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  1. The evolution of Haute Cabrière – A journey celebrating growth and living beautifully

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    HAUTE CABRIÈRE, with its iconic setting on the scenic Franschhoek Pass, has been woven into the fabric of wine lovers, both locally and abroad.

    Today, 25 years since the von Arnim family launched the iconic Haute Cabrière cellar, the winery has transformed into a world-class space for visitors to immerse themselves in the culture established by proprietor Achim von Arnim. The newly renovated space makes Haute Cabrière the ultimate belle femme of the Franschhoek Valley.

    The renovation journey was aimed at building on the past 25 years, and setting the scene for the next.

    The project has been about honouring the legacy of our heritage; while celebrating the beauty of evolution. Even though the wines and the destination are ever changing, it will never lose its essence,” says Takuan von Arnim, Director of Wine and 2nd generation Cellar Master.

    “Every element of the project was ultimately designed to allow and inspire our guests to create and celebrate their own beautiful food and wine experiences,” continues von Arnim.

    The architect’s brief was to design a space that would continue to create a stylish and authentically meaningful experience for guests; one that could adapt and cater to a variety of needs, for both local and international visitors. The existing canvas of spectacular views and majestic stone arches ensured that the spirit of ‘living beautifully’ could be executed elegantly.

    Says AD Muller, lead architect at A3D: “The whole ambience is lighter. There’s a powerful sense of arrival, while the flow of the property guides guests through the different spaces and offerings. All of this is offset by an exquisite view of the landscape on one side, and the original European-inspired underground stone cellar on the other. A creative approach to décor has brought a fresh feel of modernity and an elegant style.

    Christiaan Barnard of Christiaan Barnard Interior and Design says: “We’ve retained the elegance and sophistication, which are synonymous with Haute Cabrière, but the interior design is much more on-trend now. A key aspect was to bring more light into the indoor space. We achieved this with the clever use of lighting and the choices in material and furniture.”

    There’s a balance of being chic, yet relaxed; with touches of opulence, whilst maintaining a timeless elegance. My primary focus was to keep the style very understated and accessible so as not to detract from both the natural environment or the experiences guests would have,” explains Barnard.

    The most notable change at Haute Cabrière is the outdoor area which has been transformed and encapsulated in glass, with an expansive infinity deck, allowing guests to enjoy the different spaces, all year-round, while guaranteeing a spectacular view.

    The destination offering has also evolved from a traditional tasting room and restaurant to a space that allows visitors to tailor their experience, every time.

    We have been considering what we can offer to make visitors feel catered for and welcome and how to broaden our appeal” says Nic van Wyk, Haute Cabriére’s Head of Destination.

    A strong desire to stay true to Achim von Arnim’s original vision of creating a wine portfolio that is accessible has been mirrored at the tasting room and restaurant by making the offering available for longer and with varying options.

    My inspiration has always been classically French, with an appreciation for the South African palate, which is a natural fit for Haute Cabrière,” says van Wyk. “I would describe the food as elegant yet comforting, and the menus offer dishes that would satisfy locals, yet impress international guests with something completely unique.”

    Haute Cabrière now offers a food and wine element from breakfast to dinner, and all the in-betweens! The brand-new deli and bakery with freshly baked artisanal fare, fresh produce from the vegetable garden, and condiments from the menu are on offer, enabling guests to take the Haute Cabrière experience home.

    Takuan von Arnim concludes that the journey, embarked upon 25 years ago, has really been about bringing to life the vision of creating an occasion for people to enjoy the art of life, in all its different forms.

    We’re exceptionally proud of the result and look forward to welcoming our guests.”

    Haute Cabrière is situated on the Franschhoek Pass (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek. Wine tasting is open from Monday to Saturday from 10h00 to 19h30, offering Cellar Tours between 11h00 and 16h00.  Breakfast is available from Monday to Saturday from 08h00 to 11h00; tapas are served between 11h00 and 19h30; the bakery and deli are open from 08h00 to 16h00 and the à la carte menu is available from 12h00 to 19h30. Haute Cabrière is open on Sundays and closes at 15h30. For reservations and enquiries: call 021 876 8500, e-mail or visit

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  2. Experience Franschhoek this season!

