Touring the winelands around Cape Town is always great fun –be sure to inform if you can order a picnic basket in whichever estate you wish to visit- but my absolute favorite farm is Babylonstoren.
This historic 17th-century wine and fruit estate boasts an enchanting garden, modelled after the legendary hanging gardens of Babylon, and produces everything from blood oranges to mushrooms, asparagus and persimmons. Every plant in the garden is edible or has medicinal values, and is used in one of the farm’s two organic restaurants, one of which is housed in an enchanting greenhouse. You can go to have lunch, taste wines or simply enjoy the wonders of the garden with towering mountains and winelands as backdrop. (Nice extra: there are goats, donkeys, ducks and geese too.) The place was restored a little over a decade ago by a former ELLE Deco editor, who added a hotel and garden spa. The deco is minimal and luxurious at the same time and I swear I never had such a great afternoon dip as the one in the green bassin of Babylonstoren. This place is ridiculously peaceful and stylish and you should spend at least one afternoon there.