To speak French is to speak the language of lurve. If you don’t speak French you can at least copy the accent and body language. You can flick your hair and swish your hips when you say something like, ‘aaah, zees wine is soh goot, eets been allowed to breeze, noh?’ Take your pretend French accent and educate the inner connoisseur with a wine-tasting tour and 2-nights’ accommodation at Basse Provence Country House in Franschhoek, valued at R1 670.
Situated on the picturesque slopes of the Franschhoek Mountains, offering tranquillity, luxury and attention to detail, Basse Provence offers spectacular accommodation and service. This beautiful country house is home to 300-year old Oak trees. The stylishly refurbished thatched Cape Dutch Manor has blended traditional Huguenot heritage with modern luxury. The beautifully restored rooms, classic Cape Dutch Furniture, warm lounge, and a country kitchen are an eclectic fusion of styles. Beautiful yellow-wood beamed ceilings and pine floors have many historical stories to tell, but they can’t speak so you’ll have to ask your host to fill you in.
With all the luxury of a four-star hotel, the nine en-suite bedrooms offer the comfortable pleasures of home. Equipped with air conditioning to combat the heat of global warming in your personal space, under-floor heating to thaw your toes in winter, free wifi connection, satellite television – ooooooh, mini-bars – double oooooh, hairdryers to combat the frizz, irons and ironing boards – although these should really not be used on a holiday.
Before taking in the sights of the estate and Franschhoek, enjoy a full health, or continental breakfast while sitting next to the pool, on the sun-drenched garden patio, or on the beautifully vast lawns bordering the vineyard and river. Enjoy the breath-taking view; although you are asked to please breathe while eating, it’s the safer option.
After your delicious breakfast and sight-seeing take in a wine-tasting tour in the temperature controlled cellar of Rickety Bridge, which is Basse Provences’ sister estate. Be educated on the history and method of wine-making and how the grapes are cultivated. You’ll be taught why certain wines have more, or less, tannins, why they’re smoother or slightly harsher tasting, and how the grapes and aging influence the wine’s colour. Rickety Bridge’s award winning wines have graced the Top 100 SA Wines list, achieved Double Gold Veritas Awards and many other awards since 1996 so expect an interesting lesson on wine-making.
Basse Provence and Rickety Bridge vineyards are grown on a range of soils giving their fine wines their beautiful noses. Sauvignon Blanc, Chenin Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Semillon, Merlot, Pinotage and Shiraz are produced with meticulous planning and mounds of respect. Buy this Groupon and you won’t have to say things like, ‘please get the dark green bottle with the blue label that has that squiggle on it. You know, the one I had last week that I really liked’, anymore.
Did you know: Wine was discovered when someone left their grapes between the covers of an Ear, Nose & Throat textbook and sat on it by mistake. The juice mingled with the ink to produce a dark red juice that tasted a little harsh but still had an all-round decent nose.