Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. Celebrating International Cabernet Sauvignon Day

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    The cooler weather is the perfect reminder of what is to come – International Cabernet Sauvignon Day, which is celebrated today across the world. A day in which we pay tribute to this world-renowned red wine varietal, also commonly referred to as the ‘King of Red Grapes’. These grapes are known for producing wines with complex aromas and an abundance of gorgeous concentrated flavors, which include blackberries, crème de cassis, black cherries, coffee, chocolate, mint, cedar wood, cigar box and more….

    Although the Franschhoek Wine Valley is widely known for producing stellar Chardonnay and Méthode Cap Classiques (MCC), the region is also home to a range of outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon producers.

    Home to a range of award-winning wines, Holden Manz is also where you’ll find their Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, which winemaker Thierry Haberer describes as having a rich and full palate with a complex array of dark fruit. The middle palate is full and shows width with complexity and depth leading to a long, full finish. Fine wood tannins combine with well-balanced acidity.

    Boutique estate La Bri is not only well known for their wines, but also their striking wine labels. Each wine depicts a Cape flower on the label, and their Cabernet Sauvignon is the proud bearer of the White Watsonia on its label. A limited release Cabernet, which is only made in exceptional years, and only 1 433 bottles of their current vintage – the 2016 – were produced.

    Rickety Bridge boasts not one, but two Cabernet Sauvignons in their range – the Paulina’s Reserve and the Icon. The Paulina Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2017 displays classic characters of red cherries layered with herbal notes, hints of pencil shavings and oak spice, whilst the Icon’s Bridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2017’s nose is dominated by mint, dark cherry, aromatic tobacco and hints of cloves.

    As you enter the Franschhoek Wine Valley you will find family owned Noble Hill, which is also home to their estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016, which was left to mature in French oak barrels for 18 months, resulting in a wine with excellent colour and structure.

    With Level 2 regulations allowing for the sale of alcohol again be sure to restock your collection with one of these.

    For more on these Franschhoek Vignerons as well as any of the other Cabernet Sauvignon producers in the valley visit

  2. Wineries currently open in Franschhoek

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    During Level 2 lockdown regulations, the following Wineries in Franschhoek are currently open. Please contact us at 021 876 2861 for further info.

    Offering samplings of a selection of wines at inVINcible Wine Shoppe only
    Monday – Thursday
    09:00 – 17:00

    Boschendal (Wine tasting at The Werf Restaurant only)
    Monday – Sunday
    10:00 – 15:00 (last seating at 15:00)
    Please note that we are only allowed to accommodate 6 guests per table, for larger bookings please contact
    No cash will be accepted.
    Platters/Farm Plates Available with tastings

    Plaisir de Merle
    Monday – Sunday (Wine tastings)
    Monday – Thursday (Wine Sales)
    08:00 – 17:00
    (Bistro Food offering now available)

    My Wyn
    By Appointment only
    Monday – Saturday
    11:00 – 14:00

    Franschhoek Cellar
    Monday -Sunday
    10:00 – 18:00 (Monday – Saturday)
    10:00 – 17:00 (Sunday)
    Wine sales Monday – Thursdays 09:00 – 17:00

    Monday – Sunday
    09:00 – 17:00 (Also serving our small plate offerings as before)

    Monday – Saturday (Wine tastings on request basis only)
    10:00 – 15:00
    People are more than welcome to request their own private wine tasting

    Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons
    Monday – Thursday from 09h00 – 17h00 (Wine Sales)
    Monday – Friday 10h00 – 16h30 and Saturday – Sunday from 10h00 – 16h00 (Wine Tastings)
    Our restaurant will reopen from Thursday 3 September, and will be open each week for lunch from Thursday – Sunday

    Rickety Bridge Winery
    Mondays – Sundays
    09:00 – 17:00
    Sales & deliveries will take place on Mondays – Thursdays and over the weekend

    Mont Rochelle Winery
    Friday – Sunday from 11:00 – 16:00 (Wine Tastings)
    Monday – Thursday 09:00 – 17:00 (Wine Sales)

    Monday – Thursday
    11h00 to 16h00

    Topiary Wines
    Monday – Thursdays including Saturday
    09h00 to 16h00 (Monday – Thursday)
    10h00 to 17h00 (Saturday)

    Anthonij Rupert Tasting room
    Monday to Saturday
    10:00 – 17:00

    Terra del Capo Tasting room
    Tuesday to Sunday
    10:00- 17:00

    Monday – Sunday
    09:30 – 17:30
    (Wine and Game drives by appointment only – 11h00 and 15h00 daily)

