Category Archives: Franschhoek
A six cultivar Rhône-style blend kitted out in avante-garde attire
Ever-unfolding innovation and creativity, while maintaining the magic of a 200-year history, are synonymous with the picturesque Franschhoek wine and lifestyle estate, Rickety Bridge. Their distinctive Rhône-style blend, The Foundation Stone, mirrors this trend of novelty and originality with the 2011 vintage comprising a new blend of six Rhône-style cultivars adorned in a new, vividly imaginative label.
The Foundation Stone, named after the cornerstone of the original ‘rickety bridge’ which straddles the Franschhoek River, ushering one into the estate, boasts a highly acclaimed track record. The maiden 2008 vintage, a Shiraz Mourvèdre Grenache blend, attained an admirable four-star rating in the 2010 John Platter Wine Guide, while The 2010 Foundation Stone was named one of the Top 100 SA Wines for 2012, scooping, in addition, a Best Value award.
New label for a new blend
“As the only red blend in Rickety Bridge’s range of fine wines and a wine which our winemaker, Wynand Grobler, particularly enjoys making, we felt The Foundation Stone needed a creative new label to reflect Wynand’s innovative approach to this wine where the blend is constantly evolving. Fanakalo, a trio of talented young Stellenbosch-based designers who are making a name for themselves in the design world, came up with the perfect distinctive label for us, one that reflects modernity but with vintage nuances threaded throughout. Even the back label, with our Dodge truck forming part of the barcode, is unique. Rickety Bridge’s trademark colours of royal blue, gold and cream and key elements from our logo are evident, but combined with images of Wynand hard at work in the cellar, illustrating his hands-on commitment to this wine. We have decided to complement this wine with a Rhône-style white blend, due to the great potential shown for these wines in South Africa”, commented Rickety Bridge’s Managing Director, Jan van Huyssteen.
Vineyards and winemaking
Well manicured and settled low-yielding vineyards planted in decomposed granite soils with westerly facing slopes were identified in the Franschhoek, Swartland, Breede River, Elgin and Walker Bay areas to make this Mediterranean-style blend. The grapes were hand-picked and all six varietals were vinified and matured separately in small 225- and larger 500-litre French oak barrels for a total maturation time of 15 months and then blended for bottling.
Tasting notes and blend
The Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone 2011, a delicious blend of Shiraz (48%), Cinsaut (19%), Mourvèdre (15%), Grenache (9%), Tannat (5%) and Viognier (4%), is velvety smooth on the palate with succulent tannins and notes of white pepper, red fruit, chocolate and cherry tobacco on the nose.
Rickety Bridge’s charming winemaker, Wynand Grobler, continually experiments with the composition of this wine, tweaking it every year. “In 2009, Viognier was added to the original Shiraz Mourvèdre Grenache blend, while the 2010 vintage comprised a blend of Shiraz, Mourvèdre, Grenache, Tannat and Cinsaut, finally culminating in the addition of the full complement, with a six cultivar Rhône-style blend in 2011. The Cinsaut has opened the wine up with soft red berry fruit on the nose and finesse on the palate. The Tannat adds ageability with its great natural acidity and scrumptious tannins while the Viognier adds dark peachy spice on the nose and finish. It is an intriguing wine that over delivers on quality. It offers depth and is soft and accessible with potential to age for up to 5 years.”
Wynand Grobler’s suggested food pairing
The intriguing spiciness, myriad of nuances and intriguing combination of softness and depth make this wine a perfect accompaniment to ostrich or beef carpaccio, duck, venison or a conventional rump steak drizzled with pepper sauce.
The 2011 Rickety Bridge Foundation Stone is available nationally at leading restaurants and fine wine merchants, retailing at approximately R85.
When visiting Rickety Bridge today, one still crosses a bridge over the Franschhoek River to enter this picturesque sanctuary, this jewel in the vines, which offers far more than the conventional wine estate. Today this Franschhoek wine estate is home to a modern boutique-style winery, a ‘tasting room in the vines’, ‘Paulina’s’ à la carte restaurant, luxurious 4-star accommodation, a romantic wedding and function venue, a conference centre, a playground for children and a boules court.
