Brought to you by Haute Cabrière
Located in the Franschhoek Wine Valley, Haute Cabrière offers visitors an almost panoramic view. Whether you’re visiting Franschhoek for the weekend, or making a day of it, the area has a lot to offer, with Haute Cabrière a firm favourite with most visitors.
Situated at the foot of the Franschhoek Pass, the Restaurant and Tasting Room both offer spectacular views of the valley at any time of the day. Both are built into the mountain with outdoor terraces and visitors can also take advantage of the views of the underground cellar from the inside. Additionally, they’re encouraged to test their sundial-reading abilities, as well as to take a selfie in the giant frame surrounded by valley views. The farm also has a helipad for arrival via air.
Chefs Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller create menus featuring classic combinations that are rooted in French technique, and inspired by South African flavours. Think asparagus from the farm’s garden with truffle-oil infused hollandaise; and local lightly smoked Franschhoek trout. Diners can enjoy the a la carte menu or take a journey into The Marriage of Food and Wine, the six-course tasting menu.
To accompany its spectacular view, the Tasting Room terrace recently launched a tapas-style small plates menu. From oysters to Huguenot cheese croquettes, expect tasty dishes that could cause a quick detour or entice you to stay for an entire afternoon. The menu will change often and is a fun reflection of Chefs Nic and Westley’s love of bold flavours. The Haute Cabrière and Pierre Jourdan wines are available by the glass. This is available at the Tasting Room from Mondays to Saturdays until 6pm.
The maturation cellar is carved out below the Middagkrans Mountain, where tours are offered. Here visitors get the impression of entering a historical French champagne cave. The tours are suitably ended with sabrage, the age-old technique of removing the cork from a champagne bottle by using a sabre. According to Cellar Master Takuan von Arnim, it’s “the most impressive way to open a bottle of Pierre Jourdan Méthode Cap Classique.” Cellar tours take place Monday to Saturday at 11am.
In a wide variety of wine styles, Haute Cabrière exclusively creates wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The land was specifically acquired by founder Achim von Arnim for growing these cultivars, since the terroir resembled that of the acclaimed wine region of Burgundy in France. The dedication is evident in the well-known Pierre Jourdan Méthode Cap Classique wines, as well as the much-loved Haute Cabriére Chardonnay Pinot Noir, with its bold yellow cap.