Franschhoek Travel Guide

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Virgin Limited Edition to Hang Its Flag In Cape Town, Really Really Soon

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  Site Where: Dassenberg Road, Franschhoek, 7690
April 21, 2014 at 10:13 AM | by | ()

While we're still high from the news of a new Virgin Hotel coming to Nashville (even though there have been some "launch" issues), Virgin's luxury retreat brand, Virgin Limited Edition, is preparing to open its 8th property this August. That's right, this August. Mont Rochelle Hotel and Mountain Vineyards, located about an hour's drive from Cape Town, will be the second South African destination (the other one being Ulusaba Private Gaming Retreat) of Sir Richard Branson's exclusive luxury collection.

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Making Bread in the Vineyard in South Africa

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  Site Where: 16 Hugenot Road, Franschhoek, South Africa, 7690
March 7, 2007 at 11:19 AM | by | ()

While you're spending some dough at a nice hotel, how about making some as well? Le Quartier Français in South Africa lets you make your own wine accompaniment with a day of baking and vino at a working vineyard.

Le Quartier Français, in the beautiful wine region near Cape Town, has the kind of restaurant people drive two hours to get to just for dinner. Chef Margot Janse has a full wall of award plaques and the 8-course gourmand tasting menu is legendary. The Relais and Chateaux hotel is also one of the best in the region.

But if you want to do some cooking along with your eating, they'll put you on a bread making field trip to a vineyard restaurant affiliated with the hotel. An excursion heads out to the winery restaurant at Môreson, simply called Bread & Wine. Here is a condensed version of your day:

- On arrival you will receive your very own apron, recipe book and ingredients
- Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 4 different types of dough
- We will quench your thirst with water and wine
- While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
- Lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads
- More wine to be had

Did we mention there will be plenty of wine? You may want to pencil in a nap for when you return to your room. The monthly program--available only to guests of the hotel--should be booked in advance and we suggest April 21 or May 12 to coincide with the harvest season in the southern hemisphere. Note that you'll need to bring a good bit of bread with you as well--the kind that goes in your bank account. Doubles at Le Quartier Français start at $207 (1,450 rand) and suites start at $379.

Few leave disappointed though after staying at this gem of an inn, and a day of bread and wine would be a nice reason to leave the grounds.

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