Grande Provence is the ultimate romantic getaway

Woo your beloved this Valentine’s Day with a romantic lunch or dinner at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Framed by a backdrop of lush vines and majestic mountains, this tranquil setting is the ultimate getaway for a day of romance.

On arrival, couples will be welcomed with flutes of Grande Provence Méthode Cap Classique and a beautiful rose adorning your table. Each course on Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst’s menu promises pure seduction, starting with canapés on arrival of oysters and wild mushroom arancini. For starters you can choose between Marsala marinated quail, a ragout infused with caraway spiced labneh, lemon grass, coriander and coconut, or the barrel smoked Franschhoek trout gravlax adorned with a mosaic of beetroot scales and cured salmon roe.

The main course is a choice between fish and lamb. Fennel encrusted sea bass is served with lobster croquettes, toasted almond and water chestnuts. Meat lovers will find the succulent 18 hour sous-vide Karoo lamb neck with toasted pearl barley and pickled butternut irresistible.

For dessert there is a choice between enticing hot fondant with semi frozen crème anglaise, a salted cocoa twig and an Amarula pipette, or Turkish delight ice cream with vanilla sponge genoise, and champagne and rose summer berries. Mini rose and white chocolate macaroons with coffee bring a close to this evening of culinary indulgence.

The Valentine’s Day lunch costs R595 per person, while the dinner is R895 with additional chef’s delights to make your evening extra dazzling.

For a truly memorable and ultra-luxurious indulgence, Imperial Heritage caviar can be added to your menu. Couples looking for a more private dinner experience, under a stately oak tree bedecked with fairy lights, can opt for a romantic gazebo in the Sculpture Garden. The caviar enriched menu costs R2 250 per couple whilst the private gazebo dinner, which includes a bottle of Grande Provence Brut Cap Classique, costs R2 500 per couple.

Booking is essential. Contact The Restaurant on Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail

For a truly romantic getaway, extend your visit at Grande Provence by treating your Valentine to a weekend at The Owners Cottage. This luxury retreat amidst the vineyards offers a variety of packages including pamper treats such as couples massages, a picnic for two and a private swimming pool and spa. For more information contact the Owners Cottage Guest House on Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail

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