The Nest Collection’s boutique property set for upswing in tourism

La Petite Ferme, the renowned manor house and vineyard suites on the Franschhoek Pass and member of The Nest Collection, has appointed a talented new head chef. Odette Olivier comes with a wealth of local and international experience and is set to re-invigorate the dining experience at one of the Cape’s most scenic locations.

Not only does the new season bring with it the promise of warmer weather, but it’s also time to make your way to the Franschhoek Wine Valley for this year’s Franschhoek Uncorked Festival (16 & 17 October). What better excuse to explore one of South Africa’s premier wine destinations, whilst uncovering a fine selection of wine gems from the Franschhoek Vignerons. This year no less than 12 wineries have already confirmed their participation, with more to follow.

Suffering from lockdown blues and chomping at the bit to explore your ‘neighbourhood’? Franschhoek’s Mystery Weekends – an all-inclusive winelands weekend getaway – is guaranteed to curb any lockdown cabin fever. Now that leisure travel has resumed this is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a weekend of surprise, relaxation and pure indulgence, with the added attraction that your entire weekend is taken care of without you having to book for anything.

When you log on to the Black Elephant Vintners (BEV) website, one of the first things you see on the landing page is a line that reads "A Robben Island native, an ex-stockbroker and an elephant walk into a bar ..." And you know immediately this is not your run-of-the-mill wine estate operating from a 17th century Cape Dutch-styled farm. Indeed, the three blokes behind BEV - Kevin Swart (the Black), Raymond Ndlovu (the Elephant) and Jacques Wentzel (the Vintner) describe themselves as "Rebels of the vine whose mission it is to bring truth to the wine industry and create experiences that turn convention on its head."