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Top 100 & Double Platinum for Holden Manz Proprietors’ Red Blend 2015

Holden Manz Wine Estate is justifiably proud that its Proprietors’ Red Blend 2015 has been awarded Top 100 and Double Platinum status in the 2020 National Wine Challenge.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Harvests ‘Black Gold’ At Altima

Hanene van Dyk, who learnt her craft in Piedmont, Italy, works closely with her specially-trained Lagotto Romagnolo dogs to hunt for the truffles.

Renowned internationally as ‘black gold’, the culinary delicacy of fresh truffles is often a hot topic for conversation – not only for their price and scarcity but mostly for the captivating way in which they enhance the flavours of so many dishes.

2020 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc Released

“Each year we invite Sauvignon Blanc aficionados to join me in a tasting of the new vintage Sauvignon Blancs before they are blended to become the estate’s much-loved La Motte Sauvignon Blanc. This year, lockdown prevented a public tasting of the unique flavour contributions each area makes to this popular wine, but I am very satisfied with the ultimate blend and excited to introduce the 2020 La Motte Sauvignon Blanc”, says La Motte Cellarmaster Edmund Terblanche.

‘Purchase with Purpose’ with Haute Cabrière and Together Franschhoek

Haute Cabrière has partnered with Together Franschhoek to create a new Purchase with Purpose opportunity to support COVID-19 disaster relief in the Franschhoek Valley. The proceeds of a special release of the winery’s ever-popular Chardonnay Pinot Noir will bolster the coffers of Together Franschhoek in the fight against COVID-19.

Stem Cell Donors Desperately Needed To Save Lives of Blood Cancer Patients

Leukaemia survivor Sharleigh Wilken

As a leading, blood stem cell donor registry in Africa, The Sunflower Fund is dedicated to the fight against blood cancer and other blood disorders by helping patients find their matching donor for a life-saving stem cell transplant. The COVID-19 crisis presents an enormous challenge in this regard, by limiting the ability to go out and recruit donors. Even during the current crisis, patients still depend on blood stem cell donations every day in order to survive.

Every 35 seconds someone somewhere in the world is diagnosed with blood cancer. For many of them a blood stem cell donation from a matching donor is their only chance of survival. The Sunflower Fund encourages everyone that is able to, to register as a potential blood stem cell donor now and to provide hope for patients worldwide.

Grand Met Raises R240 000 for Franschhoek Hospitality Academy

Fire Tribe’s fire dancers provided drama between courses.

On 7 March 2020, guests from all over, arrived in style on the Grande Provence red carpet, showcasing their glamourous sequins, satins and silks in support of the Grand Met – the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy’s annual benefit in proud association with Franschhoek Life and Grande Provence.

DGB’s Premium Wine Strategy Delivers Golds at International Sauvignon Blanc Showcase

Four wineries in the stable of South Africa’s DGB wine group each won a Gold medal at this year’s Concours Mondial du Sauvignon, the most prestigious international competition for Sauvignon Blanc – one of the most commercially successful wine categories in the world.

Gold medals went to Juliette Sauvignon Blanc 2019 (Old Road Wine Co.), Douglas Green Sauvignon Blanc 2019, Boschendal 1685 Sauvignon Blanc 2019 and Franschhoek Cellar Sauvignon Blanc 2019.

According to Jacques Roux, marketing director for DGB’s wine division, this achievement at Concours Mondial du Sauvignon is made more remarkable by the fact that DGB’s wines won one-third of all the Gold medals awarded to South African Sauvignon Blancs during the competition.

Grande Provence hosts Grand MET fundraiser in Franschhoek

The Grand Met fundraiser is in aid of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy

Showcase your Sequins, Silks and Satins at the Annual Grand MET Fundraiser in support of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy on Saturday, 7 March 2020 at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate.

The evening promises to be an unforgettable sensory experience with bottomless bubbly on arrival, a lavish 6-course dinner, culinary theatrics, fire performers, stilt walkers, silk dancers and entertainment by the dynamic musical duo, Acoustic Element.

The Franschhoek Hospitality Academy was established as a social responsibility initiative that works within the Hospitality Industry. The Academy provides hospitality training and leadership skills development to young people living in communities in and around Franschhoek.

The Academy has made a real difference to the lives of Franschhoek youths giving them the opportunity to pave their own paths. For 22 year old Mayizukiswe Rongwana, enrolling in the academy was a life changing experience. Like many of the youngsters around him, staying in school was a struggle and he found himself mixing with the wrong crowds, dropping out of education and falling into trouble.

“The Academy is giving us a second chance and opportunity. My biggest dream is to own my own restaurant one day. I am chasing my dreams for a better life, one step at a time and I’m proud of what I have done so far. Thank you to the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy for believing in me and helping me believe in myself,” says Mayizukiswe.

All proceeds will go towards uplifting local, historically disadvantaged youths by providing them with the necessary hospitality skills and training to gain employment within the thriving tourism industry.

Make a difference by taking part in the live Grand Met Auction in support of the Franschhoek Hospitality Academy, and be sure to bid generously.

Charity Auction lots include a 7-course food and wine experience for six guests at Michelin Chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen’s brand new Jan Innovation Studio in Cape Town; three nights all-inclusive at Villa Mushara in Namibia; a getaway at Ulusaba – Sir Richard Branson’s private game reserve in Sabi Sand Reserve; and a two nights at Franschhoek’s luxury Mont Rochelle hotel.

The Grand MET Fundraiser takes place from 18h30 till11h30. Tickets at R1900.00 per person are available from Quicket: https://qkt.io/grandmetgala or contact tarryn@fhalc.co.za for more information.

Date:               Saturday, 7 March 2020

Time:               18h30 – 11h30

Dress code:     Sequins, Silks and Satins

Venue:            Grande Provence Heritage Estate, Franschhoek

Cost:                R1900.00 per person

Booking:          Tickets are available from Quicket: https://qkt.io/grandmetgala or contact tarryn@fhalc.co.za

2019 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker Of The Year Awards Announced

2019 Diners Club Young Winemaker of the Year winner Herman du Preez - Stellenrust Wines and Diners Club Winemaker of the Year winner Daniel Keulder - Nitida Wines

The winners of the 2019 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards were announced at a black-tie gala dinner at La Residence Hotel in Franschhoek on Saturday 23rd November, with Daniel Keulder (Nitida Wines) and Herman du Preez (Stellenrust Wines) claiming top honours respectively.

Change-maker women celebrated at the Proteas of the Valley Event 2019

The Proteas of the Valley women for 2019. Adriana Francke, Anthea Williams, Nontuthuzelo Ginya, Vanessa Adams, Xoliswa Mjezu, Johanessa Viljoen, Corné van Heerden, Marliza Koen, Christalene Newing, Katie van Loggerenberg, Lilly Fortuin, Charlene Elliot, Veronica Gelant, Lizzette Baxter and Vanessa Whatney.

As a grand finale to Valcare’s annual women’s month campaign, a stylish high tea event was hosted at Kronenburg Estate on Tuesday 27 August 2019. The chosen 15 Proteas of the Valley ladies, along with the previous two years’ Proteas and honourable guests from the valley, were spoiled with an afternoon of encouragement, entertainment, delicious eats and special treats.

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