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  • Black Friday 2018 Offers

    Black Friday 2018 is upon us!

    Up to 40% Discount on Selected Cases

    To celebrate Black Friday 2018, we are offering Hard to Find Wines customers savings of up to 40% on selected cases of wine.

    Don't delay! These offers are only valid this weekend.


     

    Orange River Cellars Taster Case
    £38.00

    Was: £53.44
    (29% off)

    A taster case of Orange River Cellars wines

    An outstanding value 6 bottle taster case from Orange River Cellars, a South African vineyard located in Upington. A great selection for parties.


     

    Pinotage Half Case
    £60.00

    Was: £73.74
    (19% off)

    A taster case of South African pinotage

    Pinotage is South Africa's signature variety and we have selected 6 wines we believe to be some of the best examples of this unique grape from 6 different vineyards.


     

    Haute Cabriere Taster Case
    £60.00

    Was: £82.94
    (28% off)

    A taster case of Haute Cabriere wines

    Renowned for the Pierre Jourdan Methode Cap Classique sparkling range Cabriere also produce a range of still wines using the traditional Champagne varieties Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.


     

    Bladen Taster Half Case
    £69.00

    Was: £92.94
    (26% off)

    Bladen wines taster case header photo

    Dave and Christine Macdonald started this vineyard from scratch, and although still only small, manage to craft stunning whites and reds that encapsulate the Marlborough region. This taster case contains a selection of 6 of Bladen's red and white wines.


     

    Explorer 12 Bottle Mixed Case
    £95.00

    Was: £155.88
    (40% off)

    A 12 bottle case of wines from around the world
    A mixed case of wines from around the world, including wines from Spain, USA, Australia, Chile, Luxembourg, Argentina and South Africa. The 12 bottles include sparkling, white, red and dessert wines.


     

    South African 12 Bottle Selection
    £100.00

    Was: £147.88
    (33% off)

    A 12 bottle case of South African wines

    This selection of wines we have picked from our premier South African vineyards. Includes wines from Haute Cabriere, Glenwood, Zorgvliet, Orange River, La Couronne, Asara, Rainbow's End, Lanzerac and De Krans.


     

    Don't delay! Buy your Black Friday 2018 wines today. Special offer lasts for this weekend only!

  • Five Fun Itinerary Ideas - Cape Winelands

    It's the start of the summer season in South Africa and that means it's the time of year that visitors from the UK make their way to the Cape Winelands. Here are five must do's to add to any itinerary when visiting Franschhoek and Stellenbosch.

    Picnics at Mont Rochelle

    In addition to the Country Kitchen and Miko Restaurant, Mont Rochelle offers delicious picnics baskets. Two adults can share a basket that includes cheeses, charcuteries, salads, wraps and more (especially the delicious dessert). Kids under 12 receive their own basket with a child-appropriate menu.

    For more information, visit Mont Rochelle's website here.

    MCC and canapes at Le Lude

    We always have time for bubbles and the perfect spot to enjoy a tasting of Method Cap Classique is at Le Lude in Franschhoek. Their enchanting and beautiful setting complements their wonderful wines and their canape tasting is definitely worth trying. Le Lude offers three canape options, including a selection for vegetarians.

    The rose garden at Le Lude

    While at Le Lude, make sure you take in their glorious rose garden and the views across the surrounding Franschhoek mountains.

    For more information, visit Le Lude's website here.

    Find Wine and Food Pairing at GlenWood

    The tranquil setting at GlenWood is the perfect backdrop for a very innovative tasting experience. On arrival, you will be presented with a specifically designed tasting palette offering six tastings that compliment six of GlenWood's wines. After tasting, select your lunch main course from your favourite tasting and a glass of wine to accompany it.

    GlenWood Fine Wine and Food Experience

    You will not be disappointed by this perfectly planned and prepared tasting! The exquisite wines and the delicious meals accompanying them are not to be missed.

    Learn more on the GlenWood website here.

    Horseback Wine Tasting at Rickety Bridge and Mont Rochelle

    This is one for the horse lovers among us! Beginner or advanced, this experience will be one you thoroughly enjoy.

    The wine tasting on horseback experience begins at Paradise Stables and lasts around four hours. You pass GlenWood and ride towards Rickety Bridge where you will stop for a wine tasting. After that, it's back on the horses and on to Mont Rochelle for another wine tasting.

