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Wine and Food



Franschhoek is regarded as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa based on the number of world class restaurants we have in our very tiny village. Many of our vineyards have stunning restaurants offering amazing plates of food to their visitors to enhance their winelands experience. 


Did you know you can enjoy game viewing while wine tasting in Franschhoek?  It's true, and an excellent way to enjoy our offering.

Below is a comprehensive list of all things wine an food with tours, tastings and pairings galore.

Food & Wine Experiences

Food and wine, the perfect friends

WINE ESTATE TOURS

by Franschhoek Adventures
This bespoke tour takes you to 4 wine estates in and around Franschhoek to experience the best our valley has to offer.

Most estates open at 10am and you may choose 4 of the Estates you have always wanted to visit.  Whether you prefer whites, red, rose or bubbly, Franschhoek has it all.  The estates have beautiful tasting rooms with stunning views and many offer fabulous and unique pairings. 

What better way to enjoy the fruit of the gods.

RATE:  R 1 350.00 per person including all tastings.

The Food & Wine Experiences listed below are also available as an Add-On to this tour but the costs thereof are for your own account.  Please enquire regarding availability at time of booking this tour.
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SA TABLE

at Leopards Leap
Sharing the diversity that is South African food, the Leopard’s Leap South African Table presents guests with the opportunity to taste authentic South African dishes and to learn more about the food heritage while sharing a meal.

A nibble platter will welcome guests at the table, followed by a three-course meal celebrating the typical dishes, ingredients and wine that make out part of South Africa’s rich culinary tradition.

Spend a relaxed hour of food and wine conversations around the generous kitchen table, with Chef Pieter de Jager or Chef Christiaan Visser preparing the food and sharing the stories and history of the dishes. A well-informed Wine Tasting Ambassador will join the meal to introduce guests to Leopard’s Leap wines and their unique South African attributes.

The South African Table takes place every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 13:00 – 14:00.

The cost for the South African Table is R 335 per person.

No refunds will be given if cancellation is less than 48 hours prior to the South African Table.
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FAMILY TABLE SUNDAY LUNCH

at Leopards Leap
The inviting Family Table is the ideal way to celebrate special occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, family get-togethers or feasts with friends. Available on Sundays for groups of 10 to 20 (for exclusivity) or as a communal table, the Family Table has a dedicated waiter to ensure a hassle-free day and full wine glasses. Those who enjoy sharing a meal in a vibey food and wine environment will enjoy the generous platters from the Harvest table, succulent selection of meats from the Rotisserie as well as an array of tempting desserts.

R395 per person, excludes beverages and 10% service charge.
Reservations should be made in advance
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COOKING DEMONSTRATIONS

at Leopards Leap
Cooking Demonstrations are presented in the Leopard’s Leap Kitchen, accommodating up to 20 people per demonstration. Large-screen television sets give a clear picture of the chef’s instructions and techniques, while each person receives printed recipes to apply their newly acquired cooking skills at home. Duration is approximately two and a half hours per class.

Demonstrations are followed by dinner. The meal is complemented by Leopard’s Leap wines best suited to the food prepared, as selected by Leopard’s Leap Cellarmaster, Eugene van Zyl.

Customised Cooking Demonstrations are arranged for special celebrations, family get-togethers and corporate team-building events. A minimum of fifteen guests is required for customised cooking demonstrations.

Cooking Demonstrations cost R550 per person.
Reservations should be made in advance 
No refunds will be given if cancellation is less than 48 hours prior to the Cooking Demonstration.
No children under the age of 18 allowed.
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FOOD & WINE PAIRING

at La Motte Wine Estate
A well-informed Wine Ambassador guides guests through an educational and entertaining food and wine pairing. Food is presented as a modern interpretation of heritage cuisine and the restaurant team works closely with Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche in creating cuisine to beautifully complement the estate’s wines.

The delicately plated tasters beautifully complement the elegant environment, but still represent flavours and tastes we experience every day and will guide guests towards more reliable future food and wine selections, with reference to weight and intensity, as well as the influence of the primary taste sensations. Strictly by appointment only.

Friday at 10:00.

Prior reservation – at least two days in advance – with upfront payment is essential.

Closed on Christian religious holidays. Available to groups of 2 to 15.

Please note that La Motte requires photo identification (Passport, Identity card/document or Driver’s licence) for security check-in.

The La Motte Wine and Food Tasting has been carefully designed combining the expertise of La Motte Cellarmaster, Edmund Terblanche and Pierneef à La Motte’s Chef Eric Bulpitt. Please note that although we try our very best to accommodate dietary requirements and allergies, amending the food to suit such requirements might affect the ideal, intended pairing. If there are, however, any dietary requirements, please confirm on reservation to ensure timeous preparation.

