Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Wine tasting on Sunday in Franschhoek: Grande Provence, Chamonix, Dieu Donne

It's always great to spend the weekends out in the winelands, but not all farms are open on Sundays, which can be quite annoying as that's is when most people are free. So, a few friends of mine and I decided to head out to Franschhoek in search of wineries open on Sunday.

Our first stop was Grande Provence. It's R50 per person to taste 8 wines (or R40 for 4), of which my favourite were the Chardonnay and Viognier/Chenin Blanc blend. They have a cozy fireplace and a cool intimate tasting room. It was pouring with rain, so we were grateful for the warmth!

The Winery is open for tasting from 10am to 6pm daily with Cellar Tours weekdays at 11am and 3pm (R15 per person).
For info, visit the website:

The tasting room at Grande Provence

The tasting room at Grande Provence has a cosy fireplace.

A list of prices on the chalk board at the tasting room at Grande Provence

We then headed to Dieu Donne, which has a great restaurant and cosy tasting room with a fireplace.
The tasting room is open until 4pm, 7 days a week.
The Roca Restaurant offers great hearty dishes on their winter chalkboard menu, such as braised lamb shanks, eisbein and slow-roasted pork belly.  The view from the restaurant overlooking the valley is also phenomenal.
For more information, visit the websites:

Dieu Donne tasting room

Tasting wines at Dieu Donne

Dieu Donne tasting room with fireplace

eisbein at Roca Restaurant

Lamb shank at Roca Restaurant 
Chamonix was our last stop. They are open 7 days a week until 5pm for sales and 4:30pm on Sunday for tasting. Tastings are located in The Blacksmith's Cottage, built in the late 18th Century and converted into our comfortable tasting venue. Tastings are from R20 per person. 
Their Troika (red blend) and Pinot Noir are absolutely amazing...

For more information, visit:


Mon Plaisir Restaurant

Mon Plaisir Restaurant 

The wine tasting ladies at Chamonix

Our car boot after the afternoon wine tasting in Franschhoek

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