Franschhoek Wine Valley

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  1. 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

  2. Raise a glass to Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines as they join the best in the world with their Top 100 Wineries achievement

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    “The only South African winery to be included in the prestigious American publication, Wine & Spirits Magazine‘s Top 100 Wineries of 2019 is Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines”

    Each year the panel and critics of Wine & Spirits blind-taste, review and score more than 15 000 wines from around the world, the most distinguished of which are shared with their readers. The Top 100 Wineries list for the year includes those that achieve the highest scores and consistency of performance across their range of wines for the year.

    The wines that helped Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines achieve this rare accolade include their 97-point Mullineux Swartland Straw Wine 2017 and the 96-point Mullineux Swartland Schist Syrah 2016.

    Andrea and Chris Mullineux will join winemakers from some of the world’s greatest vineyards to meet connoisseurs and consumers at the 16th Top 100 Annual Tasting hosted in San Francisco on 10 October this year and later at a similar tasting, the Top 100 Symposium, held in New York in January 2020.

    Andrea and Chris Mullineux

    Their Kloof Street and Mullineux ranges, based on Chenin Blanc, Syrah and various Rhone cultivars, are produced in the Swartland on Roundstone Farm, and aim to present a true expression of this special region from grapes best suited to the terroirs they are planted in.

    Their Leeu Passant wines are made in their own captivating winery on Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, where grapes are sourced from exceptional parcels of vineyards both in Franschhoek and other exciting sites in the Western Cape including South Africa’s oldest red wine vineyards.

    The Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines team are no strangers to accolades. The winery has been the recipient of the Platter South African Wine Guide’s Winery of the Year Award no less than three times – in 2014, 2016 and the current 2019 edition. In 2016 Andrea Mullineux was chosen as Wine Enthusiast Magazine’s International Winemaker of the Year, while in 2017 British Master of Wine Tim Atkin’s South African Report named Chris and Andrea as Winemakers of the Year.

    As always, Andrea’s approach to winemaking is minimalist but meticulous, while viticulture is expertly managed by Chris and his team, who farm as naturally and sustainably as possible.

    Visitors can taste wines from the Mullineux Signature and Single Terroir ranges, along with the flagship portfolio of the Leeu Passant winery at the elegant Wine Studio situated on Leeu Estates in Franschhoek, open seven days a week.

    Wine lovers in the USA can buy tickets for the Wine & Spirits Top 100 Tasting in San Francisco on Eventbrite for $135.

  3. Worldwine Women explore the Franschhoek Wine Valley

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    Earlier in February the Franschhoek Wine Valley had the pleasure of hosting four dynamic women aptly referred to as the Worldwine Women. This group of friends and students – Alice, Louise, Alexandra and Atalante – have made it their duty to explore vineyards across the globe, with the goal of analysing the emerging balance between tradition and innovation. In order to do so they work in the vineyards of each of the countries that they visit so as to personally experience different production methods, traditional local skills as well as cultural environments. In a nutshell they want to experience a day in the life of a winemaker.

    Eager to share what the valley has to offer in terms of wine production the group spent time with the winemaking teams of Haut Espoir, La Bri, GlenWood Vineyards, My Wyn, Holden Manz and Anthonij Rupert Wyne. With their collective wealth of knowledge and wine making techniques the Worldwine Women team left Franschhoek well equipped.

    Louise Douvry, Alexandra Dubar, Alice Bergeras, Atalante Ramé

    Before leaving we met with them to get some feedback on their experience and insight as to what lies ahead.

    Tell us a bit more about your time in Franschhoek, and your typical day with the winemaking team.

