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  1. Enjoy a spring feast at The Bistro at Grande Provence

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    The Bistro at Grande Provence is a relaxed alternative to more formal Franschhoek dining and is perfect for the whole family. The menu offers breakfast and daily specials such as pitas, wraps, salads and the most glorious cakes.

    The new Heritage breakfast menu boasts several mouth-watering options such as eggs benedict, omelettes, smoothies and granola bowls from 10h00 – 12h00 daily. For lunch you will be spoiled for choice with classic dishes such as hearty burgers, classic fish & chips, platters to share and freshly shucked oysters, available daily from 12h00 to 18h00.

    Complementing the comfort style food is a variety of must try wine tasting options available at The Bistro. The popular nougat tasting has been rejuvenated with delicious new flavour combinations. Now you can enjoy the popular, easy drinking Angels Tears wines with pistachio & apricot, passion fruit, smokey almond & raspberry and dark chocolate truffle nougat. The tasting pairs these handmade nougat delights with each of the four wines in the range, offered daily at The Bistro for R120 per person.

    Take a walk down memory lane to the origins of this landmark Franschhoek wine estate with the new Heritage Experience. This tasting pairs a selection of Grande Provence and Angels Tears wines with four traditional Cape canapés such as Bobotie samosas and malva pudding. The pairing is available at R170 per person.

    Another stylish spring experience is a marriage of Grande Provence Méthode Cap Classique and three uniquely-dressed West Coast oysters. The Cap Classique & Oyster pairing is served from the oyster bar under majestic oaks in the estate’s magnificent Sculpture Garden at R180 per person. Enjoy daily happy hour oysters at the oyster bar between 17h00 – 18h00 for only R10 each.

    Visit The Bistro and shop for a wide variety of delicious treats such as toffees, caramels, infused salts and vintage wines to take home. To book your table, call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email

  2. Grande Provence finalist in Young Winemaker of the Year

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    The finalists for the 19th Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year awards have been released, and Thys Smit of Grande Provence has been included in the line-up of five winemakers who will vie for this prestigious title. The winner will be announced at a black-tie gala dinner at La Residence Hotel on 23 November 2019, with the lucky recipient walking away with a prize of R25 000.

    Grande Provence winemaker Thys Smit

    Founded 18 years ago, the Young Winemaker of the Year award was established to encourage winemakers under the age of 30 to develop their skills, express their individuality and add to the future prestige of South African wines internationally. The awards focus on quality and recognition of excellence, and are regarded as the country’s most prestigious and well-respected wine industry competition. The competition is open to all in the South African wine industry at no cost, affording all winemakers a chance at the sought-after title. While other awards focus on just the wine, the Young Winemaker of the Year award celebrates the skills and talent of the vintners.

    Thys has been part of the Grande Provence winemaking team since 2015, the year in which this Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek became one of the first cellars to craft a wine using imported Tuscan clay amphorae. Working with these egg-shaped, natural clay vessels from the onset has given him the edge when it comes to embracing this style of winemaking developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans thousands of years ago. Thys’ entry into winemaking as a career was equally fortuitous. As a BSc graduate in molecular biology and biotechnology at the University of Stellenbosch he began his winemaking career completely by accident.

    In 2014, after working three vintages at Lourensford Estate, he enrolled in a training program in the USA where he worked at Roth Estate focusing on Chardonnay and Bordeaux-style blends. Thys loves making and drinking unique and interesting wines, especially with great food  and has a particular preference for white wines, above all Chenin blanc. His favourite wine is a well-aged Bordeaux-style blend but a well-crafted, hoppy Indian Pale Ale will also hit the spot. Thys’ favourite leisure activities are reading, spending time with friends and, as a true red blooded South African, having a braai.

    We are proud to have him as part of the Franschhoek Wine Valley family and wish him all of the best.

  3. Grande Provence rings in the festive season

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    Treat friends and family this festive season to a Franschhoek fine-dining feast at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate.

    Embrace the Christmas spirit by singing along to carols by candlelight on Christmas Eve before tucking into a sumptuous dinner. The Restaurant at Grande Provence offers guests a lavish six-course festive menu on Christmas Day. To welcome in 2020, a luxurious New Year’s Eve six-course dinner will sustain you till the magic hour.

     Festive menu

    Let Grande Provence do the cooking this Christmas and treat family and friends to an exceptional fine dining experience. Starting on Christmas Eve, the festive six-course lunch and dinner menu will be offered at The Restaurant until 25 December.

    With an exciting array of dishes, this festive menu will satisfy every culinary desire. From endive, cranberry granite, crispy turkey skins and blue cheese to polenta sweetcorn pudding, scallops, bacon jam and crispy brussel sprouts. Because three birds are better than one enjoy the delectable turducken with parsnip acorn puree, fire roasted beetroot & turkey jus. For the ultimate festive finish, let peacan pie, curry and ginger gel, butternut ice cream with pumpkin pie powder hit the sweet spot.

