{eat} Lunch at La Petite Ferme – plated art from start to dessert

Teetering on the threshold of the silly season, we recently lingered a bit longer at La Petite Ferme for a lunch date, taking in the views and relishing in the timelessness of Chef Odette’s new summer menu. Introduction Tucked into the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, lies a little farm. This little farm has a…

{wine} Bag or bottle – Zandvliet’s Cape Blends are your Best Friends

It’s no secret that I’m a serious advocate and ambassador for great wine in a box. Some moments in life simply need less thinking and more enjoying. With their passionate wine-making philosophy of creating, enjoying and sharing,  Zandvliet Wine Estate boxed up their My Best Friend Cape Blends, and I’ll assure you it will be…

{news} Zandvliet introduces My Best Friend wine-in-a-box

The celebrated Zandvliet winery has made it even easier and convenient for wine-lovers to enjoy its My Best Friend range, available in traditional bottles and now a two-litre wine-in-a-box format too. My Best Friend, which comprises a Cape White and Cape Red, is the perfect bring-your-own-wine summer companion when joining friends for a braai, sunset…

{news} Ride, hike and run for Renosterveld

Discover the beauty of the Bottelary region near Stellenbosch from 1 – 3 October, when the Bottelary Hills Renosterveld Conservancy is hosting their first MTB & Eco-weekend. Bike, hike, sip and taste your way through this off-the-beaten track destination in the heart of the Cape Winelands. MOUNTAIN BIKE MAGIC Mountain bikers have the amazing opportunity…

{news} Visit Stellenbosch unveils exciting new festival of gardens

South Africa’s favourite city of oaks, Stellenbosch, is pulling out the stops for gardeners and lovers of the great outdoors in a new, week-long festival that will transform its streets and surrounding countryside from 30 September to 10 October. Major drawcards include a first-ever Stellenbosch winelands experience featuring SA Michelin star chef Jan Hendrik van…

{wine} Grand gouda and wine: Leopard’s Leap Culinaria Grand Vin 2019

Cheese and wine is an all-seasons indulgence. Leopard’s Leap has ramped up the gooey goodness by pairing their Culinaria Grand Vin 2019 with mature gouda for the ultimate conversation starter platter. Introduction With the promise of the most classic pairing of cheese and wine on my doorstep, I simply melted at the knees when I…

{news} Franschhoek restaurant recovery initiative aims to help local restaurants

Following on the huge success of the Support Stellenbosch Restaurant Campaign initiative, which raised just over R1.7 million for restaurants in the Stellenbosch Winelands, the Franschhoek Wine Valley Tourism organization has jump started something similar. Save The Franschhoek Restaurant Appeal aims to raise enough money to help those affected establishments in the region, who have…

{news} Durbanville Wine Valley triumphs at Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show

The inimitable excellence of wines from Durbanville has been re-affirmed following a remarkable performance by wine route members at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show (OMTWS). Taking top honours at the event – one of the industry’s most authoritative challenges – Durbanville claimed no less than four trophies including Most Successful Producer Overall.   “This…