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  1. Franschhoek is still #Openforwinter

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    We are now in the heart of Winter in Franschhoek! With a few more weeks ahead until Spring officially starts on the 1st of September, now is the perfect time to come out to Franschhoek to take advantage of the last of the amazing Winter inspired packages still available. These are too good to refuse! Cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines, soul comforting food, and memorable experiences await, so book your next trip to Franschhoek soon.

    For more information on packages available visit:

    Stay a little longer this Winter
    Dine out a little more this Winter
    Experience even more this Winter

     

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    If you need some ideas on what to do in Franschhoek, have a look at our website here: https://franschhoek.org.za/experience-franschhoek-this-season/. During the past few weeks we have invited a number of influencers to the valley to come out and experience the best of Franschhoek during this season. Have a look at their experiences and itineraries and use these to put together your own magical trip to Franschhoek, whether it is for a day, the weekend or a number of days. You won’t be disappointed.

     

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    Just a heads up is that our Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are coming up soon and if you haven’t been on one you are missing out! Join us during the weekend of 23 and 24 August or 27 and 28 September to experience why everyone loves our popular Mystery Weekends. Ideally suited for couples, this is an all-inclusive weekend full of surprises and world-class experiences. Find out more here: https://franschhoek.org.za/franschhoek-accommodation/mystery/

    Next on the Franschhoek festival calendar is Franschhoek Uncorked. Join us on the weekend of 14 and 15 September as you travel from farm to farm to discover some new hidden gems and taste some of the best wines our valley offers. In addition our wineries will also be offering delicious food, live entertainment, games and so much more. Find out more about Franschhoek Uncorked at www.franschhoekuncorked.co.za.

     

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    Our valley is looking exceptionally beautiful and lush after some exceptional rains experienced this season. The Berg River Dam, one of Cape Town’s water storage facilities, started overflowing this week, which is exactly what the region needs at this time. We even have promises of some snow on our mountains in the next few days, which is a positive for our agricultural sector.

     

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    Unfortunately the downpours have also taken its toll on the Franschhoek Pass, which connects Franschhoek with neighbouring town Villiersdorp and the Theewaterskloof Dam. Authorities have been doing all they can to find the best solution and we are hoping that restoration work will commence soon. The good news is that this does not affect travelling to Franschhoek from Cape Town, Somerset West, Stellenbosch or Paarl, as these routes still operate as per normal. We advise that visitors travelling from Hermanus, Elgin or Villiersdorp make use of the N1 via Paarl or the N2 via Somerset West to reach Franschhoek.

    The Franschhoek Pass route closure also affects access to the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve which lies at the top of the Franschhoek Pass route and is therefore closed to visitors at this stage. There are, however, a number of other beautiful hiking areas in Franschhoek behind the Berg River Dam. The Franschhoek Wine Valley tourism team will be able to suggest alternatives should you wish to go for a run or walk in the mountains. We thank all visitors for their patience and wish to reiterate again that Franschhoek is open and ready to welcome visitors.

     

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    We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful valley soon!

  2. Vive la France! Vive la Franschhoek

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    July is significant to Franschhoek in so many ways. The most notable being the Franschhoek Bastille Festival, which celebrates our region’s French heritage. Did you know that the valley was originally settled in 1688 by French Huguenot refugees who brought with them their age-old French wine and food culture?  Most of the Huguenots who settled in the area  were given land by the Dutch government in a valley called Olifantshoek (‘Elephant’s Corner’), so named due to the vast herds of elephants that roamed the area. The name soon changed to Franschhoek, with many of the settlers naming their acquired farms after the areas in France from which they came. La Motte, La Cotte, Cabrière, Provence Chamonix, Dieu Donné and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms – most of which still retain their original farm houses, which, to date, have evolved into successful wineries.

    Leeu House

    The heritage of Franschhoek is preserved by the Huguenot Monument, situated at the top of the village. The museum nearby chronicles the history of the first settlers, with each of the original Huguenot farms having its own fascinating story to tell. The Cape Dutch architecture in much of the village is unspoilt, with restrictions having been placed on the extent of renovations and new construction in order to preserve the spirit of the original settlers to the area. These historic Franschhoek characteristics are one of the many reasons we are proud to celebrate our French ancestry.

