Franschhoek Life Jan 2022

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Enjoy delicious and relaxing country-style picnics under the majestic oaks in the beautifully landscaped sculpture gardens at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate. Each box is laden with farm fresh produce and seasonal goodies.

Become a Winemaker for a day and learn the noble art of wine blending. Create your own bottle of wine to take home or enjoy with dinner at Café Franschhoek. A must-do on any Franschhoek visit!

Start the year on an adventurous note with Boschendal outdoor experiences. Explore the farm on foot with guided hikes or go horseback riding while The Treehouse playground will entertain little ones for hours. This working farm has plenty of fun for the whole family.




For bookings contact us on +27(0)21 876 3386 or book online at

Boschendal’s Best


We don’t often think about the time, passion and work that has gone into the meals we enjoy on a daily basis. From a salad to a perfectly prepared cut of meat – every bite has a story to tell. At Boschendal, their soil to fork food philosophy is something that is not only held very close to their hearts and celebrated across the various eateries and outlets, but also a vital element of this working farm’s success and a critical element to them setting a global benchmark for an authentic experience. Recently, the stellar agriculture team achieved a slew of awards at the The Western Cape Prestige Agri Awards. Hosted annually by the the Western Cape Department of Agriculture (WCDoA), the awards serve as a means of acknowledging the valuable and important contribution that agri workers make to the sustainability and growth of the agricultural sector in the Western Cape. A total of 624 agri-workers representing 11 regions and competing in 11 categories participated this year. The Boschendal team members, from drivers, to admin leaders to irrigation managers were recognized for their invaluable contribution and commitment to agriculture- a sector that naturally remains classified as an essential service due to the integral role it plays in food security, GDBP contribution and community well-being. Boschendal is also the first farm in the Cape Winelands to be awarded world-renowned environmental and animal welfare certification from A Greener World (AGW). Certified Animal Welfare Approved by AGW is the only higher animal welfare certification in South Africa and the standards of this programme was developed with the help of veterinary and farming experts from across the globe to encourage and maximize high-welfare farm management that is practicable. Boschendal practises regenerative agriculture – a green approach of minimal interventions and working in harmony with nature, not against it, to produce quality products, from vegetables to the famous Black angus Beef and Duroc pork. The committed team that drives these exciting projects across the nearly 2000 hectare farm, are at the forefront of making the changes and setting an example of how agriculture can be an agent for change and sustainably ensure food security for the future. Congratulations to the Boschendal agricultural team for your resounding success.



Newly Launched Wine Range, Vineyard Friends – ALL ABOUT FARMING SIDE BY SIDE WITH NATURE

Newly launched wine brand, Vineyard Friends connects the wine drinker with the natural wildlife and sustainable practices that underpin its winemaking principles. The new range, which includes four wines; Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Pinotage and Merlot Malbec, is vegan friendly and 100% GMO free. Vineyard Friends is dedicated to the unique animals of the Cape Winelands that make the precious vineyards their home: the Grey Duiker, the Cape Grey Mongoose, the Bat Eared Fox and the Grey Heron. Each animal plays an integral role in the lifecycle of the vineyard, from maintaining soil health to removing pests. This not only ensures a healthy harvest but limits the need for pesticides. And it’s not just these incredible cape creatures who are doing their part to create a more sustainable option for South African wine drinkers. Vineyard Friends is also the culmination of two decades of practical response to environmental challenges and the result of a myriad of sustainable practices.

innovating sustainable practices and maintaining world class certifications across ethics and environment.

and the human hand. Great wine is made in the vineyard. Farming side by side with nature – not against it.

After all, sustainable winemaking is a team effort. It’s about maintaining the delicate balance between flora, fauna

Vineyard Friends is now available for purchase online and in retail stores. Visit

The vineyards themselves make use of water saving cover crops while facilities make use of bio-treated grey water in all ablutions and gardens – drastically reducing the use of potable water. Additionally an anaerobic process sees clean water released into the local municipality, to support the community. With 50 million precious litres of irrigation water reclaimed per year to provide the vineyards with the water they require to thrive. The Vineyard Friends cellar in Wellington has the largest solar photovoltaic energy installation of any wine production facility in South Africa. An 801 kW roof array of 2400 panels not only offsets 1265 tonnes of potential CO2 emissions, but also produces clean, surplus energy to be fed into the grid of the neighbouring town and its communities. Partners and suppliers are chosen very carefully – only working with those who share a commitment to honouring nature and biodiversity through sustainable and ethical practices. Even the Vineyard Friends bottle itself has recycled glass content, is lightweight and includes a label on 100% recycled paper from Enviro LabelTM. Despite all of these interventions, the creators of Vineyard Friends know that the journey to sustainability never ends and that the environmental impact of winemaking still remains. That is why a community-led bamboo growing carbon reduction project runs in parallel with the work in the vineyards, the production facilities and on the bottle itself. It is also why there is a continuous commitment to Add Franschhoek life.qxp_Layout 1 16.12.2021 12:54 Side 1

