In November 2015 Joostenberg launched a new craft beer brewery and picnic deli on its premises. The picnic area is a welcome addition to the Joostenberg estate which is already a favourite spot for families to hang out. The new picnic area is situated on the big lawn overlooked by the Joostenberg bistro under the shade of the trees. Think lazy afternoons with picnic meals to order from the menu that can be enjoyed on your own blankets on the grass or picnic tables reserved for picnic guests at Joostenberg.
We found the picnics to be very affordable in comparison to what you could pay for a picnic at some of the other wine estates in the Stellenbosch area. Picnic meals can be ordered from the new picnic deli situated right next to the new picnic seating area. Menu options range from individual meals such as hamburgers or charcuterie and cheese platters to share. The kiddies option is also worth a mention. For R39 the kids get an ample sized “Jungle Gym Box” with baby tomatoes, cucumber and carrot sticks, cheese blocks, strawberries and mini smoked viennas (Price as in March 2016). Bring your own food or food purchased in the Joostenberg deli are not allowed in the picnic seating area. The picnic deli also houses the The Stellenbosch Brewing Co. brewery. Apart from ordering a picnic you can settle down at one of the tables under the trees for a craft beer tasting. Otherwise, buy drinks, including coffee or tea, from the picnic deli to enjoy with your picnic food.
Horse cart rides are still available on weekends and public holidays and depart from the picnic area. The horse and/or cart rides remain a big attraction for youngsters who queue up with mom and dad to await their turn. Rides cost about R10 per person. The play area has also been given a fresh look with the old canoe sporting a new coat of paint and a brand new wooden jungle gym with slide added on the stretch of lawn between the Joostenberg Bistro and the picnic deli.
Our family has always enjoyed the relaxed laid back nature of a visit to Joostenberg and the new picnic area certainly adds to the charm of the estate. Picnics at Joostenberg is a great option for families with young children to enjoy affordable food under the shade of the trees while the kids run around on the lawn or play on the jungle gyms.
Also read our previous article on Joostenberg – Lovely Joostenberg for the children