Posted by Carmen Arendse on 02 December 2019 9:05 AM CAT
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.
Posted by Carmen Arendse on 30 November 2019 12:45 PM CAT
Virgin Limited Edition’s South African Hotel & Mountain Vineyard Mont Rochelle, is thrilled to announce the appointment of Arek Witaszek as its new Executive Head Chef.
Arek joins the team at Mont Rochelle after holding the position of Executive Head Chef at the award-winning five-star Relais and Chateaux property – Asara Wine Estate & Hotel in Stellenbosch. Arek hopes to bring his passion for combining South African dishes with a twist of European classic cuisine to the kitchen at Mont Rochelle.
Posted by Carmen Arendse on 27 November 2019 7:25 AM CAT
Every year the Franschhoek Village Market spoil visitors to the Cape Winelands with a 3-day Christmas Market. This is the place where locals and hundreds of holiday makers spend a day under the historic oak trees located in the old church gardens. On the menu are affordable artisan foods paired with the best wines and craft beer from the Franschhoek area. Quality handcrafted goods are also on offer. Bring along the whole family as there is a play area for the kids and furry friends are welcome (on a leash).
This Christmas market has been voted the 39th best Christmas Market in the world by Big 7 Travel!
Posted by Carmen Arendse on 22 November 2019 9:55 AM CAT
HAUTE CABRIÈRE, with its iconic setting on the scenic Franschhoek Pass, has been woven into the fabric of wine lovers, both locally and abroad.
Today, 25 years since the von Arnim family launched the iconic Haute Cabrière cellar, the winery has transformed into a world-class space for visitors to immerse themselves in the culture established by proprietor Achim von Arnim. The newly renovated space makes Haute Cabrière the ultimate belle femme of the Franschhoek Valley.
The renovation journey was aimed at building on the past 25 years, and setting the scene for the next.
Make your way to the NG Church Evening market on the 22nd of November. For more details contact the NG Church on Tel. 021-876-2431.
The list of nominees for the hotly contested 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards has been released, and six Franschhoek establishments have been included in the list of 30 finalists.
The Franschhoek restaurants to secure a spot are the following:
- Chefs Warehouse at Maison
- La Petite Colombe
- Le Coin Français
- Pierneef à La Motte
- The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal
Leeu Estates now allow guests to fully immerse themselves in the Leeu Collection lifestyle with their exciting Half-Day Experience Package, which includes a guided Garden & Art tour on their 5-Star flagship property, a Signature Wine Tasting at one of the top 100 wineries in the world, The Wine Studio, and a dining experience at the brand new Le chêne, situated in The Manor House.
Summer’s here and the festive season is around the corner. With the onset of the holiday period everyone seems ready for winding down and discovering something new to kickstart the silly season. Although Franschhoek has an array of firmly established food, wine, accommodation and retail offerings, the valley is also kept on its toes with a selection of fabulous new experiences awaiting your arrival.
Posted by Carmen Arendse on 05 November 2019 3:05 PM CAT
Embraced by the glory of the Cape Winelands, Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa has cultivated a resounding reputation for delivering holistic wellness services that are a blend of art and science, and high-tech and high-touch in a luxurious sanctuary. But it’s not just the opinion of guests that has painted such a glowing picture of this wellness retreat. Santé has just scooped up four incredibly prestigious awards this year, which officially recognize its exceptional caliber of service excellence.