Create your own bottle of wine to take home or enjoy with dinner! A must-do on any Franschhoek visit! We absolutely loved the Winemaker for a day experience and recommend it to anyone wanting to do something fun and interactive. Camilla G. (SA)

My husband surprised me with this experience for my birthday, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. Nilo R. (UK)


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Enjoy the start of the silver screen under the stars. Pack the family and friends and come to Boschendal’s drive in cinema. Book a picnic basket, visit the Deli for dinner or meander through the great selection of farm-fresh eats and treats stalls. R250 per car with two people, R80pp/p extra. 8 January – Life of Pi 15 January – The Incredibles 29 January – Black Panther

Why not start the year on an adventurous note, from exploring the farm on foot with guided hikes to gaining a whole new perspective on horseback or with young farm friends clambering through The Treehouse playground and slides- this working farm has plenty of fresh air fun for the whole family.

Join our Winemaker for a day® two hour workshop and learn the noble art of wine blending, creating your own bottle of wine to take home or enjoy with dinner at Café Franschhoek. A unique and fun workshop for everyone with an interest in wine, and a must-do on any Franschhoek visit! Tutored by renowned sommelier Ricardo Roux. Daily by appointment. Bookings 021 876 4542.












Expect farm baked ciabatta, hummus, preserves, pesto, onion marmalade, olives; salad of tender seasonal vegetables, spiced chickpeas, celery & rosa tomato, shaved parmesan; roasted chicken and rosemary pie; trout arancini, corn arancini, aioli mayo; charcuterie & Forest Hill cheese; seasonal fruit jar and chocolate brownies. Prepaid bookings essential. R600 per double | R350 per single | R150 per kiddies basket.

The Wagyu Experience Welcomes you to enjoy a taste experience like none other. All throughout January 2022 we will be open for a Wagyu Experience, book a Private Wagyu Braai or book for upcoming Wagyu Events on our farm. We have Wagyu Cattle feeding & horseback riding. Contact Karen 082 336 4513 |

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Enjoy the company of your loved ones, lounging under the trees on lush green lawns with a generous picnic basket ( plus kiddies options!) and award-winning wines. R620 basket for 2, R150 for kiddies basket.



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Join us for a fun evening with Uncorked and more at Hey Joe. Friday 4 February from 17h30. R200 per ticket includes a raffle ticket to stand a chance to win a one hour flight over the Winelands. Great auction prizes. Food and drinks available.

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Love. Laugh. Eat with Mira Meet Mira – passionate about conscious living, plant-based nourishment and holistic healing. Mira inspires people to eat more plants! Having been a vegetarian since the womb, she grew up in a veggie-friendly household with influences of macrobiotics and Ayurveda. But the idea of giving up dairy (mostly cheese) was always a struggle. She loved cooking from a young age, but to her mother’s horror and by her own admission, not a great cleaner of dishes!! With wooden spoon as a microphone, weekends were spent in front of imaginary cooking show audiences detailing recipes step by step. For as long as she can remember, Mira has loved food and creating in the kitchen is her happy place. After running two businesses from the age of 24, burning the candle at both ends, neglecting her physical and mental health resulted in extreme burn out and severe adrenal fatigue which also led to anxiety and panic attacks coupled with PCOS and a liver condition. The intense challenge of finding a way back to the light led Mira on an incredible journey of selfdiscovery, transformational growth, conscious living, healing with plants and most importantly learning to prioritize health and wellness. Her food philosophy is simple, food should be delicious, nutritious and nourishing while helping to fuel and heal the body, mind and spirit. She loves recreating favourite recipes into gluten-free, dairyfree and refined sugar-free. Mira cooks intuitively, developing delicious dishes while sharing her plantbased, whole food recipe journey, in honour of her beautiful mother, the greatest love she has known. Try Mira’s moreish Cauli Wings with Cashew Sour Cream Dipping Sauce – The perfect party snack for family and friends! INGREDIENTS 2 cauliflower heads, gently cut into florets 1 cup organic soy milk (can sub almond milk) 1 cup chickpea flour 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp lemon zest 1 tsp dried herbs (basil and parsley work well) 1 tsp special rub mix (equal amounts of ground coriander, ground ginger and mustard powder)