    Franschhoek Huguenot Monument

    However, for two days in the year we get to take our French heritage to the next level when the village (and most of the valley) are dressed in their finest red, white and blue attire as we join in the fun and festivities of the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival. This year’s event takes place over the weekend of 13 and 14 July and promises to be a social calendar highlight. Festival goers visiting the Food & Wine Marquee are invited to dress according to the theme – your finest red, white and blue French inspired outfit – to stand the chance of winning the Franschhoek Bastille Festival Best Dressed title. Sample the wide selection of Franschhoek wines on offer or treat your taste buds to the variety of delicious gourmet fare available to purchase from some of the Valley’s well-known restaurants.  For all the need-to-know details visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za.

    Franschhoek Bastille Festival

    During the weekend of 26 to 28 July our annual Franschhoek Mystery Weekend will take place. Ideally suited to couples your weekend is pre-planned from check in to check out, and hold the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. Your experience starts with an exclusive (and unconventional) check in event planned for all guests. Mingle over a glass of wine before receiving your special Mystery Weekend box, which contains all of the exciting details as to where you’ll be staying, where you’ll be dining and what you’ll be experiencing. A fun and informal evening where you are welcomed to the valley in true Franschhoek fashion.

    Although most of your weekend is pre-planned there is ample time to enjoy a leisurely stroll through the village to browse the art galleries, boutiques, artisanal chocolate shops and craft beer ‘watering holes’ you’re bound to discover. Choose between three fabulous packages on offer, which are categorized according to their accommodation offerings. For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on mysteryweekend@franschhoek.org.za.

    Franschhoek Mystery Weekends

    Should you be unable to visit the valley during these dates we invite to explore what we have during the remainder of July as we are #OpenForWinter and some of our members are running unbelievable Winter promotions. Our website – www.franschhoek.org.za – has more information on who is offering what during this campaign. Although this tends to be the colder of the Winter months the odd crisp clear day is perfect for exploring the outdoors, or simply enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee at one of the restaurants situated along the Main Road.

    The Owner’s cottage at Grande Provence

    Winter in Franschhoek is without a doubt magical!

  3. Win the ultimate Winter weekend in Franschhoek!

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    WIN! A Franschhoek Winter experience! @Franschhoek_SA have curated the ultimate Winter weekend and we are going to be giving it away to ONE OF YOU to enjoy with your partner over the Bastille Day weekend in July 2019!

    PRIZES INCLUDE

    A helicopter ride from Cape Town to Franschhoek with @legend_aviation_ct.
    Two nights accommodation @lachataigne_franschhoek
    Dinner and wine pairing for two @foliagefranschhoek
    A devotion journey couples full body massage from @montrochellewine & @virginlimitededition
    A Jaguar X-Pace for the weekend courtesy of @wigglecapetown
    A trip for two on the iconic @winetram and
    two tickets for Bastille Day 2019 from @Franschhoek_SA

    Entry is simple, all you need to do is visit our competition post on Instagram and follow the instructions there!

    UNLIMITED ENTRIES! GOOD LUCK!