Rickety Bridge is open seven days a week
Tel: 021 876 2129
Come dine with Plaisir de Merle cellar master, Niel Bester and share good company at the long table in the magnificent historic manor house, near Franschhoek.
A four-course gourmet meal with a glass of wine perfectly matched to each course by Niel. Coffee and truffles included to round off the perfect evening.
Date: Friday, May 31
Time: 18h30 for 19h00
Price inclusive of all wines: R350 per person
Make up a party of six and book as a group with your friends and stand a chance to stay in the manor house on the evening of the dinner with the exclusive use just for you and your guests. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast the next morning. Terms and conditions apply.
Winners will be announced on May 20 – so book early!
To book call Renee at Plaisir de Merle: 021 874 1071 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or see us on Facebook.
Special offer on selected wines on the evening.
The Wolftrap Steakhouse Championships has been a nationwide quest to find South Africa’s best steakhouse through public participation combined with expert judging – and now we have the final three.
Starting with the open round where the public nominated their favourites, nearly 200 establishments were named as contenders. The Top Five from this nomination round then joined an expert’s selection of award-winning steakhouses to go into the Play-Off Round in April where 14 steakhouses went head-to-head during personal visits by the Steakhouse Championships judges, led by well-known MasterChef SA judge Pete Goffe-Wood.
The standard of the last 14 was very high indeed and scores were tight – but now the tally is in and the Top Three can be announced!
The Top Three Steakhouses (in alphabetical order) are:
Carne SA (Cape Town)
Little Havana (Umhlanga Rocks)
The Local Grill (Parktown North)
A hearty congratulations to the final three – but it’s not over… these Top Three restaurants will again go head-to-head in “The Steak-Off” – a steak show-down over three consecutive days in early May – with the victor emerging with the bragging rights of being South Africa’s Steakhouse Champion for 2013.
The Steak-Off Dates:
• The Local Grill (Parktown North): Wednesday 1st May at 12h30
• Little Havana (Umhlanga Rocks): Thursday 2nd May at 12h30
• Carne SA (Cape Town): Friday 3rd May at 19h00
The winner will be announced at an Awards Function in Cape Town on the 8th May.
Steak is a South African passion and the steakhouse is by far our favourite national restaurant. It’s been nearly a decade since we last had a steakhouse champion and The Wolftrap – steak’s ideal partner – is excited to take on the challenge of identifying the ultimate house of steaks.
You can participate today, by visiting votesteak.co.za or go to SteakHunter on Facebook. There are cases of The Wolftrap wine to be won – and for one lucky individual a prize of The Wolftrap wine for a whole year!
Did you miss out on the first Franschhoek Mystery Weelend?
Well here’s the good news! Join us over the weekend of 7 – 9 June in Franschhoek, the vavavoom capital of the winelands, for the next in our series of Mystery Weekends.
Our dynamite Winter Mystery Weekends are heating up the winelands. For just R2 340 per couple, for the whole weekend, you’ll experience the best our little village has to offer.
How the Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Works:
We – Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek adventures and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you. How awesome!
Every Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:
• Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s
excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
• A meal voucher (for two) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine
• Two breakfasts (for two );
• Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
• A discount voucher (per couple) to use at the participating
Franschhoek retail outlet;
• Two different wine tastings (per couple), each taking place at an award-winning
participating Franschhoek wine farm;
• One other surprise Franschhoek experience (per couple).
It’s time to bid au revoir to winter and ‘allo Franschhoek. It’s time for more sizzle and less drizzle! Book your Mystery Weekend in Franschhoek today.
For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Kleinschmidt on email@example.com.
P.S. Why not include the Franschhoek Cap Classique Route or the new Franschhoek Artisan Food Route as part of your weekend journey of discovery. Tailor-make your trip and take the concept of a bespoke food and wine experience to a new level.
