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The Best Luxury Picnic at Boschendal Farm

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Escape from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town and Jo’Burg or the great outdoors of Kruger National Park to unwind at the Boschendal Wine Farm and experience one of the most magnificent Boschendal picnics in the Stellenbosch region.

The property’s beautifully restored farm cottages exude an authentic feel while also displaying a contemporary character and decor.  All cottages have a full kitchen, private patio, access to a shared or private pool, and complimentary Wi-Fi.

But when it comes to picnics, Boschendal delivers the two essential ingredients needed when having a romantic picnic: a basket of the most delicious and mouthwatering food and a luxurious setting to match! 

Nestled between the mighty Simonsberg and Drakenstein peaks, and surrounded by lush gardens and vineyards, Boschendal Wine farm sits pretty, boasting some of the most spectacular views in the Cape Winelands.

Boschendal picnic now includes two dining experiences in the form of the Rose Garden Rhone Classic Picnic and the Werf Garden Picnic.

Boschendal picnics focus on natural and seasonal products, the Boschendal chefs only use naturally grown produce from the estate’s gardens or locally sourced artisanal cheeses to create delicious and wholesome picnic baskets.

Picnics have to be pre-booked and guests can decide whether they want to sit outside at one of the tables at La Rhone or under the trees on the grass at The Werf.

Please note that the seasonal picnic menus may vary depending on what the garden is producing.   

The Werf Farm Picnics are relaxed with a nice chilled vibe so there is no need to get super fancy. There’s plenty of space to spread out a blanket and relax on the lawn but if you prefer a table and chairs just simply request them when you book your reservation. 

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Keep reading to learn about the Boschendal picnic options.

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Boschendal Picnics

Rose Garden Picnic at Boschendal

The Rose Garden picnic area is surrounded by the estate’s exhibition vineyards, the Rhone Rose Garden, the Cellar Door tasting venue as well as the winery.

Guests are welcome to sit at the stylishly decorated picnic tables or on a picnic blanket under the trees.

Each Rhone Classic Picnic basket includes a selection of pâtés, freshly baked bread, an assortment of salads, the estate’s classic coronation chicken, a variety of cold meats, homemade wholegrain mustard, artisan cheeses, as well as one of Boschendal’s delightful desserts.  

Werf Garden Picnics

Situated under the shady trees on the Pavilion Lawn (next to the main Werf area), the Werf picnics are perfect for families and friends to come together for a laid-back outdoor lunch.

Chill out in the hammocks, on the bean bags, or on a picnic blanket on the grass. Look forward to a relaxed, leisurely afternoon under the trees.

Guests are welcome to bring their own picnic blankets and foldable chairs and tables.

The Werf Garden Picnic baskets include an array of fresh produce and artisanal goods courtesy of the Boschendal bakers, butchers, and chefs.

Expect pâtés, fresh baguettes, seasonal salads, a selection of cold meats, homemade wholegrain mustard, artisan cheese, as well as one of Boschendal’s delightful desserts.

Savor the flavor of the farm-made chocolate chip cookie ice cream and farm-made marshmallows, which will dissolve in your mouth as well as homemade preserves and farm-made ice cream for dessert. 

The two picnic areas are approximately 1km (less than 1 mile) apart, please be sure to remember which picnic option you booked.

The staff will collect the picnic baskets from 12 pm to 2 pm. All baskets exclude beverages. Service charge is included. To view the full picnic menus or to book online, please visit www.boschendal.co.za


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What comes in the Boschendal picnic basket?

The Boschendal Picnic basket will include fresh veggies and herbs freshly picked from the Werf Food Garden, charcuterie made in Boschendal’s butchery, bread courtesy of the farm’s bakers, and other delicious bites.

