10 Of The Best Child Friendly Wine Estates in the Western Cape

10 Of The Best Child Friendly Wine Estates in the Western Cape

When it comes to child-friendly wine estates in the Western Cape we are spoilt for choice and it was extremely difficult to choose only 10 but at the moment these are my (and my godsons) top 10 child-friendly wine estates in the Western Cape. This list is in no particular order.

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1. Hazendal Wine Estate

Hazendal is one of those wine estates that is an absolute must-visit. They offer so much more than just wine tasting.

They have a Russian Tea Ceremony and a Deli called Babushka that offers picnics in a beautiful garden setting with outdoor sculptures to explore.

The Pivnushka Beer Garden offers delicious South African favourites, like jaffles, wood-fired pizzas and hearty German sausage platters. The Beer Garden has a dedicated kids’ menu. Local craft beers, wines, vodkas, cocktails and mocktails are also on offer.

The kids will love Wonderdal. Wonderdal is a one of a kind, fully supervised edutainment centre. Here they combine learning with play, magic with innovation. The Kleine Hazen Putting Park is a 27-hole putt putt course that the whole family can enjoy.⠀⠀

Website: www.hazendal.co.za

2. Boschendal

Boschendal offers an outdoor experience program for children. Kids aged 5 – 14 years can enjoy a supervised authentic outdoor farm experience. Advance bookings are required to secure your child’s seat as only 10 seats per slot are available. 

The treehouse playground has slides, walkways, platforms, pods and pyramids. The playground is unsupervised.

The MTB pump track is located next to the playground and kids can bring their own bike or rent a bike from the MTB Trail Centre. This experience requires parental supervision.

At Boschendal you will also find a deli, a farm shop & butchery as well as the Werf restaurant and wine tasting venue. Boschendal has always been well known for their picnics – be sure to book your picnic basket before you go. 

Website: www.boschendal.com

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3. Spice Route

Spice Route is one of those destinations where you can spend an entire day. There is so much to do and see here. Like La Grapperia that offers wood-fired, thin based pizza and stunning views as well as a nearby jungle gym for the kids.

Barley & Biltong Emporium is well-known for its gourmet burgers, biltong and beer, and Jewell’s restaurant is a farm-to-table eatery.

If you love wine you can try the wine & charcuterie paring or if you are more of a beer lover you can enjoy a beer tasting at The Cape Brewing Company. There is even a distillery where you can do a grappa tasting as well as a gin tasting.

The kids will love the chocolate tasting at De Villiers chocolate. Spice Route also has a wonderful customised outdoor kid’s play area. 

To see what else Spice Route has to offer why not visit them, you won’t be disappointed.

Website: www.spiceroute.co.za

4. Eikendal Wine Estate

While the adults can enjoy a delicious Cheesecake and Wine Pairing, the kids can decorate their own cookies and enjoy them with a glass of milk.

On weekends Eikendal offers tractor rides for the whole family.

There are also vineyard walks and a restaurant as well as a small jungle gym

Website: www.eikendal.com

5. Spier

Spier is well known for its picnics. Picnics baskets must be ordered at least 24 hours in advance or you can build your own picnic and enjoy it in the many wonderful outdoor spaces on the farm.

There is also Vadas Smokehouse & Bakery. The restaurant overlooks the big lawns and old oak trees. It is a perfect place for the kids to run on and have fun.

Eagle Encounters is another place the kids will love. It is an on-site bird rehabilitation site. Here you and the kids can enjoy up-close-and-personal interactions with birds like eagles, hawks, falcons and owls. Receive free single entry on the Cape Town City Pass

The wine tasting at Spier is also fantastic. They have a Taste South African Heritage Wine Tasting option that includes 4 wines and 9 nibbles that reflect the South African heritage. The nibbles include a pumpkin fritter, beetroot salad, chakalaka and pap, a cape malay bunny chow, a boerewors roll, samp & bean salad, a biltong happie, milk tart and koeksister. Get a Free Wine Tasting & bottle of Chenin Blanc on the Cape Town City Pass

The kids “wine tasting” includes two different grape juices and an educational activity sheet.