    The festive menu is available from Christmas Eve dinner, until Christmas Day at R1 850 per person; children under 10 will be charged a cover fee of R950 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential. Email or call Tel: 021-876 8600.

    New Year’s Eve

    Allow Grande Provence to whisk you away into 2020 with a lavish six-course dinner and live entertainment to toast the New Year. The menu includes marinated aubergine, confit shiitake mushrooms and smoked macadamia nuts to trigger your appetite, followed by cured yellowtail, grapefruit, fennel and sour onions. Savour baby marrow risotto, mushrooms and cured egg yolk lemon truffle, while meat lovers will enjoy the beef brisket, pickled turnips, parmesan & horseradish.  As a final indulgence to wrap up the year, banana carpaccio, sourdough ice-cream, salted fudge and chocolate tuiles will satisfy your sweet tooth.

    The cost of the New Year’s Eve festivities is R2 495 per person and includes bubbly on arrival. Pre-paid booking is essential. Email or call Tel: 021-876 8600.

    Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence offers true South African wine heritage, exceptional food and wine, and luxury boutique accommodation. For more information visit, or Twitter @grande_provence.

  4. New reasons to escape to Grande Provence

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    Make The Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate your go-to destination when next you visit Franschhoek and take advantage of their new accommodation packages tailor-made with options for every taste. Discover cultural gems with the Heritage package or indulge in the Wine Enthusiast’s package created for those with a high interest in the art of winemaking, while the Adventure package offers unforgettable adventures for thrill-seekers.

    Heritage package

    The Heritage package offers a two night’s accommodation at the Owner’s Cottage with a bottle of Grande Provence wine, coffee and handmade nougat awaiting your arrival. Your stay includes full day Franschhoek Heritage tour centred on cultural treasures. The tour starts off with a visit to the local Groendal community, a crèche visit and a trip to Die Teesakkie, a local Restaurant in Groendal to enjoy morning or afternoon tea in Auntie Ruth’s garden with a slice of her famous carrot cake. Next you will head off to Solms-Delta wine estate to explore the slave heritage of the area. Some of the cultural highlights include visiting prominent Franschhoek landmarks such as the Huguenot Memorial Museum and Monument as well as the Mandela Statue at the Drakenstein Correctional Service.

    The Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence

    To complete this unforgettable experience expect to be treated to pre-dinner oysters and Grande Provence Méthode Cap Classique, followed by a delectable four-course Heritage Tasting dinner paired with Grande Provence flagship wines. The menu offers a wide selection of fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared with Chef Marvin Robyn’s own twist on South African heirloom recipes. Guests also get to explore a variety of wines paired with canapés during A Taste of Grande Provence followed by an á la carte lunch. Alternatively, opt for a tranquil country-style picnic beside the vines (weather permitting).

    Grande Provence picnic

    Wine Enthusiast package

    Whether you are a connoisseur or just love a good wine and would like to experience how it is made, the Wine Enthusiast  package is perfect for you. Relish in a three-night stay at the Owner’s Cottage with a bottle of Grande Provence wine, coffee and handmade nougat awaiting your arrival.

    Wine lovers embark on a private cellar tour and a wine blending session with the winemaker sharing some of his secrets. To complete this unforgettable sensory experience, a three-course à la carte lunch is followed by an Angels Tears wine and nougat pairing. Dinner promises a more serious wine experience with a four-course flagship wine pairing menu and A Taste of Grande Provence, the ultimate wine and canapé pairing.

    Your stay includes a half day guided winelands tour visiting three wine farms of your choice within the Franschhoek Valley. The tours includes a wine guide, transport and selected wine tastings.

    This package also includes two tickets for the hop-on, hop-off Franschhoek Wine Tram for a leisurely tour of some of the valley’s finest vineyards. For the cherry on top, you can take home a bottle of the flagship wine, The Grande Provence, to remind you of your stay.


    Adventure package

    Adventurers can indulge in a two-night stay in The Owner’s Cottage with a bottle of Grande Provence wine, coffee and handmade nougat awaiting your arrival.

    Nature lovers will be treated to a selection of tailor-made activities including a scooter ride through the beautiful nature reserve at Mont Rochelle and sight-seeing picturesque Franschhoek on an electric bicycle or e-bike.

    Discover the best panoramic views while on the zipline canopy tour in Elgin. The zipline takes you from one platform to the next along a series of steel cables set amongst magnificent natural surroundings, followed by two wine tastings in the Elgin Valley.

    After these outdoor experiences, guests can enjoy a four-course Heritage Tasting dinner and a country-style gourmet picnic.

