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Franschhoek receives the Service Excellence Award

In an awards ceremony held on 18 March at the Golden Valley Casino in Worcester, the Franschhoek Wine Valley was presented the Service Excellence Award at the Cape Winelands District Municipality Mayoral Tourism Awards.

The prestigious Service Excellence Award is bestowed upon a tourism business that best promotes the tourism industry of the specific town in its respective geographical area, providing visitors with the best local experience possible. Criteria also include a proven track record, as well as projects and campaigns that increase tourism visitation and revenue. Nominees are expected to demonstrate a comprehensive approach in delivering a world-class product and service.

The Best Tourism-Related Event Award was presented to the ATKV-Oesfees at Solms-Delta, which stood out amongst the rest as a business entity hosting a special event, festival or other activity that attracts large crowds of visitors into the Cape Winelands.

In addition La Motte was presented with the Wine Tourism Destination of the Year Award. This award is bestowed upon a wine estate or distillery which offers a unique tourism experience.

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‘We are humbled and honoured to receive the Service Excellence Award, and as a team who works hard at delivering on the criteria, we continue to keep Franschhoek and its offerings top of mind’, comments Franschhoek Wine Valley CEO Jenny Prinsloo. ‘We value the Cape Winelands Mayoral Award Programme, and would like to thank the Executive Mayor and the Cape Winelands District Municipality team for their continued support.’

Posted by: Susan Huxter
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More reasons to visit Franschhoek

Our beautiful valley, Franschhoek, has long been lauded as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa for its world-class restaurants and wineries. Discover unique local ingredients in seasonal dishes created by our region’s top chefs at: The Tasting Room, The Living Room, Bread & Wine, Foliage, La Motte and so on.

But there’s so much more: Franschhoek is a hub of culture with a jam-packed programme of festivals throughout the year, museums to visit and natural beauty to explore.

Plus, here are two more reasons to visit:

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Shopping
Looking for a quirky, unusual gift? Franschhoek high street has many interesting shops to peruse, offering items from homeware to clothing and beyond. At LQF we have two exciting shopping options, our new emporium, B.gorgeous (stocking all things wonderful and unique) and our Le Creuset pop-up shop.

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Sculpture from is art: "Marina" bronze, edition out of 5. Cobus Haupt

Art
Spend a day browsing South African art—then join us for a glass of wine. In fact, pick up that glass of wine and take a walk around LQF to view our collection of local art, from paintings to sculptures.

Our favourite local art gallery, is art, is located just across the road from us. Make time to also visit: Pierneef Museum, The Saol Art Museum, Dylan Lewis, and the Franschhoek Live Craft Centre.

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10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse

CHASE has included Le Quartier Francais in this excellent list of turndowns. See the article: 10 Hotel Turndown Services You Can’t Refuse.

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And here’s our mention:

Sleep Tight
Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek, Cape Winelands, South Africa has a sweet way of wishing guests pleasant dreams. Once the housekeeping team has turned down the bed, they attach a brightly-colored note with a handwritten message to the bathroom mirror. The messages say things like “Sweet dreams,” “Sleep tight,” “Slumber well” and “Good night.” Next to the note: a single bloom vase with a freshly handpicked flower from the property’s garden.

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Summer dining overlooking our garden

Our Living Room is comprised of three spaces: The Garden Room, The Reading Room and the Lounge Bar; where you can tuck into scrumptious all day grazing, local wine and artisan cocktails.

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New on the menu is this dish of summer tomatoes, baked Camembert bruschetta, with olives. We recommend you eat it overlooking our summer garden, with a glass of  Môreson Chardonnay. The menu.

Tables looking out over the garden

Tables looking out over the garden

The view of the Garden Room from outside

The view of the Garden Room from outside

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A visit to Franschhoek Cellar

Some of our team were recently treated to a day at Franschhoek Cellar. The team enjoyed wine-tastings, a tour of the historic property and a picnic-style lunch.

Thank you for showing us a great day out!

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Franschhoek Cellar used to be known as Franschhoek Vineyards Ltd. It was founded in 1945 ‘by a group of local farmers to vinify their grapes on a co-operative basis’.

Though, these days Franschhoek Cellar is operates as a private winery and is a wonderful place to visit; here are some of our tips:

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  • Bring the kids! Looking for a family-friendly wine experience? There’s a garden/picnic area where you can have a relaxed lunch as well as a kiddies playground.
  • Fun wine-tastings: do the chocolate and wine pairings, the cheese and wine pairing.
  • Learn something about Franschhoek, through the range of wines named after historical heritage sites.
  • A plethora of tasting rooms: visit the Brampton studio, Bernard Premium tasting room as well as the Bellingham & Franschhoek Cellars tasting rooms.
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A word on Num Nums

It’s num num season at LQF. Our hedges are strung like Christmas trees with the red, juicy baubles.