    TERMS & CONDITIONS

    • This Promotional giveaway (“Ultimate Franschhoek Winter Experience ”) is organized by Franschhoek Wine Valley (the “Promoter”)
    • The Promotion is open to anyone over the age of 18 (eighteen) years, except any minor and any employee, director, member, partner, agent or consultant or any person directly or indirectly who controls or is controlled by the Promoter and/or immediate family members of any employee, director, member, partner, agent or consultant of or person indirectly or directly in control or controlled by the Promoter, who may not participate in this Promotion.
    • By entering the Promotion, all Participants and the winners agree to be bound by these rules which will be interpreted by the Promoter, whose decision regarding any dispute will be final and binding. The Promoter reserves the right to amend, modify, change, postpone, suspend or cancel this Promotion and any giveaways or any aspect thereof, without notice at any time, for any reason which the Promoter reasonably deem necessary.
    • The promotion runs from 19 June 2019 until 26  June 2019 (“Promotion Period”).
    • The grand prize includes: Two tickets for Bastille Day 2019, a helicopter transfer from Cape Town to Franschhoek (one way trip), a Jaguar F-Pace to utilize during the Bastille Day weekend, dinner and wine pairing for two at Foliage Franschhoek, a couples spa experience at Mont Rochelle, two tickets for the Franschhoek Wine Tram and two nights accommodation at La Chataigne. Only the meals/transfers, accommodation and other prizes mentioned in the competition will be provided, any other expenses incurred to the winner will be at their own expense. This includes but is not limited to: travel, food, drinks, and items of a personal nature.
    • All persons who follow the competition “call to actions” on the @Franschhoek_SA Instagram account will be considered for the Giveaway.
    • The prize is only valid for the weekend of 13th and 14th July 2019 herein referred to as “Bastille Weekend”. Should the winner be unable to claim the prize on this weekend they will forfeit the prize and another winner will be chosen. Should the winner not claim their prize no consolation prize will be awarded or offered.
    • Winners must present proof of identity in order to redeem their Giveaway.
    • The Giveaway is neither transferable nor redeemable for cash. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute the Giveaway with any other give-away item of comparable commercial value. Should one of the prize sponsors cancel their prize the promoter is not obligated to replace this prize or compensate for this prize.
    • No liability shall attach to the Promoter in relation to any claims, losses or liabilities for any loss of profit or any other direct and/or indirect, special or consequential loss arising out of any of the Giveaways.
    • Should any dispute arise in relation to the interpretation of these promotional rules the Promoter’s decision shall be final and no correspondence shall be entered into.
    • All Participants and the winners, as the case may be, indemnify the Promoter, their advertising agencies, advisers, nominated agents, suppliers and its affiliates and/or associated companies against any and all claims of any nature whatsoever arising out of and/or from their participation in any way howsoever in this Promotion (including, as a result of any act or omission, whether as a result of negligence, misrepresentation, misconduct or otherwise on the part of the Promoter and/or use of the Giveaways).
    • The Promoter may require the winners to complete and submit an information disclosure agreement and indemnification to enable the Promoter to ensure compliance with these Rules and the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008. Should any winner refuse or be unable to comply with this rule for any reason, such a winner will be deemed to have rejected the Giveaway and it shall revert back to the Promoter.
    • The Promoter may require the winners to be identified, photographed and published in printed media, or to appear on radio and television, when accepting their prizes or after having received their prizes. The Promoter may use the uploaded images in whole or in part, and any reproductions thereof, worldwide for advertising, promotion, publicity or otherwise on any website for any media purpose and for any other lawful purpose whatsoever.
    • By entering the Giveaway, the participants agree that Franschhoek Wine Valley and its affiliates may contact the participants via email and through social media platforms to deliver marketing communications regarding their products and promotional activities, provided that the Participants are given the opportunity to opt-out of receiving marketing communication at any time via the appropriate opt-out mechanisms provided by the Promoter for such purpose.
    • All queries in connection with this promotional Competition should be directed to Franschhoek Wine Valley on 0218762861 or via direct message on the @Franschhoek_SA Instagram account.
    • A copy of the competition rules is available at no cost to the participants on request.
  4. Experience Franschhoek this season!

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    Winter brings out the best that Franschhoek has to offer – cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines, soul comforting food, memorable experiences, breath-taking scenery and so much more. Traditionally a quieter time in Franschhoek there are also a number of establishments in and around the Valley who are offering Winter inspired packages too good to refuse. Catering to most experiences what better excuse to breakaway for the weekend to a luxury guesthouse or boutique hotel. Snuggle up to their cozy fireplaces while enjoying a good book and sipping on local wines.

    We recently invited a number of influencers to the valley for a 24-hour winter experience in Franschhoek. Based on their experiences which you can read all about below, Winter is a truly magical season in Franschhoek and one of the best times to explore the area.