    To book your stay, visit, call Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail

  5. Family escape to Grande Provence in the Franschhoek winelands

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    Enjoy the splendour of a perfect two-day private family retreat in the Franschhoek winelands and take advantage of the luxurious Grande Provence winter accommodation offer.

    The La Provençale family experience

    This tailor-made family experience at La Provençale, the secluded hide-away at this landmark Heritage Wine Estate, offers wonderful value and a host of activities that parents and children can do together.

    Situated in the vineyards, La Provençale is an idyllic weekend or holiday destination for small groups or a family of four. Guests are accommodated in style with two en suite bedrooms, separated for privacy by a shared lounge leading onto a relaxing outdoor terrace and pool. Surrounded by hibernating vines and sweeping views this is the quintessential private getaway.

    La Provencale patio

    The La Provençale family experience includes breakfast and dinner with exciting activities for young and old, including a French-style picnic lunch beside the vines, weather permitting, and a ride on the hop-on, hop-off, Franschhoek Wine Tram to discover this French inspired valley.

    Adults can explore the variety of elegant wines paired with canapés during A Taste of Grande Provence, while the children enjoy a grape juice version. For a special treat, guests are spoilt with delicious Shiraz truffles crafted on the estate.

    There is a wide selection of family-friendly activities on offer in the Franschhoek Valley. Adventurers can explore hiking trails, fly fishing or paragliding, while select antique shops, The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Huguenot Memorial Museum will take you back in time. Tours can be arranged on request.

    The Family Package is priced for two adults and two children under 12 sharing, at a special winter rate of R15 492.00 for two nights from 01 May 2019 until the end of September. To book your stay, visit, call Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail

  6. Harvest season in Franschhoek

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    The months of February and March have great significance in the wine industry, in that it symbolises the celebration of the harvest. This integral part of the winemaking process is a carefully curated journey from vineyard to bottle, which requires the focused attention of the winemaker and their teams. Their days start before the sun rises and some days ends as the sun sets. These long hours in the hot sun are worth it, as it allows the winemaker to create the perfect wine, we as consumers get to sip, sample and savour. It is also the time to truly reflect and value the journey the grape embarks on.

    During this time some of our Franschhoek Vignerons will be celebrating the start of the harvest season with a few bespoke offerings. Make your way to Franschhoek during February as farms in and around the valley will be hosting their own harvest celebrations.

    Until mid-April, La Motte will be hosting their Harvest Experience. Enjoy a specially curated vineyard and cellar tour as you get to learn more about the estate’s harvest processes and biologic farming practices, experience the hand-sorting of grapes and other cellar activities, ending off your tour with a tasting of the Pierneef and La Motte collections. Additionally you can also linger a bit longer and try sharing plates from their popular Garden Menu. Read more about the Harvest Experience here

    La Motte Harvest Experience

    On Saturday, 23 February Grande Provence will be pulling out all the stops for their popular annual Harvest Festival. Pick and stomp your own grapes to the jovial beats of the Kaapse Klopse, followed by a sumptuous harvest feast. This is the perfect day out for the young and old. For more information visit this post.

    Amar Mistry, Cassandra Wilson, Kylie Hatton, Kady van der Walt and Amy Scott

    Although it is a busy time for the winemaking team the wine estates are still up and running, ready to welcome visitors with open arms and eager to share news with you on the harvest progress. We invite you to explore the beautiful Franschhoek Wine Valley during the harvest season which is truly magical.

  7. Grande Provence Harvest Festival is a barrel of family fun

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    February is harvest time in the winelands and the perfect time for Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate to roll out the barrel for their annual Harvest Festival in Franschhoek on Saturday, 23 February 2019.

    Get ready to pick and stomp grapes with the whole family to the jovial beat of the Kaapse Klopse in the vineyards followed by a harvest table heavily laden with delicious fare and the chilled sounds of live contemporary music. 

    With plenty of action for the children including a jumping castle, face painting, a variety of lawn games and tractor rides, adults can look forward to a laid back day of country food, fine wines and a cellar tour and tasting.

    Festivities kick off at 10h00. Tickets for the festival are priced at R650 for adults and R325 for children under 12. Booking is essential. For more information call: (021) 876 8600 or email

  8. Boxing Day and New Year Braai Picnic at Grande Provence

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    Unwind in the beautiful Franschhoek winelands after the Christmas rush with a leisurely braai picnic on Boxing Day or New Year’s Day at the delightful new Bistro at Grande Provence.

    Embrace the Day of Goodwill with loved ones with a Boxing Day braai picnic under the oaks on Wednesday, 26 December. Alternatively, chill out after your New Year’s Eve celebrations and discover the laid-back side of Franschhoek.