Terms And Conditions:
Rates are for two persons sharing per weekend, no singles
Non Refundable and/or transferrable Deposit
Children 12+ welcome paying full rate
The International Wine Education Centre is delighted to announce the first ever stand-alone general spirits courses starting in Stellenbosch in May.
The UK-based Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET) teaches internationally-recognised wine and spirit qualifications which are the industry-standard in 60 countries around the world. WSET has been educating people about wine and spirits since 1969 and more than 43,000 people, studying in 16 different languages sat a WSET exam in the last academic year alone.
The WSET Level 2 Award in Spirits underpins the skills needed in all areas of the spirit trade – customer service, hospitality, retail and wholesale.
The course covers the history, production and style of spirits of the world: Cognac, Armagnac and other brandies; Scotch, Bourbon and other whiskeys; white spirits, including vodka, rum, Tequila, gin; and liqueurs and other flavoured spirits. Tasting is part of every session with around 40 local and international spirits tasted over the duration of the course.
The first course in South Africa will take place at Van Ryn’s Distillery in Stellenbosch and will be lectured by spirits aficionado Dave Hughes and artisan distiller Roger Jorgensen. The course will last 6 weeks with a multiple-choice exam at the end.
Who is it aimed at?
• People employed in the spirits industry needing information on the characteristics of the principal spirits and liqueurs of the world, to provide guidance on brand selection and assist with tasting and evaluating of spirits and liqueurs using the Systematic Approach to Tasting.
• People who are not employed in the drinks industry, but who have a serious interest in spirits and wish to broaden their knowledge in a fun, informative yet structured way.
• People studying for wine qualifications and who would like a structured spirits course to support those qualifications.
There are limited places available for this course, so for more information, please go to www.thewinecentre.co.za . For more information about future courses in Stellenbosch, Cape Town and elsewhere, please contact Cathy Marston on firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Code L2SWL0513
Location Van Ryn’s Distillery, Stellenbosch
Date & Time Wednesdays from 22 May – 26th June, 6.30pm- 8.30pm (6 weeks, 2 hours/week)
Exam Wednesday 3rd July, 6.30pm
Cost R4,990 per person
Includes All tuition, all course material, exam, tasting of at least 40 local and international spirits and a lapel pin & certificate for successful candidates.
Holden Manz, the magnificent boutique wine estate in the Franschhoek valley, has launched its first white wine – a vibrant, palate pleasing 2012 Chardonnay.
The Holden Manz Chardonnay 2012 is a welcome newcomer to this relatively young wine estate which has already made its mark as a formidable red wine producer.
Teeming with pronounced citrus fruit on the nose, this Chardonnay with its naturally fresh mineral and crisp palate, rewards with a lingering aftertaste.
Winemaker Schalk Opperman, who joined Holden Manz in 2011, achieved exactly what he set out to do with Holden Manz’s first white wine, by crafting a Chardonnay in a more accessible, mineral and less wooded style than the Chardonnays South Africans have become accustomed to.
He selected grapes from cool Elgin vineyards for his Chardonnay and used both new and old French Oak barrels in equal parts for fermentation. The wine was left to mature in the same barrels for a further 10 months with a small portion undergoing malolactic fermentation. This measured approach to oak contact coupled with careful stirring of the lees ensured optimal mid palate development. The result is a Chardonnay in a crisper style with just enough buttery fullness without being too rich or portly on the palate.
“Our 2012 Chardonnay is an excellent choice with salmon, seafood and poultry. I would definitely recommend enjoying it with friends on sunny afternoons,” says Schalk.
Holden Manz Chardonnay 2012 sells for R160 at the cellar door but stocks are limited as only 3 000 bottles have been produced of the maiden vintage. So don’t wait too long to pop in for a tasting at this Franschhoek boutique estate.
· The Holden Manz tasting room is open daily from 10h00 to 17h00. Holden Manz Wine Estate offers a spectacular setting for weddings. For more information or bookings, phone 021-876 2738. Visit Holden Manz on Facebook, www.holdenmanz.com or follow @HoldenManz on Twitter. To reach Holden Manz, turn right at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek and follow the signs for two kilometres. GPS coordinates: Latitude: 33° 56’ 7” S; Longitude: 19° 6’ 54” E.
