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Boschendal Wines Wow at Decanter World Wine Awards

Boschendal Decanter World Wine Awards 2021

Boschendal Estate continues to take its award-winning reputation globally. Most recently it pocketed a Gold medal at the Decanter World Wine Awards in London for its coveted Jean le Long Prestige Cuvée Cap Classique 2009, which is rapidly garnering a reputation as one of South Africa’s most-awarded Cap Classique wines.

While the Jean le Long Cap Classique accrued a score of 96pts, 11 other diverse wines and wine-styles from the estate achieved ratings of 90pts or more at this wine show, regarded as one of the world’s most important.

Winelands Col’cacchio Pizzerias Celebrate Community With #Mycolcacchio During Lockdown

As disheartening as it is to be facing a third wave of the global pandemic, South Africans can still come together around great pizza delivered to their homes; and by the way, do good in their communities too.  That’s the message from your local Col’Cacchio Pizzeria which is forging ahead with the #MyColCacchio initiative despite the latest two-week lockdown.  Pivoting to take-aways of the #MyColCacchio limited edition meals, Col’Cacchio pizzerias are keeping up the momentum to bring their communities together and raise funds for local causes.

#MyColCacchio limited edition pizza or mains are highlighted across South Africa’s diverse communities for sensational Italian flavour and unique South African flair.  Col’Cacchio Co-Founder and CEO, Kinga Baranowska says, “#MyColCacchio celebrates the best in spirit of South Africans as we face ongoing challenges.   It’s a way to have some fun and enjoy a great pizza despite the lockdown while also supporting the hard-hit restaurants in our communities and giving back to a local charity.”  With every sale of the limited edition #MyColCacchio meal, R5.00 will be donated on your behalf to the selected charity in the community.

Valley Landscapers Land Prestigious Awards

SALI Award winners
SALI prize winners: The Halamandaris holiday home garden (left) and the Fynbos Cottages and Gardens at Babylonstoren (right).

The SA Landscapers Institute (SALI) annual awards were virtually announced at the end of June 2021. To simplify logistics there were two sessions; the medal announcements and the National Trophy and Shield Awards announcements. Two landscaping businesses with local connections, GvH Landscapes and DDS Landscaping Projects, were among the winners.

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show 2021

Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show logo

The results of the 2021 edition of the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show were announced at the end of June 2021.  Several wines produced by members of the Vignerons de Franschhoek garnered silverware for their creators, including a much sought after trophy.

The organisers said: “Despite a lower medal count overall, there was a broad spread of trophy winners covering almost all the major categories. It is clear that the industry has more or less recovered from the devastation of the drought years, though with entries down 10% on 2020 not from the 19 weeks of trading bans imposed during the first two waves of the pandemic.”

Make Safety Part of Your New Year’s Fitness and Training Resolutions

You might be a weekend warrior or even a professional competitor – but whatever your fitness and training goals are for 2021, make sure that safety is part of your resolutions for the new year.

“The start of a new year is a perfect time to focus on shaking off the holiday kilos and shape up for a new you. There are a few basic tips to follow to help make sure that you can focus all your attention on your training without having to worry about criminal elements,” says Charnel Hattingh, Head of Marketing and Communication for Fidelity ADT.

Good Food at The Deli & The Bistro

Good Food & Co's new owners, Kelly Pilkington & Nico Vorster, have made some tasty changes.

You may have noticed some bright new banners outside Good Food & Co.  Chef Nico Vorster and his fiancé Kelly, who took over the restaurant in November, have rebranded it as ‘The Deli’ during the day, and ‘The Bistro’ for dinner.  Also new are the menus.  Rest assured though that the old favourites are still there:  the humungous burgers, butternut flapjacks and all of the vegan dishes.  You can also still pop by to stock up on your beloved Heat ‘n Eats, oils, chutneys, breads and slices of heavenly cakes.

Nico has now put his own stamp on the menu.

Mornings kick off with bottomless coffee from 07h30 – 09h00, when ordering breakfast, and the lunch menu has been tweaked.

Nico is passionate about sourcing products locally. Always keeping things in season means that the menu at The Bistro changes on a monthly basis:  December offers things like Stone Fruit Salad and the Vegan Vegetable Bowl packed with fresh veggies and chickpeas.

Evenings from 18h00 are a family affair at The Bistro with a great kids menu on offer.

Pop by and see what’s on the menu – for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Nico says his wish is that patrons come by, sit down under one of their umbrellas, and sigh “Ah, I’m home and I feel good!”

021 876 3556 | Place Vendome | 13 Main Rd | Franschhoek

Rediscover Your Love for the Finer Things with Franschhoek’s Cap Classique Route

The festive season is fast approaching and it’s the perfect time to stock up on your favourite Cap Classique. Running out of ideas on what to add to your collection? Franschhoek’s Cap Classique Route, the first of its kind in South Africa, holds the key.

Regarded as one of South Africa’s leading Cap Classique producing areas, Franschhoek established its Cap Classique route a few years ago. Today it boasts more than 20 producers ready to welcome you and showcase their Cap Classique offerings to you. These range from large traditional estates to the smaller lesser-known niche producers.

Franschhoek has been challenging other wine-producing areas in South Africa, with great strides in quality in recent years, and is proud to have many of the most innovative and progressive producers in the country among its wineries. The winemakers responsible for producing these superb Cap Classiques range in their approaches, resulting in a diverse range of wines. This is reaffirmed by the numerous industry accolades bestowed on some of the region’s producers, which include Le Lude (2021 5-star Platter recipient) and L’Ormarins (Gold medal winner and recipient of the Best Rosé for their Brut Rosé NV at the 2020 Amorim Cap Classique Challenge).

One of the unique characteristics of this route is that visitors have the opportunity to tailor make their experience by means of a user friendly Cap Classique Route map, which can be downloaded here. Alternatively a map is also available from the tourism office.

Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, a day trip to Franschhoek is a breeze, but why not treat yourself (and that someone special) to an overnight escape, or better yet a weekend getaway. Perfect for your Cap Classique adventures. Franschhoek offers a wide range of accommodation– from luxury boutique hotels to quaint bed and breakfasts and self-catering establishments. Choose to stay in one of the many establishments located within easy walking distance of the main road or opt for a more secluded establishment – located on farms in and around the valley – offering you the ultimate winelands experience.

For more information on things to do in and around Franschhoek this season, visit www.franschhoek.org.za.

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.

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