    Horseback wine tour stopping at Rickety Bridge

    Such beautiful vistas surround you on this unique tasting and excellent wines await you at each stop. You will be so pleased you included this on your itinerary.

    For more information, visit Paradise Stables' website here.

    Duck Parade and Saturday Market at Vergenoegd

    The very first vineyard at the start of the Stellenbosch Winelands, closest to Cape Town, is the Vergenoegd Low Wine Estate. Along with very good wines, they also have a very novel parade by their pest controlling Indian Runner Ducks a few times a day.

    Vergenoegd Duck Parade

    Each Saturday, Vergenoegd hosts a market from 9am until 3pm, offering crafts, food, beverages, wine tastings and live entertainment. If fitness is your thing, then why not start Saturday off with an early morning run at 8am, hosted by Vergenoegd.

    For more information on these and other activities offered by Vergenoegd, visit their website here.

    There are so many other activities to enjoy when visiting the Cape Winelands. Are there any others you are looking forward to when visiting? Let us know and we can feature those on an upcoming blog post.

  • Win a Case of South African Sparkling Wines

    To celebrate summer, we are giving away a selection of some of the best sparkling wines South Africa has to offer!

    All six bottles are produced using the Methode Cap Classique process used in producing Champagne. The result is top quality Sparkling Wines with a fine mousse and lots of flavour.

    Enter by clicking here.

     


     

    The six bottle mixed case includes:

    - Pierre Jourdan Brut
    - Klein Constantia Brut
    - Le Lude Brut
    - Lanzerac Blanc de Blancs
    - Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose
    - Stony Brook Bailey Rose

    Enter our South African Sparkling Wine Competition now to stand a chance to win this case of excellent SA Sparkling Wines!

    Click here to enter online.

    If you can't wait for the competition to end, you can purchase your own case here for a discounted price of £100!


     

    Competition is open to UK residents only. You must be over 18 to enter. No purchase necessary. Competition closes 31 August 2018. See full Terms and Conditions when you enter.

  • Le Lude Part 1: Where Mathematics & Mystique Meet

    Paul Gerber, winemaker at Le Lude, was teaching mathematics when he got married. “Within a few months of getting married, I convinced my wife to let me go and study oenology at Stellenbosch.”

    When he finished, he specialised in bottle-fermented sparkling wine and worked in Northern Italy, Champagne in France and Germany. On his return to South Africa he did an internship at Graham Beck. This is where he met Nic and Ferda Barrows in 2011.

    The Barrows bought a property in Franschhoek, and they had a very specific vision of creating a specialist Methode Cap Classique cellar. They offered Paul a job and the rest is history.

    Le Lude is a real family affair. The interiors are done by Ferda and the Barrow’s one daughter, Olga, an interior designer. Their other daughter, Nicolene, trained as a chef in Europe and worked in London at La Gavroche for two years before returning and opening Orangerie, the restaurant at Le Lude.

    The Le Lude Approach

    Paul takes a traditional approach to making sparkling wine and uses all the traditional cultivars, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier.  He says, “I don’t see Champagne or for that matter Cap Classique that comes from various areas losing terroir identity. It’s everything but: each component brings something specific to the blend and therein maintaining terroir. The bigger definition of terroir encompasses the philosophy from the region, from the winemaking family and that’s all so much more than just a piece of soil. I think terroir is much deeper than just the soil and we need to see it as this more complex matrix, together.”

    “For me the characteristics in Champagne and bottle-fermented sparkling wine are the length of the wine, the texture on the palate, the finesse and the elegance of the wine. It’s not a big wine. White wines, red wines, they’re the extroverts of the wine world. They give you a lot, whereas Champagne, there’s a bit of mystique there. The nose gives you complexity, but it’s not an exuberant aroma. And the same on the palate. It should start softly and build and that complexity is built with many fine layers. Almost like little pieces of rice paper, that together make something big and full but on their own as they lift up they pull away easily. That is how we see this style of wine.”

    A photo of the view of Franschhoek and vineyards from Le Lude

    Paul told us about how his background in mathematics has influenced his approach to producing Le Lude’s wines. “Cap Classique is a process driven wine and in some way mathematics is process driven. It’s about solving problems, having a systematic approach to doing that. These wines love that. It’s not just about ticking the boxes, it’s about ticking the little boxes in between those boxes. Every decision you make in the vineyard, every decision in the winery has an impact on the bubble that’s going to rise in the glass one day. If you keep that in mind, it means that you look at the wine completely differently when going through the process.”

