Summer’s here and the festive season is around the corner. With the onset of the holiday period everyone seems ready for winding down and discovering something new to kickstart the silly season. Although Franschhoek has an array of firmly established food, wine, accommodation and retail offerings, the valley is also kept on its toes with a selection of fabulous experiences awaiting your arrival. The valley may be small but packs a punch when delivering on experiences.
We can’t contain our excitement as we get ready to welcome visitors back to the valley for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 6, 7 and 8 November. Travel between participating wine farms whilst uncovering wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons. Bespoke special events add extra allure to this year’s festivities. Pre-book your Uncorked Weekend Pass through www.webtickets.co.za, which cost R180 per person. Your pass (valid for all three days) allows you access to all of the participating wine farms as well as a complimentary tasting glass and free wine tastings. For more info visit www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za.
Needing to keep the young ones entertained over the weekend? At Boschendal children between the ages of 5 and 14 years can once again enjoy an authentic outdoor farm experience under the leadership and professional guidance of the estate’s Tree House team, whilst mom and dad unwind and take a well-deserved break. For more information on this fun experience visit https://www.boschendal.com/farm-accommodation/view/the-tree-house-kids.
For a slightly different farm experience a visit to Farm Sanctuary SA will leave you with a deeper appreciation for rescued farm animals. This boutique and inspiring sanctuary offers public tours, wine-tastings, unique barn accommodation and is also home to the famous painting pig, ‘Pigcasso’. Established in 2016, Farm Sanctuary SA aims to awaken a positive connection between consumers and farm animals in order to inspire a more compassionate and sustainable World for all. For more information visit https://www.farmsanctuarysa.org/.
With Summer in full swing why not treat yourself to a delicious High Tea, and the Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room is the place to be for a bespoke experience. With the picturesque garden and mountain views as your backdrop you’ll be forgiven for wanting to linger longer. Guests are served a beautifully displayed, creative selection of seasonally inspired sweet and savoury delights, freshly baked by their culinary team. The cost of R250 per person includes your choice of Premier Cru tea, artisanal coffee or glass of L’Ormarins Brut NV. A minimum of four guests applies and advance bookings are essential. To book for this magical experience visit https://www.rupertwines.com/visit/anthonij-rupert-tasting-room/.
On the subject of food Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards offers a diverse and authentic South African dining experience. The Leopard’s Leap South African Table presents guests with the opportunity to taste authentic South African dishes whilst learning more about the food heritage and partaking in the sharing of a meal with fellow diners. Chef Christiaan Visser prepares the dishes, explains the history and shares the tales behind the three-course meal that follows – a true celebration of typical food styles, ingredients and wine from our country’s rich culinary tradition. For all of the need-to-know details click on this link https://leopardsleap.co.za/pages/south-african-table.
Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, a day trip to Franschhoek is a breeze, but why not treat yourself (and that someone special) to an overnight escape, or better yet a weekend getaway. Franschhoek offers a wide range of accommodation– from luxury boutique hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts and self-catering establishments. Choose to stay in one of the many establishments located within easy walking distance of the main road or opt for a more secluded establishment – located on farms in and around the valley – offering you the ultimate winelands experience. Whatever your choice, you will be guaranteed of a blissful night’s rest. Browse our website https://franschhoek.org.za/franschhoek-accommodation/ for our range of accommodation offerings.
Whilst in the village allow yourself time to peruse the numerous art galleries, bespoke boutique ateliers and so much more. A leisurely stroll along the Main Road makes for the ideal opportunity to pop in and browse these gems. Not forgetting the side streets, which added extra allure as to what you’ll uncover on your shopping exploration.
For more information on our range of offerings and experiences visit www.franschhoek.org.za.