Up until recently I had never heard of Holden Manz Wine Estate in Fraschhoek. Formerly know as ‘Kleingenot’ its off the beaten track, a little out of town and tucked away up the awe inspiring Green Valley road.
Lori and I took a drive into the country last Thursday to check it out.
It was one of those Cape winter days where when it rains it pours, and the only thing you feel like doing is huddling next to a fire, drinking wine, eating delicious food and so that is exactly what we did.
Here are some of the reasons I uncovered as to why you should visit:
- They make award winning wines from their boutique vineyard.
- They have a restaurant called ‘Franschhoek Kitchen’ which is managed by one of the youngest head chefs in the country (Bjorn Dingeman), who makes food that is simple and tasty country cuisine, using locally sourced or home grown ingredients. They are in the process of developing a vegetable garden which will sustain the restaurant 100%. On Saturdays they do breakfasts and al fresco lunches when the farmers market is on. In summer they do picnics, and on Sundays they braai.
- They have an exclusive guest house with a state of the art kitchen which will be back up and running from October and after the renovations.
- They arrange fabulous events and parties that are so out of the ordinary like, fondue nights with trivia quiz’s, and a Monsters ball for Halloween.
- You can get married there or plan a spectacular private party in this stunning setting.
- They have an art gallery.
- One Saturday a month they host a farmers market outside the Franschhoek kitchen selling only the best locally produced goodies and the next one is this week from 9am – 2pm. Its a perfect family outing.
- They have their own spa, and after my fabulous hot stone massage I can highly recommend it.
I just wish I lived a bit closer.