Franschhoek (“French Corner”)
is a small town in the Western Cape Province and one of the oldest towns of the Republic of South Africa. It is about 75 kilometres from Cape Town and is World famous for its Vineyards and a French outlook in lifestyle and surroundings..thanks to the Huguenots!The valley was originally settled in 1688 by 176 French Huguenot refugees, many of whom were given land by the Dutch government.Many of the settlers naming their new farms after the areas in France from which they came. La Motte, La Cotte, Cabrière, Provence, Chamonix, Dieu Donné and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms — most of which still retain their original farm houses today. These farms have grown into renowned wineries. Many of the surnames in the area are of French origin, e.g. Du Toit, Marais, Du Plessis, Malan, Malherbe,
This heritage is shown today by the Huguenot Monument which stands at the end of the town!
The Huguenots ,were members of the Protestant Reformed Church of France during the 16th and 17th centuries. French Protestants were inspired by the writings of John Calvin in the 1530s, and they were called Huguenots by the 1560s. By the end of the 17th century and into the 18th century, roughly 500,000 Huguenots had fled France during a series of religious persecutions. They relocated to Protestant nations, such as England, Denmark, Switzerland, the Dutch Republic, Duchy of Prussia, and also to the Dutch Cape Colony in present-day South Africa and the English 13 colonies of North America.
If you take a leisurely walk around the vine yards of Boschendal(est1685)Rupert’s under the Groot Drakenstein mountains,and taste their Sauvignon Blanc or a Pinot Noir in an ambience of Burgundy or Bordeaux…well life is worth it indeed!The style is French all the way and I decided to pick some fine wine names from their brochure..to boast ..
to Toast a bit too!
Dr.Anton Rupert’s passion is car collection!He has created a Motor Museum to prserve some of the rare cars of South Africa!One must see those fords and BMWs too!
is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French word sauvage (“wild”) and blanc (“white”) due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France.,a possible descendant of savagnin. Sauvignon blanc is planted in many of the world’s wine regions, producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine.
is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a “rite of passage” and an easy entry into the international wine market.
3.Pinot noir ..is a black wine grape variety .The name may also refer to wines created predominantly from Pinot noir grapes. The name is derived from the French words for “pine” and “black” alluding to the grape variety’s tightly clustered dark purple pine-cone shaped bunches of fruit.
4.Merlot is a darkly blue-coloured wine grape, that is used as both a blending grape and for varietal wines. The name Merlot is thought to derive from the Old French word for young blackbird, merlot, probably from the color of the grape!
5.Cabernet Sauvignon is one of the world’s most widely recognized red wine grape varieties. It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country among a diverse spectrum of climates . Cabernet Sauvignon became internationally recognized through its prominence in Bordeaux wines where it is often blended with Merlot and Cabernet Franc.