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  1. Franschhoek: A Valley Of Generosity

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    It was an Easter weekend with a difference. Traditionally many South Africans take advantage of this (really) long weekend to travel to nearby destinations to escape and unwind from the hustle and bustle. However, the new norm is to stay indoors and stay safe and resulted in Franschhoek locals remaining safely in the confines of our beautiful village. 

    This did not stop the Good Samaritans from still lending a helping hand to those less fortunate. 

    Florence (above) used her time this past weekend to bake for those in need. Chocolate brownies for the boys and delicious cupcakes for the girls.

    Franschhoek is a village brimming with amazing talent, and this includes Stephanie Rutherford who utilized her gift as a soap maker to donate beautifully handmade soap bars (above) to those who desperately need it.

    The super talented Patel family – Kiara, Jasmine and Amber – brightened many people’s day with their selection of delicious iced Easter inspired biscuits (below). 

    In addition to offering support for the Franschhoek Food Unit, Boschendal has also been working with Old Bethlehem, churches, schools as well as community leaders in the Dwars River Valley to help those less fortunate facing hardship during these times. This has included distributing food to those most vulnerable during lockdown. An abundance of produce has allowed Boschendal to make a real difference in our community. 

    Saturday was without a doubt a ‘sweet day’ with a large donation of Easter eggs (below) from a very generous donor. These certainly brightened up the day for many people in the area.

    In collaboration with the Franschhoek Disaster Management team Safe Hands Animal Rescue (SHARF – below) has started a feeding program for the animals in need in the different communities and farms in the valley.

    Franschhoek’s chefs have rolled up their sleeves and are now providing food aid to the local community battered by the economic fallout of the Coronavirus. Many chefs from a wide variety of local restaurants are volunteering long hours and applying their expertise to make thousands of nutritious (and tasty) meals for households in the area. We are so proud of what they have achieved so far. Please assist them with donations of any kind.

    The nutritious food parcel, which costs R250 is enough to feed one household for two weeks. You can make a donation here.

    To learn more about this amazing Franschhoek feeding scheme follow Disaster Management Franschhoek on Facebook or visit our website for all of the details and how you can get involved.

    For more information on how you can assist our various charities, please visit our website here.

  2. Get your fresh farm produce during the lockdown in Franschhoek

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    During the lockdown in South Africa, you can still get the freshest farm produce in the Franschhoek Valley. Don’t miss out on stocking up on healthy fresh produce for your family when you need it most. 


    You can stock up on freshly baked bread, cold-pressed juice, free-range eggs, a selection of meats and cheeses, full cream yoghurt, nuts, granola, rusks, tea, honey and seasonal fruits and veg from the garden.

    Please note that no fine living products or alcohol will be sold. You are welcome to visit them daily between 9am and 4pm. There will be no entrance charged at the gate and only visitors arriving on their own will be allowed in.

    And while you are there, remember to go over to say ‘hi’ to their donkeys!

    Visit their website at



    Monday – Saturday (closed Sundays) | 12:00 – 16:00 Open for collections & shopping.

    Coming Friday 15 May: Extended hours 9:00 – 16:00

    More New Products available:
    – Daily Fresh Bread Selection
    – Werf Butchery Meat
    – Frozen Meals

    **Please note, to adhere to social distancing protocols only 2 guests per vehicle will be allowed access to farm**

    A selection of fresh veggies available for harvest in our Werf Garden every week. See our website for this weeks vegetable selection available for harvest:

    To make your shopping experience even more convenient, we’re putting together 6 daily “Taste Boschendal” boxes for pre-order each week. Please see box menu available for download:

    Our Taste Boschendal boxes are created to cater for either two or four people and available in these two sizes. You’re welcome to add more items from the available goods in our pop-up Farm Shop when you come to collect.

    Boxes can be pre-ordered with our reservations team Mon-Sat from 08:00-17:00.
    Phone: 021 870 4274

    You’re welcome to book your farm box any day of the week, next day collection is available for all orders placed before 12:00.

    **Don’t forget to tag us while enjoying your taste of Boschendal at home: #TASTEBOSCHENDAL**


    Dalewood Fromage

    Dalewood’s range of speciality cheese includes Brie, Camembert and Blue in different styles, shapes and sizes. Also try their delicious Huguenot®, Boland™ and Lanquedoc™; uniquely South African cheeses.

    The Dalewood Cheesery Shop is open  from Monday to Friday between 9am and 3pm and Saturday from 9am to 2pm. 

    You are welcome to pre-order your cheese by contacting them on 021 200 2580 or email Visit their Facebook page here for more details. 

  3. Franschhoek Vignerons once again included in the ‘ultimate’ wine list

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    The Sommeliers Selection Wine Competition, which was conceptualized in 2015, has revolutionized local wine competitions. It is a competition with a difference, as it is judged solely by top South African Sommeliers, and the winning wines for 2019 were recently announced with seven Franschhoek vignerons shining in their relevant categories.

