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  1. Moving Ahead in Franschhoek

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    On 1 June we’ll be moving from Level 4 to Level 3, which is music to our Franschhoekers’ ears, but in particular our winemakers as they resume wine sales. Soon you’ll get to enjoy our Franschhoek wines again – in front of your cosy fireplace or with a hearty winter inspired meal, as the cold weather sets in. Some of our producers are offering unforgettable wine offers to celebrate this news, and we suggest you browse your favourite Franschhoek wine farm’s website to see what they have on offer. 

    Delis now open in Franschhoek

    Craving fresh bread, coffee beans, delicious pastries, local cheeses or artisanal charcuterie? Some of our members have reopened as deli’s and have stocked their shelves with delicious produce waiting for you to sample. These include Grande ProvenceLe Petit ManoirLa Paris, Good Food & CoBoschendal, Babylonstoren, Terbodore, (and soon to start trading La Motte, Leopard’s Leap and Foliage) who have reinvented their offering to bring you deliciously fresh taste sensations.

    The deli at Grande Provence

    Find a detailed list of the deli’s in the village and valley here.

    Community support in Franschhoek

    Life is about lessons and there seem to be so many of these we experience on a daily basis, one of these being the unconditional generosity of others. Colin and Annalise Atkins of Le Petit Paris Guest House are just one of the many we have come across. Their generous donation of bedding and clothing (below) will be a welcome relief to so many who need a bit of extra warmth this winter.

    Gift someone special with a voucher

    Have you heard about our voucher system? It’s the perfect opportunity to gift someone special (or why not yourself) with an unforgettable Franschhoek experience. Franschhoek Wine Valley has teamed up with partners, The Brand Mix to offer visitors the opportunity to purchase online gift vouchers made up of a selection of Franschhoek’s finest offerings and experiences. Don’t delay and head on over to our website today to browse the vouchers on offer. 

    Purchase a voucher to an overnight stay at Basse Provence at Rickety Bridge Wine Estate

    Support the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy

    Education has also been put on hold during this time, although many institutions have managed to keep students on track by means on online portals. One of the affected establishments is the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy who were in the process of training 25 local youths from the community in the field of hospitality before lockdown was implemented. These students rely on daily engagement to further their studies, but sadly this has been put on hold as they are unable to attend lessons. In an effort to help these students, the academy wants to help them continue their studies by means of Lobster Ink’s online hospitality training platform. However, this requires data in order to access, which many of the students have in limited supply. In order to help their students the academy has undertaken to cover the cost of the whole online learning curriculum during lockdown, and in doing so focus on practical skills in smaller groups once they are able to do so. However, they need your support to reach their target, and have set up a dedicated page on their website with all of the need-to-know information.

    Great news for outdoor enthusiasts

    Good news for locals who make use of the Berg River MTB and Hiking Trails is that these routes will soon be undergoing much needed repair work.

    The relevant trails are the Matoppie Contour, Seesaw and Snake Alley Trails, and this has been possible thanks to the generous sponsorship of Franschhoek Cellar and Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards. Two weeks prior to lockdown the local community trail builders, Golden Leaf, commenced work on one of the routes, but had to stop when lockdown was implemented. As of last week they have been able to resume their work on the related routes.

    Music to the ears of so many MTB riders and hikers/walkers who make use of these trails on a regular basis, and perfect timing as from 1 June we’ll be allowed to enjoy the outdoors at any time of the day. A heartfelt thanks to all involved for making this possible. 

    The Berg River Dam, Franschhoek

    Together Franschhoek keeps on making a difference

    The cherry on this week’s cake is an update from the amazing work done by all involved with Together Franschhoek. To date they have processed 55 000kg of food, 53 000 hours have been clocked by an amazing team of volunteers, a total of 17 handwashing systems have been set up in and around Franschhoek, and 12 soup kitchens operate around the clock on a daily basis. The generous donations received have helped to feed approximately 1 000 people on a daily basis.

    In case you’ve missed hearing about the amazing work done by our chefs and all involved with Together Franschhoek, a recent article published in the Daily Maverick gives an updated overview on how they are making a difference to the lives of others.

