The blue avenue awaits…
Allée Bleue, meaning blue avenue in French is a picturesque wine estate in Groot Drakenstein, about 18km’s outside Franchhoek. It is located in one of the Western Cape’s most glorious areas that was settled by forward thinking French Huguenots in 1688. The valley and surrounds showcases a multitude of exceptional wine farms and is a great day escape or weekend staycation option for many a local wanderer looking for respite from the urban buzz, and a drawcard for travellers from all over the globe.
Allée Bleue has a marvellous chicnic offering (daily from 11h00-15h00) that I experienced this past weekend, courtesy of Ian and Lise Manley, the most divine of PR duos. When you arrive, a platter is served to you, heaped with charcuterie, a selection of cheeses and crisp fruited melba toast, and the basket lined with a blue and white checked cloth, holds fresh mini baguettes and all sorts of delights presented in glass jars, such as aniseed onion marmalade, smoked olive tapenade, chilli tomato chutney and, a personal to-faint-for favourite, creamy yoghurt balls. This chicnic is enjoyed at tables under large brollies, and makes for a linger-longer kind of a day, with a flow of fabulous brut rose bubbly (R190 p/b) and chenin blanc (R109 p/b) easing one into the afternoon.
Great for kids and baskets are well priced…
The Chicnic menus (standard and vegetarian) during winter (1 May to 31 August) are priced at R215 for a single basket and R390 for a double basket. There is a sand pit for kids as well as a jumping castle and jungle gym and the children’s menus cost R95,00 per child under 12 years old. (Prices change from 1 September 2017)
For more info and to book, contact the estate (found at the Intersection of the R 45 and R310 in Groot Drakenstein) via firstname.lastname@example.org / 0218741021 There is a restaurant on the estate, wine tastings and accommodation if you feel like a longer spoil – more info re all can be found on the website.
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