1 tsp dried vegetable stock (Mary Ann’s veg stock is my ultimate pantry staple) ½ tsp chilli flakes (optional) Oil for shallow frying (I use extra virgin olive oil or coldpressed coconut oil) METHOD · Place the organic soy milk in a bowl. · In a separate bowl, combine the chickpea flour, smoked paprika, garlic powder, lemon zest, dried herbs, special rub mix, dried vegetable stock and chilli flakes together. Mix well. · Dip the cauliflower floret into the soy milk, so that the entire piece is well covered in milk. Then roll the floret in the dry chickpea mix so that it is heavily coated all over. The mix should be enough for two cauliflower heads but if you have any leftovers you can combine the dry and wet mixtures together and make a thin flatbread/ savoury style pancake in a non-stick pan. · Heat a large saucepan on medium heat with olive or coconut oil. These aren’t deep fried so the oil doesn’t cover the florets, it just goes up to about half-way of the actual cauliflower floret size. · Once the oil is hot, place the well-coated florets into the hot oil and cook for a few minutes on each side until golden brown. These can be made in advance and reheated in the oven to crisp them up! Best served immediately with tangy cashew sour cream dipping sauce – to get this recipe and more visit

Light & Bright with Leopard’s Leap

In January Leopard’s Leap is doing things light and bright! Brave the heat with a cool and colourful sweetcorn gazpacho and enjoy it with the delightful and refreshing lower alcohol of the Leopard’s Leap Chescato or if you are going all dry, pour a glass of Leopard’s Leap Natura De-Alcoholised Classic White.


INGREDIENTS 3 sweet corn, kernels and juices, reserve 1/3 cup for garnish 2 yellow tomatoes, chopped (300g) 1 yellow pepper seeded, and chopped 1 cup cucumber, peeled and chopped ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 1 tsp sea salt freshly ground black pepper, to taste FOR GARNISH: reserved corn kernels ½ cup sliced cherry tomatoes chopped basil natural yoghurt METHOD · In a blender, combine the corn, tomato, pepper, cucumber, olive oil, sherry vinegar, salt, and pepper and blend until smooth. Season to taste. · Serve with the reserved corn kernels, cherry tomatoes, yoghurt and basil. Visit for more delicious recipes and shop the wine range

Exhibition Debut for 87-Year Old John van Zyl At the recent “Inspiration” art exhibition at the Franschhoek Reformed Church, one of the local artists participating was 87-year old John van Zyl. This was the first exhibition by the South African born academic, who retired to Franschhoek in 2006.

He is a self-taught painter who only started painting on his 85th birthday, when a friend unexpectedly presented him with an easel and a box full of paints. When asked what had inspired him to start painting at this ripe old age, van Zyl answered: “There were two reasons. Firstly, I simply love art. I have, over the years, visited great art museums worldwide. I developed a deep appreciation for the manifold ways artists have expressed themselves over the ages. Secondly, I have been involved with images all my academic life as a lecturer in media studies and as a journalist. I have taught film and photography and was for many years a film, television and photographic critic for THE STAR and BUSINESS DAY.” Van Zyl at the same time ran a South African community filmmaking project for the French government in the 1980’s, for which he was rewarded by being made a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques. “Swopping the medium of film for the medium of paint was exciting and challenging. My experience of documentary film opened my eyes to the colours and shapes of informal houses in the Boland. Also, for someone born in the flat Free State with its distant horizons, the ever-changing mountain landscapes that surround me now are a continuous source of wonderment and inspiration.” John van Zyl’s paintings can be viewed on




