La Petite Ferme to dazzle with Food & Wine Experiences

Words: Crush

Eating good food while drinking good wine, all done in good company, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Indulge your inner gastronome this winter and snap up a seat or two, at the exclusive Food & Wine Experiences presented by La Petite Ferme – a mountainside estate in Franschhoek, the culinary capital of South Africa.

La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme offers luxurious accommodation and unparalleled vistas, produces world-class hand-crafted wines from its own small and intimate boutique-style cellar – managed by winemaker Wikus Pretorius. It also home to an award-winning restaurant, which serves country cuisine with a fresh contemporary touch.

Food & Wine Experiences at La Petite Ferme

Come to La Petite Ferme’s Chef’s Table and Themed Food and Wine Pairing evenings, and savour sublime dishes with local and international wines, and be prepared to be dazzled!

The Chef’s Table – from May to September 2023. It includes a five-course dinner with wine pairing at R1 450 per head.

La Petite Ferme

This is an extraordinary dining experience where the food and wine pairings, carefully curated by their head chef and winemaker, give you a flawless combination. Groups of six to ten guests are welcome to join for dinner from Wednesdays to Saturdays. Seating is between 18h15 and 18h30, and only available when booked in advance.

Themed Evenings – from the last Friday of April, July, August and September 2023.

This five-course dinner with wine pairing is R1 450 per head. Each course (five in total) is paired with an estate wine.

Citrus fruits

The theme for each evening is inspired by a flavour or ingredient chosen by the chefs, and used across all five courses.

Themes are as follows:

  • Themed Evening 1: Cinnamon – Friday, 21 April
  • Themed Evening 2: Citrus – Friday, 28 July
  • Themed Evening 3: Mushroom – Friday, 25 August
  • Themed Evening 4: Chocolate – Friday, 29 September

Winemakers’ Tasting Dinners – on the last Thursday of May and June (2023) – R1 450.

Distinctly different from other Themed Evening dinners, these will be hosted by 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 South Africa’s top wineries, and estates in the premier wine regions of France, California and Australia.

  • Winemakers Tasting Dinner 1 – Thursday, 25 May – Viognier takes centre stage. Traditional to France’s northern Rhône valley, the cultivar is known for its delicate acidity, dryness and varied expressions; while the dinner 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.
  • Winemakers Tasting Dinner 2 – Thursday, 29 June, it’s the turn of Chardonnay – a bold grape that continues to surprise and delight in all its different guises.

Pretorius will begin each evening 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 served on the evening will be the same cultivar, providing a rare opportunity to compare different expressions and the effect of terroirs and techniques.

Tastings will be followed by a three-course food-and-wine spectacular, with dishes inspired by Pretorius’ most sumptuous taste experiences inspired by his 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 wine-paired dinners will provide enthusiasts of our beloved restaurant the chance to return to their favourite, month after month… each time to experience a different sensory indulgence,” Wikus Pretorius explains.

Reservations for La Petite Ferme’s Food & Wine experiences

Reservations are limited to ensure an intimate, personal and premium experience. Bookings are essential and early reservations are recommended.

To reserve your table for a La Petite Wine & Food Experience send an email. Restaurant reservations can be made here.

About La Petite Ferme

La Petite Ferme – a leading wine estate situated on the slopes of the Oliphants Pass and Middagkrans Mountain Range, overlooking the Franschhoek Valley – is the perfect destination for local and international guests.

Offering unparalleled vistas, luxurious accommodation and award-winning food and wines, its accommodation comprises five beautifully appointed Vineyard suites and five recently renovated Manor House suites, each with spectacular views and comfort. It is home to an award-winning restaurant, which serves country cuisine with a fresh contemporary touch.

La Petite Ferme’s small and intimate boutique-style cellar, managed by winemaker Wikus Pretorius, offers a full range of wines which includes red, white, rosé and Method Cap Classique. The wines are available at selected retail outlets but can be bought online.

La Petite Ferme also offers wine tastings, half/full day Bike Adventures and a Mobile Beauty Spa, that brings the Spa experience directly to you. With its romantic setting, La Petite Ferme is ideal for weddings, special functions and events for the most discerning of guests. La Petite Ferme, within easy reach of the Winelands and tourist attractions, is conveniently located less than three minutes from the village of Franschhoek and is an hour’s drive from Cape Town and the Airport.

La Petite Ferme – a member of The Nest

The Nest Collection partners with independently-owned boutique establishments in key geographical areas countrywide, providing the full benefits of centralised management resources and travel planning, and is also interested in leasing boutique establishments to operate. For more information, visit the The Nest Collection.

For accommodation enquiries and bookings, email.

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