    When asked about the difference between Champagne and South African MCC, Paul said, “With South African Cap Classique, you should taste the ripeness and fullness. This gives the wine texture and persistence but at the same time it remains elegant with finesse.”

    “Pieter Ferreira of Graham Beck says you can taste the sun in the fruit. You taste the ripeness in the Pinot Noir and the Chardonnay in South African grapes but you still want the finesse of the wine. That’s the characteristics that we see as important for Champagne: finesse, elegance, length. And we want to have all of those ripe fruit characters because that’s our terroir. In Champagne you’re going to have fresh lemon, lime, fresh zesty character. Here you’re going to have a little bit more lemon meringue, or creamy lemon tart. So you are still going to have that ripe, rich flavour, but it’s just that little bit riper.”

    Non-vintage Wines

    Le Lude Brut NV

    A bottle of Le Lude Brut

    The Brut is a blend of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The idea behind the Brut is to highlight the character of the Chardonnay. A little Pinot Noir is added to give a bit of width and density to the palate.

    Tasting notes: elegant citrus blossoms with fresh lime aromas and secondary aromas of nougat, roasted nuts and hints of proving dough. Bright, fresh and elegant palate entry. Aromas of grapefruit, ripe lemon and pear forms a structured mid-palate. The mousse shows finesse and texture with a restrained presence. Length develops delicately on the palate with fine tertiary aromas of caramelised honey, vanilla and dried fig.

    Le Lude Rose NV

    A bottle of Le Lude Rose

    The Brut Rose is to display the character of the Pinot Noir. Paul uses a little Chardonnay in the blend for brightness. The Rose is bigger, fuller, softer and a little more robust than the Brut. It is drier than normal Cap Classique rose but it has a lot of strawberries and cream and raspberry notes on the wine without the weight.

    Tasting notes: ripe cherries, red lollipop and raspberry aromas provide a delicate profile to the wine. These are followed by some hints of grapefruit and wild rose. The palate opens with a voluptuous texture supported by elegant acidity. Initially fresh red berries, wild plum and spice. The length and richness of the palate develops a complexity with raspberry compote and hints of blueberries and aniseed.

    Vintage wines

    Le Lude’s first vintage wines were blended in 2012. All vintage wines are the premium selection of the tanks and from the outset the idea was to mature them for at least five years.

    “The agreement has always been the wines are ready to drink today but must show the potential to age. When we blend, we focus on that because I want to be able to sell you a bottle of non-vintage brut and tell you, you can drink this in three years’ time,” said Paul.

    “The vintage wines have been matured but taste pristine so we know we can say for at least the next five years this wine going to mature beautifully. So then you have a wine that’s ten or twelve years old.”

    Le Lude’s first Blanc de Blanc was harvested in 2015. It took three years and nearly four harvests before Paul decided which blocks to use. “This will become Le Lude’s flagship wine and the benchmark for everything we do at Le Lude. But it’s only for release in 2022.”

    Pairing Le Lude Wines

    Sparkling wine is very versatile when paired with food and Le Lude’s wines are no different.

    Paul told us, “Now that we have the vintage wines, we are going to start doing wine dinners. We have seven wines now that you can serve right throughout the dinner; so six courses plus aperitif. This will be a unique experience to show different styles and how they work with different foods yet are not completely dominated.”

    A Photo of pink roses at Le Lude

    The future

    Sparkling wine is becoming very popular due its versatility and often times more affordable alternatives to Champagne such as MCC.

    “The fact that people are drinking a lot more bottle-fermented sparkling wine is fantastic. It’s good for business but it means all of us need to improve our game, improve the quality that we’re producing. It’s the one thing at Le Lude we keep questioning: how can we do something better? What can create a better experience for our guests?” said Paul.

    “And you don’t want to say at any point to yourself, this is good. I think the day that you say that about your own wine, it’s dangerous. I like the idea of thinking there’s always something that I can improve.”


    Keep an eye on our blog, and look out for Le Lude - Part 2 where you will learn more about the beautiful Le Lude, their wonderful restaurant Orangerie, and Lily Pond House, the perfect getaway to include in your next trip to Franschhoek.