14 – 16 June 2013
“A meal without wine is like a day without sunshine.”
Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, ‘The Physiology of Taste’ (1825)
Regarded as South Africa’s culinary capital, visitors can once again look forward to reawakening their taste sensations as the award-winning Franschhoek Wine Valley prepares for the annual Cook Franschhoek. The interactive hands on demonstration kitchens, presented by some of the Valley’s highly acclaimed chefs and winemakers, takes place over the weekend of 14, 15 and 16 June.
The demonstrations will take place throughout the weekend, allowing guests the opportunity to not only interact with the chefs and winemakers but also master the art of intricate dishes. With the focus on exclusivity, each demonstration will range from 8 to 30 people, and costs will differ by establishment. This year visitors can choose to attend demonstrations offering a beautifully prepared and paired meal and wine as part of the offering, or simply a stand-alone demonstration. This allows visitors the opportunity to attend more than one demonstration during the course of the weekend, ensuring a memorable experience.
Booking for all demonstrations is essential and can be done via www.webtickets.co.za.
Make a weekend of your experience and book into one of Franschhoek’s splendid accommodation establishments, ranging from the finest bed and breakfasts, to luxurious boutique hotels, all nestled in a picturesque and safe environment. This should also afford you ample time for a leisurely stroll down the main road, uncovering world-class shops and boutiques, allowing for an intimate and relaxed shopping expedition.
For a detailed programme on Cook Franschhoek visit www.cookfranschhoek.co.za or contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861. Follow us on Twitter at @fhkcook.
New developments at the home of Anthonij Rupert Wyne, one of South Africa’s renowned wine producers, have invigorated this destination for wine lovers near Franschhoek. The owner of renowned L’Ormarins and Anthonij Rupert labels, Anthonij Rupert Wyne is also the brainchild behind the South Africa’s Old Vines initiative to preserve wine industry heritage.
The acquisition in February 2011 of land adjoining L’Ormarins heralded a new phase in the long history of Anthonij Rupert Wyne. Following the addition of 452ha of land, including 72ha of vineyards, cellars, a manor house and other facilities, a luxurious, multi-level tasting room, antipasto bar and gourmet emporium to showcase Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo range was completed at the end of last year.
On its heels, the new Anthonij Rupert tasting room has just opened its doors, welcoming visitors to one of the Drakenstein valley’s most splendorous wine farms. “The public has had very limited access to the farms up to now. The work done since the incorporation of the neighbouring property and ensuing developments, have made facilities truly ready for display,” says Anthonij Rupert Wyne MD Gary Baumgarten.
There are five ranges in the Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio, of which Anthonij Rupert is the flagship. L’Ormarins is the home its MCC wine; Terra Del Capo houses its Italian varietals; Protea, designed for earlier enjoyment; and, Cape of Good Hope, an exciting range made from some of the oldest South African vines.
Cape of Good Hope comprises terroir-specific wines created in recognition of the South Africa’s 350-year-old vinous heritage. Their first vintage was launched in 2011, the result of the Old Vines Initiative. This initiative was launched seven years ago by Johann Rupert, who took on the wine mantle of the Rupert family following the untimely death of his brother and renowned winemaker Anthonij, in 2001.
The Old Vines Initiative is regarded has a valuable contribution to the protection of South African heritage and mirrors the Rupert family’s contributions in the preservation in other fields such as iconic art and architecture.
It was in 2006 that Johann Rupert initiated the search for all vineyards in South Africa older than 40 years. The objective of the project is to encourage farmers to keep these vineyards, or pieces of history, in the ground by offering the farmers a premium for their fruit. Although the yield per hectare becomes lower with age, the quality of the fruit increases drastically and the wines offer more complexity and structure. In the past, grapes from surviving old vines were simply added to a blend without distinction. The Cape of Good Hope range strives to vinify these old blocks separately and attempts to express the terroir of the vineyard through the vine.
