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To Have a Harvest Is a Blessing – Even In 2021

Golden harvest hour at La Motte Wine Estate.

Harvest time has arrived in the Cape Winelands and despite the Covid-induced fight for survival, the industry is excited about the promise and blessing of a new vintage.

“The freshness of an early-morning walk through the vineyards, the activity on the farm and in the cellar as well as the energy and excitement of harvest-time lift my spirits and I believe, also those of local wine-making communities. Of course, it doesn’t help to make more wine when you can’t sell it, but for those who work in the vineyards and cellars, there is a joy to the harvest that, for a moment, transcends the marketing and sales dilemma”, says La Motte CEO, Hein Koegelenberg.

Spreading Christmas Cheer

Lining up to receive Christmas groceries.

An English couple, Colin and Julie Forrester from Manchester, who have been gladly “stuck” in Franschhoek since the start of lockdown decided to bring a little Christmas relief to the 22 families living in the informal settlement next to the Groot Drakenstein Station.

With the help of Eden Cloete and his team at Franschhoek Holiday Rentals it was resolved that every family would receive substantial Christmas provisions and treats for the children.

Letterkundig!

Lede van die Franschhoek Klub en hul gesinne het op 11 Desember 2020 die letters afgewit wat die dorp se naam teen Middagkrans uitspel.

Lede van die Franschhoek Klub en hul gesinne het op Saterdag, 11 Desember 2020, weer die letters wat die naam Franschhoek uitspel op die hang van Middagkrans afgewit.

Die letters is omtrent 18m hoog en dit het 110 liter verf gekos om hulle almal weer af te wit. Die verf is deur die Franschhoek Klub aangekoop.

Defy Assists Isabelo to Enrich Local Lives

Margo Janse accepts the donation of appliances from Defy representatives.

Defy has donated various appliances to Margot Janse’s Isabelo charity as part of their campaign to recognise often unsung heroes.

Janse was identified as a hero with a heartfelt cause who needed help. Keeping food fresh and warm was a challenge for the schools supported by Isabelo. That was solved with the delivery of Defy appliances on 25 November 2020. Four grateful schools humbly accepted the donation as Defy, along with the Isabelo team, delivered refrigerators, chest freezers and microwaves to Dalubuhle Primary School, Little Dolphins Early Learning Centre, Kusasa Early Learning Centre and Weseind Primary School.

From Paw Paws and Baobab to Litchi and Titch

Litchi & Titch's Lecia Durham & Debbie Shriekker

A new shop – almost entirely devoted to soft, smooth skin – has recently opened opposite the Franschhoek Town Hall. The Tatler stopped by to find out more.

Litchi and Titch is the brainchild of Lecia Durham with business partner Debbie Schriekker – respectively the Litchi and Titch in the business’ name. Lecia and Debbie both have sales and marketing backgrounds and share a passion for all things natural and environmentally conscious, especially cosmetics. Starting a business to profit from their passion seemed a logical step, so they took it in 2017. Their first product, a paw paw balm, proved an instant success and they soon started adding other products to the range.

Christopher Duigan: Piano concerts adapting to change

One of the country’s most prolific and accomplished concert pianists, Christopher Duigan, has performed two live-streamed free concerts every week throughout lockdown.

So far he has clocked in an astonishing 70 concerts since the beginning of lockdown!

Duigan, and his Music Revival initiative, are synonymous with accessible live classical music concerts performed throughout South Africa, with home-town Pietermaritzburg as its fulcrum. For the past 30 something years, Duigan performed on average 100 performances a year – solo, with associates and with musical ensembles.

Biltong & All That’s Good

Two locals taken their love for biltong and droëwors and turned it into a small business: Village Biltong & Deli.

Owner Herman du Plessis and shop manager Bets TerBlanche decided early on that they would only stock hand-selected, premium biltong products that are ethically sourced. “Our beef product suppliers rear their livestock with care and no steroids or growth hormones are given. You can taste the difference,” says Herman.

Three Wins for La Motte at Best of Wine Tourism Awards

La Motte Wine Estate

La Motte Wine Estate was crowned the winner in three of the seven categories of this year’s Best of Wine Tourism Awards. This international annual competition is designed to reward the wineries in each of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network’s member regions for their excellence.

Wesgro, the Official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape worked closely with Vinpro, a non-profit company that represents 2 500 South African wine producers, cellars and industry stakeholders in finalising these awards.

Mayor Opens Art & Craft Market

After officially opening the Franschhoek Art & Craft Market Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer inspected the goods on offer. In the photo above she tries out a tea set sold by one of the traders, Ms Tarauai.

It’s been a long time coming but the new stalls for informal traders next to the town hall are finally being used. Executive Mayor Gesie van Deventer officiated at the opening of what is now dubbed the Franschhoek Art & Craft Market on Friday, 13 November.

La Cotte Farm: An Icon Restored

The La Cotte manor house overlooks rambling gardens with unrivaled valley and mountain views.

For almost twenty years the manor house and werf on La Cotte Farm, one of the nine original Huguenot farms in the valley, lay neglected.  Then, with new owners, came new life as an understated country hotel and restaurant on a working farm right at the edge of the village.

Visitors won’t be able resist. They’re bound to be enchanted. Ancient oaks, white-washed walls, simple gabled buildings and rambling Cape Mediterranean gardens combine with unrivalled valley and mountain views to charm all comers. It’s no surprise that old SA master Hugo Naudé chose to paint the view from the manor house more than once.

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