    Although we only had a short time to experience the Franschhoek Wine Valley we had the opportunity to visit five different estates and engage with their women winemakers. It was so interesting to discover  a different vineyard each day, and in doing so to learn from all these inspiring winemakers. During our stay we worked in the vineyards and helped the winemakers in their daily tasks. The idea was to learn about South African wines specificities and to interview winemakers to know more about their work. In the morning, we would generally have a tour in the vineyard and the winemaker would tell us about the specificities of their wines. Then, we would work in the cellar. This was followed by a tasting session with the winemakers, and it was so interesting to learn from the people who had made the wines. Then, we interviewed the women winemakers we met, in order to understand how they are integrated in this sector, to know about their role and responsibilities. We were privileged to meet some amazing women, who are determined and passionate about their career, and it was very interesting for us to spend time with them as well as assist them in their daily work.

    2. What were some of the highlights of your visit to Franschhoek?

    We were amazed by the beauty of Franschhoek and its exquisite surroundings. The area is extremely peaceful and the landscapes are breath taking. We’ve were deeply touched by the hospitality and kindness of people we met, and impressed by how well preserved the village is. Furthermore, we’ve were surprised by the diversity of vineyards in the valley. During our time in Franschhoek we visited some vineyards with very traditional methods, some with high mechanical methods and other ones with biodynamic methods. We believe that this diversity makes Franschhoek an even more interesting place for winemakers. Moreover, we’ve were impressed by the wide range of grapes varieties in each vineyard, and as a result were able to taste delicious and elegant wines with very different characteristics.

    3. Where to next? Please tell us about the journey ahead.

    After our journey in South Africa, we’ll travel to different countries around the world to discover more about the diversity in the wine sector across the globe. In the next few months we are scheduled to travel to Argentina, Chile, New Zealand, Australia, China and then the United States of America.

    The world is their oyster and the Franschhoek Wine Valley wishes this team of vibrant women all of the best on their global wine travels.

  4. Bloem white blend one of Wine Spectator’s top 20 values

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    Readers paging through this month’s edition of Wine Spectator will
    be presented with boundless spreads of the picturesque South African
    winelands and treated to extensive reviews of the area’s restaurants and
    touristic attractions. However, the all important question is “what do I

    In reviewing more than 500 South African wines across a variety of
    price points and origins, Wine Spectator’s James Molesworth singles out
    the Bloem white blend for his top 20 values, scoring 88 points and retailing for US$ 10. Molesworth says the wine’s “pear skin notes frame green almond, heather and yellow apple flavors.”

    The South African winelands lie at the heart of the Cape Floral
    Kingdom, the smallest but most biodiverse of the world’s six floral
    kingdoms. Bloem, derived from the Dutch word for “flower”, captures the
    essence of this unique and dynamic ecosystem with refreshing fruit aromas,
    clean, creamy flavours, and a hint of exotic spice. Bloem wines are made at
    Noble Hill using a blend of fruit grown on the estate and surrounding
    coastal vineyards.

    Noble Hill is a 30 hectare vineyard making wines that are juicy yet
    austere, elegant, and above all unique to the place they are made. Noble
    Hill is located in the Simonsberg-Paarl appellation of origin, which has
    produced some of South Africa’s finest wines dating back to the late 17th

    Bloem wines are available in South Africa at Makro stores
    nationwide and the United States at wine shops and restaurnats in New
    York and Virginia. Visit for tasting notes and a
    complete list of stockists in your area.

    For more information, please contact Kristopher Tillery
    E: T: +27.21.874.3844

  5. Babylonstoren, South Africa

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    If you are craving New World wines from the southern hemisphere, remember that the growing season is the opposite of up north: You will need to wait until March to experience a harvest in wine capitals like Argentina or Australia. The same goes for Babylonstoren in South Africa’s Drakenstein Valley. The well-preserved 320-year-old werf, or farmyard, is ideal for all-encompassing rural adventures, including walks amid chickens, scenic hikes or canoe trips across the farm’s dam.

    The year-old property harvested its first grapes last year and is now in the process of bottling its first wines, so guests here are able to taste what is not yet available anywhere else, like winemaker Charl Coetzee’s Chenin Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay. Rooms, from $350; Drakenstein Valley; 27-21/863-3852;