1. Three must-do Franschhoek wine experiences

    Three must-do Franschhoek wine experiences
    If you are due to visit Cape Town for your holiday, make sure you include a trip to Franschhoek to experience some of the Cape Wineland's best wine estates. Franschhoek is one of the oldest towns in South Africa and is situated 46 miles outside of Cape Town, surrounded by mountains and vineyards. The name Franschhoek means French Corner and...
  2. Haute Cabriere Launches New Summer Menus

    Haute Cabriere Launches New Summer Menus
    Haute Cabriere, an iconic Franschhoek wine farm and a favourite stop on many of our clients' visits to South Africa, has released their 2017 summer menus. To complement the new menus and the beautiful setting of their location, Haute Cabriere will be extending their Tasting Room and Restaurant opening hours from 1 November. “With summer approaching it only makes sense to make this beautiful setting available for longer, and extend our food and wine offering,” comments Marketing Manager Lientjie McLachlan. New tasting room tapas and oyster menu for summer The Tasting Room will extend its hours 1 November 2017, and will be open from Mondays to Saturdays and Public Holidays from 10am to 6pm and Sundays from 11am to 4pm. A tapas-style, small plates menu has been introduced at the Tasting Room as a perfect accompaniment to the range of Haute Cabriere wines and Méthode Cap Classiques.  Various plates of tapas style food from Haute Cabriere's Tasting Room summer menus with Haute Cabriere's Pierre Jourdan Brut and other wines The small plates menu will be served on the terrace from 11am to 6pm Monday to Saturday during the South African summer season to allow guests to linger a little longer while taking in views of the valley. Restaurant dining now open seven days a week Continue reading →
  3. GlenWood's People, Community and Environment

    GlenWood's People, Community and Environment
    In our previous post on GlenWood, we learned about their history, philosophy and award-winning wines. This post will look at their commitment to people, community and environment as well as the awards and accreditation they and their people have achieved in recent years. People GlenWood is committed to the development of its people and includes this as an element in its business planning and strategy. TRAINING AND AWARDS Over the past few years the following awards have been won by people on the GlenWood team: - Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year - South African Cellar Worker of the Year. GlenWood's Assistant Farm Manager since 2011, Cornel Paulse won Franschhoek Farm Worker of the Year in 2013 and 2015 and placed third in the Western Cape's Farm Worker of the Year in 2015. "In line with our staff development programme, we are currently training two people who we hope to enter next year," said Zinaschke Steyn, GlenWood's Assistant Winemaker. Continue reading →
  4. GlenWood's Award-Winning Wines

    GlenWood's Award-Winning Wines
    We are really excited to be welcoming GlenWood Vineyards' winemaker, DP Burger, to our Shropshire Tasting Rooms this Friday evening. DP will be hosting a food and wine pairing that will feature six of GlenWood’s wines. For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, email us on sales@htfwines.co.uk. A brief history of GlenWood Vineyards GlenWood started it's history as a general farm in 1811 in the Roberstvlei area of Franschhoek. In 1986, Alastair Wood purchased the GlenWood property. His farming dream was to produce wine. “This property immediately attracted me because, not only was it suitable for farming grapes to make quality wine, but it also gave me a wonderful sense of being at the very heart of nature while still being close to the village”, Alastair said. DP joined the team shortly thereafter and spearheaded the property's development over the following twelve years, until the farm was fully planted. Continue reading →
  5. Which Event? Where to find Hard To Find Wines

    Which Event? Where to find Hard To Find Wines
    We have four events currently booked during the months of September and October. Oxford Wine Festival In September, we will be showcasing our wines at the Oxford Wine Festival as part of a group of the UK’s leading wine merchants. The Festival runs from Friday, 8 September to Saturday, 9 September at the Oxford Union. You can buy tickets to the event on the Festival’s website. If you take a look at the Oxford TV footage on the website, you will see us representing Hard To Find Wines at the 2015 Festival. Wozani Three Wine Men Also in September, we will be attending Wozani Three Wine Men. The event will be held at South Africa House on the evening of Tuesday, 12 September. You can buy tickets on the Three Wine Men website. Make sure you come and say hello! Continue reading →
  6. An Evening of Food and Wine with GlenWood