  • Farm-baked bread, with butter, garden hummus, and olives
  • Werf green salad, with parmesan shavings and vinaigrette
  • Coronation roasted cauliflower
  • Potato, mustard, and spring onion salad
  • Shaved Angus beef, Duroc pork, and pickles
  • Honey-mustard roast chicken
  • Dalewood Camembert, onion marmalade
  • Meringue bites
  • Chocolate tart with salted-caramel popcorn

Boschendal picnic menu

Additional Things to Know about Boschendal Picnics

There can be no simpler luxury than relaxing under the dappled shade of ancient oak trees and letting the Boschendal Deli team take care of all the details.

Good to know Over the festive season (19 December 2022 to 8 January 2023), picnics are available every day. Picnics should be booked at least 24 hours in advance.

Cost R680 (for two) or $38.00 USD
R355 (for one) or $20.00 USD
R195 (under 12s) or $11.00 USD
Opening times Thursday – Sunday, 12 pm – 5 pm (basket collection until 2 pm)
Daily, from 19 December 2022 – 8 January 2023

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How to Book a Boschendal Picnic 

The Boschendal picnics are available daily Thursday – Sunday.

You have to pre-book your picnic on the Boschendal website at least 24 hours in advance.

Click Here to Book your picnic.

The picnic area closes at 17:00, so you have all afternoon to enjoy the views and delicacies.

Boschendal Picnic Basket Prices

Standard and vegetarian picnic baskets are priced the same.

  • Picnic basket for one: R300
  • Picnic basket for two: R600
  • Kids’ basket (3 – 10 yrs): R125

The basket for two people was more than enough food for a couple looking for a romantic outing.

You can easily enjoy this for lunch and an early dinner if you’re staying all afternoon. Or grab a few takeaways if you can’t finish everything in one go.

How to Schedule a Boschendal Picnic 

Here is all the information you’ll need to schedule your picnic at Boschendal Winery also make sure you schedule your Boschendal picnic 24 hours in advance.

Boschendal Wine Estate

Address: Boschendal Wine Estate, Franschhoek (turn-off from the R310)

Picnic Opening Times: Thursday – Sunday (12:00 – 17:00)

Picnic Booking Link


Call: +27 870 4273 or +27 21 870 4274

Picnics are weather dependent. In case of rain, guests will have the option to either move their booking to a different date or take their basket as a takeaway.    

The best times to visit Stellenbosch for ideal weather are March 5th to May 27th or September 24th to December 30th.

Average temperatures in Stellenbosch vary somewhat. Considering humidity, temperatures feel nice most of the year, excluding some cold weeks in the winter, with a low chance of precipitation most of the year.

If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Stellenbosch, the hottest months are January, February, and then December.  The warmest time of year is generally late January where highs are regularly around 84.9°F (29.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 63.1°F (17.3°C) at night.

Weather in Stellenbosch

Boschendal Wine Farm Accommodations:

The Boschendal Winery has a great selection of luxury wine farm accommodations ranging from the historical Herbert Baker-designed Cottage 1685, to beautifully restored farm cottages in the Orchards and the Werf.

All of the cottages have an emphasis on stylish simplicity, the cottages are ideal for authentic farm living with a contemporary feel. 

Join one of their experienced guides on a walking farm tour or explore the hiking trails that take you through orchards and mountain fynbos.

They have world-class mountain biking and hiking trails to explore, wine tasting to enjoy, beautiful dams to swim in, and plenty of opportunities to sit back, relax and breathe in the splendor of nature.

Mountain Villa at Boschendal Winery

This private wine farm is where I stayed while visiting Boschendale and it is by far luxury at its finest. .  The villa sleeps twelve people and is perfect for a luxurious, adventurous, or relaxing family getaway.

The villa has a fully equipped kitchen, two lounges, and a large terrace that wraps around the whole property.

Two master bedrooms with ensuite, four additional bedrooms, and two bathrooms all with air conditioning and mountain views.

Set up to entertain with an outside bar area, braai, pizza oven, and large swimming pool. Beautifully kept gardens, lawns, and a private lake.

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Have fun while visiting Cape Town,  but take it from someone who has racked up thousands of bucks on an insurance claim before, you need it.

Make sure to get your insurance before you head off on an adventure!  I highly recommend Travelex Insurance.

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