Winter winelands escapes: Franschhoek Mystery Weekends make a welcome return

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The crisp, cool air of winter does not deter South Africans from getting out and about - and adding one more fantastic offering to a winter itinerary is the return of Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends.

Said to be a weekend of surprise, relaxation and indulgence, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends are perfect for couples in need of a quality winter escape to enjoy Franschhoek’s finest wines, world-class cuisine and bespoke experiences.

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“This year there are four fabulous packages on offer for the weekend,” says Franschhoek Wine Valley, explaining that in the past, the entire experience would have been preselected.

“This year you will have the opportunity to randomly select your own Saturday dinner, Sunday lunch and two optional experiences.”

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekend includes two nights’ accommodation, breakfast daily, a surprise event on the Friday night, dinner on the Saturday night, a light lunch on the Sunday, and a selection of bespoke Franschhoek experiences which will only be revealed when you check in.

Four packages to choose from

Packages have been tiered to suit varying tastes of travellers. The most expensive of the four packages is the ‘Ultimate’ Experience in the Franschhoek Valley priced at R8 200 per couple. There’s also the ‘Deluxe’ Franschhoek Valley Experience at R6 150 per couple.

The remaining two packages involve visits to establishments situated just outside the Valley “but are guaranteed to be über luxurious”, according to Franschhoek Wine Valley.

These packages are the ‘Superior’ Franschhoek Experience at R5 650 per couple and the ‘Premium’ Franschhoek Experience at R5 300 per couple.

Rates are for two people sharing per weekend and excludes transport and flights. No children or infants are allowed on Franschhoek Mystery Weekends.

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This year’s Franschhoek Mystery Weekends will take place on 1-2 June, 27-28 July and 24-25 August.

For bookings or more information contact Carmen Arendse on mysteryweekend@franschhoek.org.za. Book early to avoid disappointment.

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Franschhoek Winter Wines

Head to the Franschhoek Motor Museum, L’Ormarins Estate for Franschhoek Winter Wines on Saturday, 16 June, from 11:00 to 16:00.

Participating wineries include Topiary, Black Elephant Vintners, Holden Manz, La Bri, Rickety Bridge, Haute Cabrière and Anthonij Rupert Wyne, amongst others.

“Tasty comfort food, prepared by the chefs at Terra del Capo are guaranteed to complement your wines. Salsiccia sausages with braised cannellini beans; oven baked potato soup with gourmet toppings; and wild mushroom arancini served with truffle aioli are the perfect food partners to a robust red,” says Franschhoek Wine Valley, adding that there will also be abundant sweet treats to satisfy sugar cravings.

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Visitors will also get to view the vintage and luxury vehicles on display, as the Franschhoek Motor Museum boasts more than 100 years of motoring history. There are unique collections of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia, and vintage cars include a 1903 Ford and a 1935 Rolls Royce, while modern luxury cars include a 2002 Ferrari and the 2003 Mercedes Benz CLK DTM AMG.

Tickets are available directly from www.webtickets.co.za at R280 per person. This includes a complimentary wine glass, a tasting of all the wines on show, a R20 voucher (to be redeemed on the day), as well as entrance to the Franschhoek Motor Museum. Booking is essential as tickets are limited.

For more information contact 021 876 2861 or info@franschhoek.org.za.

Winter Sculpture Fair

If you’re in Gauteng instead of the Western Cape, you can still indulge in Franschhoek’s wines at the Winter Sculpture Fair on 12-13 May.

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Expect top restaurants and wineries offering artisanal cheese, charcuterie and even chocolate stands. Visitors can also wander the park, discover the artworks and picnic among the sculptures.

Click here for all the details.

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