Isliedh and lastly, the Chardonnay. It was barely past 11h00 and this estate started filling up. The deep south is known to be windy so when we have a day where there is very little wind, we grab it and make the most of it. So a word to the wise, if you want to do a tasting – a walk-in is usually okay but book a table or a picnic in advance to avoid disappoinment. Our tasting started off with the Cape Town Sauvignon Blanc. It was crisp and light yet wonderfully fruity. A beautiful summer wine. Next on the list was the Noordhoek Sauvignon Blanc. Now this Sauvignon Blanc was interesting. It tasted of gooseberries and grapefruit but also possessed hints of fynbos. Fantastic. Definitely a fresh and vibrant award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. Our third wine was the Reserve Sauvignon Blanc. Selected from 3 vineyards on site, the Reserve has hints of flora, grapefruit, various stone fruits, limes and has a subtle wood spice aroma. Delicious! Cape Point Vineyards is one of the few places where one can enjoy a majority Sauvignon Blanc tasting. The best part is comparing each of them and noticing the subtle differences between them without having to leave your chair.

Our fourth tasting was the Isliedh. The Isliedh is 82% Sauvignon Blanc and 18% Semillon.
We detected hints of spicy oak, stone fruits, flora, lime and grapefruit. Flavourful and rich. This seductive combination is a must try. Our last tasting was the Chardonnay. Now in all fairness, we didn’t really need to taste this one. We’ve gone through a few of CPV’s Chardonnay’s over the years but it was on the list so we did πŸ˜‰ Definitely one of our favourite Chardonnay’s, this wooded Chardonnay has hints of citrus, apricot, oatmeal honey and spicy oak. We absolutely love the smell, texture, taste and creaminess of this Chardonnay. It’s full-bodied without being overbearing. A great way to end the tasting. Once we collected ourselves and bought another bottle of Chardonnay to take home we checked in for our picnic which was all setup and perfectly positioned.

CPV has picnic blankets, prism shaped cushions, umbrellas – everything you need to have a blissful picnic. We settled into our spot and took in the views. After a few minutes, a friendly staff member brought the Chardonnay we ordered as well as a bottle of still water. Important to hydrate πŸ˜‰ Not long after our picnic basket arrived -full to the brim with delicious vegetarian goodies. Each picnic basket feeds 2 adults. What was in our basket? Let me break it down…

Our basket contained a vegetarian wrap divided into 2 portions, seasonal vegetable quiche divided into 2 portions, a brown lentil and bean salad, sweet potato and corn salad, seasonal fruit salad, freshly baked ciabatta and crackers, pickled pot pourri of cornichons, peppadews, olives and sundried tomatoes, potted roasted pepper pate, roasted aubergine with hummus and toasted cashew nuts, pickled onions, local cheeses and some traditional koeksisters. Everything tasted amazing. And guess what? No mushrooms! Finally someone heard my prayers. There was more than enough food for us both. To the point that there was still food left in the basket. We were quite satisfied with the menu. Quite a relief to see a picnic menu that has initiative and imagination.

Cape Point Vineyards has the perfect setup. Lounging in the sun, drinking good wine, eating yummy food, enjoying spectacular views – what more could you ask for? What a fantastic day. We thoroughly enjoyed our day on the lawn. What a tranquil and chilled way to spend a normally insane Saturday. It was so refreshing just relaxing on a picnic blanket, not having to worry about driving home straight after lunch. That spot was ours until closing time which was great considering how much Chardonnay we had. We eventually left CPV at 18h00 having had our fill of everything they have to offer. Safe to say, we’ll obviously be back soon. In case you’re wondering CPV is child friendly too. There’s ample space for the kids to run and play around without knocking into anyone. This vineyard is definitely a must picnic venue. If you’re looking a little sea side escape, check out Cape Point Vineyards. They have a little bit of everything πŸ™‚

Cape Point Vineyards: +27 21 789 0900 / bookings@cape-point.com / cpv.co.za/

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