As winter approaches in the Cape of Good Hope, Franschhoek’s La Petite Ferme is warming up to a grand season of gastronomic celebrations.

Winemaker Wikus Pretorius, together with La Petite Ferme’s brigade of enthusiastic chefs have this year masterminded a collaborative “Chefs and the Vine” series from May through to August.

Each soirée is presented by Wikus and includes a tutored pre-dinner tasting of handcrafted wines from La Petite Ferme’s cellar and compared with others from nearby terroirs as well as from afar, making for fascinating discourse. All the wines on each evening will be the same cultivar, providing a rare opportunity to compare different expressions and the effect of terroirs and winemaking techniques.

Photo: Claire Gunn

On 31 May, Viognier takes centre-stage. Traditional to France’s northern Rhône Valley, the cultivar is known for its delicate acidity, dryness and varied expressions.

On 28 June, it’s the turn of Chardonnay, a bold grape that continues to surprise and delight in all its different guises.

The dinner of 26 July is dedicated to what many consider the king of reds – Cabernet Sauvignon. Famous as a full-bodied wine, it is nonetheless capable of delicacy and elegance in skilled hands.

Photo: Claire Gunn

The curtain call then on 23 August belongs to Cape and red blends. The dinner features La Petite Ferme’s own Verdict, a champion wine that performs outstandingly with or without food.

The La Petite Ferme Chefs and the Vine evenings including a four-course deluxe menu are each priced at R750 per person, commencing with canapés and Méthode Cap Classique wines from 18h30. Reservations have been limited to ensure an intimate, personal and premium experience. Bookings are essential and early reservations recommended.

The La Petite Ferme Chefs and the Vine series:

31 May – Viognier
28 June – Barrel Fermented Chardonnay
26 July – Cabernet Sauvignon
23 Aug – Red blends

To reserve your table for the “La Petite Ferme Chefs and the Vine” series, email or contact Marinda Armstrong at (27) (21) 876 3016. Why not stay the night and ensconce yourself deeper into Franschhoek? For accommodation enquiries, go online via

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