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La Petite Ferme expands the horizon with its new stellar Chardonnay

The Franschhoek estate’s magical vista is resplendent in its latest barrel-fermented wine

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There are few places with views that match wine so exquisitely as La Petite Ferme in Franschhoek. Now, the boutique winery complements its exquisite rainbow palette of premium wines with the latest release of its Barrel Fermented Chardonnay.

Exclusively available from the estate, the outstanding La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 allows for a rediscovery of the excellence inherent across its range. The latest incarnation of this wine displays an inviting aroma of beurre noizette (burnt butter) accompanied by notes of roasted almonds that emerge as a result of the wine’s judicious exposure to wood. On the palate, there are flavours of fresh ripe pineapple and green apple.

Overall, the wine is well balanced and complex, combining fresh citrus and elegant layers of sensory enjoyment typical of premier Chardonnays.

“Our 2016 Chardonnay takes a different path then previous vintages,” says Wikus Pretorius, the internationally experienced winemaker who has been at La Petite Ferme since October 2015. “Fruit for the 2016 vintage is a combination of our estate grown vineyards and grapes from Elim (Agulhas) which is more coastal.

“Typical stone fruit flavours are contributed by the Franschhoek grapes and cutting fresh minerality, by the Elim fruit. They work exceptionally well together to produce a wine with length as well as freshness.”

Pretorius is particularly happy with the wine for its delicacy and freshness while retaining enough weight from the time spent in oak. “The result is a wine that is equally at home by itself or with food.”

The La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 is also available at the estate’s beautifully appointed restaurant. With the current summer menu on offer, the wine pairs exquisitely with the braised leg of rabbit that is served with mustard apple sauce, baby vegetable, dried apple and sweet potato purée, and is available on both the lunch and dinner menu.  For lunch alternatives, it makes an equally great partner to the dish of wild mushrooms with cauliflower truffle purée, pearl barley, pecorino cheese and garlic crumbs, and also the whole smoked trout served with lemon-chive hummus, roasted beetroot, horseradish crème fraiche and baby fennel salad.

When combined with the expansive mountain views from its hillside location, every visit to La Petite Ferme is a memorable occasion.  

La Petite Ferme is well-known for its premium boutique range of reds and whites that express their unique Franschhoek terroir. Wines are produced in small and limited quantities – an approach that encapsulates the best of the estate’s handcrafting philosophy.

“I love the real hands-on approach during the winemaking,” says Pretorius. “I challenge myself to create wines that are elegant and complex; that can be enjoyed and discussed; and offer the opportunity for new discovery when combined with a well-made meal.”

In addition to its restaurant, La Petite Ferme offers a range of accommodation with vineyard suites or luxuriously appointed rooms in its grand Manor House. It is also a very popular location for events and functions.

The La Petite Ferme Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016 is only available from the estate and is sold in the wine shop and restaurant for R200 per bottle.

For more information, visit www.lapetiteferme.co.za. For restaurant reservations, send e-mail to  reception@lapetiteferme.co.za or phone +27 (0)21 876 3016.
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Escape winter to a cosy mountain idyll at La Petite Ferme

Stay, sip, savour and see with special limited offers at Franschhoek retreat

1 May to 30 September 2017

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Take your annual hibernation to a new level – and different location - this winter with the ultimate winelands escape at La Petite Ferme, the intimate mountainside estate that overlooks the Franschhoek Valley.

La Petite Ferme has put together an extra special attraction to turn the sedentary humdrum into a comfort getaway in the lap of great hospitality. Their ultimate winter escape packages – available from 1 May until 30 September - invite you to make the estate your home in one of the luxuriously appointed vineyard suites or Manor House designed with privacy in mind and which make the most of the farm’s panoramas to forever.  

Now, if you book for four nights between Sunday and Thursday at this mountain-perched retreat, you not only get 25 % discount per night plus breakfast and lunch daily, but also a complimentary, all-inclusive, full-day winelands tour too.

This all-new bespoke tour is the ideal way to explore the region and takes you to some of the most famous attractions in the winelands most historic towns: Stellenbosch, Paarl and Franschhoek itself. Your winter see-sip-and-savour includes a visit to wineries Waterford Estate and Delheim; Nelson Mandela’s former prison; and, Mont Rochelle - the estate owned by Sir Richard Branson.

Or unwind in the lap of luxury at La Petite Ferme over Friday and Saturday and receive a daily complimentary breakfast and lunch included. If you stay two mid-week nights (Sunday to Thursday), receive a 20% discount per night with breakfast and lunch included daily. A 25% discount with complimentary breakfast and lunch is offered for a mid-week three-night stay.

While you’re here, why not brush up on your vino skills and join two other La Petite Ferme chauffeur tours – this time to see, sip and savour some of Franschhoek’s most popular wineries?

Option One sets off to Lynx Wines and Rickety Bridge before returning to La Petite Ferme for a languid lunch. Your wine-lands meander then continues with a visit to Grande Provence and ends the afternoon on a high at Mont Rochelle.   

Option Two includes a stop-over at Dieu Donné, Rickety Bridge, Grande Provence and Month Rochelle before returning to La Petite Ferme for some well-deserved R&R. A minimum of two people is required per booking and an hour is spent at each winery.

Likewise, there are few better places to enjoy a great meal with vistas like these when dining at La Petite Ferme’s slick a la carte restaurant that is famous for its food as much as its splendid, tree-lined panorama. This eatery serves up creative, heart-warming dishes with a global twist, along with La Petite Ferme’s champion wines and the best views in the Franschhoek Valley.

The La Petite Ferme winter packages apply from 1 May to 30 September, so be quick to book. The popularity of the destination means the opportunity won’t be available for long.