    An Evening of Food and Wine with GlenWood
    You are invited to an intimate evening of food and wine pairing hosted by GlenWood Vineyard's winemaker, DP Burger at Hard To Find Wines' Tasting Room in Shropshire on Friday, 15 September 2017 at 7pm UPDATE: all the accommodation packages have been purchased. We do still have food and wine packages available and we can recommend other local accommodation. Just email us on sales@htfwines.co.uk to enquire. The evening will include a South African taster menu accompanied by the wonderful wines of GlenWood Vineyards based in Franschhoek, South Africa, and will be hosted by DP Burger. DP has been winemaker at GlenWood for 25 years. His family has lived in Franschhoek for five generations. His great-great-grandfather witnessed and recorded the departure of the last elephant from the Franschhoek valley in 1868. Venue [caption id="attachment_757" align="alignleft" width="640"]High Grosvenor, our beautiful, newly-renovated, 16th Century Tudor High Grosvenor, our beautiful, newly-renovated, 16th Century Tudor house[/caption] The evening will be held at Hard To Find Wines' Tasting Room with accommodation available in our beautiful, recently renovated 16th Century Tudor house, High Grosvenor, for those who would like the option of accommodation on-site. Continue reading →
  7. Food and Wine Pairing: Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir Reserve

    Food and Wine Pairing: Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir Reserve
    Once you have your bottles of Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir Reserve ready to open, why not consider serving them with a dish created by Haute Cabriere's very own chef’s Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller. "As chefs, it’s easy to go to a restaurant and be able to know exactly what went into making the particular dish you are eating. Sometimes it’s complicated and if we were not chefs, we would not even attempt or begin to know," said Nic van Wyk. The style of this dish is classic French with a South African twist. "Our style of cooking also means that yes, perhaps things take time, but an average home cook can recreate the flavour," said Westley Muller. Grilled venison, vegetable pave, sauce cassis paired with Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir Reserve Haute Cabriere's Grilled Venison paired with Pinot Noir Reserve "A misconception about venison is that it tastes ‘funny’ or wild. With all natural produce, the flavours vary depending on a lot of things, but with most proteins as well, as soon as you add a sauce to it, only the seasoned palate would be able to pick up if a piece of steak was fed grain or organic food." commented Nic. Despite the three elements in this dish being rather simple on their own, it will take longer than a stew on the stove, but the chefs assured us it is a relatively easy dish to be able to recreate at home. Continue reading →
  8. Haute Cabriere - Part 3: A sustainable future

    Haute Cabriere - Part 3: A sustainable future
    Sustainability and Community Achim and Takuan von Arnim’s wine growing philosophy is set out on the sides of a sundial at the entrance to the Haute Cabriere Cellar: Sun Soil Vine Man. This represents their understanding that the elements of nature: sun and soil, work together with the vine to produce great wine, with man gently and respectfully orchestrating these elements as they create the eventual outcome and expression of the vintage. “Great wines are grown” summarises this perfectly. The three building blocks that form the foundation of Haute Cabriere are: family, focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and Franschhoek. Continue reading →
  9. Haute Cabriere – Part 2: Innovation

    Haute Cabriere – Part 2: Innovation
    Innovation With as distinguished a history as that of Haute Cabriere, it is impressive that the estate has such a passion and drive towards innovation, whilst still showing a great respect and wonder for the past. Pioneering has been with Haute Cabriere since the beginning. So what stories of innovation surround where Haute Cabriere is now? There are many, so here we focus on just a small selection that show what makes Haute Cabriere a wine estate that is constantly innovating and developing. Continue reading →
  10. Haute Cabriere - Part 1: A Taste of History

    [caption id="attachment_661" align="alignleft" width="300"]The Cellar at Haute Cabriere The Cellar at Haute Cabriere[/caption] The Past The first thing that becomes apparent when arriving at Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek, South Africa, is the immense weight of history that the wine estate bears, going as far back as 1694. To put that date in perspective, in the UK that year, both the Bank of England and Greenwich Hospital were established and according to legend, the year before in France, Champagne was created for the first time by Dom Pierre Pérignon who it is said infamously declared "Come quickly, I am drinking the stars". Continue reading →

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