Vive La Franschhoek – Bastille Festival

Franschhoek Bastille Festival 2012

In true Franschhoek style, one French National holiday can extend into a smorgasbord of French cultural festivity this weekend 14 and 15 July to celebrate Bastille Day. As they say, Go Large or Go Home… With Franschhoek’s French Hugenot influence, they literally paint the town red - you can expect everything French found in every nook and cranny, live French music at various establishments, French fare, a minstrel parade, Farmers' Market, Craft Stalls, chidren's activities and much more. The focal point at the Bastille Festival 2012, as always, will be the Food and Wine Marquee, where Franschhoek's award winning and famous wine estates are offering their finest wines for you to taste and enjoy. Also on                  

Out of Town

Franschhoek Wine Tram to launch this spring

The Wine Tram in Franschhoek

Franschhoek certainly can't be accused of resting on its laurels and being complacent. As if the town isn't already blessed with breathtaking scenery combined with some of the best wine farms and restaurants in the country, it is now striving to make a visit to the valley even more rewarding. Exciting things await Franschhoek this spring: visitors will be able to take a leisurely tram journey through the valley, taking the concept of a food and wine experience to a whole new level. In fact, the town wants the new tram to become a tourist icon in the same mould as the Table Mountain Cableway or Cape Point Funicular. The Franschhoek Wine Tram will launch later in 2012, and will offer wine tasting tours which can include a                  

Night Life

halloween at holden manz.



Art Scene

‘Cultural Contrasts’ Exhibits @ The Gallery, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate.


    ‘The Gallery’ at the award-winning Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek, proudly presents a solo exhibition, ‘Cultural Contrasts’, by celebrated Pretoria-based artist, Willie van Rensburg, which opens on Sunday, 16 October 2011 at 11h00 with the Director of the Association of Arts Pretoria, Pieter van Heerden, as the opening speaker and runs until 16 November 2011. The title of the show makes references to the contrasts of historical African traditions and contemporary African society. Inspired by these elements, the artist apply masks and symbols in his work with bold design and colour, in order to establish a contemporary approach to the preservation of the symbolic                  

Wine & Wineries



    Franschhoek, July 2011;  Haute Cabrière has had a long association with Pinot Noir going back to the early 1980’s when the cultivar was first planted by winegrower Achim von Arnim in Franschhoek for the production of  Pierre Jourdan Brut, a classic MCC blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Haute Cabrière’s first Pinot Noir vineyard for the creation of a still red wine was planted with Burgundy clones in 1989 and the year 1994 produced the first vintage. This maiden vintage received a 5 star rating in the Platter Guide. Pinot Noir is often referred to in Burgundy as a ‘red white wine’ because of its perfumed fruit and elegant mouth feel. Achim discovered Pinot Noir                  

Eating Out

Winter Specials @ Bistro Allée Bleue


    Bistro Allée Bleue in Franschhoek will be warming hearts and palates during the upcoming chilly winter months with some fabulous pocket-pleasing specials from head chef Glen Ferus. Visitors to the estate will be able to choose from three lunch options from as little as R85 for a delicious and filling chicken and prawn potjie with roti paired with a glass of the estate’s Isabeau or Shiraz. Bistro Allée Bleue’s wine list focuses strongly on the estate’s own wines, all available by the glass at affordable cellar door prices, together with a few select wines from the Franschhoek region. A glass of estate wine is also included with the three-course pairing menu for R150. Start with                  

Wine & Wineries

Gold for Big G at the Decanter World Awards.

        the whole team of the holden manz wine estate, located at the head of the franschhoek valley, is delighted to announce the award of a gold medal in the decanter world wine awards in london for its premium red wine, the 2009 big G. the decanter world wine awards are the premium global wine benchmark and thousands of wines are compared against each other during the event. this most prestigious award in the world of wines was announced during the london international wine fair this week. the inaugural big G is a blend of their finest cabernet franc and cabernet sauvignon benefiting from 14-18 months in bordeaux cooperage-sourced, medium toast, tight grain french oak                  


The Wedding Affair at Rickety Bridge.

Wedding rapture

  The Wedding Affair at Rickety Bridge Dreaming of a dream wedding?.....Why dream it, when you can do it? The Wedding Affair at Rickety Bridge fair allows you to plan your special day, at an actual wedding venue. See it come to life before your eyes. Visit the Rickety Bridge Wedding Affair on 21 and 22 May for all you need to plan your perfect special day. From wedding planners to florists, hair stylists to photographers to the ideal honeymoon, find it all at Rickety Bridge, an enchanting wedding venue and wine estate in picturesque Franschhoek. Rickety Bridge will be showcasing its wedding venue and facilities and a host of wedding suppliers will be exhibiting their products and services. You will even have the chance                  


Synergy Live 2010, 26-28 November 2010


The end of the year has hit us! Christmas is a month away and the parties are starting, including South Africa's legendary mega-music festival, Synergy. Imagine spending three days in the sun at Boschendal wine estate in Franschhoek, listening to headline international acts and more than 60 top South African bands, with the sounds flooding the vineyards. It's a whole lot more than an outdoor festival, it's a celebration of summer. So strap your deck chairs to your car's roof, slip on your sunnies and shine up your dancing shoes – it's time to plug in to Synergy Live. For more information: www.synergylive.co.za                  


Franschhoek Uncorked Festival at Rickety Bridge

Wine Tasting in Franschhoek - Image courtesy of Rickety Bridge

Are you looking for the perfect way to spend the first weekend of Spring? 17 on Loader guesthouse in Cape Town has the answer at Rickey Bridge! The weekend of the 4 – 5 September 2010 sees the arrival of Spring and to celebrate, Franschhoek throws a town wide party for all to enjoy - the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival. Join the fun at the Franschhoek Uncorked Festival at Rickety Bridge - wine tasting of new releases and old favourites, great wine specials all weekend,mouth-watering tapas platters, boules in the vines, farm rides on a vintage DODGE truck for kids and enjoy a performance by singer-song writer Danelle de Vries on Saturday from 16:00 - 20:00. Danelle's sultry sounds range between jazz, soulful pop and