So you have a young family and with summer approaching, you really want to get out on weekends for some family fun, but your idea is not to go to the nearest shopping mall or fast-food outlet.
You want to go somewhere where you can enjoy a decent glass of wine and some healthy and delicious food options. A place where you can have a relaxed conversation with your partner while you don’t have to worry about the kids disrupting everyone else around you or disappearing some place unsafe.
Let’s list the requirements of such a place:
Quite a tall order!
If you live in and around Cape Town, you are in luck.
But with wine tourism in South Africa being just about the best developed industry of its kind in the world, many wine estates nowadays offer family-friendly entertainment. While the traditional tasting room with its cultured environment and library-like peace and quiet still has its place, for families with young kids, there are some really good alternatives.
One of these, ticking all the boxes in our list of requirements above, is Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley.
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, the estate is situated conveniently next to the R45 just before Franschhoek. The design is modern and approachable with a wide stoep and stretching lawns, making it the ideal place for extended summer lunches. On rainy days the stoep closes up and the fireplaces are lit to ensure there is not a cold or wet kid in sight.
The wide range of Leopard’s Leap wines is available – both to taste in a spacious wine tasting room, and to enjoy at a table in the restaurant or on the stoep – and that at cellar door prices. The added bonus is that you can do you wine shopping at the same time and with a wide variety at affordable prices, just buying your wine from the source will make the outing worth your while.
And we all know that women do not really enjoy a weekend if it does not include shopping of some kind… A lovely shop with gifts, all kinds of things culinary and cookery and a corner with a beautiful selection of cookbooks will definitely add some delight to your visit.
While we can try to live of wine alone, it is not wise, so indulge in a delicious and informal lunch offering of succulent meats done to perfection on a state-of-the-art rotisserie – expect juicy chickens, tender pork belly with crisp crackling, fall-of-the-bone lamb neck and the tenderest of beef. Complementing the selection of meats is a harvest table filled with salads, side dishes and breads where you can serve yourself to heart’s content.
With a special selection of children options – think macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, ribs, burgers and toasted sandwiches and of course cool drinks and freshly prepared juices and cordials – no one should leave on an empty stomach.All the dishes are made with the freshest of ingredients and include vegetables and herbs from a biological garden a stone’s throw from the kitchen, so no worries about processed and unhealthy bites that cause hyperactive kids to try and keep in check!
A decadent dessert buffet might however be a temptation too hard to resist. Classics like marshmallow squares, cupcakes and chocolate brownies as well as chef-inspired tartlets and mini cheesecakes can be enjoyed there and then or be packed for the road back home.
While all of this sounds lovely, there are many restaurants with innovative food offerings and plenty a wine tasting room, so why would Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard be so special? This place is all about a relaxing space – stylish and beautiful – but informal and the perfect wind-down after a tough week.
The wide-open lawn with children’s play park sees kids pack away their tablets and aiming for the out-doors. While enjoying your meal, glass of wine or one of the innovative wine cocktails on the stoep, you can keep an eye on your life’s treasures playing and enjoying themselves and you can almost be guaranteed of a tired and happy child ready for an early night when you get back home.
The Rotisserie at Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is open from Wednesday to Sundays from 11:30 – 15:00 while the wine tasting room is open from Tuesdays to Saturdays 09:00 – 17:00 and Sundays from 11:00 – 17:00.
To reserve your table, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information or reservations, please visit www.leopardsleap.co.za or call 021 876 8002.
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards is situated on the R45, Main Road, Franschhoek.
GPS co-ordinates: Latitude 33° 52’58.8″ Longitude 19°04’50″
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