A GRANDE DAY
Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in the Franschhoek wine valley is a firm sought out destination by local and travellers that have seen and visited a place or two.
Grande Provence Wine Estate wears her 325-year history with dignity. Nestled in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, her lush vines spread across 47 acres. Rolling vistas frame the valley floor and heighten the drama of the rugged mountains beyond. Barely a one-hour drive from Cape Town, this is heartland South African Wine Country at its very finest.
When purchased in 2004 by its current owner, both the interior and landscape designers, were focused on enhancing the grandeur of the property. Attention to details, perspective and a mix of public and private spaces of different size keeps the visitor enchanted throughout the visit.
Outdoor spaces around the estate are a combination of shade and sunny, all dotted with large scale sculptures which in turn are part of the gallery.
The gallery specialises in contemporary work by the finest artists in the country over a variety of media but is especially renowned for the superb quality of its sculpture. There is an annex which sells smaller works, decorative objects and some carefully selected African Artefacts.
Foodies will be thrilled by the range of offers. The deli, open 7 days a week, serves breakfast and lunch made of local delicacies and favourites. A large selection of fresh, baked and pantry goods are offered on the shelves, to stock for the days ahead.
The deli is also the source for the estate’s luscious picnic baskets. A favourite among families and groups of friends, and perfectly suited to align with safety protocols of recent times. Sitting on the lawns or at a table in the gardens will allow remote indulgence.
The Restaurant at Grande Provence is currently open only over the weekends. They offer a 3-course menu with or without wine pairing. On other days, groups larger than 15 people may book the restaurant exclusively.
The restaurant shares its space with the wine tasting area. The bar dominates the centre of the room – striking in galvanised steel with black strapping. A touch of fun is evident with the tractor seat bar stools.
4 wine experiences and 3 sets of pairings gives wine connoisseurs and first timers a great selection of the estate’s products. Bacchus would have been proud.
Wine, deli products and pairing home kits are couriered both nationally and internationally, giving you the chance to carry their flavours to your home and family.
Other experiences available for visitors and groups include wine blending, group cellar tours and special lunches or dinners.
While a full day spent at Grande Provence is more than reasonable, you can choose a selective version when hopping off the Franschhoek Wine Tram. The estate is part of the Red, Yellow, Blue, Green, Pink and Grey lines. All walk-ins are welcome but if you wish to enjoy a picnic, an advanced booking of at least 24 hours is required.
With its proximity to Franschhoek Village, and being located in the center of the valley, an overnight stay at one of the estate suites will position you perfectly to leverage on all the valley as to offer. It is winelands elegance at its best.
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