ALLÉE BLEUE ESTATE is definitely one of the places that is on my list of Estates to visit this year. It is not only a thriving wine farm, creating authentic, award-winning wines of individual character, it is also renowned for its wide variety of fruit and fresh herbs grown and sold in your favourite supermarket. They also produce outstanding mission olives and cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil and on Wednesday, 1 May 2019, the estate will open its gates to the public to experience “behind-the-scenes” farming activities during its first-ever MAY DAY MEANDER.
With 1 May being a public holiday, round up friends and family, wear a touch of red, and join in on this leisurely, hour-long, walk. The route includes stops, hosted by experts, where you can learn more about wine, fruit production, fresh herbs, olives and olive oil, have delicious bites to eat and taste wine as you go along.
The day starts at 10h00 at the tasting room where guests are invited to enjoy a welcome drink, receive a briefing and a map, before setting off on their walk through some of the lesser-explored areas of the estate. After arriving back at the main building, guests will have the option of sharing a cheese and charcuterie platter at the tasting room or a CHICNIC basket, served at a garden table under an ancient oak tree or a PICNIC-ON-THE-GO basket, to be enjoyed on the lawns of the beautifully manicured gardens.
The baskets are for two guests sharing and showcase the delicious produce available fresh from the estate’s soil with a particular focus on Allée Bleue’s signature herbs – the 200ha estate is ranked amongst the top three herb growers in the province.
The MAY DAY MEANDER costs between R175 and R335 per adult, depending on the lunch option chosen, and R105 per child. The MAY DAY MEANDER walk is suitable for everyone and a low level of fitness is required, but it is unfortunately not wheelchair-accessible as some areas of the route are uneven due to farming activities.
The theme for this year’s MAY DAY MEANDER is red and fun prizes will be awarded to the best dressed guests. Guests can also look forward to a post-meander lucky draw. Bookings and pre-payments are essential to confirm your spot. Contact Nadia at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bookings close 48 hours before the event.
Allée Bleue Wine Estate is situated at the intersection of the R45 and R310. More information about this picturesque working farm is available via www.alleebleue.com or follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @AlleeBleue