What's on in Franschhoek in August 2014?
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August 2014

Get into the swing of spring and sample superb wines at this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival, over the weekend of 27 and 28 September. Wineries in and around the Valley will be putting out the stops showcasing limited releases wines and possibly a new release (or two).

Don’t miss out on the wine specials either, valid for the weekend only. The perfect excuse to stock up on your wine collection as you travel from farm to farm. Choose to stop and sample wines or take in the entertainment and activities on offer at some of the farms. Look forward to cellar and vineyard tours, food and wine pairings, art exhibitions and live entertainment.

Get your Uncorked Weekend Pass, at a cost of R120 per person, and available directly from Your pass includes a tasting glass and free wine tastings at the participating wineries for the duration of the weekend.

For more info contact the Franschhoek Wine Valley offices on 021 876 2861 or visit for further details and a list of participating farms. For regular updates follow us on Twitter @Franschhoek_SA.

8 August 2014
The Pop-Up Bacon Bar
will once again be hosting Burgers, Bubbles and Beats this August, 08 – Book your space – entry is FREE ! (phone) ++ 27 21 8762151 /

There will be the most incredible bacon burgers, the perfect foil for racy Miss Molly—and Newton & Co are back to make sweet music for y’all.
La Motte Food & Wine Tasting
Date(s) - 8, 15 and 22 August 2014

10:00 - 11:30
La Motte Tasting Room

Join us for the La Motte Food and Wine Tasting presented from a private room in our elegant Tasting Room for the pairing of five La Motte wines with five tastings of Pierneef à La Motte’s cuisine created by Chef Chris Erasmus. And, although the little tasters in the Food and Wine Tastings are beautifully presented as examples of haute cuisine, they represent flavours and tastes we experience every day and will guide guests towards more reliable future food and wine selections, with reference to weight and intensity, as well as the influence of the primary taste sensations.

Reservations are essential and can be made with Werner, at: T +27 (0)21 876 8820, E Available to groups of 8 to 16 people. Cost: R120 per person.
Haute Cabriere celebrates Women's Day!

As it's Woman’s day this Saturday 9th August, Hildegard von Arnim will be conducting the Cellar Master’s Tour.

All ladies joining the tour will get a complimentary ticket – seats are limited though!

To book call: 021-876-8500.

La Motte Sustainable Walk
Date(s) - 12, 19 and 26 August 2014

09:00 - 10:30
La Motte Tasting Room
Joining La Motte’s other Green Initiatives, the Organic Walk will offer visitor’s the opportunity for a guided walk through the sustainably farmed organically grown vineyards where various cultivars are planted, a stroll through La Motte’s indigenous landscaped gardens and past the Protea gardens where various “fynbos” species are cultivated, ending with a special visit to the organic vegetable and herb garden that supplies the restaurant and farm shop with farm fresh produce.
Reservations are essential and can be made at: T +27 (0)21 876 8820 E Please wear comfortable walking shoes. Cost: R50 per person.

A workshop on PRUNING of trees on Babylonstoren. Presented by : Anton Roux and Liesl – curator of our garden. Join us on the 13th & 27th August 2014. Learn about different types and ways of pruning trees. For our day visitors reserve your spot with Bronwynne or Deidre on Only 20 ‘seats’ available

La Motte Historic Walk
Date(s) - 13, 20 and 27 August 2014

10:00 - 11:15

La Motte Museum

Join us on Wednesday mornings at the La Motte Museum for a brief résumé of the history and heritage of the estate, after which the tour proceeds through La Motte’s rose garden and dwells at four national monuments gracing the Franschhoek Valley landscape. A highlight of the Historic Walk is the milling of stone-ground flour, by the oldest operating mill in the Franschhoek Valley, for the bread baked in the Pierneef à La Motte kitchen.

The walk is concluded with a tasting of these artisan breads.. Reservations are essential and can be made with Eliz-Marié, at: T +27 (0)21 876 8850, E Cost: R50

16 August 2014
Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyard,
together with Opulent Living Experiences, is set to present a special fundraising lunch in aid of the Cape Leopard Trust’s 10th anniversary. Launched in 2004, The Cape Leopard Trust is a conservation group with research projects which concentrate on Cape leopards as well as on other predators, including caracal and black eagle.

The culinary event features celebrity chefs as well as MCs. ‘Three chefs that will each prepare one dish on the day – Neil Jewell (Bread and Wine, Môreson), Vanessa Marx (Dear Me) andPieter de Jager who will be right at home in his own kitchen – will prepare a relaxed family-style lunch together with three celebrities (to be announced) joining them in the kitchen. Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp and Ian Bredenkamp will lead guests through the afternoon’s proceedings’.

A donation of R1 500 per person guarantees entry to the event. The Cape Leopard Trust will receive 100% of the proceeds as well as the money raised via an auction on the day.

Reservations can be made with Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards (Contact Lené van der Merwe at +27 (0)21 876 8002 or  or Opulent Living (Contact Kelly Veldhuis at +27 (0)21 433 1699 or

Leopard's Leap - 19 August 2014
The depth of flavour and slow-cooked ways of Moroccan cuisine is ideal for a warming winter meal. Warm up in the kitchen with the flavour combinations and spices of North-African cuisine and cook a traditional lamb tagine in a rich and spicy tomato sauce.
R 650 per person
Contact: Lené van der Merwe at 021 876 8002 or

Date &Time
Date(s) – 19/08/2014
9:30 am – 1:00 pm

A bread-making experience at Bread & Wine on Moreson
23 August

Keen to have the scent of baking bread fill your home? Learn from the best baker in town, Tina Jewell with a bread-making experience at Bread & Wine on Môreson wine farm. To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or Maximum group size 10 people, cost per person R700.00 (excludes drinks)

Also read more about the mini bread-making courses...
FWV attends First-aid training
FWV staff attended a Basic First Aid and Life Support Training held in the Dwarsrivier Valley on 21st-23rd July 2014. The purpose of this learning programme was to equip learners with the necessary skills to assess an emergency situation and provide basic Life Support and Basic First Aid in order to stabilize casualties before the transfer to emergency services. The course was made up on time spent in formal facilitation, practicals, self-study, as well as formative and summative assessments.

The training was made possible by Cape Winelands District Municipality and 17 learners from the Greater Stellenbosch area were able attended.
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