For more information or reservations send an email to reception@lapetiteferme.co.za or phone +27 (0)21 876 3016. Bookings can also be made online at www.lapetiteferme.co.za.

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La Petite Ferme is located on the Franschhoek Pass, only 90 minutes from the Cape Town CBD

Winemakers Table - Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2016

 

Winemakers Table Episode 1 - Chardonnay from La Petite Ferme on Vimeo.

Loyalty at La Petite Ferme

The La Petite Ferme that we visit and enjoy is a true testament of the staff’s strength, perseverance, dedication and loyalty. Over the 32 years of its existence, various challenges have been endured but, from the evidence of today, were triumphantly overcome.

It has been the staff’s endurance and ability to look ahead at what La Petite Ferme was to become that kept the dream alive. Every stumbling block, challenge, victory and success - no matter how big or small - has made La Petite Ferme what it is today.

Take a look at a few of our old vs new images we have put together. A picture truly speaks a thousand words.

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If you've visited us before, you're sure to have met Estie, but you might not realise just how important she is to us.

Estie began working at La Petite Ferme as a waitress in 1991, and she was part of the team who rebuilt the restaurant after the fire in 1996. She then worked as our executive housekeeper, and today - some 25 years later - she spends her time doing what she loves best: interacting with guests in the restaurant as head waitress.

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A little trip down memory lane - the uniforms may have changed, but the smiles, warmth and passion for service have stood the test of time!

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The restaurant at La Petite Ferme was first opened in 1984. Tragedy struck in 1996 when the building was destroyed by a fire, but it was rebuilt shortly thereafter - brick by brick - by the La Petite Ferme team.

Today, our renowned restaurant has been revamped to sport a more modern, fresh appeal, but retaining the same heart, warmth and heritage that first set it on the culinary map all those years ago.

It is a magnificent thing to see how far a dream has come and we can only thank all those involved in making La Petite Ferme what it is today. We are so excited to see what is to come in the future.

Our Christmas traditions

There is nothing quite like the festive season. It’s the time of the year that most, if not all people really look forward to. In preparation for Christmas day, beautifully decorated Christmas trees are put up, lunch and dinner plans are made amongst family and friends and who can forget the excitement of receiving gifts from Santa Claus. 

The heart of La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme is a beautiful, luxurious and well-known wine farm found overlooking the incredible valleys of Franschhoek. Not only does it offer breath-taking views, you can be sure to indulge in a delicious meal accompanied by La Petite Ferme wine of your choice at the newly renovated restaurant, or enjoy a few days away surrounded by absolute beauty and tranquillity when you stay at our 5-star accommodation facilities.

A brief history
How did it start you might ask? Well, what makes this wine farm unique is the inspiring, rich history that La Petite Ferme holds firmly onto to this very day. This is our story:

John and Carol Dendy-Young moved from Zimbabwe to Franschhoek in 1974 when they bought the La Petite Ferme farm to start farming with predominantly plums. After farming with plums and pears for ten years, the business was not doing well at all and with the fruit industry at a low, the Dendy-Youngs had to make some difficult decisions. Carol was forced to get a job or they would have to sell the farm, so she took a position at the 1688 restaurant (now Le Quartier Francais) where she worked from 1982 to 1984 doing both front of house and cooking. She then decided that they might as well open up their own restaurant and so in 1984 it took John and the farm workers twelve months to build the forty-seater restaurant. They also sold the bottom half of the farm which meant they had to close the fruit packing shed and left all the workers without a job. They employed all the ladies who worked in the packing shed in the restaurant as cooks and waitresses, some of them not even able to speak English. With Carol’s love and passion for cooking she put together a menu which was both heart-warming and comforting, with some items still on the menu today.

In 1996 the property was bought by their son, Mark Dendy-Young, who also brought his love and passion for wine with him into the business. He planted vines in the same year and started off with just two tanks. 1996 also brought with it a great tragedy which saw the restaurant burn down to the ground. The workers then swapped their aprons for gumboots as they rebuilt the restaurant. It took them five months to rebuild, and this time with a kitchen twice the size. Regular local and international guests were devastated by the news and donated pots, pans, cutlery and kitchen equipment.

In 1997 they also built the first accommodation on the farm, starting with three cottages. Carol slowly let go of the kitchen in 1996 and John still looked after the vineyard and wine tours until October 2015 when the property was sold.

It’s the very people and circumstances that shaped and moulded La Petite Ferme into what it is today.  A story so inspiring, it continues to fuel the passion in each and every employee and customer that visits.

A promising future

With La Petite Ferme under new ownership; some incredible renovations were made, but the heart of La Petite Ferme has remained the same. A heart filled with strength, character and passion that will surely lead La Petite Ferme into a bright future.

La Petite Ferme—Franschhoek’s Enduring Treasure. In a town that prides itself on being all things to all people when it comes to matters culinary—and to a lot of other things as well—one of Franschhoek’ s enduring treasures has always been La Petite Ferme. The home of the Dendy Young family for generations has new owners and they are coming to terms with their acquisition in the best way possible. There is a new look to the place –a slight modernisation which is most appealing, without changing the feel of the place—very clever. What helps it all along is that many of the staff one has been used to seeing there over the years still hold sway.

A classic favourite at La Petite Ferme, the Whole Smoked Trout has been on the menu for decades, and for good reason!

When we imagine Franschhoek, we think of lush green slopes, world-class wine and the renowned establishment: La Petite Ferme. This restaurant is located on the Franschhoek pass road, and the property overlooks the slopes of Oliphant Pass and Middagkrans Mountain. La Petite Ferme is recognised for its fine wines, gourmet cuisine and charming guesthouse.