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There’s something quite magical and authentic about winter in Elgin. The chill brings with it a unique beauty of its own. Crisp mornings start the day with a heavy mist sunken within the dips of the rolling hills and a winter sun that shines stark over the many vineyards and fruit orchards amidst their off-season slumber. Locals greet the mornings with dragon breath and steaming cups of coffee, then wrap themselves up in the mandatory winter woollies. They are known to embrace the chill as they appreciate that the cold temperatures are good for next seasons fruit. As the last of the moody afternoon light filters through the tips of the Groenlandberg mountain, muddy boots are hung up to dry, stoves get lit, the red wine is opened as wafts of wood burning fires and homecooked meals fill the air.

This year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival is just around the corner, and the perfect excuse to dress up in your finest French attire as you join in the festivities of celebrating Franschhoek’s French heritage. The historic Franschhoek Huguenot Monument is the place to be for this two-day event, which takes place over the weekend of 13 and 14 July.