A short way down the R320 (Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Road) in a thatch building overlooking a small dam, Hamilton Russell Vineyards produces only two varietals: the temperamental Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Their wines are regarded as some of the best in the world. The Chardonnay, with lovely pear aromas and flavors, won the Chardonnay category at the 2014 South African Wine Index Awards. The Pinot Noir, great for pairing with veal, pork, and gamey meats, was also a winner
at the 2014 SAWi Awards. The farm doesn't do official picnics, but they don't mind you bringing your own nibbles and enjoying the remarkable setting; there's a lawn outside the tasting room where you can spread your blanket.
Off Hemel-en-Aarde Valley Rd. (R320), Walker Bay, 7200, South Africa