Collaboration Dinner at The Werf Restaurant, Boschendal

Boschendal Wine Estate
Pniel Road
Groot Drakenstein, Western Cape 7680 South Africa

AITY Gallery Franschhoek presents: ASSUMPTION

Art in the Yard
Franschhoek 7690 South Africa
11:00 - 17:00

An event every day that begins at 11:00am, repeating until 26th August 2019

Artisanal Bread Workshop

Boschendal Wine Estate
Pniel Road
Groot Drakenstein, Western Cape 7680 South Africa
08:00 - 12:00

One event on 11th August 2019 at 08:00

Pasta Making and Italian Harvest Lunch at Grande Provence

Grande Provence Estate
Main Road
Franschhoek, 7690 South Africa

La Motte Evening of Vintage Wine & Venison

La Motte
Franschhoek 7690 South Africa

Raise a Glass at Mont Rochelle

Mont Rochelle
19:00 - 21:30

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Wednesday 21 August 2019

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Wednesday 21 August 2019

Argentinian Inspired Steak Nights at the Polo Club

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Thursday 22 August 2019

Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel’s Hot Winter Offers for South African Residents

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Inspiring SA Winemaking Women

In celebration of Womens Month, we pay tribute to some of the regions exceptional women in the wine industry

Over the past two decades, women have increasingly percolated into the wine industry and have shown that – when it comes to nose, knowledge, and palate – there isn’t a shred of difference between the sexes and we’re loving the vast array of wines being put forward by South Africa’s women winemakers.



Andrea Mullineux, Winemaker –Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines, Franschhoek

After studying Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis in California, and completing a handful of harvests in the Napa Valley, Andrea Mullineux returned to South Africa where she worked in Stellenbosch. Then at a wine festival in Champagne, France, she met Chris (her husband) and her love for South African wine and Chris brought her home where the pair learned that their compatibility extended into wine cellar. In 2014, Andrea was invited to join the Cape Winemakers Guild and in 2016 she was awarded International Winemaker of the Year by Wine Enthusiast. She also has a California brand, Fog Monster Wines.


Emma Bruwer-Le Lude Wine Estate, Franschhoek

Born and raised in Robertson, from where Le Lude sources a fair amount of their grapes, Emma Bruwer kicked off her career with a BSc in Winemaking at the University of Stellenbosch where she learned about a complex blend of chemistry, geology, oenology, and viticulture.


Irene Waller-La Bri Wine Estate, Franschhoek

Irene Waller originally trained as an accountant and then a teacher but was seduced away from her path in 1996 when she spent the ensuing five years travelling between Australia, South Africa, and Europe to gain wine experience. In 2001, she completed her BSC degree in Agriculture (Cum Laude) at the University of Stellenbosch.


Izele van Blerk-KWV, Paarl

KWV winemaker Izele van Blerk’s motto, “expect the unexpected”, both provides the stimulation she loves and keeps her on her toes in the winemaking business, where “no one wine will ever taste the same twice”. Through her responsibility for the KWV Classic Collection, a range of stylish and sophisticated wines reserved for the discerning wine drinker, this approach stands her in good stead. Izele has a BSc degree in Viticulture and Oenology from Stellenbosch and began working at KWV in 2009.


Lizelle Gerber & Danielle Jacobs-Boschendal Wine Estate

As the feisty woman behind the white and Méthode Cap Classique sparkling wines at Boschendal since 2008, Lizelle Gerber has established herself as one of the Cape’s hottest winemaking talents. She exploded onto the South African wine scene in 2000 during her tenure at Avontuur Estate, raking in an avalanche of awards and accolades for her wines, grabbing the attention of Boschendal.

Working side-by-side with assistant winemaker, Danielle Jacobs whose devotion to the profession is evident in this power team.


Jacoline Haasbroek- My Wyn Franschhoek Boutique Winery

Jacoline Haasbroek, AKA “My Wyn”,  started Franschhoek’s smallest cellar in 2001 when she decided to round off her Wine Diploma II by buying a ton of grapes and making her own wine. Jacoline wanted to see whether what she had learned on paper also worked in practice. Thanks to some excellent Shiraz grapes from La Motte estate in Franschhoek and the help of many knowledgeable friends, her first effort as winemaker was a success, delivering a delicious and much sought-after wine. Today, nine years later, Jacoline is the genius, the heart, and soul behind a range of small batch, hand-crafted wines, which are available for private tastings from her home.


