Tommy Hall is not a man who leaves things to chance. As Director of Global Operations for a Fortune 500 technology company, Hall is all about meticulous planning, managing risk and being prepared for the unexpected. And yet, fate must have played a hand in bringing Hall and his family to the beautiful Franschhoek valley.

For just as Tommy, his wife Crystal and his son Gavin were seeking to carve out a life on the continent with which they feel a deep kinship, a chance encounter led Hall to the gates of an historic Cape farm. It was a place offering both a new adventure and the opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of a Cape farming community.

Anthonij Rupert Wyne in Franschhoek is excited to announce the highly anticipated return of the Shiraz & Charcuterie Festival after a three-year hiatus. Scheduled for Saturday, 27 May (11 am to 4 pm), the event promises to be a social calendar highlight, bringing together some of the country’s finest Shiraz wines paired with Charcuterie from Artisanal Producers.

“A nuanced crimson red that presents a balance between warm and cool, assertive, but not aggressive, a carmine red that does not boldly dominate but instead takes a ‘fist in a velvet glove’ approach”.¹  This is but one of the various descriptions of Viva Magenta 18-1750, Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2023, that also beautifully applies to La Motte’s recently released 2020 Millennium.

South Africa, Franschhoek, 22 November 2022: Pioneering Asian restaurants in Franschhoek -Yama Sushi Emporium and Yama Sushi Emporium - enter the summer season with fresh verve underscored by a greater focus on seasonality and new menus. Currently marking their second anniversary, the popular duo has become the Asian dining destinations in a Cape winelands town that is long famous as South Africa’s culinary capital.


A pioneering Franschhoek wine estate, Haute Cabrière is renowned for its Cap Classique range and wines made from Burgundian grape varieties. Recently announced, the estate has extended its Chardonnay offering with the introduction of the Haute Cabrière Chardonnay Réserve with the maiden 2021 vintage. This is an exciting addition to the Haute Cabrière Range and the winery’s reserve wine collection which already hosts the Pinot Noir Réserve and Arnim Family Réserve (a Pinot Noir and Syrah blend).

From the 27th October to 3rd of November - it’s all about the arts in Franschhoek’s valley of dreams.


Aesthetes and patrons of the arts, can look forward to ‘Franschhoek Creates’ - a week of curated gallery exhibitions, interactive showcases and a feast of visual storytelling.

Spirit of free creativity shines in latest offering from Franschhoek winery

The boutique Franschhoek winery Paserene’s first release of Dark – a full-bodied and broody 2018 Syrah in its Elements range – is a fine ambassador of the winemaker’s pursuit for appealing and authentic expression. Showing notes of spicy treacle, cherries, and antique leather, this Syrah was crafted from a combination of grapes grown in clay soils in Tulbagh, and sand in Franschhoek. These two renowned wine regions, together with vineyards in Elgin, are the palette from which third-generation winemaker and Paserene co-owner Martin Smith draws for his creations.