Summer Picnics: Grande Provence Goes Rustic French

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I can think of few finer ways to spend a day than a lazy picnic in the Winelands. Can you? Sweeping views, a rug to lie on, some special treats in a rustic hamper. 

Peel me a grape, Beulah. 

Better still, book a picnic at Grande Provence, and loll about under the majestic oaks at this Heritage Wine Estate.

Picnics are prepared by new Executive Chef Guy Bennett, and baskets are filled to the brim with crispy baguettes, local Brie, saucisson (that’s French for sausage, sussie), Franschhoek trout, homemade preserves and butter, rosemary &  sea salt crisps with whole grain mustard aioli, garden salad and decadent chocolate brownies.

Wash it all down with a bottle of Angels Tears wine and some still or sparkling water.

Go full gourmet picnic by adding some rabbit-liver parfait, seasonal fruit, chunky Waldorf salad, boerenkaas and sweet delights of rose and white macaroons. 

These extra luxuries are priced individually and can be added to your basket upon request.

The Grande Provence picnic menu is available at R325 per person sharing, or R345 for a single basket. 

To book, call The Restaurant at Grande Provence a day in advance on Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email at

Summer picnics at Grande Provence are available until 30 April 2018, weather dependent of course.  Limited baskets are available per day, so book early to avoid disappointment.

More about Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate

Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards. Part of The Huka Retreats, other facilities Grande Provence offers guests are The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit, or Twitter @grande_provence

Guy Bennett, New Executive Chef at Grande Provence


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