     

  • A Celebration of Haute Cabriere's Wines

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    We are really excited to be welcoming Haute Cabriere's cellar master, Takuan von Arnim to the UK this week. He will be hosting two events in celebration of Haute Cabriere's wonderful wines.

    Our London event is sold out, but there are still a few places at our food and wine pairing event this Saturday evening, to be held at our Shropshire tasting room (accommodation options are available).

    Takuan will host a food and wine pairing evening featuring seven of Haute Cabriere's wines paired with a fabulous menu created by Fresh & Lush Ltd.

    Menu

    On arrival
    Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs

    A bottle of Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blanc

    Freshly baked bread with accompaniments
    Pierre Jourdan Brut NV

    A bottle of Pierre Jourdan Brut by Haute Cabriere

    French onion soup with smoked pancetta and a comté crust
    Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016

    A bottle of Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016 wine

    Twice baked cheese soufflé on a bed of grilled vegetables served with a slow roasted tomato vinaigrette
    Pierre Jourdan Tranquille NV

    A bottle of Pierre Jourdan Tranquille wine

    Chimichurri sea bass with preserved lemon rice and spiced vegetable broth
    Haute Cabriere Unwooded Pinot Noir 2016

    A bottle of Haute Cabriere Unwooded Pinot Noir

    Herb crusted rack of local lamb with thyme and garlic fondant potatoes and orange and redcurrant sauce.
    Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir 2013

    A bottle of Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir Reserve wine

    Melktert with Ratafia poached pear and salt caramel shard
    Pierre Jourdan Ratafia NV

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    Petit fours
    Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose
    A bottle of Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose

    For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit our website:

    Accommodation inclusive package
    Event only package

    Or email us on sales@htfwines.co.uk.

    To learn more about Haute Cabriere and their wines, you can view our 3-part series on our blog:

    A Taste of History

    Innovation

    A Sustainable Future

  • In Celebration of Champagne

    February, the month of romance and love, is in full swing. Valentine’s Day, chocolate and Champagne have been featured everywhere this month.

    In the world of wine however, Champagne is only one type of sparkling wine. It’s probably the best known but definitely not the only one. But great Champagne is most often less than affordable. There are however, many affordable options from all around the world that will certainly leave your pocket feeling less strained but still are of good quality!

    Much of the bubbly from outside of Champagne is produced using the same methods and often with the same grape varietals.

    Here are some tips to help you navigate the world of bubbles.

    Tip 1: French Champagne-style Alternatives

    Champagne is not the only region of France producing great bubbly. France has a total of 23 other wine regions producing fabulous sparkling wines such as Crémant d'Alsace, Crémant de Bordeaux, Crémant de Bourgogne, Anjou mousseux AOC and Blanquette de Limoux AOC.

    Tip 2: International Champagne-style Alternatives

    Keep your eyes open for international alternatives. Here is a list of names of non-French wines made using the same traditional methods used to create Champagne around the world:

    - South Africa: Methode Cap Classique

    - Spain: Cava or Espumoso

    - Portugal and Argentina: Espumante

    - Italy: Metodo Classico

    - Germany and Austria: Sekt

    - USA, Australia, etc: Traditional Method or Méthode Champenoise

    There are other sparkling wines such as Prosecco, but this is not made using the same method as Champagne.

    Tip 3: Serve your bubbly at the right temperature

    All sparkling wines should be served between 6 and 8°C. Anything warmer could cause the wine to lose flavour and bubbles too quickly.

    Tip 4: How to open the bottle correctly

    To avoid unnecessary wastage or an F1-style shower, opening the bottle of bubbly correctly is essential. Whilst some, like Takuan von Arnim, Cellar Master at Haute Cabriere are masters in the art of sabrage (opening the bottle using a sabre!), most of us need to use more simple methods to extract a cork!

    A photo of Takuan von Arnim, Cellar Master at Haute Cabriere doing sabotage

    To avoid injury to yourself and your guests, it is necessary to control the release of the cork. There are two ways to do this. The first involves grasping the cork firmly and twisting the bottle slowly. The cork travel upwards as the bottle twists, but you still retain a good deal of control when the cork separates from the bottle. The second method involves loosening the wire cap but not removing it entirely. This aids in keeping additional control.

    Both methods, as long as they are done slowly and with control, will ensure that bubbles are preserved.

