Franschhoek, South Africa
At a Glance
Take a fascinating tour of the cellar with one of Grande Provence's award wining winemakers
Soak up the atmosphere of arguably Franschhoek's most private and luxurious estate
Enjoy Darren Badenhorst's delicious combination of "fine dining French cuisine with an Asian twist"
Be blown away by the extraordinary views along the Franschoek Wine Valley
Catch the latest work by some of Southern Africa's most celebrated contemporary artists
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The Winelands are a wonderful year-round destination and enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, somewhat like the South of France, which is what makes the area perfect for grape-growing. Summer is the reverse of the Northern hemisphere. The best season visit is September to March when it is hot, sunny and dry. From April to August it cools down with some rain.
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Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate is nestled within the Franschhoek Valley in the Western Cape, surrounded by mature oak trees and 30 hectares of lush established vines. It is located in the heartland of the South African wine country.
Grande Provence was first established by European settlers at the start of the 18th century. The Wine Estate sits within the heart of South Africa's wine country in the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. Vines flank the driveways and are interspersed with magnificent 300 year old oaks and manicured hedgerows lending the estate a stately gravitas.
Boasting an award winning vineyard, the fine wines produced at Grande Provence are the beating heart of the estate. Guests can enjoy complimentary wine tasting and cellar tours, and the award-winning premium range Grand Provence wines are included in the rates for Guests staying at the Owner's Cottage or La Provencal.
The Owner's Cottage is available on a separate room basis, it is ideal for both couples and larger groups. La Provencal has recently been added to the accommodation options at the estate. Set on the other side of the Manor House from the Owner's Cottage, La Provencal is made up of two suites, this option is already popular with small groups and families, or larger groups wanting to take over all seven suites in both buildings.
The accommodation benefits from privacy, afforded by the layout of the estate. Set around the private Manor House, the Owners Cottage and La Provencal are separated from the public venues: restaurant, winery and art gallery, by a tributary of the Berg River. This separation symbolically also represents the distinction between the working winery and the accommodation. In contrast to the Cape Dutch architecture of the Manor House and surrounding buildings, the restaurant and wine-making area have been built in a chic and industrially contemporary architectural design. Open spaces, steel, skylights and galvanised metals create fabulous functional spaces.
Grande Provence is also home to a widely acclaimed art gallery. Showcasing some of the South Africa's leading contemporary artists, the quality of the work on show has attracted attention from collectors, both within South Africa and Internationally.
The Owner's Cottage offers luxurious and en-suite accommodation for a maximum of 10 Guests in five suites, including a deluxe Honeymoon Suite. The rooms are beautifully appointed and spread between a small grouping of historic Cape Dutch buildings.
In the main building of the Cottage is a spacious lounge and modern, fully equipped kitchen and conservatory.
Guests at the Cottage are able to take advantage of the swimming pool and the secluded spa pool, with views over the vineyards. The relaxing atmosphere of the outside loggia, adjacent to the pool is a great location for al fresco dining.
The Cottage can either be shared on a Bed and Breakfast basis, or used exclusively by one party.
Grande Provence have recently added La Provencal, a two bedroom cottage close to the Manor House. Popular with families and small groups for its privacy, La Provencal adds new options at Grande Provence.
The Western Cape is blessed with fabulous ingredients. The Restaurant's Head Chef Darren Badenhorst emphasises his desire to prepare honest, fresh and delicious food for his Guests. Darren works closely with Michelin star Chef Michel Louws from Huka Lodge in New Zealand, Grande Provence's sister property. Each chef challenges one another to push their kitchen's to their full potential. The results are wonderful!
Wine tastings and cellar tours are a fascinating experience at this small award winning winery. The team here is incredibly passionate about their award winning wines.
Massages, facials and other treatments can be organised in the privacy of your suite. Private yoga and pilates classes are also available on request.
All activities throughout the Cape can be organised from Grande Provence, whether this be in the Winelands area or further afield.
Rose Gemmell (Staff)
A traditional Cape Dutch Wine Estate, Grande Provence is the ideal place to experience the Winelands and everything on offer here. The rooms are beautifully decorated and very comfortable and the Owners Cottage is ideal for large families or groups of friends.
The art gallery here has an incredible collection with works from some of South Africas leading contemporary artists and a unique sculpture garden.
The winery is amazing and we were lucky enough to have a food and wine pairing experience here which I cannot recommend enough!
Camilla Whitworth (Staff)
Quite the most beautiful setting - the estate feels very opulent with the most fabulous vineyards flanking the way into the estate and stunning mountain views. The restaurant is outstanding with a lovely sitting area outside underneath the huge old trees - it is the ideal place to come and have a lazy lunch after a wine tour around the farm. The art gallery is again, very impressive and worth a wonder through the sculpture garden too. Even if you do not stay at Grand Provence, take the time to have lunch here and wander through the gorgeous grounds.
Grande Provence is perfect option for a family group looking to take over the whole of the owners cottage and La Provencale exclusively. You will literally have your own fabulous private house in the middle of the winelands with impeccable service and great staff. There is also a lovely garden and private pool.
Dine at Babel
A trip to the Winelands is not complete without visiting Babylonstoren. A walk through the gardens is a fantastic experience, time your visit to take advantage of Babel's opening times. Lunch here is not to be missed!
Dinner reservation at Tokara
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Le Quartier Lounge Bar
Le Quartier Lounge Bar is a recently opened, stylish cocktail bar at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. Mixologist, Matthew Roberts is quickly making it Franschhoek's evening 'hot spot' with his unique, African-inspired cocktails.
Private guided Winelands tour - Full Day
Exploring the Winelands with a private guide comes highly recommended. Not only do you avoid the question of who's driving, but you'll be taken to some hidden gems you'd never find in a guidebook, and the tour can be completely tailored to your interests.
The Garden at Babylonstoren
Take the opportunity to explore the wonderful acres of Babylonstoren's gardens. Team up with the gardeners for a fun and interactive experience.
Waterford Estate Vineyard Safari
Waterford Wine Estate, in the heart of Stellenbosch offers a range of tours for visitors, including a Wine Safari Tour in a safari style Land Rover, a Wine and Chocolate Tasting Tour and a Reserve Vintage Tasting Tour.
Wine at Babylonstoren
Enjoy an interactive tour of a working wine farm. Babylonstoren take you from the grape to the finished product. The enthusiasm and commitment to the Babylonstoren ideal shines through on this tour.
Location & directions
Franschhoek, South Africa
Situated in the heart of the Franschhoek Wine Valley, Grande Provence is approximately a 1-hour drive from Cape Town.
How to get there
Take the N1 highway to Paarl. Take exit number 55 Paarl-Main Road /Franschhoek. Turn right at the bottom of the exit and drive for 1.3 km, passing under the N1 highway. Turn left into the R45 to Franschhoek at the Franschhoek sign. Follow the R45 towards Franschhoek Village, over the Berg River and Grande Provence will be signposted on your right hand side.