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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.

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.

And the Gold Goes To…

It was a good day for Mont Rochelle Mountain Vineyards when the awards were announced at the London Wine Competition 2019. Not only did three of their wines win awards, their Miko Red 2010 was the only South African wine to win a Gold Award at the competition.

Mont Rochell’s Miko White 2016 and Syrah 2015 each received Bronze Awards.

The awards are the ultimate seal of approval in the global wine industry. The judging panel consists of 11 Masters of Wine, including many senior sommeliers from some of London’s most accredited restaurants, buyers and traders.

Winemaker Dinners the Ultimate Winter Treat

Mont Rochelle manor house at night.

Mont Rochelle’s winemaker dinners are the ultimate winter treat for wine lovers and foodies alike.

With relaxed and intimate, Miko, providing the perfect  backdrop -the monthly “Winemaker Dinner” series, is fast becoming legendary in the Franschhoek Valley.

The Winemaker Dinners invite guests to interact with esteemed winemaker Dustin Osborne, alongside Estate Manager, James Basson who host these fun and informative evenings. The best selections of Mont Rochelle wines, as well as premium and museum wine ( including Gold Award Winner in the London Wine Competition- Miko Red 2010 – the only South African wine to receive this honour), are paired with a  delicious 5-course menu prepared by Head Chef Shane Louw. Expect delicacies such as, a welcome Canapé of poached Saldanha Bay oyster with candied apple and caper berry foam; Cured Franschhoek trout, spiced tomato blatjang, smoked salmon cream and crispy kale ; Wild mushroom risotto with parmesan cream; Pan fried springbok loin with cranberry gel, sumac roasted carrots and creamed potatoes with a straw wine jus; Beef fillet, gorgonzola dauphinoise, roasted baby beets with a mulberry jus and for dessert Dark chocolate fondant with a mixed berry compote .

After an evening of indulgence, guests are encouraged to take up the ‘stay 3 nights for price of 2” offer on Mont Rochelle’s luxury accommodation special. Available for new bookings from 1 May – 30 September 2019, based on double occupancy including daily breakfast, a selection of drinks and snacks from the minibar, wireless internet and all taxes and local levies.

These one-of-a-kind Winemaker Dinner evenings are priced at R750 per person and take place on the last Thursday of every month. Spaces are limited and advance bookings are recommended.


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