To mark the relaunch under new ownership of the renowned hillside estate, La Petite Ferme Franschhoek, a media luncheon was hosted on Wednesday 25 November, 2015.
The purpose of the occasion was to encourage awareness of the new offerings, combined with an overview on the vision and mission of the new ownership – THE NEST Co. – for the farm’s future. The gathering dually served as a platform of introduction to the estate’s valued staff compliment, specifically the new General Manager – Riaan Kruger; Restaurant Managers – Purdon Rhode and Melissa McEwen; new winemaker – Wikus Pretorius; Executive Chef – Neethling du Toit and Sous Chef Tanya Rousseau, the enigmatic wine tour guide – Avron Williams, along with highlighting the family of staff whom have devoted themselves to the farm for the past 25 to 30 years.
The launch welcomed guests to La Petite Ferme with bubbly and canape’s at the new alfresco Tapas Bistro area where introductions and welcome speeches were conducted. Subsequently, the esteemed guests were taken on a guided tour of the property before being seated for the five course tasting menu with wine pairing conducted by Pretorius and du Toit.
“We are honoured to host a gathering of such prolific food and wine journalists and media to share in the new spectrum of this renowned estate’s exciting developments. An ongoing upgrades process has already commenced with the beautifying of the grounds, new dinner serving at the restaurant, a new tapas menu inspired by flavours from countries around the world, Wi-Fi for guest use, improved lighting on the estate, new staff uniforms and a number of other enhancing elements” says General Manager, Riaan Kruger.
With a strong appreciation for the rich history the estate has sewn through its roots, THE NEST Co. and team believe in maintaining the essence of La Petite Ferme without detracting from that which guests have become familiar, but rather to enhance its restaurant and hospitality features as well as increasing the farm’s capacity to produce award-winning wines. Currently the estate is only able to export a small portion of its vinicultural produce, whilst the balance may be enjoyed at La Petite Ferme’s restaurant or purchased from the tasting room.
As part of its expansion a new winery, double in size, is currently being zoned for development – an integral leg of the five year upgrade and expansion plan. With this a sound/music recording studio will be incorporated, as well as tennis courts and the conversion of the current historic Huguenot farm cottages at the foot of the hill as additional luxury accommodation for stay-over guests. The present wine cellar will too be converted into guest suites, and spa and gym facilities will be brought into the offering.
Adjacent to the new winery and cellar will stand a large, multifunctional function venue platform where weddings and other private and corporate events can be hosted, enjoying the exquisite surrounds of nature and the picturesque Franschhoek Valley vistas and majestic mountains enveloped on either side.
Photography by Julia Janse van Vuuren Photography