Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. Taking Things Slowly

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    Here’s a thought. What will you do first when lockdown ends? Treat yourself to a meal at one of your favourite restaurants? Meet up with friends for coffee? Or embark on an overdue outing to a wine farm?

     

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    Whatever you’re looking forward to its about embracing our new normal and adjusting to different experiences. One of these being slow travel. Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, Franschhoek – a little piece of heaven tucked between mountain ranges – is the epitome of slow travel. 

    Before we go any further let’s paint the slow travel picture for you. It’s not about actually travelling slowly, but rather stopping to take the time to each individual experience you embark on. No longer is it about fitting in as much as possible in a short space of time, but rather allowing yourself time to absorb every aspect of your visit.

     

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    Slow travelling allows you to appreciate and connect with all that your destination has to offer. From the people to the food as well as any cultural offerings you may find. 

    While we await news on when it will be safe to venture further than our surrounds,  we invite you to dream of and ‘plan’ your next trip to explore Franschhoek slowly later. We miss you and can’t wait to welcome you back to our beautiful valley where you are guaranteed to return home rejuvenated after your slow travel sojourn. 

    If you’re lost for ideas we can help with that. Click on this link for a few ideas to get you started on your ‘journey’.

     

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    Since it was first launched, the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund, has received an overwhelming response to help restaurants who are really struggling during these uncertain times. ‘In a time where it feels like all change is bad, you get reminded that just by doing something small, by adding value to the community around you, some change is extraordinary,’ says chef David Schneider of Chefs Warehouse at Maison in Franschhoek. David’s restaurant was amongst the first to receive financial support from this fund. Together with others in the Chefs Warehouse group of restaurants, Maison is giving back by preparing food for Margot Janse’s charity, Isabelo, which feeds hundreds of school children on a daily basis. Through the help of Maison and so many others the charity has expanded its reach to feed many more hungry families in the valley. 

    Read more about the Eat Out Restaurant Relief Fund and how you can get involved here.

    Charitable donations from far afield. A financial donation received from the Netherlands allowed for local resident Irma Borrias to practice her amazing sewing skills in making these beautiful masks (below), allowing so many more people to stay safe.

    Foliage Restaurant Chef Chris Erasmus couldn’t resist trying on these warm winter jackets donated recently by Peacock Blue, which will be distributed to those who need it most to keep a little warmer during the cold days. Peacock Blue provides discerning men of all ages and most sizes with stylish, colourful, comfortable outfits that would take them almost anywhere apart from the boardroom.

    Craving fresh bread, coffee beans, homegrown vegetables, or a piping hot restaurant meal? Some of our members have reopened as deli’s, while restaurants are offering delicious meals delivered to your door. Whilst browsing the list be sure to check which retail shops have reopened, affording you the opportunity to shop for your winter clothing or purchase a gift for someone special.

     

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    A heartfelt thanks goes to everyone who has contributed to the continued efforts of the Together Franschhoek feeding scheme, which provides nourishing food through various distribution points, with the supply of fresh produce and ingredients, the installation of handwashing stations, and ensuring that social distancing measures and guidelines are in place. 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. A Slow Travel Experience To Franschhoek Awaits

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    Hibernation is not always a bad thing, but when it is a forced hibernation cabin fever can quickly set in and get the better of you. While many of us have accepted that cabin fever may be the new normal, there are some who can’t wait to venture outdoors again. Outdoors safely to a trusted destination. 

    While we await news on ‘safe travelling’ allow yourself to dream now while ‘planning’ your slow travel trip to Franschhoek for later this year or early 2021. You may be forgiven for thinking that it’s all about moving slowly between venues, but it is in fact something completely different and unique. The complete opposite of traditional travelling where you generally fit in as much as possible in a short space of time, slow travelling is all about enjoying every aspect of your experience. 

     

     

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    Slow travelling allows you to appreciate and connect with all that your destination has to offer. From the people to the food as well as any cultural offerings you may find. 

    The Franschhoek Valley, a little piece of heaven less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, is the epitome of slow travel and we look forward to sharing these experiences with you. We invite you to dream of some of the following, while you plan your trip to explore Franschhoek slowly later. Transport your imagination as you enter the valley and its array of magnificent outdoor and indoor offerings:

    After being cooped indoors for such a long the outdoors is calling out to you to explore its magnificent splendour. Franschhoek has a plethora of outdoor offerings suited to all levels. These include scenic hiking trails in the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve or  La Motte as well as trail running along the Berg River Dam. 

     

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    Home to some of the country’s leading wine producers, a visit to any of the wine farms is guaranteed to offer you a truly tranquil experience. With most of the farms within close driving distance you have the choice of experiencing one for the day or a few more. Tailor make your slow wine experience to allow you time to sip and savour the wines on offer whilst taking in the majestic views of the valley. 

     

     

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    Lockdown created many aspiring bakers and chefs, all trying their hand at new recipes. Although fun while it lasted we’re sure you’re chomping at the bit to be wined and dined. What would a slow travel experience to Franschhoek be without a culinary spoil. Regarded as South Africa’s Gourmet Capital, our valley is home to a range of foodie experiences, which range from five-star to casual dining. Whatever your choice, there will be no pressure to eat and leave, but rather dine and stay. Our chefs are passionate about sustainability, sourcing only the best local produce for you to enjoy.

     

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    One of the valley’s unique characteristics is that being known as a village automatically prepares you for a tranquil experience. The main road, dotted with restaurants and specialist independent-owned boutique shops, is a haven for a leisurely Franschhoek  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.

    Instead of planning a day trip to Franschhoek treat yourself to an overnight or (even better) a weekend retreat. Whether it’s a luxurious boutique hotel, quaint B&B or tranquil self-catering abode, your slow escape is guaranteed much needed food for the soul. 

     

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    We look forward to welcoming you back to our beautiful valley where you are guaranteed to return home rejuvenated after your slow travel sojourn.