1. For serene summer afternoons and alfresco dining at the river’s edge, Delheim estate in Stellenbosch is just the spot. In keeping with this Biodiversity and Wine Initiative (BWI) champion’s commitment to environmentally sustainable wine production, its Green Picnics deliver hand-woven baskets filled with home-made goodies in ecofriendly bamboo packaging, prepared by chef Christine Claasen. (R149 per person, including a bottle of wine per couple, seven days a week until 30 April 2014. Book ahead via delheim.com)
2. Like its name, Eight restaurant at Spier estate in Stellenbosch is about cycles, infinity and abundance. The fresh produce on the healthy menu is grown on the farm or sourced locally, changing daily according to what’s in the garden, and the creative decor employs recycled materials. Definitely worth a visit.
3. If you’re looking for extra ambience in the garden, and solar energy flicks your switch, take a look at The Lighting Warehouse’s new Scandinavian solar outdoor lighting range, Mooni. Pictured: Take Me lantern, R500.