We recently were invited to an absolutely amazing afternoon at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate and I can tell you, it was about as close to perfection as you can get. In fact, as I write this little story on this amazing boutique wine estate, I’m looking at the calendar to plan my next trip down because it’s that wonderful.

Grande Provence is a stunning boutique wine estate in Franschhoek with an exceptional commitment to personalised, warm and welcoming top-tier service. It’s rare to get service that is of such a high calibre but delivered in such a friendly, relaxed and natural manner but the Grande Provence team has got it down to a science.

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We were lucky enough to dine around an intimate table in a private section of Grande Provence called The Jonkershuis. If you’re looking for a private space for an intimate dinner or your birthday, I’d highly recommend indulging in the Winter Chef’s Table in this exclusive, beautiful space with its warm, cosy feel and roaring fire place. If you’re just going for a casual meal with friends, The Restaurant at Grande Provence is also quite beautiful and with the new winter menu, it’s simply delicious.

Parma wrapped slow cooked Rabbit … palm sugar Szechuan rabbit liver brûlée, pumpkin seed gremolata, mustard pomme purée

Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst has done an incredible job of changing the menu with the seasons. Gone are the days of summer salads and he’s replaced it with some exceptional choices from slow cooked lamb to hearty risottos, acorn smoked pork belly and sustainably farmed cob. It’s an absolutely delicious menu as we dined on a bit of everything around the table and I assure you, there were no disappointed looks or dirty plates headed back to the kitchen.

Of course, who could forget about dessert – it is, after all, winter and the perfect time to have some of Chef Badenhorst’s delightful desserts. My personal favourite was the smoking époisses fromage fondue. Translation: deliciousness in a jar. It’s a cheese dessert and that’s far from my normal choice of anything with chocolate but it was absolutely outstanding. If it’s a bit too adventurous for you, don’t stress – Chef Badenhorst has got two chocolate options for you including a delicious fondant and then a dish centred around honey.

[galaxy of textures] Chocolate … espresso mousse, macadamia nuts, morello cherries, gold and silver

To be fair, I’m not doing this meal justice. You must just go see for yourself and indulge in the Chef’s unique style of combining local and speciality imported ingredients cooked with classical techniques and methods to ensure an outstanding and, incredibly interesting, culinary experience.

If you’d really like to treat yourself, spoil yourself with an 8 course dining experience paired perfectly with a selection of the award-winning Grande Provence wines and some delightful international pairings. This experience we unfortunately didn’t get to indulge in but I can promise you, the team at Grande Provence will take exceptional care of you at this private Cellar Table with your wines presented by the Estate’s Winemaker, Karl Lambour, and direct interaction with Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst between each course.

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The Restaurant @ Grande Provence

Winter is the perfect time to head down to Franschhoek for the afternoon and treat yourself to the Grande Provence experience and perhaps we’ll see each other there.

THE DETAILS

Winter Menu in The Restaurant
For only R355 per person for lunch and R495 for dinner, the delicious 3 course dining experience allows you the flexibility to order directly off the a la carte menu to create your own experience or allow the Grande Provence team to select for you. Excludes wine and gratuity.

Winter Chef’s Table in The Jonkershuis
Indulge in the same 3 course dining experience direct from Executive Chef Badenhorst’s menu in the privacy of this stunning venue. Minimum of 8 guests required and the meal is priced exactly the same at only R355 per person excluding gratuity and beverages.

Gourmand Food and Wine Cellar Experience
This experience is limited to a maximum of 8 guests around the Cellar Table and includes an 8 course dining experience with award-winning Grande Provence and various international wine pairings. Booking is essential. The food and wine paired journey is priced at R1500.00 per person.

To experience the amazing Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, contact Barbara in reservations on 021 876 8600 or email reservations@grandeprovence.co.za.

Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst at Grande Provence

Written by Greg Zeleny