Cost R295 per person.
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FOOD & WINE PAIRING

at Rupert & Rothschild Vingerons
Rupert & Rothschild Vingerons offer you a superb seasonal menu with Wine Pairing.

Dedicated to offering a memorable fine dining experience, the seasonal menu offers uniquely created dishes drawing inspiration from quality local produce in our surrounding area. Experience attention to detail in every dish together with a recommended wine pairing to enhance the superb flavours.

Available daily
Cost R495.00 per person
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CELLAR AND VINEYARD TOURS

at Chamonix Wine Farm
Cape Chamonix Wine Farm once formed part of the Huguenot Estate, La Cotte, which was granted in 1688 and still boasts the highest planted vineyards in the Cape. Once the Pickering family took ownership in 1965, they changed the farm’s name, ‘Waterval’ to ‘Chamonix’ which reminded them of the beautiful French Village. A neighbouring farm, Uitkyk was bought and the homestead converted into the French-Style restaurant La Maison de Chamonix.

Cape Chamonix is more than just a wine farm and also produces fruit to export, German-style schnapps, Chamonix Grappa, and Chamonix spring water which is bottled from crystalline mountain water. Bar mixers and various spring waters are bottled from the spring. Winemaker Gottfried Mocke brings a wealth of knowledge in viticulture and experience from time spent working in Germany, Oregon and Provence.

On the lower slopes of the old Uitkyk farm, an underground wine cellar was constructed and connects to the cosy tasting room built at the end of the 18th century and dubbed the ‘ Blacksmith’s Cottage’. Book an underground cellar tour or just visit for a wine tasting.
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FOOD & WINE PAIRINGS

Many of the wine estates in the valley offer unique and delicious food and wine (and beer) parings. these are generally small tastings and not whole meals as listed above.  Some of what is on offer is as follows:

La Bri:  Biltong, Chocolate or Turkish Delight
La Couronne:  Pizza or Braai
Rickety Bridge:  Panna Cotta
Le Lude:  MCC and canapes
The Franschhoek Beer Co:  Beer and canapes
Topiary Wine Farm:  Someting sweet

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THE CHOCOLATE EXPERIENCE

by Huguenot Chocolates
Who can resist chocolate!  
We all know chocolate is the food of love and it pairs so beautifully with bubbly and red wine.  In Franschhoek, we have our very own Chocolatiers creating the most sublime chocolates from fine Belgian Chocolate.  

To learn more about this delightful deliciousness, join us for a half hour program, outlining the story of chocolate, a chocolate tasting and a demonstration of how chocolates are made.

Daily at 11h00 and again at 15h00. Guests receive a two-pack of chocolates.

Cost:  R50 per person
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PICNICS

El Fresco dining
Spring is almost upon us and summer days ahead will be warm and inviting.  El fresco dining is in and picnics are the way to go.  Some wine estates are blessed with river frontage and you are invited to sit under the trees along the river, or in their beautiful gardens and enjoy your carefully selected meal in the great outdoors. 

Farms that offer picnics include:
Allee Bleue - Be sure to book your CHICNIC basket before arriving. The Standard and Vegetarian menus cost R260 per person or R495 for a basket for two and the KIDDIES CHICNIC costs R105 per child. For the PICNIC-ON-THE-GO, the prices are R250 for a single basket and R480 for a basket for two.

Boschendal - Rhone Rose Garden Picnics:
September 2019: Closed Wednesday and Thursday.
October 2019 - April 2020: Open 7 days per week.
May 2020: Closed Wednesday and Thursday.
Basket collection from 12:00 - 14:00. Please note that your basket will only be ready for collection at your booking time.

Werf Garden Picnics:
Please bring your own chairs, blankets and pillows.
September 2019 - May 2020: Only open Saturday and Sundays. Live music performances on Saturdays between 13:00 and 15:00.
Basket collection from 12:00 - 14:00. Please note that your basket will only be ready for collection at your booking time.

PRICE:  R580 Basket for 2 | R310 Basket for 1 | R125 Kids basket (3 - 10 yrs)
Vegetarian and vegan baskets are available.
R540 Vegetarian Basket for 2 | R290 Vegetarian Basket for 1 | R125 Kids vegetarian basket (3 - 10 yrs)

Holden Manz:
Forget about time and relax with friends, good food and fine wines under ancient oaks by the idyllic Franschhoek River – sounds like a dream come true and it’s as simple as booking a picnic on the Holden Manz Wine Estate!

Arriving at our Franschhoek Kitchen, your picnic baskets will be ready for collection filled with freshly made delicious produce, with a selection of our award winning wines available to purchase. From here a short saunter through the vineyards brings you to the gurgling river where all you hear are the birds singing and the laughter of your friends as dappled sunlight melts the day into enchanting flavours and beautiful memories…

As we make our picnics to order it is essential to book at least 24 hours in advance please.


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