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Boschendal white wine best in SA

Boschendal’s Appellation Series – Elgin 2015 Chardonnay has been awarded the Best Elgin Chardonnay Trophy, Best Chardonnay Trophy and ultimately the Best White Wine of South Africa Trophy at the 2017 International Wine Challenge (IWC).  Additionally, Boschendal was awarded Gold for its Elgin Pinot Noir 2015 at the IWC and to add to these impressive awards – it was also announced that Boschendal has garnered Gold at the prestigious Decanter World Wine Awards (DWWA) for its Boschendal Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2016 and Boschendal 1685 Shiraz 2015.

La Petite Colombe set to open soon

La Petite Colombe promises a surprise or two...

As one era ends another commences.  With The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français having closed recently La Petite Colombe will take its place from 1 August.  La Petite Colombe is a new partnership between the Leeu Collection and the proprietor chefs of La Colombe, Scot Kirton (Eat Out Chef of the Year 2015) and James Gaag.

Franschhoek Theatre project reaches a milestone

The team working to create the Franschhoek Theatre at Franschhoek High School are making steady progress. In June they reached an important milestone when building plans were submitted for approval to Stellenbosch Municipality, Heritage Western Cape and the Western Cape Departments of Education and Public Works and Transport.

FAK vereer Sleigh in Franschhoek

Die uitvoerende hoof van die FAK, Dr Danie Langner, het die NP van Wyk Louw toekenning aan die skrywer en historikus Dr Dan Sleigh oorhandig.

Die Federasie van Afrikaanse Kultuurverenigings (FAK) het op Saterdag, 20 Mei, die NP van Wyk Louw toekenning aan dr. Dan Sleigh oorhandig. Díe toekenning is deur Dr. Danie Langner, uitvoerende hoof van die FAK, aan Sleigh oorhandig as erkenning vir sy bydrae tot die Afrikaanse taal en kultuur. 

First winter storm hits

First winter snow on Wemmershoek Mountains (Pic: Margie Ellis)

The first major winter storm hit Franschhoek and large parts of the Western Cape on 6 and 7 June.  In anticipation of severe conditions the Western Cape Education Department had taken the precaution of closing all Western Cape Schools on the seventh.

Gale force winds hit the Tuesday evening, accompanied by rain, which continued on Wednesday.  Approximately 45mm of rain fell over the two days, while the first snow fall of the winter was also recorded. 

Thumbs up for Tracey’s Hoedown

Hoedown host, Tracey Kirsten, with members of the Uncorked band.

Tracey’s Hoedown on 13 May was a sell-out success. Generous Franschhoekers and their friends took up all the seats at the fund-raising barn dance held to raise funds for the Franschhoek Theatre. This theatre will open in the renovated and re-purposed Centenary Library of Franschhoek High School and will serve as a multi-purpose venue, including movie screenings and day conferences, while also housing the school archive. 

Franschhoek wine labels shine

Haut Espoir’s Cloudfall 2016 and Gentle Giant 2010 received a bronze award at the third annual Wine Label Design Awards in the Wines in a Series category.

A number of Franschhoek wineries were recognised for the excellence of their wine labels at the third annual Wine Label Design Awards – sponsored by self-adhesive label supplier Rotolabel and convened by Winemag.co.za.

Wines were judged in four categories: (1) R80 a bottle or under; (2) over R80 a bottle; (3) R500 a bottle and over and (4) labels forming a series. Judging criteria included originality of concept, execution, shelf appeal and effectiveness as a piece of communication.

In the over R80 per bottle category bronze awards were bestowed on: Single wine Babylonstoren Babel 2015 (Designer: Karen Roos), Babylonstoren Mourvèdre Rosé 2016 (Designer: Karen Roos) and La Bri 1045 Bottles Syrah 2013 (Design firm: Rob Taylor Design). In the Wines in a Series category a bronze ward was bestowed on Haut Espoir for their Cloudfall 2016 and Gentle Giant 2010 (Design firm: Fanakalo).

The five judges were: Christian Eedes, editor of Winemag.co.za; Rebecca Constable, product developer for wine at Woolworths; Sean Harrison, executive creative director of Whitespace Creative; Margot Janse, outgoing executive chef at Le Quartier Français Hotel; and Carla Kreuser, a creative director at The Jupiter Drawing Room.

La Bri and Haut Espoir also excelled at the 2017 10 Year Old Wine Awards.  La Bri’s 2007 Chardonnay received 90 out of 100 points while Haut Espoir’s 2007 Shiraz was awarded 91 points.

Franschhoek about to become famous for… beer!

FLTR: Franschhoek Beer Company partners Alex McCormack, Frank Rodriguez and Reuben Riffel.

What started out as friendly banter between two friends on a golf course, quickly turned into a dynamic partnership when celebrity chef Reuben Riffel bought into Franschhoek businessman Alex McCormack’s vision to produce a world-class range of handcrafted beers, bearing the name of the town – known as the country’s culinary capital.

Another extension of Franschhoek’s urban edge?

The proposed changes to Franschhoek's urban edge

Franschhoek’s urban edge watchers will know that in 2013 the municipality slipped through an extension of the village’s northern and eastern urban boundaries. It took in an additional 59 ha comprising a great swathe of land from the Fransche Hoek Estate boundary with La Cotte to Mooiwater. Much of it is potentially prime development land and all of it is in the Non-urban Zone (NUZ) demarcated by Franschhoek’s 2003 Urban Edge Policy. This laid out guidelines for very limited development in the NUZ to preserve its primarily agricultural use and contain urban sprawl.

French delegation visits Le Lude

FLTR: The French delegation with Le Lude’s owners and winemaker. FLTR: Paul Gerber (Le Lude winemaker), French Consul Xavier dÁrgoeuves, senator Michelle Demessine (head of delegation), Senator Louis-Jean de Nicolaÿ, Ferda & Nic Barrow (Le Lude owners), Nicolene Barrow (Orangerie Restaurant Chef) and Senator Joël Guerriau.

Le Lude received a visit from a high-level French delegation on Friday, 13 May. Le Lude’s owners, Nic and Ferda Barrow, received the delegation.

The group of three French senators and their secretary were accompanied by the French consul in Cape Town, M. Xavier dÁrgoeuves.  All three senators are members of the ‘Friendship Group France – South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland’.  The head of the delegation Mme Michelle Demessine is the deputy-Chairwoman of the Commission on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Armed Forces and a former French Minister of Tourism. The second delegate, M. Joël Guerriau, is the Secretary of the Commission of Foreign Affairs, Defense and Armed Forces.

The third delegate, M. Louis-Jean de Nicolaÿ, is a senator from the Lude commune in the Sarthe District. He personally requested the visit to Le Lude as he is also the owner of the Château du Lude in the world-famous Loire Valley.

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