A visit to Grande Provence in Franschhoek is a delightful way to spend some quality time and to drop a Rand or two into their coffers.
Words and images by Greg Landman
Firstly there is the wine –delicious, and something for most tastes and pockets. Try the Shiraz—nice and serious with some typical spice on the nose, and the Chardonnay, deliciously lemon curd with just enough oak to hold it all together.
Then there is the well-known Angels Tears collection with the Rosé taking pride of place—crisply dry but with a soft edge from the Cinsault in the blend. The Muscat d’Alexandrie/ Muscat blend is a cracker if you like something semi sweet and aromatic, and the Red Blend is worth taking home—very quaffable–all of them well priced and user friendly.
Matthew van Heerden is the winemaker here. Once you are done with the wine tasting—make a turn at their restaurant especially if you can sit outside on a good day. The interior is quite fancy with the cooking of Chef Darren Badenhorst as its focus.
Lunch is R395 for three courses featuring imaginative takes on farmed salmon, confit free range chicken thigh and the ubiquitous pork belly slowly cooked for 18 hours. Mains of hot smoked blesbok shank and slow braised beef short rib lead one to delicious desserts of caramelised white chocolate pot au crème and an excellent cheese platter.
The piece de résistance is the marvellous Art Gallery with two delightful dog statues to greet you. Wandering through here is a total pleasure and will definitely leave you with a glow.
So fire up the jalopy and get yourself to Grand Provence before the summer months make it very busy.
PHONE 021 876 8600