A feast of regional expression

Embark on a sensory food and wine journey when Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek presents the first of three gourmet evenings inspired by expressions of the major wine regions of France. Each evening will focus on a different theme to showcase the best of Grande Provence.


The Grande Provence Sensory Experience, hosted by Cellarmaster Matthew van Heerden and Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst, will be featuring the regional expression of Bordeaux, Burgundy and Loire respectively on the last Friday of July, August and September.


The series opens with The Bordeaux Expression with The Grande Provence Red, the elegant Grande Provence flagship, taking centre stage. Expect a few surprises on the wine front from van Heerden’s personal choice of Bordeaux reds. Together with Chef Darren’s Bordeaux inspired 6-course degustation menu to match a superb collection of red wines, the evening promises to be a sensory experience indeed.


Up next on Friday, 25 August is The Burgundy Expression. Representing Grande Provence will be the full-bodied estate Chardonnay with van Heerden presenting his own Pinot Noir under the Matthew van Heerden label. Once again he will have a surprise or two up his sleeve with the other wines of the evening for an unforgettable food and wine experience.


The Loire Expression is the theme of the last evening on Friday, 29 September. Two highly acclaimed Grande Provence white wines, the highly acclaimed, aromatic Chenin Blanc Amphora and The Grande Provence White, a blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier of great complexity and finesse, will wow palates and be pitched against another of van Heerden mystery picks for the evening.


The Grande Provence Sensory Experience takes place at The Restaurant at Grande Provence. The evening starts at 19h00, with a glass of wine served in The Gallery upon arrival and ends on respective evenings with a glass of single malt, Cognac or Muscadel from the oldest vineyard on the Grande Provence Estate.


To book your seat at R695.00 per person for the 6-course degustation menu including the wines, call Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail restaurant@grandeprovence.co.za.


After an unforgettable evening of fine wines and outstanding food, The Owner’s Cottage at Grande Provence offers luxury accommodation for guests who would prefer to settle in and extend their visit. With special winter rates until the end of September, be sure to take advantage of the Heartland Offer and enjoy a relaxing weekend getaway at this exclusive private retreat in the winelands. For accommodation enquiries, call Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail ownerscottage@grandeprovence.co.za.

Don’t miss out and book early for The Grande Provence Sensory Experience on the following dates:


Friday, 28 July – The Bordeaux Expression

Friday, 25 August – The Burgundy Expression

Friday, 29 September – The Loire Expression


Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale Villa in the Vineyards. Part of The Huka Retreats, Grande Provence also offers guests The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, Facebook.com or Twitter @grande_provence.

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