Marozanne Bieldt, –Haut Espoir Franschhoek


Haut Espoir, meaning “high hope” in French, is a boutique wine estate and cellar in Franschhoek that has run under the stewardship of the Armstrong Family since 1999. Here, winemaker Marozanne Bieldt (previously assistant winemaker at Môreson) produces distinctive, focused, and impressive handcrafted wines that are in harmony with nature, using no fungicides, insecticides, or commercially bought fertilisers to grow the grapes. Marozanne brings with her an attention to detail and a deft touch that have paid off tremendously in the quality of Haut Espoir’s wines.





The Perfect Winter Antidote: 10 of Franschhoek’s finest indoor tasting rooms

When the weather outside is frightful, And the fire is so delightful,

The Franschhoek Wine Valley is carpeted – mountain range to mountain range – with wine estates with cosy, indoor tasting rooms. So, regardless of the weather, you can bliss out on wine tastings, cheese and charcuterie platters, and roaring fireplaces. Here is a selection of 10 of our favourites to try this winter season!

The Manor House at Boschendal 

+27 (0) 21 870 4237,


The historic Cape vernacular Manor House at Boschendal Wine Estate dates back to 1812 and is home to the estate’s premier wine tasting and pairing experiences. Join for wine and food tastings in the recently refurbished Manor House, where the history and antiques of the house pair beautifully with the estate’s wines. Signature experiences are presented from a private room and include a Historic Tasting of five wines representing the history of Boschendal and a Connoisseur Tasting of five limited release wines. Bookings are essential.

Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday, 10:00 – 17:00

Address: Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

La Motte Wine Estate

+27 (0) 876 8000,

La Motte’s completely redesigned and refurbished tasting room features a large fireplace for cosy winter tastings and is loved for its stylish and inviting ambiance. Seated at hand-made tasting tables, the tasting counter, or on comfortable sofas, visitors have an unimpeded view of the working maturation cellars through large glass panels. Tastings are enjoyed amidst original works of art by acclaimed South African artist Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, after whom La Motte’s Pierneef Collection of premium wines is named.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 09:00 – 17:00

Address: R45, Main Road, Franschhoek

La Petite Ferme

+27 (0) 21 876 3016,


A favourite destination for both local and international guests, La Petite Ferme offers exceptional cuisine, boutique wines, and top-notch hospitality synonymous with the Franschhoek valley. The restaurant also functions as a venue for wine tastings and with its country-chic atmosphere, fireplace, and spectacular views, you can taste your way through the estate’s wine range in luxurious comfort. And, while you’re there, why not indulge in Chef Kyle Norris’ homely, country style cuisine with a fresh contemporary touch? 

Opening Hours: Lunch: 12h00 – 15h00, Monday to Sunday | Dinner: 18:30 – 21:00 (Friday and Saturday only)

Address: Pass Road, Franschhoek

Le Lude

+27 (0) 21 100 3464,

Le Lude tasting room

Le Lude’s tasting room welcomes visitors in a classically beautiful environment that brings to mind a contemporary Parisian fine dining eatery. Using light and space to create a friendly, hospitable area with soft green panelling and expansive mirrors, the tasting room is as tasteful and stylish as Le Lude’s range of Cap Classique wines. Guests are seated at leather banquette seating where their range of artisanal Cap Classique wines can be sampled in a space that does justice to the cellarmaster’s craft. Also on offer is a concise, well-presented canapé menu. Please note that Le Lude will be closed for their annual winter break from 15thto 29thJuly 2019.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10:00 – 17:30 (closing at 18:00)

Address: Bowling Green Avenue, Lambrechts Road, Franschhoek

The Wine Studio on Leeu Estates

+27 21 492 2224,

Mullineux & Leeu wine studio

The Wine Studio on Leeu Estates offers a truly immersive wine experience in a beautiful building surrounded by manicured gardens. The tasting room is run by the Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines team, whose knowledgeable tasting room staff guide guests in the finer nuances of their premium handcrafted wines. In addition to wine tastings, of which there are three tutored tasting options to choose from (booking advised), this elegant venue can be reserved for exclusive private functions, catered for by Leeu Estates’ culinary team.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 09:30 – 17:30

Address: Leeu Estates, Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek

Maison Wine Estate

+27 (0) 21 876 2116,

Chefs Warehouse Maison Franschhoek

As well as being owner Chris Weylandt’s family home, hence the name Maison, which means “home”, this Franschhoek estate is also home to a range of award-winning wines, Chefs Warehouse at Maison (a widely known and loved fine dining restaurant), and a deli filled with fresh produce. The former farm-style cottage has been transformed into a new, dual-functioning tasting room with an inviting, rustic feel. Maison invites you in to sit back and relax with quality wines and spellbinding views of vineyards and mountains.