     

    Thea Beckman (Southern Vines)

    https://www.southernvines.co.za/2019/05/24/why-we-love-franschhoek-in-winter/

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    Want to travel like Thea? Here is her itinerary:

    Day 1

    9:45am : Arrival at La Motte for their Art Experience, which starts at 10am sharp. After the experience enjoy a glass of wine and hearty bowl of soup in front of the cozy fireplace before heading to your next stop.

    12pm : Make your way to Bovine (42 Huguenot Road) for lunch, where you will be treated to their delicious Tuesday Burger Special, which is valid throughout Winter.

    2pm : After lunch we invite you to enjoy a leisurely stroll through Main Road, exploring the selection of retail gems. These include art galleries, specialist wine shops, boutique stores as well as artisanal chocolate producers.

    4pm : Check into La Galiniere Guest Cottages (Main Road) for the night.

    7pm : Enjoy dinner at Le Petit Manoir Franschhoek (54 Huguenot Road).

    Day 2 

    8:30am : After checking out make your way to Big Dog Café (191 Main Road) for a delicious breakfast.

    9:45am : Conclude your Franschhoek Wine Valley with a visit to Boschendal for their farm tour (weather permitting) concluding with an Under the Oaks Tasting at their Cellar Door.

     

    Megan Daniels (Life With Me)

    http://lifewithme.co.za/your-ultimate-warm-and-cozy-winter-guide-to-franschhoek/

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    Want to travel like Megan? Here is her itinerary:

    Day 1

    11:30am : Your Franschhoek Open For Winter experience starts at Camelot Spa at Val de Vie Estate where you’ll be treated to a relaxing 60 minute spa treatment.

    1:30pm : A rejuvenating treatment is guaranteed to work up an appetite, and next stop is a delicious lunch at La Motte Wine Estate.

    3:30pm : Huguenot Fine Chocolates (62 Huguenot Rd) is next on your list for an informative chocolate tour and tasting.

    Once you’ve indulged in a bit of chocolate you may want to walk it off and we encourage you to take a gentle stroll up Main Road to stop and browse the myriad of shops and hidden gems.

    From 5pm : Check into Fleur du Soleil Guesthouse (7A Van Riebeek Street) for the night.

    6pm : Tuk Tuk Microbrewery (14 Huguenot Rd) is where you’ll find yourselves for a quick beer tasting before heading off to dinner.

    7:30pm : Dinner tonight will be at The Dining Room at Leeu Estates (Dassenberg Rd) where you’ll be treated to their three-course Winter menu.

    Day 2

    9:30am : Enjoy a delicious breakfast at The Bistro at Allée Bleue (Intersection R45 and R310).

     

    Kristi de Freitas (LOKAL ZA)

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    Want to travel like Kristi? Here is her itinerary:

    Day 1

    9:45am : Your Franschhoek #OpenForWinter experience starts with the Tuk Tuk Winelands Experience (54 Huguenot Street) and entails a visit to two wine farms by means of this unique mode of transport.

    1pm : Next stop is to Hey Joe Brewery (situated on La Brasserie Farm on the R45 as you leave Franschhoek on the left) where we invite you to sample their range of craft beers with the sampling of their Beer Tasting Tray.

    3pm : Before checking into your accommodation you’ll be making a quick stop to Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards (R45 Main Road, Franschhoek) to sample one of their delicious wine cocktails.

    From 4pm : Check into Auberge Clermont (Robertsvlei Road) for the night.

    7pm : Dinner for this evening will be at La Petite Ferme (Franschhoek Pass Road), which boasts breath taking views of the Franschhoek Wine Valley.

    Day 2

    8:30am : After checking out conclude your Franschhoek experience with a delicious breakfast at La Bourgogne (Excelsior Rd, Franschhoek).

     

    Kathryn Rossiter (Becoming You)

    https://www.becomingyou.co.za/franschhoek-in-winter/

    Image by Kathryn Rossiter

    Want to travel like Kathryn? Here is her itinerary:

    Day 1

    1pm – 3pm : Her #OpenForWinter experience started at the annual Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival, which took place at Anthonij Rupert Wyne.

