Hartenberg lies in its own self-contained valley, with a pure water source flowing the entire length of the property into an untouched wetland system, making 65 of the farm's 170 hectares that will never be cultivated. This means that the Hartenberg Estate offer unparalleled opportunities for ornithologists and amateur hobbyist bird watchers to spot birds such as: Burchell's Coucal, African Fish Eagle, Spotted Eagle Owl, Jackal Buzzard, Cape Frankolin, Barn Owl and the Fork-Tailed Drongo. Also, you could spot Civet,Mongoose, Porcupine, Caracal and three species of Antelope, they take their nature conservation seriously here 😊
There is only need for one picnic and that is Eleanor’s Picnic stuffed with food to feed the soul, it consists of the following. Eleanor’s famous snoek paté, roast pepper humus, the best locally produced cheeses, Tiropita (a Greek style cheese pie), tasty salami and parma ham, Scotch egg and a Jar of salad filled with chickpeas, roasted tomato and spinach salad. Accompanied by baby vegetable crudités with a feta & herb dip, delicious baked breads and of course a home-made salted caramel brownie.
Oh, they produce wine too. And it’s really, really good (hint hint, get yourself some Alchemy).
Allée Bleue Wine Estate is a well-established wedding and function venue, and part of the reason for this is the unmistakably beautiful surroundings created by the combination of ancient oak trees and the beautiful Drakenstein Mountains.
The kids will be well entertained by the fresh air and roaming space, also, the jungle gym, jumping castle and sandpit should keep them busy.
The Standard Picnic basket contains a delicious Beef Stroganoff pie with a creamy mushroom and pepper sauce and a farm-grown micro-herb salad served with an Allée Bleue Cabernet/Merlot wine reduction dressing and Pecorino cheese shavings.
The best bit of the basket is the Allée Bleue farm style cheese platter which consists of a selection of local cheeses and cold meats, freshly-baked bread and fruited dry melba toast served with home-made smoked olive tapenade, aniseed onion marmalade, chilli tomato chutney and basil pesto.
As a bonus, you will receive farm grown olives and creamy yoghurt balls.
Imagine a Cape Dutch style series of rambling farm buildings surrounded by the lushest open lawn areas dotted with copses of shady trees, perfect for picnics and lawn games. You are picturing Zorgvliet, a producer of international award-winning wines and purveyor of beautiful picnic experiences.
Try the Snack Basket for two to take away, consisting of baguette & preserves, a quiche of the day, A stunning trio of gourmet cheese and biscuits which works beautifully with their charcuterie selection. Along with this you’ll indulge in tasty beef meatballs and a surprise something sweet and a bottle of Silvermyn wine of your choice.
By the time you roll back to your car you will have soaked up the beautiful surroundings and the contents of your basket in equal measures, all in all, an amazing day out.
Off the beaten track or tucked away in a glade, we leave behind the indoors and the glitz to grab a basket of goodies to enjoy under open skies. Something sumptuous and summery to celebrate the gorgeous weather.