The Spier Elemental Play Garden is divided into quadrants representing the four elements: water, air, fire and earth. Features of the garden include a slide landscaped into earth mounds, a tunnel to crawl through, a wind sculpture and a swing bridge. The water in the Water quadrant has been treated and is safe to splash in.

Spier also offers many self-guided walks.

Website: www.spier.co.za

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6. Le Pommier Wine Estate

Le Pommier is located on Helshoogte Pass. They have a cosy child-friendly restaurant specializing in traditional Cape cuisine.

The restaurant has gardens big enough to run around in or play ball. They also have a jungle gym, swings and sandpits.

Wine Pairings include Pizza & Wine, as well as South African Food & Wine.

They even have kiddies (or non-drinkers) pairings which include Juice and Pizza or Flavoured Milk & a Sweet Surprise.

Website: www.lepommier.co.za

7. Bloemendal

Bloemendal Wine Estate is situated in the Durbanville Valley. They have a family-friendly restaurant called Bon Amis. Their menu changes seasonally but they do specialise in wood-fired pizzas and freshly made sushi.  

Bloemendal’s kid’s play area has a large jungle gym and on-site childminders. The Estate also has kids cycling track.

At their wine tasting centre, you can enjoy a glass or two of wine with snack platters and sushi. Or try their wine and ice cream pairing. Kiddies tasting is also available.

Website: www.bloemendalestate.co.za

9. Middelvlei

Middelvlei is extremely family-friendly. Kids can play in the sandpit, feed farm animals, play lawn games, braai their own marshmallows or even do their own juice tasting.

Middelvlei is well known for its Boerebraai. The braai includes chops, boerewors and chicken sosaties, as well as potbrood, braaibroodjies, homemade pâté and pumpkin fritters.

There is also a Wine Blending Experience for the adults as well as a Braaibroodjie and Wine Pairing

Website: www.middelvlei.co.za

8. Babylonstoren

Before you even enter the gardens at Babylonstoren you are greeted by some donkeys, chickens and turkeys.

Babylonstoren has been one of our favourite places to visit for a very long time.

The heart of this stunning wine farm is its huge fruit and vegetable garden. The garden changes with the seasons and even though there is no set play area for the kids they will love running around this 8 acres garden.

There is a small water feature where they can splash in and big hidden “birds nests” where they can climb in.

The Greenhouse restaurant at the back of this magnificent estate is where everyone can enjoy a delicious meal.

Website: www.babylonstoren.com

10. Lourensford Wine Estate

Lourensford Wine Estate offers a winery with exciting wine pairings, a restaurant, a coffee roastery with the best carrot cupcakes, an art gallery and a very popular outdoor market over weekends.

At the craft brewery at Lourensford you can see brewers at work in their open-plan brewery & taproom.

There is also Clay Pigeon Adventures, where you get to shoot real bullets in a safe, controlled and fun environment.

For the kids, there is Wunderkind, an engaging space where kids between the ages of 3 and 12 years can learn through play. Here, kids can join in for supervised pottery classes, painting, sports, laser tag, gymnastics and a whole lot more.

Website: www.lourensford.co.za


More Wine Estates in the Cape Winelands  


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Some Other Wine Estates That Are Child-Friendly Include:

Neethlingshof: Offers a kiddie pairing (3 bite-sized dishes paired with 3 types of drinks)

Tokara: Has an excellent kiddies play area

Vergelegen: Beautiful gardens to walk around in and a really nice kiddies play area

Marianne: Has a kid’s jungle gym and the whole family can play a game of Boules

Vergenoegd: Is famous for their Duck Parade

Warwick: Has a kid’s jungle gym, and kids can jump in the water fountain to cool down

Leopard’s Leap: Has two jungle gyms and plenty of lawn space for the kids to run wild

Meerendal: Has a kids play area

Skilpadvlei: Offers a kiddies pairing and has a jungle gym

Laboria: Offers a grape juice tasting

Under Oaks: Has a child-friendly pizzeria and a kiddies play area.

Allee Bleue: Has a jungle-gym.

Vredenheim: Has a big cat sanctuary

Blaauklippen: Has a lovely play area and a family-friendly market over weekends

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Please note: Wine Pairings and activities at these wine estates can change at any time so always contact the wine estates beforehand if you want to do a specific wine pairing experience or activity.

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