1. Boschendal Wine Estate
Is a home of one of the oldest farms in Stellenbosch and provides space for family-friendly dining & wine tasting, as well as a number of activities including shopping at the local farmers market, walking in botanic garden, hiking, mountain biking. After enjoying a picnic on the lawn, or a snack in the Farm Shop, the little ones can go on a pony ride, explore the vast gardens or spend some time on the tree house. Pet friendly.
2. The Spice Route in Paarl
The highlight of the Spice Route is the variety of artisanal producers on site and multiple restaurant options including wood-fired pizzas at La Grapperia or gourmet burgers at Barley & Biltong, while Bertus Basson’s menu of traditional South African classics is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. The kids can spend some time in the fantastic play area while parents can enjoy a wine, chocolate or charcuterie tasting.
3. Warwick Wine Estate in Stellenbosch
Offers gourmet picnics which combines the highest quality ingredients from locally sourced artisanal suppliers to produce a delicious experience. Special kids’ basket includes beef fillet slices, a wholewheat roll, crudité cup, Laughing Cow cheese, hummus and a fruit juice, plus an Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich for afterwards. The whole family can also enjoy a “Big 5 Vineyard Safari”; a fun, educational Land Rover trip that takes you on a mountain journey through Warwick’s vineyards to learn about their “Big 5” grape varieties.
4.Spier Wine Farm in Stellenbosch
Choose your adventure at Spier with wine tasting, farm walks and several dining options. Amazing food is also the theme at Spier, where visitors can choose between a picnic made with local, the smoky delights of the Smoke house BBQ & Bakery, a more formal with its seasonal farm-to-table menu or a selection of deli favorites at the Spier Farm Kitchen. You can choose between several activities including unique Eagle Encounters (including piglets, rabbits, tortoises, chickens and unique playground) for kids, a Spier Segway Tour or Mountain bike adventure, and of course wine tasting experience. You can visit craft market and browsing small authentic shops and farm cafeteria.
5. Babylonstoren Wine Estate in Paarl
Set within 3,5 hectares of cultivated fruit and vegetables, the big garden at Babylonstoren is at the heart of the farm. Children love the interactive daily tours and the freedom of being able to taste, touch and smell everything as they explore the grounds. Of course, you can enjoy wine & food pairing or wine testing.
6. Vergenoegd Low Wine Estate in Stellenbosch
The Duck Parade at Vergenoegd is something that needs to be seen in this wine farm. 1070 Indian Runner Ducks march to and from the vineyards every day, providing a spectacle for visitors of all ages. The ducks are essential to the farm’s pest-control, consuming snails and bugs on their daily patrols. The farm’s newly re-landscaped gardens provide the perfect spaces for picnics under the ancient oak trees or in the cozy old barn on rainy days.
7. Fairview Wine Estate in Paarl
Fairview’s famous goat tower has been adored by children and adults since 1981. Swiss mountain goats live on the working family farm and each year during September, the nanny goats welcome their kids into the world, creating a wonderful opportunity for children to meet them at the Goat Tower. You can have a lunch in their restaurant, enjoy a picnic on the grass or try cheese & wine pairing.
8.TOKARA Wine Estate in Stellenbosch
Is definitely my favorite place. It is a perfect destination which offers a unique combination of wine & olive oil tasting, art gallery, a restaurant and amazing playground for kids including four treehouses with ladders, a slide, and climbing net. There’s also a sandpit, swings and scooters to keep the little ones entertained. Be sure to do the Orchard Walk and check out the sculpture exhibition before you leave. The roaming peacocks and stunning vineyard views complete this magical family friendly restaurant.
9. Middelvlei Wine Estate
Authentic family-friendly wine farm in Stellenbosch. The kids can play in the sandpit, feed the farm animals or simply run freely on the wide-open lawns. For kids wine farm also offers kids juice tasting and a snack box. However, they’re probably more widely known for their Boerebraai restaurant which serves real South African braai food: chops, boerewors, chicken sosaties, braaibroodjies and even pumpkin fritters! Adults can enjoy delightful Middelvlei wines paired with very special Braai Tapas.
10. Allée Bleue Wine Estate
A family-friendly Franschhoek destination because of its wide-open space and beautiful green gardens. Popular Allée Bleue picnics are available daily and you are welcome to bring own picnic chairs, blanket or cushions. Seating is also entirely up to you, choose a spot anywhere in the gardens, on the lawns under the oak trees or in the designated picnic area where the children can play on the jungle-gym and the sprawling lawn. Adults can enjoy award-winning wine tasting paired with food. With a tree-shaded terrace overlooking the vineyards, gardens, and mountains to enjoy in the summer and a cozy fireplace in the winter. Pet friendly.
11. Bloemendal Wine Estate
Is situated in Durbanville Valley, just 30 minutes from Cape Town. The farm was established in 1702 and is one of the largest wine farms in the region. A producer of world class award-winning wines, and home to the popular family restaurant, Bon Amis. You can enjoy their mountain bike trails, running routes, fabulous Bon Amis Restaurant and The Wine Tasting Room. A kids playground comprising of jungle-gyms, slides and treehouses ensures hours of fun while parents are able to relax and enjoy a delicious warm meal. The restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and specialises in wood-fired pizzas and freshly made sushi.
12. Vredenheim Wildlife & Wine Farm, Stellenbosch
Is no ordinary wine farm. There is something for everyone at this family-owned estate. You can experience range of wines, tasting room, animal farm, unique Big Cats Park (home to lions, tigers, leopards), wildlife and game viewing, picnics, beautiful gardens, vintage cars, Hudson’s Restaurant and more.