Opening Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10:00 – 16:00 | Sunday, 10:00 – 14:00

Address: R45, Main Road, Franschhoek

Mont Rochelle

+27 (0) 21 876 2770,

Mont Rochelle tasting room

At Mont Rochelle, wine tasting isn’t just a special event; it’s an everyday occurrence. Their Country Kitchen is open daily from 10:00 – 19:00 for wine tastings (and snacks, of course) of which they offer a handsome range of options. The tasting room is light and airy with a chic, contemporary feel and boasts a terrace with stunning views of Franschhoek. But, if the weather doesn’t allow for al fresco tasting and eating, it’s quite magical to sit inside and watch as the winter weather rolls into the valley.

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 – 19:00

Address: Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek

Old Road Wine Co.

+27 (0) 21 271 0379,


Tucked in between Franschhoek’s Old Main Road and railway line at the entrance to the town, Old Road Wine Company’s winery and restaurant is a colourful visual tribute to the artisans of the past. Restaurant curator and expert wine host Wilhelm Joubert is ready to welcome guests with unconventional wines and tastings in the stylish tasting room. You can also sit down to sundowner wines on the deck with a view of the Franschhoek Mountains while enjoying delicious contemporary cuisine under the creative watch of Chef Reimond van der Walt.

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00 – 21:00

Address: Old Road Wine Company, R45, Main Road, Franschhoek

Rupert & Rothschild Vignerons

+27 (0)21 874 1648,

Rupert & Rothschild-tasting-centre

The Tasting Centre at Rupert & Rothschild is inspired by the town’s South African and French heritage and offers a setting that is understated in elegance and embraced by beautiful, tranquil winelands scenery. In addition to the estate’s local wines and Extra Virgin Olive Oil, visitors can taste Champagne Barons de Rothschild from the Champagne Region in France, as well as a selection of imported wines from the exclusive Rothschild properties in France, Argentina, and New Zealand. So you can travel the world without leaving the room (and even in the winter weather!)

Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 – 16:30 | Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 – 16:00

Address: Klapmuts – Simondium Road, Simondium

Vrede en Lust

+27 (0) 21 874 1611,

Red-Ladies Vrede en Lust

Embark on a sensory journey of discovery when you take a seat at one of Vrede en Lust’s wine tasting experiences. With panoramic views of the Simonsberg Paarl mountains, and ample indoor seating, the estate’s professional and knowledgeable tasting ambassadors, better known as the Red Ladies, will guide you through their impressive range of white and red wines. To accompany your wine tasting, they offer a selection of Ploughmen’s or Cheese platters with freshly baked breads. Vrede en Lust also offers a wine and Lindt Chocolate pairing!

Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 17:00

Address: Intersection R45 and Simondium, Klapmuts Roads, Franschhoek Wine Route

Art in the Yard Franschhoek

Art in the Yard presents “Assumption”-a solo exhibition

03.08.2019 – 26.08.2019

An exhibition of works by Claire Denarie-Soffietti and Lerato Motau

  • Art in the Yard Gallery | The Yard, 38 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
  • Email| Phone +27 (0) 21 876 4280
  • Website
  • Contact person: Gita
  • Opening Friday 3 August 2019, 11:00
  • Exhibition runs from 3 August 2019 – 26 August 2019
  • Winter opening times 9:30 – 17:30, Monday – Sunday

About the exhibition

August is Women’s Month in South Africa, celebrating the strength and resilience of the women that came before us in building the foundations of this country. With Franschhoek’s French ties, we took inspiration for the title from Assumption Day, a celebration of the ascension of Mary, on 15 August this year in France.

Art in the Yard will be hosting a joint women’s exhibition titled Assumption, featuring two dynamic and unique artists: Claire Denarie-Soffietti and Lerato Motau, with the title alluding not only to the social pressures and assumptions women face, but also to the legend of the assumption of Mary – a story which is so symbolic of our society: a woman is “glorified” for her sacrifices, while she remains voiceless; a story so deeply embedded in much of Western Society that it still perpetuates the way the majority of women are expected to walk the earth to this day.

For centuries women have been burdened by social assumptions. To this day, stories of how assumptions about women affect women, are rife and indicate a problem yet to be solved, even with all the advancements we have made as a society.