    The Bistro at Grande Provence

    The Bistro picnic basket is filled to brim with delicious braai favourites such as prime beef boerie rolls, sosaties of satay-style aged sirloin and free-range chicken with chakalaka, farm baked herbed garlic bread, garden salad, traditional potato salad and the perfect end to any braai – Malva pudding with vanilla custard. Wine is as important as the food at any braai and with the wide selection of Grande Provence and Angels Tears wines and bubbly; you will be spoilt for choice.

    Picnic baskets will be available at R800 for two people or R400 for a single basket. Children under 10 qualify for a half portion at R200.

    The braai starts at 12h00. Pre-paid booking is essential. Call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email

    The Bistro at Grande Provence is a relaxed alternative to more formal Franschhoek dining and offers daily specials such as quiches, soups, salads and the most glorious cakes. Platters of local artisanal cheeses and fresh west coast oysters can be ordered separately.

  9. Festive season at Grande Provence in Franschhoek

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    Indulge in a host of festivities at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek this festive season from stylish dinners with all the trimmings to more leisurely outdoor events.

    Christmas lunch and dinner

    Treat your loved ones to a Winelands Christmas and experience Franschhoek dining at its best. Eat, drink and be merry with a 6-course feast of Chef Guy Bennett’s modern South African flavours. The special Christmas menu at R1 650 per person excluding drinks and gratuity is available from Christmas Eve dinner, until Family Day on 26 December for lunch and dinner. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Grande Provence bubbly and a special gift on arrival. To book for this 5-star dining experience, call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or e-mail

    New Year’s Eve

    Bid farewell to 2018 with a lavish New Year’s Eve bash at Grande Provence with all night entertainment, bottomless flutes of bubbly, canapés and tapas. A line-up of live entertainment, fire performers and DJ’s will take guests through to the magic hour to welcome the New Year. The cost of the New Year’s Eve festivities is R2 600 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential. Email or call Tel: 021-876 8600.

    Boxing Day and New Year’s Braai Picnics

    Embrace the Day of Goodwill with loved ones with a Boxing Day braai picnic under the oaks on the lawns of The Bistro at Grande Provence on Wednesday, 26 December. Alternatively, chill out after your New Year’s Eve celebrations and discover the laid-back side of Franschhoek. Picnic baskets will be available at R800 for two people or R400 for a single basket. Children under 10 qualify for a half portion at R200. The braai picnic starts at 12h00. Pre-paid booking is essential. Call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email

  10. Art Franschhoek adds another sensory delight this October

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    Over the years the Franschhoek Wine Valley has established itself as one of the country’s premier art destinations with its numerous art galleries and resident artists. Home to 23 galleries visitors can choose to leisurely browse those situated along the village’s main road, and within comfortable walking distance from each other. Alternatively choose to view the artworks on display at some of the wine farms, which include Grande Provence and La Motte. Garden and art tours at Leeu Estate add an extra touch to your cultural outing.

    Reflective Resonance – Garden & Art Tours at Leeu Estates, Franschhoek

    With so many galleries to choose from can be daunting, but by means of an easy to read map, available from the Tourism Offices or download via, visitors have the opportunity of tailor making their art experience when visiting Franschhoek. The map is an easy reference guide to what has become known as the Franschhoek Art Route.

    During the months of October and November art enthusiasts are in for a treat when art galleries in and around the valley take centre stage as the annual Art Franschhoek ‘opens its doors’ to the public. This takes place from Saturday, 27 October to Sunday, 25 November, and the aim of Art Franschhoek is to promote fine art in the valley in the same way its other strengths have been defined, namely food and wine. This is the perfect excuse to visit Franschhoek and experience the Art Route’s extraordinary offerings.

    “Common Objective” by Bruce Little to be displayed at Franschhoek Cellar during Art Franschhoek

    To celebrate the start of Art Franschhoek some of the participating galleries will be hosting special events during the weekend of 27 and 28 October. One of the highlights during the weekend includes a special wheel throwing demonstration by well-renowned ceramicist, David Walters. Not to be missed during this weekend is the exquisite exhibition entitled ‘Whispers from the Lily Pond’, which will be opened with a performance by artist, Shany van den Berg at Everard Read Gallery. For something slightly different, ODA Gallery will be hosting the exhibition ‘3 Countries, 3 Rooms, 3 Artists’, featuring the works of Thonton Kabeya, Gerald Chukwuma and Samson Mnisi.

    By Shany van den Berg, on display at Everard Read Gallery, Franschhoek

    For a detailed programme of the opening weekend events and the myriad of exhibitions, visit

    As art needs to be truly appreciated and not rushed, turn your visit into a weekend of discovery. Book into one of the village’s luxurious B&B’s, guest houses or boutique hotels, and discover all that Franschhoek has to offer. Not only allowing you to appreciate art in its entirety, but also Franschhoek’s stellar wine farms and internationally renowned restaurants. Not forgetting world-class shops and boutiques, all of which are guaranteed to complete what promises to be a memorable Art Franschhoek visit.