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  1. ‘Tis The Season To Shop, Celebrate And So Much More

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    As we bid farewell to 2019, let’s make the most of the festive season. The Franschhoek Wine Valley offers a delightful alternative to the usual festive season destinations for celebrating this memorable time with family and friends. 

    A number of our members will be pulling out all of the stops with lavish Christmas inspired lunches and dinners, whilst others will be hosting fabulous New Year’s Eve parties. Celebrate the start of 2020 in style with an indulgent evening filled with exquisite food, wine, live entertainment and spectacular views. As a destination geared towards a relaxing break from work, we invite you to explore the region and its many new experiences. 

    These include the revamped Haute Cabrière, chef Calvin Metior of Monneaux Restaurant’s pass to plate dining experience as well as live entertainment at The Werf at Boschendal on a Friday and Saturday evening. Explore the valley with the Franschhoek Adventure Bus where you are bound to find a new hidden gem (or two). The Sunset Fan Aloe Trail Hike is perfect for nature lovers and for those wanting to catch the ultimate Franschhoek sunset. 

    Haute Cabriere

    Franschhoek with its quaint shops and galleries that all line the Main Street, provides a wonderful choice for shopping this Festive Season, allowing for the ultimate destination experience. Shops include boutique fashion and jewellery studios, world-class collections of artwork, speciality deli’s and wine retailers, interior design shops as well as interesting bric-a-brac to browse through. Shop for that perfect Christmas Eve outfit at either Indian Summer or Desray. Looking for the ultimate in accessories? Lorenzi, ANPA Jewels or The Diamond Works will no doubt add sparkle and glamour to any outfit. Masquerade is perfect for those one-of-a-kind décor items, whilst the numerous art galleries in and around the valley will cater to avid art collector’s wish lists. 

    The Shop Around the Corner

    Pause for a glass of wine or light meal in one of the restaurants along the ‘retail route’ before continuing with your festive shopping. With most of the shops and galleries extending their opening hours until 7pm daily you’re guaranteed to find something special during the holiday season.

    As we reflect on the year that was we also take this opportunity to acknowledge those members who have excelled on the awards front. Representing our wine, accommodation and restaurant sectors we couldn’t be prouder of our members who have done so well throughout the year. The most recent wine accolade includes the launch of the 2020 Platter’s by Diners Club South African Wine Guide, which saw Franschhoek Vignerons taking top honours in most of the categories as well as earning the coveted 5-star rating for no less than 14 wines. Topping the list was Mullineux Wines who were named Top Performing Winery of the Year, winning this title for the fourth time. 

    And hot off the press is the announcement of 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards, with three Franschhoek eateries securing a spot on this sought-after list of the country’s Top 20. The deserving recipients were La Petite Colombe (#6), Chefs Warehouse at Maison (#14) and Le Coin Français (#16). When next visiting the region be sure to set aside some time to enjoy a meal at one of these fine restaurants.

    La Petite Colombe Franschhoek

    In closing we thank you for your valued support through 2019 and we wish you and your loved ones all the best over the festive season and a prosperous 2020.   

  2. Haute Cabrière unveils a new look in time for the festive season

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    ALMOST 25 years since the von Arnim family launched the iconic Haute Cabrière wine range, the brand is set to undergo an exciting packaging upgrade just in time for the upcoming Festive Season. The Franschhoek-based winery, with its iconic setting on the scenic Franschhoek Pass, has been specialising in wines produced from the Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grape varietals since the brand’s inception in the early 1990s.


    Haute Cabrière’s Chardonnay Pinot Noir has since become one of South Africa’s most popular white wines, and the story behind its origins is a charming tale of providence and fate. According to family matriarch Hildegard von Arnim, 1994 was an unusually dry and warm harvest, and the hand-picking of the grapes could not be done fast enough, which led to a harvest with a higher sugar content. This produced a wine with a higher than usual alcohol content, quite unsuitable to be used for the base wine of their Pierre Jourdan Méthode Cap Classique range, as it would normally have been done.

    Founder and then Cellar Master Achim von Arnim, decided to bottle this Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend as a still wine, which was unheard of at the time. From that day onward, the wine experienced a cult following both locally and internationally.

    We like to think of this wine as South Africa’s original Chardonnay Pinot Noir – African sunshine in a bottle,’ says Hildegard von Arnim. The range also includes a light and elegant Pinot Noir Unwooded, and the highly acclaimed Pinot Noir Reserve.

    The Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Pinot Noir’s iconic status is highlighted with its distinct golden yellow screwcap, which draws on the range’s inspiration from Burgundy. This rich history has led the brand to adopt the Chardonnay Pinot Noir signature yellow as the Haute Cabrière brand colour. Haute Cabrière has worked closely with an experienced design team to refresh the logo and packaging, paying tribute to the past while remaining timeless and elegant. The newly-packaged range will be available in retail and from the cellar door in time for the 2018 Festive Season.

    Haute Cabrière’s Restaurant and Tasting Room are situated on Franschhoek Pass (Lambrechts Road), Franschhoek. Tasting Room Hours are: Mon – Sat and Public Holidays: 10:00 to 18:00 / Sunday: 10:00 to 16:00 / The Restaurant offers lunch 7 days a week, and dinner Mon – Sat / All enquires 021 876 8500. 

  3. Franschhoek Spotlight on Haute Cabriere

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    Comprised of two farms, situated on opposite ends of the breathtaking Franschhoek Wine Valley, Haute Cabrière is something extraordinary. A rich history, a whimsical setting, a seductive approach to wine and a magnetic proprietor ensure that it is a decadent affair for any visitor. The core belief that wine is grown not made makes the farm’s ethos incredibly real and intrinsically human. Wine is more than what is in the bottle and as such is considered an exceptionally intimate experience. This seductive conviction is intertwined with the farm’s ultimate philosophy that wine is bigger than one, it’s the combination of four factors: Sun, Soil, Vine, Man.

    The Pierre Jourdan Tasting Cellar, situated adjacent to the Haute Cabrière Cellar Restaurant, offers guests an exclusive wine experience.  An auditorium within the maturation cellar, as well as additional tasting facilities, ensure that visitors are able to enjoy Pierre Jourdan and Haute Cabrière wines in their natural habitat.

    Every Saturday Achim von Arnim and his son, Takuan, treat guests (groups of no more than eight) to the ultimate in wine theatre. Visitors are whisked away on the intimate journey through Haute Cabrière’s history and wine philosophy. The use of a famed French cavalry sabre, to open bottle after bottle of Pierre Jourdan Cap Classique, adds the perfect amount of dramatic flair to this exceptional adventure.

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