    Just R250 can feed a family in need. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Together Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.

  2. Franschhoek: The Week That Was

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    As we near the end of our extended lockdown we await news of what our new normal may be. While we wait, Franschhoek Wine Valley locals continue to do their bit for those less fortunate as well as keep the region top of mind for those who will one day once more visit our beautiful valley.

    The Patel family – Kiara, Jasmine and Amber – are definitely making the most of their lockdown time, honing their baking skills. Their iced heart shape biscuits (below) were once again a welcome treat for those who need it most.

    Following on from the success of Everard Read’s first digital exhibition, entitled Staring Straight To The Future, which went on to raise almost R1.4 million for the Solidarity Fund in week, art enthusiasts will be thrilled to hear that the gallery as put together another digital collection of its celebrated artists. The second digital exhibition, entitled Us, was inspired by one of the pieces by Brett Murray, and poses the question within the context of a country in lockdown. As in the case of the first exhibition, once again 50% of the proceeds will be donated to the fund.  Everard Read is represented by galleries in London, Cape Town, Franschhoek and Johannesburg. 

    Deborah Bell in studio

    Us runs until 24 April 2020 and can be viewed by visiting 

    Last week renowned sports presenter and wine enthusiast, Dan Nicholl engaged with some of our Vignerons by means of a virtual wine tasting on his Dan Really Likes Wine Facebook page. His guests included Gerard Holden (Holden Manz), Rob Armstrong (Haut Espoir), Chris and Andrea Mullineux (Mullineux Wines) as well as Andrew Harris from Bellingham Wines and Old Road Wine Co. This was a great opportunity for them to not only talk about their range of amazing wines but remind wine consumers why Franschhoek is regarded as one of SA’s leading wine producing regions.

    In case you missed their chats view a recording of the live video below as a reminder why we want you to ‘dream now and purchase Franschhoek wines later. 

    While we’re all in lockdown and looking forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful valley, we’ve launched an inspiring social media campaign, entitled #FranschhoekFromMyWindow. This campaign shares glimpses of what Franschhoek looks like on a daily basis. What better way to remind you why we want you to come back. A small village with a big heart.

    Here is a selection of some of the images we’ve received from our amazing residents:

    We are of the opinion that post lockdown there may be many more trips to the gym than in the past as this challenging time seems to have inspired a nation of chefs and bakers, which is amazing. So, while we still have the attention of those keen to try their hand at a new recipe (or two) we thought we’d share this tasty ice cream recipe by Chef Eric Bulpitt of La Motte Wine Estate. It’s his gran’s recipe (below) which she used to serve with Boerenmeisjes (brandied apricots). Relatively easy and simple in presentation, but the flavours are intricate and delicious and very nostalgic. 

    For the step-by-step recipe follow this link.

    Don’t forget to stock up on fresh produce from Babylonstoren and delicious local cheeses from Dalewood Fromage during lockdown. What better time to give your family only the finest healthy fresh produce to keep their immune systems strong. These images below are guaranteed to tickle your taste buds.

    The Val de Vie Foundation (part of Val de Vie Estate) has set up a feeding scheme in collaboration with Social Investment Managers, Valcare, and a host of credible organisations, to help provide and pack thousands of vetted food parcels to the most vulnerable communities within the region. This initiative was launched in response to the foundation requesting support from Val de Vie Estate residents, and ultimately resulted in generous monetary donations as well as residents offering their time as volunteers to pack the food parcels (see below). Read more about this amazing initiative here.

    The feeding scheme, initiated by Franschhoek Disaster Management, relies on the continued support of donors to keep hunger at bay for those less fortunate in the community. Recently the food unit received a generous donation of freshly picked satsumas from Babylonstoren (below), which is a great source of Vitamin C, much needed to boost the immune system. 

    The carefully coordinated feeding scheme provides food parcels during the week, with hot meals scheduled for weekends. Each nutritious food parcel, which costs R250 is enough to feed one household for two weeks. To learn more about this amazing feeding scheme follow Disaster Management Franschhoek on Facebook for all of the details.

    For more information on how you can assist visit or