Indulge your inner gastronome this winter and snap up a seat (or two) at the exclusive Wine & Food Experience presented by La Petite Ferme mountainside estate in Franschhoek, the culinary capital of South Africa.
Four dinners are scheduled as part of the Wine & Food Experience that takes place on the first Thursday of every month from May to August.
Each is distinctly different from the others and will be hosted by the La Petite Ferme’s talented winemaker Wikus Pretorius, who draws on his experience of local and international wines. Prior to joining La Petite Ferme in 2015, Pretorius worked for some of SA’s top wineries as well as estates in the world’s premier wine regions of France, California and Australia.
During the course of each evening, Pretorius will begin with a showcase tasting of four wines - one from La Petite Ferme; two from other local Cape winelands terroirs; and, one international. All the wines on the evening will be the same cultivar, providing a rare opportunity to compare different expressions and the effect of terroirs and techniques.
On 4 May, Viognier takes centre-stage. Traditional to France's northern Rhone valley, the cultivar is known for its delicate acidity, dryness and varied expressions.
On 8 June, it’s the turn of Chardonnay, a bold grape that continues to surprise and delight in all its different guises.
The dinner of 6 July is dedicated to what many consider the king of reds - Cabernet Sauvignon. Famous as a full-bodied wine, it is nonetheless capable of delicacy and elegance in skilled hands.
The curtain call then on 3 August belongs to Cape and red blends. The dinner features La Petite Ferme’s own Verdict, a champion wine that performs outstandingly with or without food.
The tasting will be followed by a three-course food-and-wine spectacular, with dishes inspired by Pretorius’ most sumptuous taste experiences which he gleaned from his world travels.
“These exquisite dishes are not on our restaurant’s à la carte lunch menu and will be paired with wines from La Petite Ferme’s renowned portfolio. Our four wine-paired dinners provide enthusiasts of our beloved restaurant the chance to return to their favourite, month after month...each time to experience a different sensory indulgence,” explains Pretorius.
The tasting dinners get underway at 18:30.
The cost is only R750pp, which includes the tasting of four wines and the three-course, wine-paired dinner. Reservations have been limited to ensure an intimate, personal and premium experience. Bookings are essential and early reservations recommended.
To reserve your table for a La Petite Wine & Food Experience send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Ruan Olivier at Tel: +27 (0)21 876 3016.
Kindly note that La Petite Ferme’s restaurant will be open for lunch, seven days a week, but only for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, during the winter months.