With this exhibition we not only unpack and challenge the assumptions surrounding women, but we allow them sufficient space to be celebrated properly.

About the artists

Claire Denarie-Soffietti

Born and raised in Versaille, France, she was an autodidactic art student from the outset.

Claire has lived and exhibited in many different countries, from the Notorious “Sandy Lane” in Barbados with clients such as Pavarotti and Cliff Richards, to the creative streets of Chelsea New York city at Agora art gallery. Claire exhibited in Canada, Montreal, where she won first prize in “Best international emerging artist of 2013”.

Claire now resides in Cape Town with her architect husband and four children and has found success in both Cape Town and Johannesburg Galleries. Most recently Claire has been exhibiting at Walker Bay Art Gallery, Hermanus and at The Grand Beach Café, Granger Bay, Cape Town.  Both collectors and the media have loved her work, she was featured in Habitat magazine, on Top Billing, as well as House and Garden.

Denarie depicts quiet moments: serene portraits; a tranquil woodland path; a woman lounging on a chair. From Pink Elephants to Charlie Chaplin’s and Coco Chanels. However, the colours are more intense than in reality, while the compositions are so tightly framed that they become dynamic, and the portrait subjects never reveal all to the viewer. Soffietti’ figures have secrets, and hint at an interior world within the picture frame. It is her wonderfully palpable painting style and bold colour choice that makes the 2D picture world seem more real than our very own.

There is this element of distortion evident in her pieces. When asked whether this sensationalizes any particular personal interpretation of the world, and life, this artist always responds:

‘Nothing pleases me more than the grotesque of human nature! I don’t do pretty and I become colour-blind when it comes to pastels and sober colours’. Nature and human nature, for Denarie, are perfect and ought to remain untouched in its finished state. She allows herself to marvel, not to comprehend. The artist admits: ‘I paint to translate the absurdities of my mind, and stop when it fails to entertain me’.

Lerato Motau

‘Embroidery and particularly the act of stitching are important in my work, where each stitch is a symbolic journey. The materials that I use comprise mostly of fabric, and while many categorise my work as textile works I prefer to define my artmaking practice as Fibre Art. A description of many artworks would include forms of fabric joined to the canvas by stitches, and in some areas the form is created almost entirely from the stitches. I have also begun to introduce circular found objects (like metal earrings) and found patterns in fabric, into the artworks. The decision to collect and include them is informed by their aesthetic qualities. The details on the found fabric further dictate the added intervention. For example, a fabric containing stars, prompted the stitching of more abstract star shapes.

The concept of stars and planets were inspired by gifts brought from my children. My three year old daughter presented me with drawings with circles and I was assisting my nine year old with homework regarding the planets. The circular form has resonated with me. I am fascinated by the roundness and wholeness of this two dimensional shape, and the globe or orb as a three dimensional form. It reminds me of my own life circle and life cycle as I think of myself as a child, adult and later an elderly woman. This has resulted in a series of works that explore the circle as a shape and form in a universal, planetary context.

The simplicity of the designs are intentional. Forms like planets and stars are reduced to their most basic shape, which for me is a reminder of how these appeared to me as a child, and how my own children now see these concepts. The complexity of these ideas are not accessible to them, and I enjoy this innocence.

I love the brightness of luminous tones, where I refer to them as “mashangane colours”. Associations of bright colours as well as embroidery are related to Shangaan people, which is inherent in my own ancestry.

Other works have been inspired by Vilakazi Street in Soweto where I live. Text was embroidered onto a 30m piece of purple and yellow ribbon, which reads like a narrative of Vilakazi Street, chaptering different points of interest along the street. Visitors were invited to embroider symbols thus including the illiterate.

A long term project has been the Friendship Skirts, which are personalized skirts made with the individual characteristics of many of my female friends in mind. These skirts have been shown on a documentary in Beijing, and later worn as part of a fashion show in Johannesburg. This project has grown, where I have now been receiving requests from people to make skirts for them and I recently received had a request from a male client for a friendship shirt.’

Details about the gallery

  • Art in the Yard Gallery | The Yard, 38 Huguenot Street, Franschhoek
  • Email| Phone +27 (0) 21 876 4280
  • Contact person: Gita
  • Website
  • Exhibition runs from 3 August 2019 – 26 August 2019
  • Opening Friday 3 August 2019, 11:00
  • Winter opening times 9:30 – 17:30, Monday – Sunday