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    Winter brings out the best that Franschhoek has to offer – cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines, soul comforting food, memorable experiences, breath-taking scenery and so much more. Traditionally a quieter time in Franschhoek there are also a number of establishments in and around the Valley who are offering Winter inspired packages too good to refuse. Catering to most experiences what better excuse to breakaway for the weekend to a luxury guesthouse or boutique hotel. Snuggle up to their cozy fireplaces while enjoying a good book and sipping on local wines.

    We recently invited a number of influencers to the valley for a 24-hour winter experience in Franschhoek. Based on their experiences which you can read all about below, Winter is a truly magical season in Franschhoek and one of the best times to explore the area.


    Thea Beckman (Southern Vines)

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    Want to travel like Thea? Here is her itinerary:

    Day 1

    9:45am : Arrival at La Motte for their Art Experience, which starts at 10am sharp. After the experience enjoy a glass of wine and hearty bowl of soup in front of the cozy fireplace before heading to your next stop.

    12pm : Make your way to Bovine (42 Huguenot Road) for lunch, where you will be treated to their delicious Tuesday Burger Special, which is valid throughout Winter.

    2pm : After lunch we invite you to enjoy a leisurely stroll through Main Road, exploring the selection of retail gems. These include art galleries, specialist wine shops, boutique stores as well as artisanal chocolate producers.

    4pm : Check into La Galiniere Guest Cottages (Main Road) for the night.

    7pm : Enjoy dinner at Le Petit Manoir Franschhoek (54 Huguenot Road).

    Day 2 

    8:30am : After checking out make your way to Big Dog Café (191 Main Road) for a delicious breakfast.

    9:45am : Conclude your Franschhoek Wine Valley with a visit to Boschendal for their farm tour (weather permitting) concluding with an Under the Oaks Tasting at their Cellar Door.


    Megan Daniels (Life With Me)

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    Want to travel like Megan? Here is her itinerary:

    Day 1

    11:30am : Your Franschhoek Open For Winter experience starts at Camelot Spa at Val de Vie Estate where you’ll be treated to a relaxing 60 minute spa treatment.

    1:30pm : A rejuvenating treatment is guaranteed to work up an appetite, and next stop is a delicious lunch at La Motte Wine Estate.

    3:30pm : Huguenot Fine Chocolates (62 Huguenot Rd) is next on your list for an informative chocolate tour and tasting.

    Once you’ve indulged in a bit of chocolate you may want to walk it off and we encourage you to take a gentle stroll up Main Road to stop and browse the myriad of shops and hidden gems.

    From 5pm : Check into Fleur du Soleil Guesthouse (7A Van Riebeek Street) for the night.

    6pm : Tuk Tuk Microbrewery (14 Huguenot Rd) is where you’ll find yourselves for a quick beer tasting before heading off to dinner.

    7:30pm : Dinner tonight will be at The Dining Room at Leeu Estates (Dassenberg Rd) where you’ll be treated to their three-course Winter menu.

    Day 2

    9:30am : Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Bistro at Allée Bleue (Intersection R45 and R310).


    Kristi de Freitas (LOKAL ZA)

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    Want to travel like Kristi? Here is her itinerary:

    Day 1

    9:45am : Your Franschhoek #OpenForWinter experience starts with the Tuk Tuk Winelands Experience (54 Huguenot Street) and entails a visit to two wine farms by means of this unique mode of transport.

    1pm : Next stop is to Hey Joe Brewery (situated on La Brasserie Farm on the R45 as you leave Franschhoek on the left) where we invite you to sample their range of craft beers with the sampling of their Beer Tasting Tray.

    3pm : Before checking into your accommodation you’ll be making a quick stop to Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards (R45 Main Road, Franschhoek) to sample one of their delicious wine cocktails.

    From 4pm : Check into Auberge Clermont (Robertsvlei Road) for the night.

    7pm : Dinner for this evening will be at La Petite Ferme (Franschhoek Pass Road), which boasts breath taking views of the Franschhoek Wine Valley.