    Tip 5: Pouring and serving sparkling wines to preserve bubbles

    In order to maintain effervescence, bubbly should be served in a long flute. It is also very importance to trickle the wine down the side of the glass while tilting at an angle. This ensures more carbon dioxide remains in the wine, enhancing the taste and mouth-feel of the wine.

    Tip 6: Pairing bubbly with food

    The best thing about bubbly is that it is so very versatile. It is no longer primarily a celebratory drink. It can be enjoyed with many different meals. Some ideas include:

    - Brie and other creamy cheeses

    - Salami and prosciutto

    - Seafood such as shellfish, smoked salmon, caviar and calamari.

    - Duck or beef

    - Fruit-based desserts such as tarts and crepes

    - Buttered popcorn

    - Pizza

    Hard To Find Wines stocks a wide range of bubbly. Take a look at our website and make a selection for your next celebration!

    Next week we will take a look at Le Lude, an exquisite Methode Cap Classique producer from Franschhoek in South Africa.

  • Meet the Winemaker: Takuan von Arnim - March 2018

    You are invited to join Takuan von Arnim,
    Cellar Master of Haute Cabriere,
    for two exclusive evenings hosted by
    Hard To Find Wines
    in London and Shropshire in March 2018


    Meet the Cellar Master:

    Thursday, 8 March at High Timber Restaurant in London, EC4V 3PA from 6.30pm.
    For more information and your FREE ticket, CLICK HERE.


    An Evening of Food and Wine with Haute Cabriere:

    Saturday, 10 March at 7.00pm in Shropshire.
    For more information and tickets, CLICK HERE.


    Takuan von Arnim

    A photo of Takuan von Arnim, Cellar Master at Haute Cabriere doing sabotage

    As Cellar Master at Haute Cabriere, Takuan forges an innovative path in an age-old industry, a path pioneered by his father, Achim von Arnim under the philosophy of Sun Soil Vine Man.

    The understanding that 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, is best summed up by Haute Cabriere's statement "Great wines are grown."

    For more information on Haute Cabriere's wines, follow this link.


    Venues

    Meet the Cellar Master
    Thursday, 8 March 2018 at 6.30pm in London

    An evening of wine tasting and canapés hosted by Takuan, showcasing the full range of Haute Cabriere wines.

    The evening will be held at High Timber Restaurant, 8 High Timber Street, London EC4V 3PA starting at 6.30pm.

    For more information and complimentary tickets, CLICK HERE.

    An Evening of Food and Wine with Haute Cabriere
    Saturday, 10 March 2018 at 7.00pm in Shropshire

    High Grosvenor, our beautiful, newly-renovated, 16th Century Tudor

    Starting at 7.00pm, Takuan will introduce Haute Cabriere's wines paired with a carefully planned and prepared seven-course meal, designed by Fresh & Lush.

    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 or at nearby Davenport House's cottages.

    Transfers to and from the function for those staying overnight will be offered.

    For more information and tickets, CLICK HERE.

    Hard To Find Wines tasting room at High Grosvenor


    Menu

    Fresh and Lush Ltd have created an exquisite seven-course menu that perfectly complements Haute Cabriere's wines

    On arrival
    Pierre Jourdan Blanc de Blancs

    Freshly baked bread with accompaniments
    Pierre Jourdan Brut NV

    French onion soup with smoked pancetta and a comté crust
    Haute Cabriere Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2016

    Twice baked cheese soufflé on a bed of grilled vegetables served with a slow roasted tomato vinaigrette
    Pierre Jourdan Tranquille NV

    Chimichurri sea bass with preserved lemon rice and spiced vegetable broth
    Haute Cabriere Unwooded Pinot Noir 2016

    Herb crusted rack of local lamb with thyme and garlic fondant potatoes and orange and redcurrant sauce.
    Haute Cabriere Pinot Noir 2013

    Melktert with Ratafia poached pear and salt caramel shard
    Pierre Jourdan Ratafia NV

    Petit fours
    Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose


    Tickets

    Meet the Cellar Master
    Thursday, 8 March 2018 - London
    For your free ticket, CLICK HERE.

    An Evening of Food and Wine with Haute Cabriere
    Saturday, 10 March 2018 - Shropshire
    For tickets and more information CLICK HERE.