    3:30pm : Make your way back to the village for a quick coffee and a pastry at River Café (29 Huguenot Road) before checking into accommodation.

    5pm : Check into the luxuriously quaint self-catering Rose Cottage (Verdun Road).

    7pm : Dinner is at Chef’s Warehouse at Maison (Maison Estate).

    Day 2

    9am : After checking out make your way to the Tuk Tuk Ticket Office (54 Huguenot Street) where you’ll be transported to Leeu Estates for a delicious breakfast. After breakfast the Tuk Tuk will take you back to your car.

     

    Fiona Rossiter (Inspired Living SA)

    https://www.inspiredlivingsa.co.za/2019/06/franschhoek-winter-escape-24-hour-getaway/travel

    Image by Fiona Rossiter

    Want to travel like Fiona? Here is her itinerary:

    10:30am – 1:30pm : Your #OpenForWinter experience starts with brunch at the Good Food & Co (Place Vendome Lifestyle Centre, cnr. Uitkyk & Huguenot Street). After brunch enjoy a leisurely browse through the nearby Village Market and then a gentle stroll through the village where your next stop is EBONY Curated (32 Huguenot Rd), which home to a collection of fine artworks.

    2pm – 4pm : Tucked away in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley is GlenWood Vineyards and this is also the venue for your next experience – their unique Food & Wine Experience.

    From 4pm : Check into Lily Pond House at Le Lude Wines (Bowling Green Avenue – Lambrechts Rd) for the night.

    6pm : Wine tasting at Old Road Wine Co (R45, Franschhoek) followed by dinner.

    Day 2

    9:30am : After checking out enjoy a hearty breakfast at Bistro BonBon (La Petite Dauphine, Excelsior Road, Franschhoek).

    11am : Conclude your Franschhoek Wine Valley #OpenForWinter experience with a visit to the Franschhoek Huguenot Museum for a tour of their latest exhibition.

     

    Pilar Noriega (The Lifestyle Hunter)

    5 indoor activities you can do during winter in Franschhoek, South Africa

    Want to travel like Pilar? Here is her itinerary:

    12pm : Your Franschhoek overnight experience starts with a delicious lunch at the Country Kitchen which is situated at the luxurious Mont Rochelle Hotel which boasts exquisite views of the Franschhoek Valley. After lunch you’ll be treated to a wine tasting before your next stop.

    2h30 pm : After your lunch and wine tasting experience make your way back to the village where we’ve arranged for you to pop into two boutique stores. The first being Indian Summer (situated closer to the Huguenot Monument on your left – if the monument is behind you) followed by a quick visit to Masquerade (situated lower down and diagonally opposite Col’Cacchio.

    4pm : Next on your list of fabulous Franschhoek experiences is the Franschhoek Beer Co (R45, 5km before Franschhoek Village, Franschhoek).

    After your beer tasting experience it’s time to check into your accommodation for the evening, which happens to be the elegant and luxurious Rickety Bridge Winery accommodation (situated just outside Franschhoek in the direction of Cape Town) establishment.

    My stay at Rickety Bridge Manor House in Franschhoek, South Africa

    7pm :For dinner we’ve arranged for you to enjoy a delicious meal at Bovine (42 Huguenot Road), which will be for their Winter special menu.

    Day 2

    9:30am :After checking out make your way back into town for breakfast at The Big Dog Cafe at Terbodore.

    11am :After breakfast make your way to the historic Huguenot Monument Museum (Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek) for a tour of their latest exhibition

    12h30 pm : Your Franschhoek #OpenForWinter experience concludes with a heart-warming Winter inspired lunch at the Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar which is situated on the beautiful Anthonij Rupert Estate (situated on the outskirts of Franschhoek in the direction of Cape Town).

     

    We invite you to come out from the cold and explore our breathtakingly beautiful valley this season!

    For bookings and enquiries please contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism Office at 021 876 2861 or visit them at 62 Huguenot Road, Franschhoek.

  5. Keeping it fabulously French in Franschhoek this July

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    Traditionally July is associated with hibernation as we feel the full force of Winter. The Franschhoek Wine Valley is anything but sleepy as it embraces this month with French vigour.