    The vignerons who secured spots on the prestigious ‘ultimate’ wine list were the following:


    Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Rosé 2019


    Anthonij Rupert Wyne Protea Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2017


    Boschendal The Rose Garden Rosé 2019


    La Motte Pierneef Syrah Viognier 2017
    Babylonstoren Babel 2018
    Plaisir de Merle Grand Plaisir 2014


    Old Road Wine Co. The Butcher and Cleaver 2015


    La Motte Méthode Cap Classique Brut 2016

    Furthermore, Plaisir de Merle was named as one of the Stand Out Wines for the Grand Plaisir 2014 in its relevant category, which reaffirms Franschhoek as a leading wine region.

    The panel of sommeliers taste the entries blind in their relevant categories, only knowing vintage and price point, before discussing the wines and deciding if they fulfill the criteria of being placed on the Sommeliers Selection “ultimate” wine list.”

    This year, the Sommeliers Selection Competition Chairman and current board member of The South African Sommeliers Association, Joakim Hansi Blackadder chaired the judging panel. Joakim was joined on the panel by:

    • Wikus Human
    • Tinashe Nyamudoka
    • Chantelle Gous
    • Wayve Kolevsohn
    • Esmé Groenewald
    • Barry Scholfield
    • Pearl Oliver-Mbumba
    • Joseph Dhafana

    This year more than 400 wines from the country’s top wine estates were entered into the contest.

    For a full list of the results and more info visit

  4. Franschhoek Vignerons go pop at Amorim Cork Challenge

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    Awards season is in full swing with the 2019 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge results being the latest to be announced. The Franschhoek Wine Valley was well represented with four of its producers scooping awards in the relevant categories.

    In the Blanc de Blanc category not only did Colmant receive Double Gold for their Colmant Blanc de Blanc NV, but they were also announced as the category winner.


    Joining Colmant in this category were Anthonij Rupert Wyne (L’Ormarins Blanc de Blancs 2013) and Noble Hill (Blanc de Blanc 2016), who were each awarded Gold. In the Brut category Boschendal received Gold for their Grand Cuveé Brut 2017, with Anthonij Rupert Wyne receiving another Gold for their Brut Rosé NV in the Blanc de Noir category.

    Ending off on a high note, not only was Boschendal announced as a Double Gold and category winner in the Museum Class for its Jean de Long Prestige Cuveé, but also Best Overall Cap Classique for this superb MCC. The latter award is bestowed on a Cap Classique which is regarded as a phenomenal example of a MCC.


    According to Amorim Cork South Africa MD, Joaquim Sá, Cap Classique is in a better and sparklier state than ever. The purpose of the competition is to highlight the quality of South African Cap Classique.

  5. Franschhoek reaffirms its position as one of SA’s premier culinary destinations

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    After months of waiting the big day finally arrived as the winners of the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards were announced. Of the 30 nominees a list of South Africa’s Top 20 were selected, which saw four Franschhoek eateries securing a spot on this sought after list. The winning restaurants were chosen by a core panel of anonymous judges and convened by Margot Janse.

    La Petite Colombe

    Already recognised both locally and internationally for their five-star culinary offerings, the Franschhoek chefs and restaurants to be announced as the Top 20 winners were the following, in order of rank:

    Scot Kriton and John Norris-Rogers, La Petite Colombe (#5)
    Chris Erasmus, Foliage (#13)
    Darren Badenhorst, Le Coin Français (#14)
    Liam Tomlin and David Schneider, Chefs Warehouse at Maison (#16)

    The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal, with Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell at the helm, was this year’s recipient of the Eat Out Woolworths Sustainability Award. According to the judges the restaurant was truly deserving of this award as Chef Christiaan is a prime example of a chef and farm working with nature to regenerate and restore.

    The Boschendal Werf Garden

    In addition Chris Erasmus of Foliage was one of two recipients to be awarded this year’s Eat Out Graham Beck Chefs’ Chef, which is voted for by the chefs of the 30 nominated restaurants. This year for the first time there was a tie, and Chris shared the award with Ivor Jones of Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia.

    Chris Erasmus – Foliage

    The awards were announced at a gala ceremony which took place at GrandWest in Cape Town on Sunday, 18 November, and attended by the who’s who of the restaurant and media fraternities.

  6. Franschhoek eateries included in the lineup of 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards nominees

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    In Franschhoek we are not only passionate about wine, but we’re also fanatical about food. Over the years the valley has become avidly known as the Culinary Capital of South Africa and the area is home to some of the best fine dining establishments in the country. We are proud once again to have five nominated restaurants from the Franschhoek Valley listed amongst the 30 nominees in the highly anticipated annual Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards.

    The Franschhoek nominated chefs and restaurants are as follows:

    Chefs Warehouse at Maison Estate

    Foliage Restaurant, Franschhoek

    Le Coin Francais

    La Petite Colombe

    The Werf Restaurant, Boschendal

    We’re extremely proud of these restaurants, and look forward to the big announcement of the Top 20 restaurants, which will be revealed at the gala awards ceremony on 18 November at GrandWest. From this list this Top 10 list will also be announced.