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All Roads lead to the Old Road Wine Co.
At the Old Road Wine Co. you’ll find a friendly fat man inviting you in for a delicious meal, a blacksmith with impeccable taste, a smous ready to assist you with whatever you may need, a postman taking you on a journey of discovery and a gentle Anemos breeze keeping you company while you peer across the magnificent Franschhoek Mountains.
Once inside, you’ll come across The Fat Man restaurant where you can indulge in contemporary cuisine and delicious flatbreads from Nonna, the wood-fired oven. The original Fat Man after whom the restaurant was named, used to be an institution at the local train station, where he would greet new and familiar faces with a friendly smile and interesting anecdote.
You’ll relish the view of the majestic Franschhoek Mountains from the Anemos deck, which takes its name from the Greek mythical origin of wind in reference to our very own South Easter.
If meticulous wine craftsmanship is what you’re after, visit the Anvil tasting room, a tribute to the once indispensable local blacksmith, who forged iron with his sledge and anvil over an open fire to create items that were both necessities and works of art.
At the 12 Mile wine bar, you’ll find our full selection of wines; the name a nod to the loyal perseverance of the postman of old. Not deterred by rain or shine, a 12-mile distance or fatigue, this messenger never faltered.
For something to take home, visit The Smous shop, named after the old characterful local trader who would travel far and wide with his trusty truck filled with provisions of every shape and kind.
At the Old Road Wine Co., we offer you experiences and stories that go beyond a winery and its vineyards.
The 2019 Cape Wine Auction appoints Raymond Ndlovu as Trust chairperson
Established in 2014, the Cape Wine Auction Trust was created to raise money for education in the South African winelands. This global showcase of South African wines is committed to changing people’s lives through the powerful tool of education – from cradle to career. The 2019 Cape Wine Auction has raised R14 625 million and has now amassed nearly R88 million since the first auction was held in 2014.
At a glamorous event held at Buitenverwachting in Constantia, it was announced that Raymond Ndlovu has been appointed as the new chairperson, replacing Wendy Appelbaum who remains a trustee.
The idea for the auction was conceived six years ago when Ratcliffe was inspired by a trip to Auction Napa Valley in the US, a wine auction with the mandate of subsidising health costs. The Cape Wine Auction – sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth – is regarded as one of the most significant international wine charity auctions ever conceived in South Africa, uniting the industry around a single goal of raising money for education.
Prominent wine aficionados from around the globe, hosted by South Africa’s iconic winemakers, are invited to make a serious difference in aid of charity when the bidding opens for once-in-a-lifetime offerings including rare wine collections as well as exclusive hand-selected local and international wine and gourmet, art and travel experiences.
Jazz on Fridays is back!
Finding the perfect venue to recapture this popular event was the first task in relaunching the legendary “Jazz Fridays” and Café des Arts ticked all the boxes. Situated in the Main Road opposite Woolworths you will find the alley to this breathtakingly beautiful venue under a canvas of massive trees. It is the place where the Franschhoekers can come together after a busy week every Friday at 17h30 and where the Franschhoek mainstays have their regular tables booked every week. Entrance is R250 per couple which includes a bottle of wine and awesome jazz.
The last Jazz on Fridays was held 7 years ago at La Fromagerie restaurant La Grange, before it closed due to redevelopment. For many years it was one of the best attended events Franschhoek has ever seen and it has created great excitement in the town due to its return.
Great jazz performed by the very popular Cape Dutch Connection with Franschhoek’s very own legend Derk Blaisse on piano. Joined by virtuoso Willie van Zyl on saxophone and double bass player Wesley Rustin who were there from the very beginning. Erika “Ella Fitxgerald” Lundi vocalist and Professor William Haubrich of UCT plays trumpet and trombone. The versatile Ivan Bell is on drums.
A diverse menu has been created for Jazz on Fridays to cater for everyone, including stands with oysters and other delicious offerings. Franschhoek is extremely excited to welcome Derk and The Cape Dutch Connection band back!