    During July Franschhoek locals celebrate their French heritage with a little extra pomp and ceremony as they welcome visitors to the village for the annual Franschhoek Bastille Festival. The festival coincides with Bastille Day in France, which is celebrated on 14 July each year.

    A two-day social calendar highlight which takes place at the historic Huguenot Monument and guaranteed to bring out the Parisian in you. The village comes alive as shops and restaurants dotted along the Main Road are kitted out in the traditional French colours of red, white and blue. Even the wine farms in and around the valley showcase their finest French flair during this weekend. Visitors can choose to wander in and around the village exploring Bastille offerings or make their way to the Food & Wine Marquee at the Huguenot Monument for the ultimate in festival experiences. This is the place to be and be seen as you sample a selection of Franschhoek wines and French inspired food on offer. For ticket prices and more information visit www.franschhoekbastille.co.za

    The best part of the Bastille Festival weekend is that it falls within the school holidays. For those wanting to take their children with, Sunday’s festivities are ideally suited for the whole family. Ample fun kiddies’ entertainment for the young ones will ensure that mom and dad can also look forward to a carefree festival experience. Kids can also look forward to delicious treats to keep hungry tummies at bay.

    If you prefer spending a quieter weekend in Franschhoek then we have the answer. Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends offer surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence – and if you haven’t booked you’re definitely missing out on this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity. Ideally suited to couples, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are packaged to absolute perfection, and holds the promise of revealing Franschhoek’s finest wines, world-class cuisine, bespoke experiences and so much more. And the best part is you don’t have to book anything. The next weekend is scheduled for the 27th and 28th of July, but don’t delay as these weekends sell out fast. For all the need-to-know details visit http://franschhoek.org.za/franschhoek-accommodation/mystery/.

    Make the most of this wintry month by exploring the Franschhoek Wine Valley and its world-class offerings. Cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines and soul comforting food are some of the highlights you are bound to find on your Franschhoek exploration. Not forgetting the vast selection of art galleries in and around the valley as well as quaint boutique shops. Franschhoek is suited to everyone – solo travelers, couples and even families.

    A day simply isn’t enough to discover all that Franschhoek has to offer and you don’t need an excuse. Be it a festival, special offering or simply just a visit Franschhoek awaits your arrival this July.

    For more information on Franschhoek’s fine winter offerings visit www.franschhoek.org.za.

  6. Secret season indulgence at the Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar

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    A carefully curated menu of quintessential Italian dishes will be available at the Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar – situated at the Anthonij Rupert estate in Franschhoek – this winter.

    Signature favourites from previous menus include the crisp fried Calamari (with a zesty new Parsley and Lemon Pesto twist), and crunchy Whitebait with tangy Aioli. Regular guests will be thrilled to know that Chef HW Pieterse’s hearty, homemade Salsiccia sausages also make a comeback on the new menu, accompanied by ‘Cannellini Al Fiasco’ – a traditional Italian bean stew.

    Chef HW and his team will continue to hero local ingredients during the winter months, with the introduction of a Baby Vegetable Crudité, using vegetables grown in the L’Ormarins gardens and served with garlicky anchoïade, and fresh Ceviche prepared from local Franschhoek Trout, dressed with honey, lime and ginger. While local produce remains the focus, some ingredients are uncompromisingly sourced from Italy for their superb quality: Genuine Italian artichokes, truffles and Taleggio cheese are amongst the exquisite imported produce this season.

    A mini lasagne is also on the winter menu this year! Although not strictly Antipasti, this dish pairs perfectly with the estate’s Terra del Capo Sangiovese, and Chef HW couldn’t resist adding it to the offering.

    The Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar is open from Tuesday to Sunday (lunches only) and, as the estate operates on a ‘By Appointment Only’ basis, pre-booking is essential. For reservations, please contact 021 874 9074 or email tasting@rupertwines.com.

