Summer picnic season arrives at Hartenberg Wine Estate

Monday, 8 October, 2012
Hartenberg Estate
It’s picnic season and Hartenberg’s manor house has flung open its doors to welcome everyone to enjoy the beautiful garden and be enchanted by the graciousness and heritage of the estate and its people.
As summer gently descends on the Stellenbosch Winelands, the lush lawns of Hartenberg Wine Estate are ready for long, inviting al fresco lunches. Imagine chilled wine and picnic baskets filled to the brim with local culinary delights, much in the way of the rural French concept of Repas a la ferme. For the energetic a round or two of boules are the order of the day. 

Whether you choose to sit at tables or lounge on cushions under the trees, you will be spoilt with an abundance of fresh, locally sourced ingredients, much from Hartenberg’s own gardens and neighbouring farms. Hartenberg’s kitchen bakes farm bread perfect for Eleanor’s famous snoek pâté as well as the beetroot and cumin dip. Rosemary focaccia is delivered daily by a local family owned bakery. The terrine, a rich combination of lamb, pork and chicken studded with pistachios and accompanying relish are lovingly made by hand, while the salads are dressed in a neighbour’s olive oil. These are just some of the delights in the basket. 

As a flag bearer for conservation and sustainable farming, Hartenberg’s philosophy of protecting the environment is evident in every aspect of the estate, and the summer picnics are no exception. In addition to sourcing local ingredients as far as possible to minimise their carbon footprint, completely biodegradable containers are used and made into compost to feed the vines. 

The new picnic menu, at R145 per person, includes a half bottle of a selection Hartenberg’s wines or local grape juice. Children have their own menu and a fun play area to keep them entertained. As an alternative to the picnics, Hartenberg’s black board menu offers of daily dishes to complement the wonderful wines of Cellarmaster Carl Schultz and his team. 

Hartenberg Wine Estate is situated on the Bottelary Road (M23) off the R304 to Stellenbosch. For bookings, call Tel: (+27)21-8652541, Email: or visit
Summer picnic season arrives at Hartenberg
Summer picnic season arrives at Hartenberg

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