A much more ‘French’ Bastille this year

Franschhoek Wine Valley, our local tourism organization,  has concluded some very interesting twinning agreements in recent years. Under CEO Jenny Prinsloo’s watch we have reached twinning agreements with Napa Valley (USA of course) and with the Rhône-Alpes Region in France.

To help celebrate a Season of France and the twinning between the Rhône-Alpes Region, there are 10 winemaker coming down from France to participate in Bastille, along with their top wines, to help take Bastille a few notches up! We expect a few top French chefs as well.

The 2012 Bastille festival will start on Friday the 13th of July with some technical wine tastings for the Vignerons de Franschhoek. The goal of course, is learning and working together, in order to raise the standard of all wines produced by members. There will be some more tastings in the afternoon and a VIP event for local media, government officials and dignitaries held at La Motte in the evening. The public side of Bastille will be held over the 14th and the 15th of July.

Vrede en Lust and Cotage Fromage  will both have a stand in the main Food and Wine marquee and two of our wines will be included in the tutored tastings. The winery will of course be open during the weekend so those wishing a more relaxed breakfast on the way in to Franschhoek, coffee on the way back or even a tasting of the full range! We have some accommodation available but early booking is essential!

There will be some special tutored tastings held by the French winemakers on Saturday and Sunday mornings at grand Provence, ahead of the rest of daily activities. In addition to the top Rhone wines, there will be a selection of the best of Franschhoek’s wines included and the selection will be different each day. These tastings will cost R395 per person and tickets are on sale at Webtickets. Due to limit seating, early reservations will be essential, so please dont snooze if you are a wine lover!

In addition to the normal Bastille Food & Wine Marquee (access at R150 per person per day), there will also be a VIP Marquee this year, featuring the French winemakers, their wines and the top Rhone style wines from the Vignerons de Franschhoek. There will also be some relaxing areas, a food platter and access to the Food & Wine marque. Access to the VIP marquee will cost R395 per person per day and is limited to only 200 tickets per day. Early booking is going to be essential, via Webtickets!

The good news, is that the wines showcases by the French winemakers will also be available for sale at the festival! New this year will also be a hall featuring a larger range of French products, including top imported cheeses, champagnes etc. A great reason to plan a weekend in the beautiful Franschhoek wine valley!