Delheim Estate goes green with riverside picnics

Delheim Estate goes green with riverside picnics

Delheim Wine Estate, a Stellenbosch stalwart nestled on the slopes of the Simonsberg, combines its meticulous conservation of environmentally sustainable wine production with its passion for good food and nature, with delicious Green Picnics at the river’s edge.

Summer is a time for eating outdoors and picnics are a great way to meet up with family and friends and until the end of April 2014 one can do it in an eco-friendly style when spreading the cotton blankets under the towering oaks at this historic family wine farm – a picnic perfect setting.

“A chance to enjoy good food and get back to nature…what’s there not to love about a picnic? asks resident chef Christine Claasen. “What’s more to love about our picnics, is the fact that we do it in a sustainable, low-waste manner by swapping the usual plastic wear in your basket which significantly adds to our carbon footprint with natural goodies wrapped in eco-friendly bamboo packaging,” he adds. A hand woven basket, brimming with homemade goodness ranging from pickled pumpkin, cream cheese salmon rolls and ostrich steak salad, to pork rillettes and farm fresh bread, will greet visitors in a serene spot on the lush lawns, to be leisurely enjoyed to the sounds of the flowing Klip River and abundant bird life.

“At Delheim we believe that everything should proceed in harmony with nature,” says co-owner Victor Sperling. “We try to echo this in the way we produce our time-honoured wines, right through from the vineyards to the cellar. As a strong follower of sustainable farming, we are passionately committed to the conservation and the rehabilitation of our natural habitat and indigenous flora. With these Green Picnics we invite people to re-connect with Delheim and nature, the natural way.”

Delheim was one of the first wine farms to become a Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) member, and has since achieved BWI Championship status. The estate recently shined as the only wine farm amongst the top five nominees in the biodiversity category for the 2013 Eco-Logic Awards in association with SABC3.

* The Delheim Green Picnic costs R149 per person and includes a bottle of Delheim Heerenwijn or Delheim Pinotage Rosé per couple. Vegetarian options are available on request and a special kiddies menu can be arranged at R70 per child.
These picnics are on offer seven days a week and pre-bookings are essential. To order your basket call 021 888 4607, or send an email to restaurant@delheim.com.
For more information, visit www.delheim.com.