    Food and Wine Package - £90
    Food and Wine with B&B Accommodation at High Grosvenor - £185 per person
    Food and Wine with Accommodation only at Davenport Cottages -  £185 per person or £160 per person if 2 couples sharing a cottage
    Transfers to and from the function for those staying overnight will be offered

    FOR ALL TICKET OPTIONS, PLEASE CLICK HERE.


    For tickets and enquiries, please email sales@htfwines.co.uk.

    Do not delay! Spaces are limited.


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  • New Arrivals from Franschhoek!

    Our latest shipment of South African wines has arrived!

    We are excited to announce that, for the first time, outstanding quality wines from Stony Brook, Le Lude and Infinity Wines are available through Hard To Find Wines.

    We are also delighted to have received some gems from GlenWood including final stock of the Chardonnay Vigneron's Selection 2015. It's the last chance to buy this vintage so don't delay!

    STONY BROOK VINEYARDS

    An old world winemaking philosophy paired with an exploratory planting and assemblage strategy have allowed Stony Brook's winemaker, Craig McNaught to beautifully express the true terroir of their unique position in Franschhoek. Here are four of the wide range of small volume wines we have available from Stony Brook. For the full selection, click here. Continue Reading

  • 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 is the area the French Hugenots settled when they arrived in South Africa in 1688. Still today, the town retains its French heritage and is a wonderfully picturesque place to spend time with plenty of accommodation options available to visitors.

    Here are three wine-related experiences we recommend while you are in Franschhoek this year.

    Haute Cabriere

    Haute Cabriere is a firm favourite with our clients and you cannot spend time in Cape Town without a visit to this wine estate with its striking stone cellar and tasting room.

    Haute Cabriere relaunched its menus for this South African summer season, introducing a tapas style and oyster menu to the tasting room and also extending its opening hours in the restaurant and tasting room. You can read more about these changes in our blog post here.

    A photo of a couple enjoying wine tasting outside at Haute Cabriere in Franschhoek

    Haute Cabriere boasts a wonderful view of the Franschhoek valley and is the ideal spot for summer sundowners on the terrace outside the tasting room that will remain with you once you return to the UK. Guided cellar tours are offered Monday to Saturday and are followed by a sabrage display and wine tasting, so make sure you book before arrival as they tend to get quite busy, particularly on the weekends.

    GlenWood

    A photo showing GlenWood's Tasting Room and vineyards

    GlenWood has relaunched its restaurant concept this season, offering a unique food and wine pairing experience in an intimate setting that seats at most 20 guests. Each guest experiences six of GlenWood's award-winning wines along with a tasting palette of six paired dishes comprised primarily of locally produced products. Guests select their lunch main course and accompanying wine from this tasting palette.

    This wine estate is a hidden gem, located two or three kilometers down a dirt road in the secluded Robertsvlei Valley in Franschhoek. It is well worth the detour to visit GlenWood, as the peace and tranquility, together with the wonderful panorama to be seen from the tasting room and restaurant whilst enjoying the estate's wines, are not to be missed.

    Make sure you book in advance for the restaurant due to the limited seating.

    Le Lude

    Photo showing the cork Agrafe style of a bottle of Le Lude MCC wine

    Le Lude is a new offering through Hard To Find Wines with their Méthode Cap Classique wines arriving imminently in the UK, just in time for Christmas and New Year's celebrations. Keep an eye on our Facebook and Twitter accounts to learn when they will be available on our website. If you would like to pre-order, call our sales line on 01746 389 749.

    Specialising in Cap Classique sparkling wines, Le Lude is a newcomer to the Franschhoek wine scene with its first harvest having taken place in 2012 and producing only the traditional Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier grapes for its sparkling wines.

    Le Lude is the first South African winery to produce Agrafe bottle-fermented sparkling wine. The Agrafe method ferments wine under cork instead of crown cap.

    Not only does Le Lude produce exceptional MCC wines, it also boasts a great restaurant that we highly recommend you visit: the Orangerie. Under the direction of chef Nicolene Barrow, the Orangerie offers a tasting menu, an a la carte menu and a high tea menu.

    Don't forget...

    Once you have experienced these excellent wines during your visit to Franschhoek, place your order either through the vineyard for delivery by Hard To Find Wines in the UK, or visit our website to place your order.

  • Haute Cabriere - Part 1: A Taste of History

    The Cellar at Haute Cabriere

    The Cellar at Haute Cabriere

    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".

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