Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. Celebrating International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

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    The cooler weather is the perfect reminder of what is to come – International Cabernet Sauvignon Day, which is celebrated today across the world. A day in which we pay tribute to this world-renowned red wine varietal, also commonly referred to as the ‘King of Red Grapes’. These grapes are known for producing wines with complex aromas and an abundance of gorgeous concentrated flavors, which include blackberries, crème de cassis, black cherries, coffee, chocolate, mint, cedar wood, cigar box and more….

    Although the Franschhoek Wine Valley is widely known for producing stellar Chardonnay and Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC), the region is also home to a range of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon producers.

    Home to a range of award-winning wines, Holden Manz is also where you’ll find their Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, which winemaker Thierry Haberer describes as having a rich and full palate with a complex array of dark fruit. The middle palate is full and shows width with complexity and depth leading to a long, full finish. Fine wood tannins combine with well-balanced acidity.

    Boutique estate La Bri is not only well known for their wines, but also their striking wine labels. Each wine depicts a Cape flower on the label, and their Cabernet Sauvignon is the proud bearer of the White Watsonia on its label. A limited release Cabernet, which is only made in exceptional years, and only 1 433 bottles of their current vintage – the 2016 – were produced.

    Rickety Bridge boasts not one, but two Cabernet Sauvignons in their range – the Paulina’s Reserve and the Icon. The Paulina Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 displays classic characters of red cherries layered with herbal notes, hints of pencil shavings and oak spice, whilst the Icon’s Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017’s nose is dominated by mint, dark cherry, aromatic tobacco and hints of cloves.

    As you enter the Franschhoek Wine Valley you will find family owned Noble Hill, which is also home to their estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, which was left to mature in French oak barrels for 18 months, resulting in a wine with excellent colour and structure.

    With Level 2 regulations allowing for the sale of alcohol again be sure to restock your collection with one of these.

    For more on these Franschhoek Vignerons as well as any of the other Cabernet Sauvignon producers in the valley visit www.franschhoek.org.za.

  2. Franschhoek Rated As One Of The Top Emerging Destinations In The World

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    TripAdvisor, regarded as the world’s largest travel site, has just released their list of the Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations, with Franschhoek securing 15th position. This list forms part of TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards for 2020. Internationally renowned as a leading wine and culinary region, the Franschhoek Wine Valley is the only South African destination mentioned. 

    Franschhoek Wine Valley – image by Alfred Thorpe

    According to TripAdvisor the list is all about what’s next for smart travellers who are seeking off-the-radar destinations and still have people talking about for the foreseeable future. Joining Franschhoek on this prestigious list are the likes of Kaliningrad (Russia), Naoussa (Greece), Monopoli (Italy) and Antwerp (Belgium), amongst others.

    This latest accolade reaffirms Franschhoek’s position as a preferred destination amongst both local and international travellers. In 2019 Franschhoek was also listed as one of the Top 30 Millennial Travel Destinations by travel-planning site müvTravel’s followers. A short drive from Cape Town, a visit to Franschhoek makes for the ultimate winelands escape whilst exploring the Western Cape.

    Franschhoek Huguenot Monument, photo by Chris Taylor

    TripAdvisor offers advice from millions of travellers, with 859 million reviews and opinions covering 8.6 million accommodations, restaurants and attractions, and a wide variety of travel choices and planning features. TripAdvisor branded sites make up the largest travel community in the world, reaching 463 million average monthly unique visitors in 49 markets worldwide and 28 languages.

    To view the full list of Emerging Destinations visit https://www.tripadvisor.in/TravelersChoice-EmergingDestinations.

  3. Monneaux Revived

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    Be sure to make time to visit the reinvented Monneaux Restaurant when next in Franschhoek for an unforgettable culinary experience. Recently appointed visionary chef Calvin Metior has transformed the restaurant’s offering by introducing conscious dining. Situated adjacent to the luxurious five-star Franschhoek Country House & Villas, the restaurant has reconceptualized its dining offering from pass to plate as well as self-sustainable initiatives and a hyper-local focus at every stage of the culinary chain. The concept, which is the brainchild of Calvin, launches 1 November 2019.

    Calvin follows a philosophy of “natural minimalism”, whereby he sources the very best produce at their peak. This allows him to showcase the produce in its natural character without an overwhelm of too many ingredients on the plate. Seasonality, comfort and value are priorities when it comes to menu design. He believes that food should be enjoyed throughout – from the way it looks, to the way in which it is enjoyed and how it tastes.

    Furthermore, he’s intensely passionate about supporting local producers and artisans, thus keeping the restaurant’s carbon footprint to a minimum, and improving self-sustainability at the restaurant. Micro gardens have been established throughout the property, which will result in the production of a rotating supply of fresh herbs and vegetables.

