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Chardonnay, Earth Hour and wine and dine events at Grande Provence

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It’s been a while since I visited this timeless venue, that combines art and history, fine fare and winning wine in an elegant, seamless invitation to linger. It’s one of Franschhoek’s most historic farms and one that wears its centuries lightly.

While planning to soak up some Grande Provence charm this month I have been sampling their 2014 wooded chardonnay with enjoyment. It is full-flavoured, well-balanced, with oak and fruit - stone fruit and citrus – offset by a freshness that makes it an enjoyable summery aperitif as well as a wine that will partner complex salads, poultry and shellfish with panache. It sells for R150 from the farm.

Mid-March will see Earth Hour being marked across the globe. Grande Provence celebrates the occasion with a special dinner, served by candle and lantern light between 8 and 9,30pm on Saturday March 19. Chef Darren Badenhorst will complement the occasion with a menu of sustainably sourced and free-range produce, cooked, where possible, over open fires. There’s an alternative Earth Hour lunch as well, cosing R395, while dinner is R695 a head and includes a welcome glass of bubbly.


Looking ahead to April, the farm will present the first of their annual monthly Wine and Dine Collaboration dinners on April 29. Chef Badenhorst tailors his menu to suit the wines, which starts with chardonnay, including those of De Morgenzon, Iona and Newton Johnson vineyards. Cost: R695 a head. To book call 021 876 8600 or email

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