Holden Manz - Franschhoek Kitchen 

Green Valley Road, Franschhoek

This gorgeous Wine Estate is situated in the picturesque town of Franschhoek in the Western Cape.  

Even though Franschhoek is only just over an hour's drive from Cape Town, when you arrive in this lovely town it feels like you are in a totally different world.  The same holds true for  this hidden gem that is Holden Manz Wine Estate.  This was my first visit, and I was delightfully surprised by both the Estate and their amazing wines, and couldn't wait to review it for my food and wine blog in Cape Town.

We started our journey at Holden Manz with some winetasting.  The Tasting Room is open 7 days a week from 10h00-17h00 so no matter which day of the week you visit, you will never have to miss out on this great experience.

Holden Manz offers four tasting options, the Gold, Platinum, Diamond and Connoisseurs.
The Gold Tasting includes four wines, Chenin Blanc, Rosé, Vernissage and Visionaire for only R90.00.

The Platinum Tasting which is their Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay, Rosé,  Visionaire, their signature Big G, as well as the Good Sport Cape Vintage for R120.00

Their third option is the Diamond Tasting.  This includes the Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay,  Rosé, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, their signature Big G and the Good Sport Cape Vintage for R140.00

Lastly they offer the Connoisseurs Tasting - Chardonnay, Big G, Merlot Reserve, Cabernet franc Reserve and Syrah Reserve for R220.00

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Award winning wines on display

Seating inside and out on the beautiful lawn on a lovely summer's day

Outside seating on comfortable couches under umbrellas

My bottle of Rosé posing

This is SO my kind of place :)

Delicious picnic lunch... complete with a great bottle of  Rosé

Gorgeous picnic spot complete with trees, water and the beautiful sound of nature

After the wine tasting, we were escorted through the vineyards to a place that was heaven on earth.  We were armed with a picnic basket, blankets, cushions and a great big ice bucket loaded with Holden Manz Rosé and water.

The picnic basket contained delicious fresh produce that included various cheeses, and artisanal ciabatta that was so fresh that it was still warm.  This was complimented by greek meatballs with tzatziki, poached pears, beetroot with strawberries infused in shiraz (deliciousness personified!), trout paté,  fritatta with butternut, blue cheese and tomato, mouthwatering chunky gammon with paw paw chutney, and this list goes on.  This was one of the most tasty picnics I've ever had (and I've been to loads of picnics at Wine Farms).  We sat next to a little river, amongst trees on one side  of us, and vineyards on the other, for hours on end at this idyllic location.  

Everything in the basket was amazing, and to end it off we had fresh fruit, million dollar shortbread and Jack Daniels popcorn.  There was so much food in the basket that the trek back through the Vineyards to the Tasting Room was very necessary as we needed some exercise with such full tummy's :) 

If you're not up for a picnic, the Franschhoek Kitchen at Holden Manz offers an  à la carte menu or a 5 course wine pairing menu at R585.00 a head (seatings at 12h00 or 19h00 only).  

As if the picnic, the wine tasting and restaurant aren't enough, you can also opt to stay over at the 5 star Country House, which boasts 5 luxury suites.  Holden Manz even has a spa... just imagine having a treatment with views of those beautiful mountains and vineyards. 

In conclusion, I really enjoyed my day at Holden Manz Wine Estate in Franschhoek,  as well as reviewing it for my food and wine blog in Cape Town.  I look forward to returning to this unbelievably amazing place in the not too distant future.

Telephone number: +27 21 876 2738
Email address : restaurant@holdenmanz.com
Website : http://holdenmanz.com

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