    Noble Hill Wine Farm
    Monday – Thursday
    09:00 – 17:00 (Monday – Saturday)
    10:00 – 17:00 (Sunday)

    Holden Manz Wine Estate
    Monday – Sunday
    09:00 – 17:00 Monday to Saturday and 10:00 to 17:00 on Sunday
    Free transport for orders over R2,000 placed on Friday through Sunday

    Old Road Wine & Co.
    Monday – Sunday
    10:00 – 17:00

    La Motte
    Tuesday – Sunday
    09:00 – 16:30
    No Wine Sales on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (only wine tasting can be done)

    Leopards Leap Family Vineyard
    Tuesday – Sunday
    09:00 16:30
    No Wine Sales on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays (only wine tasting can be done)

    Haut Espoir
    Open by appointment only

    Dieu Donne
    Monday – Sunday
    10:00 – 16:30
    We offer Cheese Platters.
    No Cellar Tours until further notice.
    Free national delivery on wine orders over 18 bottles.

    La Bri
    Monday – Sunday
    10:00 -17:00 (Monday – Friday)
    10:00 – 16:00 (Saturday – Sunday)
    Limited guest allowed – max 20 guests at a time.
    Special offers only available to visitors to tasting room

    Le Lude
    Tuesday – Sunday
    10:00 – 18:00
    Serving Canapés again also

    Monday’s – Thursday’s
    10:00 to 17:00

    Allee Bleue (Opening on 12 September)
    Monday – Sunday
    09:00 – 17:00
    Cheese Platters available and encourage guests to make bookings

  3. 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

  4. Sommelier Cup Finalists Treated To Some Of Franschhoek’s Finest

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    Last week, on 23 and 25 September, the Franschhoek Wine Valley and Vignerons in particular, had the opportunity to host the semi-finalists competing in this year’s triennial Sommelier Cup competition, presented by Wines of South Africa (WoSA). Representing countries from across the globe the sommeliers spent the day in the valley, enjoying a full day’s itinerary.

    With the primary focus on wine, the group started their Franschhoek experience at La Motte Wine Estate for a tutored tasting presented by some of the Vignerons. The tasting was an opportunity to showcase the diversity of the region’s Semillon, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon wines. The sommeliers were treated to a range of old and new vintages, which reaffirmed why Franschhoek is regarded as one of the country’s leading wine producing regions.

    After the tutored tasting the group made their way to the NG Church grounds for an informal ‘meet and greet’ and wine tasting with the rest of Franschhoek’s winemakers. The weather played along perfectly creating the ultimate outdoor wine tasting experience for all. An al fresco style lunch followed under the shade of the trees, which allowed for something out of the ordinary yet very welcome.

    Franschhoek was one of the handful of regions selected to host this year’s group. Their visit to the valley was part of an all-expenses paid trip to a Cape Winelands region during their stay. The finalists in this year’s competition represented the Netherlands, Sweden, Kenya, Zimbabwe, USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Greater China, Singapore and Germany. Their visit culminated the announcement of the overall winner, which was announced at a special gala event at The Vineyard Hotel & Spa on 21 September. Richelle van Gemert, from the United Kingdom, was crowned as this year’s winner.

  5. Franschhoek swings into Spring

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    The Franschhoek Wine Valley has been blessed with an abundance of much needed rain this past season. Not only is the Berg River dam full, but the valley is looking absolutely spectacular. The trees are in full bloom as their blossoms symbolise the first signs of Spring and the vineyards are looking healthy and green, as they embrace the warmer weather.

    Vineyards at Noble Hill

    This calls for celebration and what better opportunity than raising a glass of Franschhoek bubbly than on 1 September, which is not only the first official day of Spring, but it also happens to be Cap Classique Day. Celebrated both nationally and internationally as a leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) region, not only is Franschhoek home to some of SA’s finest MCC’s, but we also have the country’s first MCC route, with more than 24 MCC producers.

    Boschendal Methode Cap Classique

    Spring is also the perfect opportunity to sample new release wines. Diarise the weekend of 14 and 15 September for our annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival. Welcome in the warmer weather as you travel from farm to farm sampling some of the superb wines the valley has become known for. Participating wineries will be showcasing some of their crowd favourites as well as a handful of new release gems.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    With a few festival specials on offer now is the ideal time to stock up for the end of year holiday season. Not only will they be pulling out the stops to showcase their finest offerings, but expect to find some added attractions to ensure a truly memorable Uncorked visit.