The greatest portion of old vines was tracked down through VinPro and SAWIS archives by viticulturist, Rosa Kruger, who was at L’Ormarins when this project was conceived. Chris Loubser and Johan Nel, farm managers at L’Ormarins and Riebeeksrivier respectively, also sourced some of these vineyards.
Over 100 vineyards older than 40 years have been tracked down over the years.
It is thanks to this effort that the initiative has seen wines produced from bushvine Semillon planted in the Citrusdal mountain in 1950 on the farm now owned by Henk Laing; bushvine Pinotage planted on top of the Paardeberg Mountain in 1956 on the farm now owned by Stefan Basson; bushvine Chenin blanc planted in the Citrusdal mountain in 1964 on farms now owned by Bassie van Lill of Arbeidsend and Jozua Visser of Oudam; and, Hanepoot planted in Breedekloof in 1882 on a farm owned today by Neels Boonzaaier.
The tale of how each vine was located is fascinating in itself considering the very limited written historical record. Johan Nel tells for example of one small vine block flourishing in a remote wasteland thanks to roots that burrowed over decades deep into the earth; bush vines the size of trees; and tell-tale vine arrangements planted in the higgledy-piggledy fashion of early farmers.
These vines, the oldest of which date back to 1882, survived the tempestuous and most exciting years that created South Africa’s wine industry today. Among them, there was Phylloxera in 1886, and the birth of the powerful KWV in 1918; the development of Pinotage in the late 1920s and emergence of Wine of Origin in legislation in 1970s.
Intimately linked to this historical procession was the arrival in 1694 of Jean Roi in the Drakenstein. As the first owner of L’Ormarins – the modern-day home of Anthonij Rupert Wyne – he planted 4 000 vines. In 1799 a cellar was built on the farm followed by a manor house in 1811 – both were restored in 1984.
The late Dr Anton Rupert acquired L’Ormarins in 1969. He is remembered as an industrialist, but he was a formidable contributor to the South African wine and liquor industry through among others ownership of L’Ormarins and La Motte; and, business interests in Stellenbosch Farmers Winery and Distillers Corporation, the forerunners of South African wine and liquor giant Distell.
L’Ormarins has always been the home of Anthonij Rupert Wyne, but gives its name to the L’Ormarins Méthode Cap Classique wine too. This is a premium Brut MCC NV, the brainchild of the late Anthonij Rupert who dedicated much of his time in creating the perfect MCC for L’Ormarins. After his untimely passing, Johann Rupert took up the pursuit of this vision.
The Anthonij Rupert Wyne flagship range is bottled under the name Anthonij Rupert and its first vintage was released in 2009 with the Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Syrah of the 2005 vintage all scoring 90+ in Wine Spectator. The state-of-the-art cellar, with revolving ceiling and underground barrel cellar, in which they are made was completed in 2005 and erected in memory of Anthonij Rupert.
The range of Italian varietal wines, Terra del Capo, was conceived by Anthonij Rupert in 1997. A year later Terra Del Capo wines were produced in at Rupert and Rothschild, moving to L’Ormarins at the turn of the millennium.
The Anthonij Rupert Wyne portfolio is completed with Protea, a collection of wines dedicated to the diversity of varietal character.
Along with the recently enlarged L’Ormarins estate, Anthonij Rupert Wyne includes the Altima, Riebeeksrivier and Rooderust farms.
Altima, situated near Villiersdorp, was bought in 2008. Altima lies in the Elandskloof, an isolated valley surrounded by a steep mountain range.
During winter these mountains are typically covered with snow and the highest vineyards occasionally too. The climate is continental due to the huge difference in temperature between day and night, and is ideal for grape vine development.
Riebeeksrivier on the slopes of the Kasteelberg overlooks the Swartland. The farm’s history dates back to the early 1700s although it first vineyards were only planted in 1972. Old Chenin blanc vines planted in the late 1980s and Cinsaut planted in the early to mid 1990s still produce a good quality crop. The Rupert family acquired the farm in 2007, specifically for the production of high quality Rhône cultivars.