  7. Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter

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    The slight chill in the air is a clear indication that Winter is almost here. Winter brings with it a myriad of comforts, but the best news is that Franschhoek is #OpenForWinter and guaranteed to keep the cold at bay. Franschhoek is the picture of absolute perfection during this time and the Winter scenery that awaits your visit is guaranteed to take your breath away.

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    Come out from the cold and discover what Franschhoek has to offer. Cozy warm fireplaces, robust red wines, soul comforting food and so much more. A weekend in Franschhoek is the perfect excuse to browse the art galleries in and around the Valley. The art on display at the Everard Read Franschhhoek Gallery is guaranteed to be a highlight of your visit. Or simply indulge in a relaxing spa treatment and catch up on some reading in the comfort of one of Franschhoek’s accommodation establishments whilst admiring the views.

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    Traditionally a quieter time in Franschhoek there are a number of establishments in and around the Valley who are offering unbelievable Winter inspired packages too good to refuse.  Mont Rochelle Hotel is offering an amazing ‘Stay for three or more nights and get the final night free’ offer, whilst Leeu Estates is the perfect destination for a corporate getaway with their 24-hour Winter Conference Package. For that something extra Le Franschhoek Hotel & Spa will include a 10% discount on any 60-minute skincare or massage therapy at their spa if a minimum two-night stay is booked during this time. The Protea Hotel by Marriott, Franschhoek’s Winter experience encompasses all of the Valley’s feel good factors, being luxury accommodation, wine tasting as well as decadent dining and chocolate offering.

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    Franschhoek is also the perfect destination for a day visit. A relaxing wine tasting, indulgent lunch and a rejuvenating spa treatment are some of the highlights to expect when planning your trip. Babylonstoren’s 60-minute body wrap which includes a 30-minute foot treatment is guaranteed to revitalize mind, body and soul. Comfort food hits the right notes with Le Coin Français’ indulgent two- or five-course Winter promotion. Treat your taste buds to a myriad of Italian inspired culinary delights with the Terra del Capo Antipasti Bar’s Winter menu.

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    A highlight on the Winter calendar is Franschhoek Winter Wines, which takes place on Saturday, 16 June (11am to 4pm) make time to pop into the Franschhoek Motor Museum for Franschhoek Winter Wines. Mingle with the winemakers as you sample their seasonal inspired wines.

    This is just a sampling of what visitors can expect to find when exploring Franschhoek this winter. For more information on current #OpenforWinter specials, please visit our website here: https://franschhoek.org.za/open-for-winter/

  8. Hearty lunch and winter value at The Restaurant at Grande Provence

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    Enjoy the splendour of a sunny winter’s day in the Franschhoek winelands with a hearty lunch and warm generosity in the beautiful surroundings of Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate.

    Taylor-made for locals looking for superb winter value, Executive Chef Guy Bennett has created a special main course lunch paired with a glass of Angels Tears wine for just R200 per person. This welcoming chef’s special, available exclusively during week days until the end of August, includes dishes not found on his regular à la carte menu. His choice of winter mains changes daily and includes sumptuous slow-cooked beef short rib with roasted root vegetables, as well as delicious options for fish lovers and vegetarians. 

    Chef Guy has wowed Grande Provence guests with his take on modern South African cuisine since heading up the kitchen brigade late last year. His à la carte menu – individually priced for lunch and available as a set three or 4-course menu for dinner – captures his passion for local produce. From delicately gin cured Franschhoek trout and fresh Saldanha oysters to deliciously rich Karoo lamb neck with sweetbreads, tender pork belly, heirloom vegetables and braised beef kromeski, the artistry of this creative chef takes a bow on every plate.

    The Restaurant at Grande Provence is open daily for lunch and dinner. The 3-course dinner menu is available at R450 per person or 4-courses at R550. The menu offers pairing suggestions for every dish from the wide range of elegant Grande Provence wines. The winter chef’s special lunch at R200 including a glass of wine, is available during weekdays only. To book your table, call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email events@grandeprovence.co.za.

    More about Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate

    Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale. Part of the internationally acclaimed Huka Retreats, other facilities Grande Provence offers guests are The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, Facebook.com or Twitter @grande_provence.