Franschhoek: The Week That Was

As we near the end of our extended lockdown we await news of what our new normal may be. While we wait, Franschhoek Wine Valley locals continue to do their bit for those less fortunate as well as keep the region top of mind for those who will one day once more visit our beautiful valley.
The Patel family – Kiara, Jasmine and Amber – are definitely making the most of their lockdown time, honing their baking skills. Their iced heart shape biscuits (below) were once again a welcome treat for those who need it most.

Following on from the success of Everard Read’s first digital exhibition, entitled Staring Straight To The Future, which went on to raise almost R1.4 million for the Solidarity Fund in week, art enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear that the gallery as put together another digital collection of its celebrated artists. The second digital exhibition, entitled Us, was inspired by one of the pieces by Brett Murray, and poses the question within the context of a country in lockdown. As in the case of the first exhibition, once again 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the fund.  Everard Read is represented by galleries in London, Cape Town, Franschhoek and Johannesburg. 

Deborah Bell in studio

Us runs until 24 April 2020 and can be viewed by visiting 
Last week renowned sports presenter and wine enthusiast, Dan Nicholl engaged with some of our Vignerons by means of a virtual wine tasting on his Dan Really Likes Wine Facebook page. His guests included Gerard Holden (Holden Manz), Rob Armstrong (Haut Espoir), Chris and Andrea Mullineux (Mullineux Wines) as well as Andrew Harris from Bellingham Wines and Old Road Wine Co. This was a great opportunity for them to not only talk about their range of amazing wines but remind wine consumers why Franschhoek is regarded as one of SA’s leading wine producing regions.
In case you missed their chats view a recording of the live video below as a reminder why we want you to ‘dream now and purchase Franschhoek wines later. 

While we’re all in lockdown and looking forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful valley, we’ve launched an inspiring social media campaign, entitled #FranschhoekFromMyWindow. This campaign shares glimpses of what Franschhoek looks like on a daily basis. What better way to remind you why we want you to come back. A small village with a big heart.
Here is a selection of some of the images we’ve received from our amazing residents:

We are of the opinion that post lockdown there may be many more trips to the gym than in the past as this challenging time seems to have inspired a nation of chefs and bakers, which is amazing. So, while we still have the attention of those keen to try their hand at a new recipe (or two) we thought we’d share this tasty ice cream recipe by Chef Eric Bulpitt of La Motte Wine Estate. It’s his gran’s recipe (below) which she used to serve with Boerenmeisjes (brandied apricots). Relatively easy and simple in presentation, but the flavours are intricate and delicious and very nostalgic. 
For the step-by-step recipe follow this link.

Don’t forget to stock up on fresh produce from Babylonstoren and delicious local cheeses from Dalewood Fromage during lockdown. What better time to give your family only the finest healthy fresh produce to keep their immune systems strong. These images below are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.

The Val de Vie Foundation (part of Val de Vie Estate) has set up a feeding scheme in collaboration with Social Investment Managers, Valcare, and a host of credible organisations, to help provide and pack thousands of vetted food parcels to the most vulnerable communities within the region. This initiative was launched in response to the foundation requesting support from Val de Vie Estate residents, and ultimately resulted in generous monetary donations as well as residents offering their time as volunteers to pack the food parcels (see below). Read more about this amazing initiative here.

The feeding scheme, initiated by Franschhoek Disaster Management, relies on the continued support of donors to keep hunger at bay for those less fortunate in the community. Recently the food unit received a generous donation of freshly picked satsumas from Babylonstoren (below), which is a great source of Vitamin C, much needed to boost the immune system. 
The carefully coordinated feeding scheme provides food parcels during the week, with hot meals scheduled for weekends. Each nutritious food parcel, which costs R250 is enough to feed one household for two weeks. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Disaster Management Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.

For more information on how you can assist visit or