    Day 2

    8:30am : After checking out conclude your Franschhoek experience with a delicious breakfast at La Bourgogne (Excelsior Rd, Franschhoek).


    Kathryn Rossiter (Becoming You)

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    Want to travel like Kathryn? Here is her itinerary:

    Day 1

    1pm – 3pm : Her #OpenForWinter experience started at the annual Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival, which took place at Anthonij Rupert Wyne.

    3:30pm : Make your way back to the village for a quick coffee and a pastry at River Café (29 Huguenot Road) before checking into accommodation.

    5pm : Check into the luxuriously quaint self-catering Rose Cottage (Verdun Road).

    7pm : Dinner is at Chef’s Warehouse at Maison (Maison Estate).

    Day 2

    9am : After checking out make your way to the Tuk Tuk Ticket Office (54 Huguenot Street) where you’ll be transported to Leeu Estates for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast the Tuk Tuk will take you back to your car.


    Fiona Rossiter (Inspired Living SA)

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    Want to travel like Fiona? Here is her itinerary:

    10:30am – 1:30pm : Your #OpenForWinter experience starts with brunch at the Good Food & Co (Place Vendome Lifestyle Centre, cnr. Uitkyk & Huguenot Street). After brunch enjoy a leisurely browse through the nearby Village Market and then a gentle stroll through the village where your next stop is EBONY Curated (32 Huguenot Rd), which home to a collection of fine artworks.

    2pm – 4pm : Tucked away in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley is GlenWood Vineyards and this is also the venue for your next experience – their unique Food & Wine Experience.

    From 4pm : Check into Lily Pond House at Le Lude Wines (Bowling Green Avenue – Lambrechts Rd) for the night.

    6pm : Wine tasting at Old Road Wine Co (R45, Franschhoek) followed by dinner.

    Day 2

    9:30am : After checking out enjoy a hearty breakfast at Bistro BonBon (La Petite Dauphine, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek).

    11am : Conclude your Franschhoek Wine Valley #OpenForWinter experience with a visit to the Franschhoek Huguenot Museum for a tour of their latest exhibition.


    Pilar Noriega (The Lifestyle Hunter)

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    Want to travel like Pilar? Here is her itinerary:

    12pm : Your Franschhoek overnight experience starts with a delicious lunch at the Country Kitchen which is situated at the luxurious Mont Rochelle Hotel which boasts exquisite views of the Franschhoek Valley. After lunch you’ll be treated to a wine tasting before your next stop.

    2h30 pm : After your lunch and wine tasting experience make your way back to the village where we’ve arranged for you to pop into two boutique stores. The first being Indian Summer (situated closer to the Huguenot Monument on your left – if the monument is behind you) followed by a quick visit to Masquerade (situated lower down and diagonally opposite Col’Cacchio.

    4pm : Next on your list of fabulous Franschhoek experiences is the Franschhoek Beer Co (R45, 5km before Franschhoek Village, Franschhoek).

    After your beer tasting experience it’s time to check into your accommodation for the evening, which happens to be the elegant and luxurious Rickety Bridge Winery accommodation (situated just outside Franschhoek in the direction of Cape Town) establishment.

    My stay at Rickety Bridge Manor House in Franschhoek, South Africa

    7pm :For dinner we’ve arranged for you to enjoy a delicious meal at Bovine (42 Huguenot Road), which will be for their Winter special menu.

    Day 2

    9:30am :After checking out make your way back into town for breakfast at The Big Dog Cafe at Terbodore.

    11am :After breakfast make your way to the historic Huguenot Monument Museum (Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek) for a tour of their latest exhibition

    12h30 pm : Your Franschhoek #OpenForWinter experience concludes with a heart-warming Winter inspired lunch at the Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar which is situated on the beautiful Anthonij Rupert Estate (situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek in the direction of Cape Town).


    We invite you to come out from the cold and explore our breathtakingly beautiful valley this season!

    For bookings and enquiries please contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Office at 021 876 2861 or visit them at 62 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek.