6 Delights in Franschhoek: The Gourmet Capital of the Cape

Franschhoek wine farms provide comfort and memorable cuisine in an incomparable setting

  1. Pierneef a la Motte Restaurant

La Motte’s enduring contribution to the arts is rooted in the endowment of rare sets of Pierneef prints by Anton and Huberte Rupert to their children. La Motte’s proprietors Hanneli Rupert-Koegelenberg and her husband, La Motte’s CEO Hein Koegelenberg’s enduring regard for the arts is evident throughout the estate, including at the picturesque Pierneef a La Motte Restaurant. Helmed by renowned chef Eric Bulpitt, Pierneef a La Motte’s lunch menu is hearty and wholesome, served alongside La Motte’s globally renowned wines. Charmingly decorated with unique details, such as a teacup chandelier, the restaurant is dotted with some exquisite works of its namesake artist, Pierneef.

  1. Chefs Warehouse at Maison

Maison Estate is a study in taste. Proprietor, Chris Weylandt’s impeccable eye is reflected in the pared-back décor. While the Estate’s charm is in each exquisite detail – from the tasting room stoep to the chicken coop in the backyard – the restaurant’s long table and sweeping vineyard views are an escape from the bustle of city life. Chefs Liam Tomlin, David Schneider and their team have brought some of the Chefs Warehouse magic to Maison. The sustainable menu reflects the sensibilities of a working farm set against a stylish backdrop in every nook and corner.

  1. The Restaurant at Grande Provence

In winter, the fire crackles in the fireplaces outside and beneath an exquisite artwork inside the Restaurant at Grande Provence. Plush, wingback chairs ensconce diners in comfort all-year-round inside the restaurant whilst the supp on the mastery of chef Anvor Fortuin and his team. The restaurant’s summer menu embraces fine South African heritage food – through dishes such as the sous vide lamb and morogo. The tasting room’s industrial chic design is reflective of the beauty that dots the estate, from life-sized sculptures in the garden to the pensive gallery. The owner’s cottage is one of the most sumptuous ways to make yourself at home in the Franschhoek village.

  1. The Werf at Boschendal

Boschendal is one of the first farms that stretches itself out in greeting as you enter the Franschhoek village. Die Werf’s outstanding style reflects itself in every floor tile and hanging plant. The vegetable and herb garden and mountain, viewed through panoramic glass provides true respite from the frenzy of city life, even on a misty day. Chef Allistaire Lawrence and his team embrace farm-fresh fare. Boschendal farm, explored on foot or on horseback reveals the intricacies of a working farm, from sprawling orchids to The Werf Food Garden. Farmer Jason’s renowned black angus are celebrated at The Werf, at the farm shop and deli’s delicious burgers and even Boschendal’s Heritage Black Angus wine.

  1. Arkeste at Chamonix

With some of the highest planted vines in the Cape Winelands, Chamonix Wine Farm provides unparalleled forest dining at Arkeste by Richard Carstens. Richard Carstens has prepared masterful plates at some of South Africa’s most renowned restaurants – such as Bijoux, Tokara and Saxenburg throughout his storied career, he has also worked in Asia and Australia. Arkeste’s storied seasonal menu reflects the influences of its chef as well as the sensibilities of the natural surrounds in which it is ensconced. The wine list is a reflection of some of the Cape’s sensational wine.

  1. Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz

Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek boasts some of the most outstanding views in the valley. Situated on 22 hectares at about 300 meters above sea level, Holden Manz has garnered critical acclaim for their wine portfolio. Renowned for the exceptional wine, Holden Manz’ hospitality can be enjoyed from the comfort of the Country House or amidst the vineyards. Picnics along the banks of the river are as memorable as the pared-back international cuisine enjoyed at the Franschhoek River.

- Blog by Tšepang Molisana