As a family we love exploring the winelands… and that’s not just because of the wine (although that helps!)
In fact, the reason we head out of Cape Town once a month in the direction of Stellenbosch and the surrounding vineyards is that there is just so much to do that keeps us ALL happy!
One of our favourite places to spend a few hours on a weekend morning in the area is Joostenberg Bistro.
With it’s rolling green lawns, roaming geese, pony cart rides, swings and jungle gyms there is plenty of space and lots of entertainment to keep the kids busy, while the adults can sit back and relax on the vine covered veranda while keeping the kids in sight.
Breakfast is a really popular way to spend time at Joostenberg and these are served from 08:00, just don’t make the mistake we did and arrive without a booking! Families from across the winelands, and beyond, all have the same idea every weekend so phone ahead to reserve your spot!
Fortunately, after a short wait spent meandering on the lawns, watching the geese and enjoying a drink under the trees, we were shown to our spot and able to sit back and enjoy the festive atmosphere.
My kids were gunning for a ride on the pony cart from the moment we arrived when we followed the pony cart down the road and into the parking area… so they were the first to enjoy a ride on this particular morning and thoroughly enjoyed this good old fashioned fun… followed by a bit of tree-climbing, of course!
Lunch at the bistro consists of simple, good food, most of which is created using fresh farm produce, including many products produced on the pig farm next door, such as the charcuterie plate and herb-crusted pork loin. A long, lazy three-course lunch is served every Sunday from 12:30, or, alternatively, you can opt to enjoy a prepared picnic lunch on the tables under the trees.
No visit to Joostenberg is complete without a turn past their deli… All manner of deli delights will tempt you, from fresh cut flowers, Joostenberg wines (at cellar door prices), a selection of delicious home cooked meals, desserts and preserves plus the most delicious free range meats that people travel here for!
A new addition to the property which we had not enjoyed before is recently opened The Stellies Taproom which offers craft beers brewed on site and tastings and tours too.
If you’re the gardening type don’t miss the sweet little nursery on your way out, my kids loved exploring the pathways between the plants. And if you’re in the market for a new rose or two then pop in for a browse at Ludwig’s famous roses too!
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