    There are a number of projects underway in the kitchen, which includes making their own miso, hot sauces and fish sauce as well as smoking and curing their own meat. Basically making delicious charcuterie from scratch as well as the dry and wet ageing of fish and meat.

    This innovative approach allows Monneaux Restaurant to establish its own true identity, affording guests an authentic culinary experience – from breakfast to dinner.

    To read more about Calvin and his culinary principles visit https://www.fch.co.za/blog/post/reinventing-monneaux/

     

  4. Franschhoek’s Restaurants Bestowed With Industry Accolades

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    Not only is it the height of awards season for the wine industry, but it is also full steam ahead for restaurants. With the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards around the corner chefs in and around the country are on tender hooks as they await news as to who has secured the top spot.

    While we wait with bated breath there have also been a number of other awards – both local and international – bestowed on deserving Franschhoek eateries.

    Regarded as one of the most prestigious culinary competitions in the industry the 2020 American Express Awards announced their Top 24 Restaurants in South Africa, with six Franschhoek restaurants securing a spot on this coveted list. Participating restaurants were judged on food, service, wine, value and the X factor. The competition was only open to restaurants who accept American Express credit cards.  The restaurants to secure a spot on the Top 24 list were Babel at Babylonstoren, Foliage, Le Coin Français, La Petite Colombe, Protégé and The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal.

    Babel at Babylonstoren

    Franschhoek was yet again a popular destination amongst both local and international travellers with the announcement of the 2019 TripAdvisor Traveller’s Choice Awards. Regarded as the world’s largest travel site, which enables travellers to unleash the potential of every trip, tourists from across the globe voted Le Bon Vivant as the 8th best restaurant in Africa, and the 4th best in South Africa.

    Le Bon Vivant, Franschhoek

    Adding to this already stellar performance was the announcement of South Africa’s 2020 Plated Restaurants and Awarded Chefs as published in the highly anticipated 2020 JHP Gourmet Guide. Most restaurants around the world aspire to a one, two or three-star rating, whereas in South Africa, restaurants aim for one, two or three plates. Three plates being the ultimate accolade. The guide celebrates the uniqueness of South African cuisine, from classic and conservative to daring and different. At the launch, 20 one-plated, 11 two-plated and five three-plated restaurants were awarded.

    Foliage and La Petite Colombe were each awarded a two plate status, with Le Coin Français, Chefs Warehouse at Maison and The Werf at Boschendal each receiving a one plate accolade. At the same event the prestigious Haute Performance Awards were awarded to those creating footprints in an industry that is people-centric, which saw Franschhoek’s Reuben Riffel receive the Haute Passion award. The 2020 guide will be available in leading bookstores, Woolworths and participating restaurants from November 2019.

    Chef Reuben Riffel

    Ending on a high note was the news earlier this month that Le Coin Français chef Callan Austin received the S.Pellegrino Award for Social Responsibility as voted for by Food Made Good, the internationally recognized voice on sustainability in food. This accolade secured a position for him as a finalist in the Africa and Middle East region of the S. Pellegrino Young Chef Regional Semi-Final. He together with the other three finalists will travel to Milan for the Grand Finale in May 2020.

    These latest accolades reaffirm Franschhoek as South Africa’s Culinary Capital, and even more reason to include a visit to one of these fine dining establishments when  next visiting the valley.

  5. Franschhoek amongst the Top 30 travel destinations for millennials

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    With the 2nd half of 2019 fast approaching most millennials make use of this time to plan their next holiday. Whether it’s solo travel or a bucket list once-in-a-lifetime trip, they are chomping at the bit to hop on the next plane (or car) and experience what the world has to offer.

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    Although millennials know what they want they also rely on some guidance, and in doing so travel-planning site müvTravel has made it so much easier for them to plan their next holiday. They have recently released a list of the Top 30 Millennial Travel Destinations for 2019, and Franschhoek is the only listed South African destination. Listed at number 27, Franschhoek shares the spotlight with the likes of Seville (Spain), Utah (USA) and Chiang Mai (Thailand).

    The list was compiled by analysing the destinations which are most frequently added to their millennial users bucket lists. The data showed millennial travellers seek “memorable and original moments,” as well as “activities that focus on sustainable and personalised local experiences”.

    Not only is Franschhoek regarded as South Africa’s Culinary Capital as well as one of the country’s premier wine producing regions, but research has shown that it is also one of the preferred travel destinations amongst local and international tourists. The list compiled by müvTravel reaffirms this yet again.

    To view the full list click on the following link: https://www.msn.com/en-gb/lifestyle/travel/the-30-most-popular-travel-destinations-for-millennials-in-2019/ar-BBWhiZU.