My day at Warwick Wine Estate
I love getting invited to PR events. You might think, “well duh! Who wouldn’t? Free food & booze, time to schmooze with the who’s who of the blogging world and easy blog content”. But that’s not the reason. I love getting to opportunity to try something new without the disappointment of committing money to it first. With money being particularly hard to come by these days I get anxious about spending any of it without a guarantee of leaving with the assurance that it is money well spent.
I felt this way about the Come Wine with Us experience and found myself very satisfied with the morning and would definitely recommend it to my friends with the assurance that the R280 would be money well spent.
So when I got an invitation to visit Warwick Wine Estate for the day I was very excited because not only could I experience the wine farm and the picnic but I could take my husband and family along as well. My time with my family is very precious and one of the reasons I often say no to invitations to PR events is because it would take away valuable time with my kids or because it clashes with my job or family responsibilities. Most parents can relate to what I’m saying because sometimes the lack of time available to get everything done gets very overwhelming.
Warwick Wines is situated on the R44 and is 35kms from Tableview (if you don’t follow the Google Map which thinks its 50kms away and takes you on the dodgy route). So, if you need directions to get there it is as simple and taking the N1 to Paarl and taking the R44 turn off which will take you past Butterfly World, across an intersection where they sell everything from fruit and veg to waterblommetjies and just a little way down the road you will see Warwick Wines with the flags of South Africa, Canada, Pakistan, Great Britain and the USA.
At this point it becomes difficult to know where to start when describing the wine farm because the amount of awesomeness. As you walk through the gate, you will find a number of tables set out under the oak trees where you can enjoy your meal with the sound of the fountain in the background. Or, you can walk towards the lake where a number of umbrellas, cushions and blankets have been set out far enough apart to give you privacy and I chance to recline and enjoy your picnic basket. As you look around you, you will see little picnic pods which are spaces surrounded by a natural canopy where you can have private get togethers or intimate children’s parties.
I could go on and on describing the lovely day we had where Anton and I could relax and enjoy the surroundings while our kids explored and tired themselves out running around but I would recommend you go and experience it for yourself. For the international readers of this blog you will find the price of around $35 for a picnic (wine excl) that serves 2 people an absolute steal.
For the local readers when you see the amount of food you get in this basket for R350 and trust me when I say that you won’t be able to finish it even if you are ravenous and you’re sharing with a partner then you will want to make a booking for next weekend. Oh, the kids are also catered for with bright pink boxes of happiness that has a cheese burger, fruit juice, crisps and sweets and it is great that these are easy to pack up and take with you because they won’t be able to pull themselves away for playing for long enough to eat while they’re there and will probably eat it on the way home in the car.