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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.

How to plan for your pets this festive season

It’s hard to believe the festive season is mere weeks away! After the way 2020 turned out, you’d be forgiven for leaving your holiday planning to the last minute – up until a few months back there wasn’t a holiday to be had, with many of us thinking we’d be stuck indoors for the foreseeable future.

However, with many restrictions lifted, the festive season can still be festive – albeit with safety precautions in place. If there was ever a year we needed a break, this would be it. While our pets are our priority during the year, with all the year-end hustle and bustle, we often find ourselves forgetting to make arrangements for them over the December period.

David Roache,’s Chief Operating Officer, says that arranging pet care over this period can be very stressful for pets and pet parents alike.

“We have found that over this period, there is an increase in claims. This is because of pets being stressed by changes that may occur in their usual schedule. This unfortunately can lead to them becoming sick or attempting to escape, especially if they have a pet sitter or are left on their own for long periods of time. Plus, this year may be even more tricky with many people having worked from home, or are still working from home, and your pets have become used to having you around.”

Lions Club Bowls Day

Despite the smiles, the competition was intense at the Lions Club's Bowls Day!

The Franschhoek Lions Club held a Bowls Day at the Franschhoek Country Club on Sunday, 22 November 2020.

The three-a-side event featured twelve teams that competed on a knockout basis. Participating teams were invited to bring along their families while pizzas and a fully stocked bar was available from the Country Club. All in all it made for a fun, family-friendly day of raising funds for the Lions administration account to enable the club to plan future community projects. Some half-decent bowls were even played! The Lions Club plan to make it an annual event.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne Strikes Double Gold at Veritas

The wine industry was abuzz on Saturday, 14 November as the winners for the 2020 Veritas Wine Awards were announced. At this year’s awards 70 Double Gold and 128 Gold medals were awarded. Anthonij Rupert Wyne took home Double Gold for both the Cape of Good Hope Altima Sauvignon Blanc 2019 and Cape of Good Hope Serruria Chardonnay 2018. Gold was also awarded to their L’Ormarins Brut Classique Rosé NV. These awards confirm the team’s commitment to quality, producing only the best and building an impressive track record for their wines.

La Petite Colombe Welcomed to Leeu Estates

The interiors at La Petite Colombe were crafted by MR Design Studio.

La Petite Colombe, sister restaurant to the highly acclaimed La Colombe in Constantia, re-opened its doors on 6 November at a stunning new location on Leeu Estates, on the outskirts of the village.

Leeu Collection’s Le Quartier Français was home to La Petite Colombe from its opening in August 2017, when the hotel group invited the La Colombe team to manage the food and beverage offering, as part of its desire to partner with the very best in class in the fields of wine-making, artistic endeavour and dining out. La Petite Colombe’s success (including an Eat Out Top Ten award and stellar reviews on TripAdvisor) led it to look for a larger venue, which it has found on Leeu Estates.

Franschhoek Uncorked Festival Celebrates Summer in Style

6 – 8 November 2020

Suffering from lockdown blues? Now that we’re on Level 1 and allowed larger gatherings be sure to save the date for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, which takes place over the weekend of 6 to 8 November. What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, whilst uncovering a fine selection of wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons.

Chamonix Chardonnay Tops at Michelangelo International Awards

Stefan van Rooyen (left) CEO of Chamonix and winemaker Neil Bruwer

Chamonix Estate finds itself on top of the wine world after its Chamonix Chardonnay 2018 was named the Best Scoring wine at this year’s Michelangelo International Wine and Spirits Awards. This wine not only won the Grand Prix Trophy for Best Scoring Wine, but also the Chardonnay Trophy for achieving the highest score from the 109 Chardonnays entered into this South Africa’s largest and most comprehensive wine show.

Cape of Good Hope Wines – Treasuring Vinous Heritage

Riebeeksrivier Syrah is the ideal choice with classic Cape Tomato Bredie.

With an impressive wine portfolio, the noblest in the Anthonij Rupert Wyne collection is the Cape of Good Hope range, which forms part of South Africa’s Old Vines Initiative.

Made from some of the oldest South African vines, the Cape of Good Hope range comprises terroir-specific wines created in celebration of South Africa’s 350-year-old vinous heritage. The first vintage was launched in 2011, which led to the establishment of the Old Vines Initiative, initiated in 2007 by Johann Rupert.

The Country Kitchen Reopens

Lunch with a view. The Country Kitchen terrace.

Mont Rochelle’s The Country Kitchen restaurant reopens its doors to guests from the beginning of August. Just in time for the start of spring and for those yearning to eat out, visitors will be able to take in the wrap-around views of the Franschhoek Valley with a two- or three-course menu specially created and made with the freshest seasonal ingredients.

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.

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