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Franschhoek’s Art Scene

Art Galleries & Sculpture Gardens in the French Corner In addition to being a hotspot for haute cuisine and fine wine, the Franschhoek Wine Valley is home to a thriving art scene. Art galleries and sculpture installations practically line Huguenot Street – Franschhoek’s main thoroughfare – while many of the valley’s wine estates maintain their […]

Grande Provence wins triple Gold at Michelangelo International Wine Awards

Grande Provence, the landmark heritage wine estate in Franschhoek, has won Gold medals for three signature wines at the 2019 Michelangelo International Wine & Spirits Awards. The Grande Provence Gold medalists are Sauvignon Blanc 2018, Chardonnay 2018 and Shiraz 2017.   The international judging panel comprising 28 prominent wine experts from 20 countries, sets the […]

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Franschhoek Wines To Try This Spring

Pair the warmer weather with these delicious spring wines Spring in the Cape is known for its unsettled weather. So much so that choosing a suitable wine can be a little tricky – it’s neither warm enough for a crisp Sauvignon Blanc nor cold enough for a heavy Bordeaux blend. Thankfully, the Franschhoek Wine Valley […]

IT’S TIME TO PAIR YOUR FOOD WITH YOUR WINE! (and not the other way around!)

Wikus Human is currently Head Sommelier at two of Johannesburg’s most popular restaurants – Marble and Saint. He was also one of the judges (and the only Gauteng-based one) of the highly anticipated Sommeliers Selection competition, the only local wine contest judged solely by a panel of South Africa’s best sommeliers and placed in categories fashioned around the […]

Wade Bales Cap Classique and Gin Affair Returns to Cape Town

Let’s meet at the beach and celebrate Summer in style at the Wade Bales Cap Classique & Gin Affair What happens when you mix over 70 of the best craft & international gins with more than 50 of the country’s finest Cap Classique’s and throw in a grand beach? The Wade Bales Cap Classique & Gin Affair! […]

THE GALLERY: A NEW ‘BLANK CANVAS’ EXHIBITION SPACE FOR SA TALENT

On September 26th on Val de Vie Estate, Cape Winelands, an exciting new gallery space was launched to create a literal blank canvas for creative South Africans. Gallery owner, collector and curator, Berdine Neethling, an avid supporter of the arts for many years, began planning the 190sq metre space 18 months ago. ‘This is one […]

PATRÓN PERFECTIONISTS TOP 6 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED 

Patrón is pleased to announce the TOP 6 finalists of the Patrón Perfectionists regional finals for South Africa. The regional final, scheduled to take place in Cape Town on 3 October, will showcase some of the country’s top talents in mixology and bartending. The brand, synonymous with craftsmanship is all about attention to detail and […]

Spring has Sprung! Franschhoek’s Beautiful Gardens and Green Spaces

  The weather in the Cape might have more violent mood swings than a hormonal teenager but one thing is for certain – spring has sprung! The wildflowers are beginning to bloom and all the gardens and green spaces around Franschhoek are looking lush, plump, and colourful from a thoroughly wet winter. With the birds […]

A unique farm experience for the whole family at the Groot Plaasproe

Roosterkoek, craft beer, skaapstertjies, wine, Wagyu burgers … all these delicacies and more await visitors to the “Groot Plaasproe” on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October 2019 on Sandringham Farm outside Stellenbosch. This award-winning farm experience, presented for the third year by the organisers of the SA Cheese Festival, offers the whole family a taste […]