The school holidays are upon us and almost every parent is thinking the same thing, “what are we going to do with the tiny humans?” Well, if you are living in, or headed to the beautiful Winelands of the Western Cape, do not fear! I have compiled a list of some of my favorite wine estates, and they are all kid friendly (to a certain degree). They’re not listed in any particular order
1) Mont Marie - Stellenbosch
Pros: Ask any mom who lives in and around Stellenbosch and she will tell you that probably the best kid friendly wine estate in the area is Mont Marie. Enclosed play area, good for tiny tots, big tots and kids, you will be guaranteed of a good time here. High chairs are available, a kids menu and yummy food. They also have a bathroom with a changing area in the play area.
Cons: Due to its popularity, it can get pretty busy; book way ahead of time to be assured of a table in the kids area. Otherwise, you will be seated on the deck
*toddler friendly / kid friendly / mommy friendly
2) Middelvlei - Stellenbosch
Pros: With a “farm” feel, this kid friendly wine estate is a hit. Middelvlei Wine Estate not only offers moms the chance to try a ‘braaibroodjie' and wine pairing, but also offers the kids a chance to get in on the tasting action with a box of their own. There isn’t a jungle gym but there is a sand pit away from the main ‘dining’ area with an umbrella close by. There is also great grass area for the little ones to race around on.
Cons: Be cautious of the parking area right next to the sand pit, especially if you have a little one that likes to roam.
*kid friendly / mommy friendly
3) Vergenoegd - Somerset West
Pros: Known for their duck parade, Vergenoegd is a fabulous wine estate if you just want to chill with the kids while they enjoy the outdoors. Choose your time right and you can watch the duck parade before enjoying a bite from the deli and a glass of MCC or wine. You could even do a relaxing wine tasting (tongue in cheek because actually when is wine tasting ever relaxing with kids??) They also do a great market on a Saturday with a good vibe and lots of fun for the whole family.
Cons: No changing area in the bathrooms but I am really being nit picky. There isn’t a jungle gym (but I prefer that)
*toddler friendly / kid friendly
4) Rhebokskloof - Paarl
Pros: Rhebokskloof is beautiful kid friendly wine estate on the Paarl Wine Route. Possibly most known for its Shiraz, this wine estate is a great spot to hang out at during the school holidays. Big stretches of green lawn, play area and yummy kids food, Rhebokskloof is definitely not one to be driven past.
Cons: The jungle gym is good for older kids not for toddlers. There is a dam with no fence at the bottom of the grass area.
*Toddler friendly / kid friendly / mommy friendly
5) Creation Wines - Hemel en Aarde
Pros: Everybody loves a good food and wine pairing and what better wine estate to do one at than Creation. The pairings are innovative, well planned and perfectly paired with each of their wines. But they also offer a great kids pairing option. Fruit, Milk straws, and french toast are just some of the delicious treats those tiny tummies will enjoy. They also have an indoor play room which (should) keep the kids busy while you savour your pairing.
Cons: No outdoor play area but there is a small grass area if your kids simply must stretch their legs. The restaurant is quite small and cosy so on a very busy day, it may be difficult to keep track on your kids running to and from the table
6) Benguela Cove - Hermanus
Pros: Start the day off with a round of Pirate Golf and then cool off at the Splash Park. The only struggle you may have is to get the kids away from all this activity. But the food at the main Restuarant is really delicious so if they’ve worked up a good appetite you won’t have a problem (hopefully!).
Cons: At the restaurant itself and the wine tasting room there is not much to keep the kids busy with, except a jungle gym. But it is not age appropriate for toddlers.
*Toddler friendly / Kid friendly / Mommy friendly
7) Bosjes - Worcestor
Pros: Beautiful wine estate in Worcestor, may be a far drive from Cape Town, but it is definitely worth it. Great kids play area and excellent food, you will be a happy mamma. Changing room and high chairs, the restaurant is mommy friendly which sometimes is better than kid friendly.
Cons: The play area is just out of sight of the main eating area, especially if you are seated inside. There isn’t much shade over the play area but there are trees around
*Toddler friendly / kid friendly / mommy friendly
8) Bloemendal / Bon Amis - Durbanville
Pros: Bon Amis at Bloemendal is honestly quite a good kid friendly wine estate. And they have a really great play area that is suited to all ages - and I mean that! My 1 year old easily climbs and clambers up and down while my 3 year old plays happily in the little houses dotted all over the play area. The food is also pretty good with pizza and sushi on the menu. There is a also a bike track that even the little ones can do.
Cons: On a rainy day, kids will be forced to stay indoors but they do bring coloring things to the table. There is quite a bit of lush vegetation right next to the play area so be area of little ones becoming serious explorers ;)
*Toddler friendly / Kid friendly / Mommy Friendly
9) Delheim - Stellenbosch
Pros: Delheim is a beautiful wine estate tugged away against the Simonsberg Mountains. Offering picnics during the summer months, they are a perfect choice for a family day out. They have especially good wine and the picnic baskets have really been well thought out. There is an adventurous play area for the kids as well as a grass area for some running around
Cons: The picnic area is quite a way from the main restaurant and wine tasting room but it is nice to completely separate from that. There is a stream that runs through the picnic area so it can be hazardous for the little ones. The jungle gym is also only appropriate for older kids. If you have a picky eater, they may not enjoy everything in their boxes.
10) Warwick - Stellenbosch
Pros: Warwick Wine Estate is definitely one of my favorite wine estates. It’s beautiful, kid friendly and offer fabulous picnics. If you ask anyone, they will mention their picnics. Great for couples, families or even a birthday party, Warwick should not be overlooked.
Cons: In the summer months, they are busy and often fully booked. Be sure to book in advance
*Toddler friendly / Kid friendly
If you haven’t been to these wine estates, I hope you have as much fun as I did visiting them!
Happy Holiday Wine Tasting Mamma Bears and be safe!