Franschhoek Uncorked

Make your way to the picturesque Franschhoek Wine Valley, over the weekend of 4 and 5 September, for the unique spring wine meander, Franschhoek Uncorked. This multi-faceted celebration takes place on satellite farms throughout the Valley, and affords award-winning wineries – as well as the smaller hidden gems – the opportunity to ‘bloom’ as they showcase new vintages and releases, coinciding with the onset of spring.

Highly acclaimed wineries, participating in this much loved event include Allée Bleue, Boekenhoutskloof, Cabrière, Solms-Delta, Graham Beck Wines, Grande Provence, La Motte, Anthonij Rupert Wines, Môreson, Rickety Bridge, Vrede en Lust and Plaisir de Merle. Also included in the line up are some of Franschhoek’s smaller gems such as Dieu Donné, Franschhoek Cellars, GlenWood Wines, La Chataigne, Lynx Wines, La Petite Ferme, Topiary Wines and Maison. In addition select wineries will keep their visitors entertained with a range of events, whilst enjoying their fine wines.

Take in the picturesque scenery while soaking in country hospitality at its best. Wander along leisurely from farm to farm, enjoying some of live entertainment on show while enjoying fine wines and an array of delectable treats; a taste of what you can expect from South Africa’s gourmet capital.

Some of the not-to-be missed highlights at this year’s festival include: • As part of their wine tasting experience, Rickety Bridge will be offering visitors an array of delectable hot and cold tapas throughout the weekend, as well as picnics (weather permitting), live entertainment, boules in the vines and fun farm rides on their vintage Dodge truck for the kids.

• Coinciding with the opening of their new Pierneef à La Motte Restaurant, visitors to La Motte can experience a unique presentation of traditional cooking – Cape Winelands Cuisine – inspired by centuries of creativity in food. Booking is essential. Added to the mix is their new Farm Shop, perfect for wine sales, wine-related gifts and an irresistible selection of fresh, farm baked bread. The new La Motte Museum features historic aspects of the Rupert family and La Motte itself, with a room devoted to the art of Jacob Hendrik Pierneef.

• Stop over at Vrede & Lust for a unique French laundry experience, which includes a butler welcoming you at the door, a shoe cleaning service and French music provided by an accordion player. A selection of their new release wines as well as sumptuous treats, such as freshly baked breads, deep fried olives and cheeses, will also be on offer.

• It’s Fiesta time at Lynx Wines. Raised in Spain, winemaker, Dieter Sellmeyer, invites you to a fun filled weekend of tapas galore, live Spanish guitar, as well as lessons on drinking out of a traditional Spanish Porròn (leather pouch).

• At the picturesque and historic L’Ormarins – home to Anthonij Rupert Wines, visitors will experience a unique combination of both fine wine and vintage cars. Sample their new wine releases of Protea and Terra del Capo (an Italian cultivar). Classic car enthusiasts can view the extensive range of vintage cars on display, while wine connoisseurs can get a sneak peek at their gravity fed cellar and experience the esteemed Anthonij Rupert Wines at the tutored tastings.

• Master the craft of wine blending at Topiary Wines, presented by winemaker, Chris Albrecht. Relax on the lawn while enjoying live entertainment by Jo Martin, and nibbling on something from the food stall.

• GlenWood Wines invites you to join them for an unforgettable gourmet food and wine pairing experience. Included in the lineup is Bouillabaisse soup, chicken curry and Crêpe Suzettes, presented and prepared by well known culinary couple, Camil and Ingrid Haas, formerly proprietors of the Bouillabaisse Restaurant.

• Visitors to Môreson won’t be disappointed as the festival marks the official opening weekend of the Exotic Plant Company, with discounted prices on fresh-cut flowers and orchids. The food-and-wine market offers a selection of Môreson wines, including a new release from the Miss Molly range, as well as an array of fresh, local, organic produce.

• For music-lovers, there are live music extravaganzas which cater for all tastes, ranging from jazz- and blues bands to French bistro genres to fiesta Española flamenco.

An access card system will be implemented to ensure the successful running of Franschhoek Uncorked. The access cards, available directly from participating wineries on the day or through Computicket, at R80.00 each, includes a tasting glass and free wine tasting at participating wineries for the duration of the event.

Contact Winelands Experience, on 021 876 4204, for a professional shuttle service. The Franschhoek Wine Valley supports responsible drinking and driving.

So, with something for everyone, make a weekend of your visit, taking full advantage of the various accommodation packages on offer. Come and indulge yourself as you witness the country’s gourmet capital blossom and come alive.

For more information about the festival, please contact: Darielle Robertson Events Manager: Franschhoek Wine Valley Tel: 021 876 2861 Email:


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