C Mauritius, is the ideal place for a fun, carefree and thrilling holiday in a secure environment, C Mauritius invites sun-, sea- and escape-seekers to leave the months of stress and strain far behind … As the sister brand of Constance Hotels and Resorts – C Resorts inspires guests to escape everyday life, let go of their adult concerns and live it up with child-like abandon. This innovative concept is fully guaranteed at C Mauritius, offering original experiences in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere without compromising on comfort and quality. Idyllically fringed by one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius, on the east coast of the island in Palmar, this exotic and innovative resort features 116 elegantly designed rooms. Comprising 52 Prestige Rooms and 64 Deluxe Rooms, the contemporary interiors reflect fresh and authentic Mauritian influences designed to entice with an invigorating, yet relaxed, vibe. Carefree encounters are encouraged at the natural, All Inclusive premium playground of C Mauritius, where three pools, four restaurants, a cellar exclusively stocked with organic wines, a magnificent spa and plenty of indoor and outdoor activities – from ‘padel’ tennis, beach volleyball, stand-up paddling, snorkelling, kayaking to kite surfing –

provide the perfect platform to uplift playful spirits. While C Mauritius displays a sophisticated design and facilities, its true essence is to create a vibrant atmosphere where guests can recapture their misspent youth. The days here demand a departure from routine and turn every day into an adventure. What sets the hotel apart are the 12 experiential ”Cignatures”, created to awaken guests’ curious and exuberant nature. Combining the charms of an exceptional natural setting, these series of recreational experiences allow guests to enjoy their stay in an open space, under the tropical sun: “Cwing” – grown up swings to soar among the palm trees while admiring the spectacular lagoon of Palmar, under the trade winds. “Crustacea” – set sail on Sirius – the hotel pirogue – to discover the lagoon and enjoy some sea tapas and delicacies straight from the ocean on the boat.

“Circuit” – an open-air fitness trail with equipment made from natural materials to restore serenity. “C Trek” – guided excursions to Le Pouce Mountain, for adventure seekers and explorers. “Sessions by the C” – chill out evenings on the beach, under the stars hosted by DJs. “Chow & Carafe” – a delicatessen along the beach, where guests can indulge in a selection of local products for a convivial picnic, order a coffee or treat themselves to a freshly baked croissant … The Dolce Vita spirit under the tropical sun! The cherry on the cake … C Mauritius guests can anticipate several additional activities during the month of October: Brunch & Chill every Sunday, BBQ party, Cocktail workshops, Themed buffets, Kite surf initiation, Yoga retreat and Organic wine tasting, among others. It’s time to let go and feel free – at C Mauritius, the place to be! We are digital, check us out on

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Gaynor Galbraith Neill – Managing Director/Owner of Cruise Vacations reviews her recent trip on board the new Silver Moon. While launching World Cruise 2023, the Chief Marketing Officer of Silversea Cruises quoted Hemingway when asked about resumption of services “Gradually, then one day suddenly” … I have recited those words over and over because, in these unprecedented times, all that could be done was to plan for the safe resumption of voyages, so that when the time came, we would be prepared and ready to get people back to their travels. Sitting on the pool deck of the brand-new Silver Moon, gradually has become suddenly, it’s almost a little overwhelming. Over the past eighteen months, travel had become so difficult to even imagine but when Silversea Cruises finally resumed services in June this year with the inaugural season, we started imagining again and find ourselves, more appreciative, more mindful.

Having being involved with the representation of Silversea Cruises in South Africa since the early days, I have had the great privilege to have sailed on most of the ships over the years. Hundreds of touches of finer details make the Silver Moon feel like a safe sanctuary. While I enjoyed visiting the islands and the sites of the Greece, my travelling base, the Silver Moon delivered what can only be described as the perfect return to travel. Silversea refer to it as “whispered luxury” and the term makes complete sense. The magnificent ship that feels neither big nor small, with soft muted colour hues, give Silver Moon a modern, contemporary feel. Yet the classic and elegant touch of the thoughtfully selected and curated artworks, photographs, paintings, sculptures, Lalique glass and artefacts carefully placed around the

ship, adorning public areas and lobbies, celebrate the classic tradition of cruising. It’s knowing that by developing and introducing the S.A.L.T. concept (Sea and Land Taste), that Silversea have given every consideration to your overall experience. By bringing your destination aboard S.A.L.T ensures the immersive experience. Book a class in the high-tech Test Kitchen Lab on board and learn to make a traditional local dish or delicacy, dine in the S.A.L.T restaurant with its daily destination menu or voyage regional menu or better still, join the S.A.L.T. experience ashore for a local culinary masterclass or experience. It’s all about choices … a bath scented with Ortigia Salts drawn by your butler as you prepare for a dinner that will undoubtedly meet and satisfy any culinary craving in one of the eight restaurants on board and ending your day by putting your head down on your choice of pillow under plush linen and expecting a great night’s sleep. Health and safety protocols have had to change and these have been painstakingly implemented. Silversea have managed to integrate those new measures in a subtle and unobtrusive way. Guests are required to wear masks walking around the inside of the vessel and may be removed once seated in the restaurants, theatre, lounges, bars or at the pool. On arrival each guest receives a Bvlgari pouch filled with hand-sanitiser and hand cream, surgical mask and disinfectant wipes. Perhaps I got lost for a while focusing on the something like 900 destinations Silversea offer across the fleet of five classic and four expedition ships, that’s what it’s all about right? It is all the little things that take that journey from spectacular to sublime. Welcome to the World by Silversea Cruises. Cruise Vacations are the South African General Sales Agents for Silversea Cruises in Southern Africa. Contact | 011 514 0564