Rooderust farm has approximately 120ha under vines on even land and is situated in the Darling area, 13km from the Atlantic Ocean. It was bought in 1998 and produces a consistently high quality crop thanks to the low rainfall and sea breezes during summer.
As for L’Ormarins, the farm has a combination of both low-lying land as well as moderate to steep slopes. The vineyards are mainly planted on the slopes of the Groot Drakenstein Mountains where the granite soils produce robust, expressive wines. Some of the vineyards have also been planted more densely to give true expression to the terroir, using vertical pruning systems and the typical échalas style of the Rhône region in France.
The neighbouring property that formerly belonged to Graham Beck Wines has been integrated. Most of the vineyards were uprooted and only the Chardonnay and Pinot noir blocks were left as these grapes will be used for MCC production.
Also situated at L’Ormarins is the Drakenstein Stud, home of champions including Trippi and Horse Chestnut; and, the renowned Franschhoek Motor Museum, which remains a prominent destination for motoring enthusiasts.
• Terra del Capo Tasting Room is open Tuesdays to Sundays 10h00 to 16h30. Anthonij Rupert Tasting Room is open Mondays to Saturdays 10h00 to 16h30. Both are closed on Good Friday and Christmas day. For further information, call 021 874 9004 or email email@example.com.
If you haven’t yet registered to run in the fourth annual Delta Draf to be held on Saturday 13 April 2013 on Solms-Delta wine estate near Franschhoek, it’s not too late.
Organised by the Dwars River Valley Athletics Club, this 10km off-road race and 5km fun run rates as one of the most scenic on the running calendar. It follows a route through working vineyards and along the banks of the Dwars river, set against the backdrop of the majestic Groot and Klein Drakenstein mountains.
Medals are awarded to all finishers and there will be fun spot prizes. Live Cape rural music from the farm bands will play you on your way, adding to the country atmosphere of this wonderful race that is in accordance with the rules of ASA & BA.
Time: 08h00 road race, 08h15 fun run. To register go to www.enteronline.co.za before 11 April 2013, or enter on race day from 06h00 – 07h45.
Enquiries: Nolan 072 785 6529. Solms-Delta 021-874 3937 Ext 135.
Thursday, 18 April, 19h00, Franschhoek Kitchen, Holden Manz Wine Estate, Franschhoek
Warm up for the cooler weather and book your seat for the next Holden Manz winemakers’ dinner at the Franschhoek Kitchen on Thursday, 18 April at 19h00.
Joined by fellow Franschhoek estates Lynx, Stony Brook Vineyards and Haut Espoir, the evening promises pure gourmet pleasure, with each dish prepared by Executive Chef Maryna Frederiksen paired with fine wines, including the newly launched Holden Manz Chardonnay 2012.
The winemakers’ dinner on Thursday, 18 April at 19h00 costs R400 per person. For bookings, call 021-8762729 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Holden Manz tasting room is open daily from 10h00 to 17h00. Holden Manz Wine Estate offers a spectacular setting for weddings. For more information or bookings, phone 021-876 2738. Visit Holden Manz on Facebook, www.holdenmanz.com or follow @HoldenManz on Twitter. To reach Holden Manz, turn right at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek and follow the signs for two kilometres. GPS coordinates: Latitude: 33° 56’ 7” S; Longitude: 19° 6’ 54” E.
Visitors to Anthonij Rupert Wines in Franschhoek can look forward to not one but two exquisite tasting rooms. The Terra del Capo Tasting Room, situated at the entrance to the property, was designed to showcase the company’s Italian-inspired Terra del Capo range. Wine aficionados can enjoy bespoke wine tasting experiences of the Cape of Good Hope and Anthonij Rupert Wine ranges in the original Manor House on the farm, restored to its former glory and now home of the Anthonij Rupert Wines Tasting Room.
