One of our absolute favourite things to do is to taste wine – all kinds of wine. With cheese. With chocolate. On its own. We enjoy it all and we are very spoilt in Cape Town, because we are surrounded by beautiful wine. Not only beautiful wine, but also beautiful wine estates with lush green lawns and views as far as the eye can see. We have done our fair share of wine tasting in our time (Constantia, Stellenbosch, Robertson are just a few of the wine regions we have explored) but we have hardly touched the surface when it comes to the Franschhoek Wine Valley. This is something we plan to fix since our recent visit and wine tasting at the Franschhoek Cellar.
The Franschhoek Cellar is made up of a few different areas including The Platform, where you can enjoy tapas and flatbreads, the cellar door where you can spend a lazy afternoon tasting wine and cheese/chocolate pairings. There is also a very fancy area called the Mountain View, which is used for formal and private tastings and is set in the red wine maturation cellar (how cool). In addition, the Franschhoek Cellar also boasts a beautiful function area AND a couple of self-catering cottages. It’s quite the impressive spot and you can quite easily spend a few days drinking good wine, eating delicious food and relaxing to the max.
Wine Tasting at the Franschhoek Cellar
Our visit was 100% wine related and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. Firstly, the setting is super comfortable with a really relaxed atmosphere. We settled in at one of their intimate window facing tables and spent a ridiculous amount of time getting to know their wines, chatting to the friendly (and knowledgeable) staff and really just enjoying our Sunday-funday.
The Franschhoek Cellar Wine and Cheese Tasting
We started with the wine and cheese tasting which included 6 wines from the Franschhoek Cellar range, specially paired with 6 hand-made cheeses from Truckles Traditional Cheese. Whilst we enjoyed all of the combinations, the standouts included the Fortina cheese with Our Town Hall Chardonnay and the Gorgonzola cheese with Old Museum Merlot. The tasting costs R55 per person and it was a good mix of flavours. We really loved that each of the bottles in the Franschhoek Cellar range represents famous landmarks in Franschhoek.
The Franschhoek Cellar Wine and Chocolate Tasting
We then moved on to the wine and chocolate tasting which we loved! The tasting included 6 wines from the Franschhoek Cellar range, paired with 8 hand-made Belgian chocolates from Huguenot Fine Chocolates. You might be wondering why there were 8 chocolates and only 6 wines? Well… 2 of the 6 wines paired so well with not 1, but 2 chocolates so they decided to include them both. Look, it is always a good decision to have more chocolate and we quite enjoyed letting them know which WE thought should have made the cut. Our wine and chocolate highlights were the green fig chocolate with Statue de Femme Sauvignon Blanc and the Cinnamon Milk chocolate with Baker Station Shiraz. Although if we have to be completely, completely honest – they were all a hit. The tasting costs R65 per person which we thought was great value for money. The portions were good and big enough to go back for a second and third taste.
All in all, a very good wine tasting session was had and we are very keen to pop in for a bite to eat and a snooze in the new cottages sometime in the near future.
The Franschhoek Cellar
R45, Franschhoek Main Road, Franschhoek Valley
Tel: (+27) 21 876 2086
Open: Monday – Saturday 10h00 to 18h00
Sunday 11h00 to 17h00