Award-Winning Estate, Allée Bleue, welcomes families to enjoy a day in the winelands on the lawns of their beautifully manicured gardens – indulging in their popular picnics that have become a signature Winelands activity and a tradition not to be missed.
With a walled grassy garden, sprawling vineyards and views of the Drakenstein Mountains the estate is the ideal picnic spot to relax under the shade of old oak trees on these longer and warmer summer days.
Each basket is themed by the delicious produce available fresh from the estate’s soil with a particular focus on Allée Bleue’s signature herbs – the 200ha estate is ranked among the top three herb growers in the province.
The basket will entice with a mélange of local flavours – from a roasted beef wrap with Allée Bleue herbs, fresh tomato & spicy mayo, to a selection of local cheeses, cold meats, creamy yoghurt balls and freshly baked breads served with tapenade, marmalade and pesto. Enjoy a farm-grown salad with a Cabernet / Merlot wine reduction, made from the estate’s award-winning wines, and finished off with Pecorino cheese shavings. Round off your meal with a lemon posset with chocolate mint cookie crumble.
A Vegetarian substitute is available, featuring a smoked feta, chickpea and tomato wrap, a selection of local cheeses, olives and melba toast served with olive tapenade, onion marmalade, chilli tomato chutney and basil pesto.
A CHICNIC basket for two, served at a garden table under an ancient oak tree or a CHICNIC-ON-THE-GO hamper, to be enjoyed on the lawns of the beautifully manicured gardens, is the perfect setting for a lazy day in the Cape Winelands.
While parents enjoy a leisurely visit, kids can play on the estate’s jungle gym, jumping castle and in the large sandpit. Allée Bleue’s youngest guests have a picnic menu crafted specially for them. The healthy but delicious KIDDIES CHICNIC features drinking yoghurt, a chicken-mayonnaise wrap with grilled pineapple, fresh sweet potato crisps, cheddar cheese and cold meats. It’s topped off with a caramel chocolate chip cookie bar. Perfect for snacking in between play.
For a more relaxed and informal experience, book your CHICNIC-ON-THE-GO; collect your hamper, which is presented in eco-friendly packaging, from Picnic Reception and stroll around the magnificent grounds until you find your perfect picnic spot. Guests are welcome to bring along their own blankets and seating to turn their chosen picnic spot into a home-away-from-home.
From 27 October 2018 live music is added to the vibe; local muso, Guy Feldman, will perform well-known songs from the 60’s till now on the following dates:
- Saturday, 24 November 2018
- Thursday, 20 December 2018
- Thursday, 27 December 2018
- Thursday, 3 January 2019
- Saturday, 2 February 2019
- Saturday, 2 March 2019
- Sunday, 21 April 2019
Be sure to book your CHICNIC basket before arriving. The Standard and Vegetarian menus cost R260 per person or R495 for a basket for two and the KIDDIES CHICNIC costs R105 per child. For the CHICNIC-ON-THE-GO, the prices are R250 for a single basket and R480 for a basket for two. To book your picnic visit www.alleebleue.com and click on the “Book A Picnic” button. Opening Times: Daily between 11h00 -16h00, including public holidays.
Allée Bleue Wine Estate is situated at the intersection of the R45 and R310. More information about this picturesque working farm is available via www.alleebleue.com or follow them on Twitter @AlleeBleue, and Facebook.