The Terra del Capo range, described as a delightful, refined range of food-friendly wines, was originally developed by the late Anthonij Rupert, who not only believed that South African soils were well suited to growing Italian grape varietals but also had a love for Italy and the natural synergy between good food and wine.
Drawing on Franschhoek’s reputation for breathtaking scenery, award-winning wines and local produce-driven cuisine, the Terra del Capo tasting venue is informed by all the good things in life – what the Italians refer to as la dolce vita, or ‘the sweet life’ – and is set to transform wine tasting and food pairings into a relaxed, indulgent experience in elegant surroundings.
Glamorously refashioned by interior designer, Francois du Plessis Interiors, the venue invites complete relaxation and pure pleasure. Guests have a bird’s eye view of the activity in the bottling line through a glass wall, as well as panoramic views of the vineyards and mountains. A spacious counter for formal tastings is the focal point of the mezzanine-level tasting room, while intimate lounge areas to either side of this are ideal for wine tasting in a more leisurely, conversational style.
Situated below the tasting room is an antipasto bar, perfect for a quick lunch of freshly prepared local ingredients while lingering over a flight of wines or one perfect glass of wine. At the bar guests are treated to a daily spread of authentic and traditional antipasti plates, each reflecting the very best of locally sourced and artisanal ingredients from the Franschhoek Valley and surrounding Winelands, with the natural emphasis on fresh, organically grown vegetables, including aubergine, zucchini, bell peppers, artichokes and ripe tomatoes. Handmade farm cheeses and charcuterie, marinated olives and rustic artisan breads complete the picture.
The Manor House, home to the Cape of Good Hope and Anthonij Rupert Wine ranges, features beautiful wooden beam ceilings, yellow wood floors and spacious areas for entertaining, furnished throughout in the style of the mid-nineteenth century in the Cape. Well-known interior designer Graham Viney was commissioned for this project as he is renowned for favouring the Cape Heritage style. The rooms all feature carefully sourced items which include marble fireplaces, several antique furniture pieces as well as a beautiful collection of art depicting landscapes of the Cape during that period.
The front rooms lead out onto a veranda with breathtaking views of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, whilst the back porch displays views of the beautifully landscaped back garden with vistas onto the rose garden and the Groot Drakenstein Mountains. A carefully selected herb garden, showcasing some of the country’s best culinary and medicinal herbs, is situated to the side of the house.
The opening of these venues follows the acquisition last year of the farm bordering L’Ormarins – the original home of Anthonij Rupert Wines. The farm, formerly owned by Graham Beck Wines, is an ideal location for the new tasting facilities as it is easily accessible off the R45 route that leads into Franschhoek and is well suited to individuals and larger groups. It forms part of an existing complex that includes impressive red and white wine cellars and an extensive bottling plant.
For further information, please call 021 874-9004 or email email@example.com
Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) producing areas, the Franschhoek Wine Valley has relaunched its MCC route, adding a few more producers to its already celebrated line up. The Valley, renowned for producing outstanding Méthode Cap Classiques, has a total of 18 producers, which includes newcomers Grande Provence, Plaisir de Merle and La Motte.
Franschhoek has been challenging other wine-producing areas in South Africa, with great strides in quality in recent years, and is proud to have many of the most innovative and progressive producers in the country among its wineries. The winemakers responsible for producing these superb MCC’s range from Old World to New World thinking, resulting in a diverse range of wines.
The relaunched route extends from Backsberg all the way through to Franschhoek Pass Winery, the home of Morena, giving visitors to the area an all round experience of what Franschhoek has to offer. To ensure that visitors are kept up to date with what’s happening in the Valley Brand Franschhoek has launched its unique series of QR codes. These codes afford visitors immediate access to interesting Franschhoek information, ranging from the route, food, wine, lifestyle and so much more.
‘We’re thrilled with the new additions to our Franschhoek Cap Classique Route, allowing us the opportunity to offer our visitors so much more, making it worth their while to turn a day visit into an overnight or weekend experience,’ says Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO Jenny Prinsloo.
For more information on the route visit www.franschhoek.org.za.