I can never resist a good picnic – especially when you’re picnic’ing on a wine farm with a glass of chilled rosé in one hand and a hunk of french stick with a slab of brie in the other. Grande Provence did an amazing job of providing all that and more.

We arrived at Grande Provence a little unsure of where to go. I had never visited the farm and was distracted by the amazing art and expansive art. We grabbed the restaurant manager and explained we were there for the picnic. We were guided through the gardens to our own private garden tucked around the side. I felt like we had the whole farm to ourselves.

I was completely blown away by our set up chic’nic – this would make such a wonderful hidden spot for a surprise proposal. It really is the most magical spot and my number one recommendation for a Valentine’s day celebration this year.

We started with a bottle of Grande Provence Angels Tears Rosé. The Angels Tears label is their entry level range but was a damn perfect pairing for our picnic lunch under the trees. I would highly recommend a bottle of this icy chilled Rosé for your picnic and any other summer activities!

This picnic is super generous with an entire wheel of brie and a full salami. We actually went home with half a brie, half the salami and the two bags of vegetable crisps! Make sure you arrive hungry and ready to munch all day!

The salami was delicious and was the perfect pairing to the fresh french loaf. Picnic baskets are ordered in fresh every day guaranteeing the best produce. I appreciate a well aged brie and La Petite France is my favourite brand. This was all the gooey delicious’ness you hope for in a brie.

Another picnic highlight was the salad! I know that seems crazy but the micro leaves paired with baby corn, tomatoes, sesame seeds and sweet cranberries were an amazing flavour burst especially paired with the creamy dressing. We were actually arguing over who was eating more – and no, we are not normally so excited by salads.

The Grande Provence chocolate brownie was utterly insanely delicious! But seriously, if you can eat your whole brownie – drop me a message because I want to shake your hand. After two french loaves, half a brie, half a salami, butter, apricot jam, aioli and a bottle of wine – we only had space to eat one between us!

However, we are picnic experts and happily wrapped up the other brownie for snacking purposes at a later stage.

Grande Provence is home to some incredible art. Don’t leave without having a wander past their beautiful sculptures and visiting their art gallery.

We wrapped up our afternoon with a quick wine tasting! Grande Provence has a large range of wine and we really enjoyed sipping and swirling through a few more of their wines.

Grande Provence is on the Franschhoek tram route so is a very busy wine farm – however, the tasting room staff are more than up for the challenge and professionally navigate a large number of tastings.

If you’re spending the day on the Franschhoek tram or just heading through in search of lunch I would highly recommend the picnic at Grande Provence.
Pro tip: picnics are by reservation only so make sure to call to book the day before. This ensures the freshest picnic goods and a specialised experience.

DETAILS:

  • Location: Grande Provence Winery, Main road, Franschhoek
  • Opening times: Picnics from 1 November 2016 to 30 April 2017 and are weather dependant
  • Contact details: 021 876 8600 or restaurant@grandeprovence.co.za

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