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  1. Seasonal harvest highlights shared with visitors to Allée Bleue

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    Allée Bleue, the family-owned Estate near Franschhoek in South Africa is primarily a working farm with nearly 80 hectares planted to fruit and olive trees adding to the tranquillity which our setting reflects.    Our wines are justly famous, having won hundreds of awards over the years and the Allée Bleue fresh herb range is available in most large retailers in the Western Cape.

    We produce peaches, nectarines, a large variety of different plums, pears and most of the persimmons grown in this country.   Much of the produce is exported, but locals can enjoy the fruit at selected retailers country-wide as well.   

    We are inviting visitors to Allée Bleue in 2019 to experience the seasons with us and share in the farm’s bounty as it is harvested.  Try out the specially created dishes in our Bistro, buy fresh fruit at our public outlets and collect the free recipe cards as they are released every month.

    Executive Chef Gordon Dovey with  the February dish: Rump steak with a plum chutney and hand-cut chips.

    Chef Gordon Dovey is working closely with the farm team to create original recipe’s highlighting the red Plums, which will be served in the Bistro from January.    The dishes and recipe cards are available at the Bistro every month and this is your chance to test each one before making them at home.  Pair it with the recommended wine and let us know what you think.

    January’s recipe is a smoked chicken and grilled plum salad, perfect for post-festive season healthy eating.    

    Purchase a bag of fresh fruit from our tasting room, the Farm Stall/Marché at the entrance to Allée Bleue and at the picnic courtyard to enjoy on the farm or at home.

    Our website and social media platforms will keep you informed of the monthly fruit celebration coming up, or just arrive, have a look at the blackboard at the Bistro, and enjoy!

  2. Celebrate Christmas and New Year’s Eve at Allée Bleue

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    The Beautiful Allée Bleue Estate is set to become a favourite destination this holiday season with a host of exciting offerings.

    During the festive days of 24, 25 and 26 December families are welcomed to indulge in Allée Bleue’s popular picnics that have become a signature event in the Winelands.

    Chicnics on the go

    The basket will entice with a mélange of Cape flavours, with a touch of Christmas tradition. Think Christmas gammon, mince pies, Christmas cake, in addition to all the fresh produce that are sourced from the farm and immediate surrounds. A Chicnic basket for two, served at a garden table under an ancient oak tree or a Chicnic-On-The-Go hamper, to be enjoyed on the lawns of the beautifully manicured gardens, is the perfect setting for a lazy day in the Cape Winelands. While parents enjoy a leisurely visit, kids can play on the estate’s jungle gym, jumping castle and in the large sandpit. Allée Bleue’s youngest guests have picnic menu crafted specially for them.

    Chicnic Hamper

    To avoid disappointment, book your picnic before arriving. The Chicnic menu costs R695 per couple, R295 per person and the kiddies picnic costs R150 per child. The Chicnic-On-The-Go menu costs R670 per couple, R270 per person and the kiddies picnic costs R125 per child. To book your picnic and for more information, visit www.alleebleue.com. Opening Times: 24, 25 and 26 December 2018 from 12h00 to 16h00.

    For guests that prefer a more traditional take on Christmas, the Allée Bleue Bistro, conveniently situated at the entrance to the estate and set in a charming building that boasts two open verandahs overlooking the gardens – is ideal for enjoying a quiet relaxed Christmas lunch. The set Christmas menu is priced at R385 per person and includes a welcome drink on arrival.   To book your table and for more information, visit www.alleebleue.com. Opening Time: 25 December 2018 from 12h00 to 16h00.

    Christmas lunch – vegetarian starter

    On the cards too is a New Year’s Eve celebration to be hosted in the estate’s flagship, 250-seater ballroom, Le Grand Hall.  This casual and fun event will offer food stalls with various  eats ranging from local delicacies to sweet treats.

    Offering sophisticated country hospitality, Le Grand Hall has a wonderful indoor-outdoor flow for entertaining guests against the majestic backdrop of the Drakenstein mountain range. The verdant lawns and fragrant gardens is ideal for al fresco drinks.

    The New Year’s Eve party is priced at R1000 per person and includes a welcome drink on arrival, dinner, music, a glass of MCC for the countdown, a midnight snack and a beverage on departure.

    Space is limited to 120 guests only and no under 18’s will be permitted. E-mail functions@alleebleue.com to book.  Opening Time: 31 December 2018 from 20h00 to 01h00.

    Allée Bleue Wine Estate is situated at the intersection of the R45 and R310. More information about this picturesque working farm is available via www.alleebleue.com or follow them on Twitter and Instagram:  @AlleeBleue

  3. 2018 Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners announced

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    The results for the 22nd annual  Absa Top 10 Pinotage competition were announced at a special awards event held at Cavalli Estate, which was attended by key industry role players and media. Included in the list of Top 10 winners were two Franschhoek Vignerons, namely Allée Bleue and Môreson.

    Image courtesy of the Pinotage Association

    Allée Bleue’s Black Series Old Vine 2016 secured a spot on this sought after list, whilst Môreson’s The Widow Maker 2015 joined it’s fellow compatriot on the winner’s podium.

    A total of 161 entries were received for this year’s competition, and the wines were judged by a distinguished panel of judges, chaired by Neil Ellis. Neil was joined on the panel by Samarie Smith, Francois Haasbroek, Nomonde Kubheka and Francois Rautenbach.

    A previous trophy winner of this prestigious competition Môreson The Widow Maker 2015 is best described as a rich and deliciously heavy Pinotage. Characterised by dried prunes, wild cherries, as well as a blend of clove and cinnamon flavours it is tasty enough to be a meal on its own. The wine is a bold-on-fruit wine with well-integrated plum and oak tannins. Smooth and elegant on the palate with a slight mocha bouquet.

    Allée Bleue’s Black Series Old Vine 2016 is best described as a handcrafted wine. The wine is left to mature in the winemaker’s selection of the three best barrels – 70 % new French Oak – and left to mature for 16 month before being bottled. An abundance of berry flavours are prominent in this wine, which are beautifully wrapped in a layer of fine dark chocolate flavours, offset with a hint of liquorice. The mouthfeel is soft and silky with just enough tannin.

    For more information on these award-winning Vignerons visit www.franschhoek.org.za.