    Franschhoek Uncorked

    Pre-booked tickets, valid for both days, cost R180 per person, which can be purchased via Tickets purchased on the day, at the participating wine farms, will cost R200 each. For the detailed programme and accommodation specials contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit

    Ending September on a high note will be the final Franschhoek Mystery Weekend, which takes place over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Ideally suited to couples your weekend is pre-planned from check in to check out, and holds the promise of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence. For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on

    The bonus of this weekend is that it also allows for ample time to take a leisurely stroll up Franschhoek’s main road, where you’ll uncover a plethora of retail gems. These include art galleries as well as stylish clothing and exquisite décor boutiques. Don’t leave Franschhoek without making time to browse one or two of these gems, guaranteed to have something for you to take home as a reminder of your time in the valley.

    Indian Summer, Franschhoek

    September is also Tourism Month. The purpose of Tourism Month is to encourage South African locals to explore their country in an effort to showcase the importance of tourism to the economy of South Africa.  With school holidays upon us and another long weekend in store towards the end of this month (Heritage Day on 24 September) why not plan your trip to Franschhoek now. Be it a day visit, an overnight stay or a weekend escape, Franschhoek has something for everyone. For a list of things to do in and around the valley visit our website

    Rupert & Rothschild Tasting

    Cheers to a fabulous September!

  6. Grande Provence oysters & bubbly pairing smacks of summer

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    Savour the ultimate taste experience of uplifting Méthode Cap Classique and fresh West Coast oysters at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek.

    Served from the oyster bar under majestic oaks in the magnificent Sculpture Garden, the MCC & oyster pairing embraces three uniquely dressed oysters to complement the character and personality of each of the Grande Provence Brut MCCs.

    Grande Provence Brut, a beautifully balanced blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, is paired with an oyster bedecked with dill, yuzu and cucumber in a dill infused dressing with yuzu pearls and vermouth compressed cucumber adding the finishing touches.

    The delightful Grande Provence Brut Rosé MCC, bursting with red berry and strawberry flavours, shares the limelight with an oyster enriched with home-made fermented kimchi, toasted sesame seeds and a dash of tom yum mayonnaise.

    With hints of baked apples, biscotti, brioche and pears, the flagship Grande Provence Vintage Brut 2011 is a superb taste partner for an oyster enriched with vintage brut velouté (a cream based, bubbly and linefish sauce), Franschhoek trout roe, and dried nori.

    The oysters are shucked directly from the Grande Provence oyster tank and garnished freshly at the oyster bar.

    The summer MCC & oyster pairing is available daily between 12h00 and 16h00 at R180, weather dependent. Additional fresh Saldanha Bay oysters are available at R90 for three. The oysters are served with lemon and mignonette sauce (a condiment made with shallots and cracked pepper).

    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.

  7. A tribute to women at Grande Provence

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    August 2013 – During Women’s month in August, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek will celebrate women by treating each lady to a free standard tasting of the award-winning Grande Provence wines, which includes 2 white wines and 2 red wines in The Tasting Room.

    Further tasting options include the new lifestyle tasting consisting of the Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc 2012, Angels Tears Rosé 2012, Angels Tears Muscat d’Alexandrie Chenin Blanc 2012 and the Angels Tears Red Blend 2011, for R25.00 per person. Children can also now start their own grape journey and enjoy a red and white grape juice ‘tasting’ for just R5.00 per child.

    The standard, limited and lifestyle tastings all include delicious bread, olive oil and a Grande Provence postcard, already ‘franked’ for convenience, so guests can send to share their vacation with family and friends back home.

    Other special opportunities to enjoy wine include – free delivery on every purchase of 12 bottles or more, with every 11 bottles of red wine purchased you receive 1 free, a complimentary canapé with every tasting of Pinot Noir 2012, a 10 % discount on all purchases of Pinot Noir 2012 and a complimentary tasting of Pinot Noir 2012 at The Restaurant.

    For enquiries please contact Ralton on 021 876 8600 or

  8. Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors’ tune into local music and wine at Solms-Delta

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    Every month cellar door staff from Franschhoek wineries get together for the Vignerons de Franschhoek Wine Ambassadors Programme. The tasting is held at at a different wine farm every month and in this way staff get to experience the offerings of other wineries in their own area. In doing this it becomes easier for cellar door staff to refer guests to other properties and enhance their visit in the valley.

    The first tasting of 2012 was held at the Solms-Delta Wine Estate in Franschhoek. The following video was put together as a summary highlight of what the evening was all about.