Departing from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in the highly professional and capable hands of Cape Town Helicopters phenomenal pilots, you will have the incredible opportunity to view the divine vista not only the smallest wine region which is the Durbanville wine region but also to fly over the beautiful Bottelary Hills, as well as over the Helshoogte pass right onto the Banhoek and Franschhoek Valley. It is here that you may enjoy an incredible luncheon on your own account whilst the pilot from Cape Town Helicopters awaits your return. The Franschoek wine lands tour is one of not only incredible sights but exceptional tastes and is definitely a memorably amazing one. There are three magnificently unique Estates to choose from when going for your luncheon, these three are listed in detail below.
Haute Cabriere Estate
Today this incredible estate which dates back 300 years and is the original home of French Huguenot Pierre Jourdan, now the exclusive home of the famous Pierre Jourdan Brut as well as the Pierre Jourdan Belle Rose, is run by the Cellar Master and heir Takuan von Arnim. His exceptional expertise and love for the estate and the wines that they produce has been argued to run through his veins as he is the eldest son of Achim von Armin, the only other owner of this land besides Pierre Jourdan. The history is rich, the wine is magnificent, and the restaurant is remarkable. The restaurant where you will enjoy your luncheon is set into the side of the Franschhoek Mountain, with a terrace of grandeur that overlooks the cathedral styled architecture of the Pinot Noir Barrel Maturation Cellar. All meals are prepared with fresh produce grown and sourced locally or grown on the Estate itself. The atmosphere is incredible and the food looks and tastes like every dream come true.
Grande Provence Estate
The Grande Provence Estate is not only one of the ‘American Express Card Fine Dining Restaurants’, but its restaurant is also run by the acclaimed Executive Chef Darren Bardenhorst. The restaurant itself has an incredible industrial feel to it, mixed with modernised class and high sophistication. The setting of the Estates restaurant is akin to its high backed white leather chairs which frame the immaculately dressed tables with pristinely polished glasses and crisp white napery. The award winning wines which are available on the menu fit the perfection of the setting and the scenery beyond the deep set windows. The menu’s available and set by Executive Chef Bardenhorst are simply incredible, it is a mouth watering experience which matches the formidable marvel that is the entire Estate.
World renowned for its incredible beauty and exquisite setting, Boschendal’s ‘The Werf Restaurant’ as well as the entire estate is run by Sam and Rob Lundie with the added assistance of a group of highly efficient people to turn this estate into an agricultural heaven, a farm which produces only the best quality sought after natural foods and wines. The estate itself is set in the Drakenstein Valley and with the backdrop of incredibly dramatic mountainous landscapes, gardens made of dreams, as well as having a farmstead complex being converted into a national monument, Boschendal is simply one of the most relaxed yet sophisticated and serene surroundings. Their ‘The Werf Restaurant’ is modern yet comfortably delicious in décor, design and delicacies. The Executive Chef Christiaan Campbell is of the sound belief that we can eat our way to a healthier planet and that is with one mouthful at a time. Over all the Boschendal Estate Experience is an exceptionally divine one.