A wonderful place to do by whether it is raining or not. The dining room is spacious, the wine tasting is elaborated clearly and the picnic box has more delights that possibly two persons sharing can finish consuming. Nestled in ambient scenery and relaxing landscape, Warwick lures the tired traveller to north-west of Cape Town. A good introduction to is lunch there initially and then perhaps consider joining the Wine Club. Run by the Ratcliffe family, Warwick also runs wine safaris with their Big 5 grape varieties, holds picnics (not between may to August for weather considerations) and maintains a shop on site and on-line. The staff are well trained, engaging and knowledgeable.
Warwick's reds are centred around the two Ladies (Red and Black) plus Trilogy (by itself and then with Magnum) and the Cabernets. Warwick's whites emphasise on chardonnays but also have a dry rose and Sauvignon Blanc. I prefer the two ladies and the Sauvignon Blanc from the tasting that we had. Warwick is a boutique business and so offers great care and attention to its produce and blends.
This attention to detail is also reflected in the food provided for visitors. Karoobossie vintage cheddar, butternut and sweet potato tart puffs, quality salami and Parma ham. What I like most of all is their take on the Greek salad - with almonds, barley, broccoli and brinjal! Accompany all this with ciabatta, pretzel sticks and Melba toasts in the hamper - and every one feels complete. Oh yes, don;t forget the smoked salmon pate as well.
There are plenty of choice in picnic areas, like in the Pods, forest courtyards, outer decks and the lawns themselves. And they are big on organising functions.
The Warwick Wine Estate is located along the R44 Highway between
Stellenbosch and Klupsmuts, Cape Province, South Africa.
It is open every day of the year from 9am to 5pm.
Telephone +27 21 884 4410 Reception
Nearby are the university town of Stellenbosch and the French Protestant hub of Fanschhoek.