If you are looking for gourmet food accompanied by a serene setting this Valentine’s Day, the lush Grande Provence Estate, framed by towering mountains, is a location made in heaven


On arrival, flutes of Méthode Cap Classique will help set the mood along with the beautiful table settings. Executive Chef Darren Badenhorst has created a seven-course menu that will seduce your taste buds.


Canapés of oysters and wild mushroom arancini on arrival are sure to whet your appetite. Starters entice you to choose between Marsala marinated quail with caraway steeped labneh, chickpea, lemon grass, coconut and coriander ragout or barrel-smoked Franschhoek trout gravlax decked with beetroot scales, vineyard alfalfa and cured salmon roe.

For mains, choose between fennel-encrusted baked sea bass, embellished with lobster croquettes, toasted almonds and water chestnuts; or tender 18-hour sous vide Karoo lamb neck, trimmed with toasted pearl barley, pickled butternut and wild sprouts.

For dessert, decide between hot fondant with semi-frozen crème anglaise and salted cocoa or Turkish delight ice cream and vanilla sponge genoise with bubbly and rose macerated berries.


Coffee served with mini rose and white chocolate macaroons closes the evening of gastronomic extravagance.

The dinner menu courses are interspersed with an additional chef’s taster and a palate cleanser to make the night extra special.


For a deluxe experience, make a booking to add Imperial Heritage caviar to your menu. If you would like a private dinner, The Restaurant is offering five couples the chance to dine and enjoy a bottle of Grande Provence Brut Cap Classique in the Angels Garden, a beautifully draped pavilion under the stars.

Make a weekend of it by staying over at The Owners Cottage. The sumptuous haven offers packages including couple’s massages, a picnic, and a private pool and spa.


Situated in the picturesque town of Franschhoek, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate embodies wine tradition, fine food and accommodation. The estate offers guests other enticing spots to explore such as The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop.

Grande Provence is one of the stops along the Franschhoek Wine Tram route. Read our blog post and watch the video to find out more.

When Sunday, 14 February
Where Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek (directions)
Cost Lunch R595, dinner R895 per person. Caviar-enriched menu: R2,250 or private gazebo dinner, including bubbly: R2,500 per couple. Booking essential
Contact Restaurant: +27 21 876 8600, [email protected] Accommodation: +27 21 876 8600, [email protected]

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