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“It’s an acidic fruit with a hint of spice,” says Margot Janse. “In texture, it’s very fresh, soft yet crunchy.”

What to do with this indigenous fruit? “You can make it into a preserve, a purée, an ice cream—flip you can do anything you want with it. Eat it straight off the bush!

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It’s official name is the Carissa macrocarpa, but it’s also known as the ‘Natal plum, big num-num, grootnoem-noem and amatungulu.’

These plum-like fruits don’t only grow in Franschhoek, but are also prolific in coastal regions from Humansdorp through Kwazulu-Natal and Mozambique.

Keen to grow your own? Here are some tips:
Plant one metre apart to form a dense, impenetrable hedge in full sun to semi-shade in good garden soil, enriched with compost. It can be pruned if necessary. It is best grown from seed, but can also be grown from cuttings. Fill the seed tray with soil and compact lightly. Treat seed with a pre-emergence fungicide and sow in the tray, cover the seed with a thin layer of soil or compost and water well. Store tray in a wind-free area. Once germinated, replant seedlings into well-composted soil. Seedlings can be fed with a liquid fertilizer.

Source: www.plantzafrica.com

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Posted in: Chefs, Food, Franschhoek, Ingredients,
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Hot deal: Blessing of the Harvest 2015

It’s soon time for our family farm’s annual harvest party on 7 February 2015!

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Don’t miss this day of fun: making wine the traditional way, tasting (and drinking) Môreson’s award wining wines—and feasting at famous farm restaurant, Bread & Wine.

We’re offering a special hot deal for our last three large tables! Book for 10 people, and only pay for 8!

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More info:
Come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.

As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.

Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2015 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.

Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.

Cost per person R520pp ; children between 5-14, R225 each .

Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

7th FEBRUARY 2015 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME

10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of day

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Like a virgin

Our mixologists have taken the same amount of care with our non-alcoholic cocktails as they have with the rest. You won’t find any watered down virgin mojitos or sickly-sweet virgin strawberry daiquiris.

No, instead expect cooling artisan drinks made from local ingredients, incorporating homemade sodas and infusions.

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Strawberry & baobab solice: a refreshing fruit trio

Cool down with these summer sippers too

Passion pop
Sparkling, tangy granadilla

Homemade lemonade
Zesty & savorous

Kapokbos soda
Earthy & lemony

Homemade Gingerbeer
Fresh with a spicy kick

Want to know more? Take a look at The Living Room’s beverage menu.

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In the pink!

In The Living Room our team has got a brand-new-look. And, yes, of course it’s pink! Let us know what you think in the comments, we’d love to hear from you!

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What is The Living Room? Three spaces for all day grazing. Think artisan cocktails and sharing plates in The Lounge Bar, sumptuous breakfasts in the idyllic Garden Room – and a laid-back atmosphere for coffee in the Reading Room. Whatever you’re looking for; there’s a spot for you in our Living Room.

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Blessing of the Harvest 2015 at Môreson

It’s time for our family farm’s annual harvest party!

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At Môreson we believe that wine is about 3 things; passion, love and magic. It’s what we put into everything we do, into every bottle of wine we make and it’s what makes our annual Blessing of the Harvest an event not to be missed.

In 2015, come and join us and delight in making wine the old fashioned way. Handpick your own basket of grapes and then press them using your feet, which are, incidentally, the oldest wine making tools in the business.

As you’ll soon discover wine making is a tiring job. This is why we insist that you join us for a special feast at Bread & Wine, our famous farm restaurant, to finish off a day of Blessing the Harvest. If you’re looking for inspiration, or you’d like to get an idea of what you have to look forward to with your own wine, try some of our award winning wines. They are all guaranteed to quench the thirst you’ve no doubt worked up.

Over lunch, while you’re enjoying your food and relaxing with your wine, give the Blessing of the Harvest label design competition a whirl. Who knows it could be your label design that is selected to adorn the 2015 Blessing of the Harvest bottles.

Most people have such a blast that they come back a year later to partake in another Blessing of the Harvest. They also use this return visit to pick up the wine that they made the previous year, if they haven’t already collected it.

Go here to see pics from last year’s event.

Cost per person R520pp ; children between 5-14, R225 each .

Confirmation of booking by pre-payment only. Should you require further information, or be interested in attending, please contact Tina, at tel. no. 021-876 3692/4004 or by email breadandwine@moreson.co.za.

Regrettably no pets.

7th FEBRUARY 2015 BLESSING OF THE HARVEST PROGRAMME

10h30 – 11h00 a glass of sparkling wine on arrival
11h00 – 11h45 Hand picking
12h00 – 12h30 Foot stomping
13h00 Label design competition and lunch
17h00 End of day

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