Ulubisi House Ideally located on South Africa’s popular Garden Route, the award winning Gondwana Private Game Reserve offers an authentic Cape Safari. Your own private safari lodge awaits you at Ulubisi House, Gondwana’s most exclusive accommodation offering which includes a private chef, butler and game ranger catering to your every whim. Breathtakingly stylish and sophisticated, yet refreshingly simple, Ulubisi House provides the ideal venue to reconnect with friends and family and to share an exciting Big 5 safari experience. Three luxurious guest suites, with endless mountain views, provide extravagant accommodation for 6 adults or 4 adults and 4 children. Enjoy delicious gourmet meals, game drives, Fynbos walks, mountain biking and the Junior Ranger program for kids as you restore and revive in this ultimate wilderness getaway. Tel: +27 (0)21 555 0807 Email: Website: w w w. za





Renowned Chef Rudi Liebenberg has curated a range of tempting al fresco experiences, from picnics and afternoon teas to Harvest Tables and sparkling moments on the Planet Bar terrace. Picnics in the gardens; Artful afternoon tea; Al fresco dining on the terrace; cocktails at the Planet Bar; Harvest Table in the Garden and after all the indulgence, relax at the Blissful Librisa Spa.

#ILoveMyHoek, in partnership with SnapScan, has officially launched in the Franschhoek Valley. Spend R400 or more using Snapscan at various Franschhoek SnapScan merchants and receive a SnapScan reward to the value of R200!

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With a campaign fronted by multi-platinum selling recording artist, songwriter and trailblazer Miley Cyrus (born the same year), the House celebrates its 100th Anniversary. Gucci Flora Gorgeous Gardenia debuts with a new silhouette in lacquered pink and the distinctive Flora pattern, reimagined in Alessandro Michele’s vision. A joyful floral signature, the scent is built around the Gardenia flower, admired since the dawn of time for its splendour and said to be used in elixirs and magical potions. The White Gardenia note is blended with solar Jasmine Grandiflorum Absolute. The modern floral signature is introduced by a cheerful Pear Blossom accord which encourages wearers to burst with joy, while a touch of Brown Sugar accord adds a delicate sweetness to its sillage. Available at Leading Retailers.


24-27 FEBRUARY 2022

The festival programme features 10 concerts with the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra which will take place at the Franschhoek NG Church and at La Motte Wine Estate between Thursday the 24th and Sunday the 27th February 2022. Founded in 1914, the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in Cape Town is arguably the most versatile and active orchestra on the continent of Africa, contributing handsomely to Cape Town’s global status and appeal.


Introducing the Coco Safar High Tea by Night Voyage – a completely re-imagined High Tea like no other – created for today’s most discerning globe-trotting gourmands, and now served for the first time, at night. A world’s first, this immersive dining performance is the result of over three years of evolution and refinement, taking the Coco Safar Dessert Bar Experience (also known as DBE), for those lucky enough to have experienced it, and marrying it with the traditional High Tea, this time with a travel theme reminiscent of fascinating travel destinations, that artfully blur the lines between savoury and sweet,served in equal doses. R995 per person.

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Musgrave Crafted Spirits, known for disrupting the luxury spirits industry, has launched INSPIRIT – an aromatic, alcohol-free infusion made with 12 rare botanicals inspired by the ancient spice route of Africa. After many hours of tinkering and experimenting INSPIRIT is distinctive in flavour, pink in colour, and delivers a light and elegant alternative to Musgrave’s other botanical offerings. Infused with cardamom and juniper notes that complement those of African ginger, lime, and grains of paradise, gives it a harmonious and fragrant finish.



Remember the joys of hide-and-seek and silly dances and cannonballing into the swimming pool? At C Resorts we want you to feel that way again. We think you’ll love our unique specialty experiences that will turn your dream island holiday into an unforgettable adventure. Come play. Let go. Feel free.


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