Visiting the all-new Bistro at Grande Provence
There’s a stillness that surrounds Grande Provence, which lies in the valley of Franschhoek. It has the Je Ne Sais Quoi -a distinctive beauty that surrounds the estate. Everything is mesmerizing and bold, from the long entrance into the estate to the art pieces sculpted by Anton Smit.
Anton Smit, a renowned South African artist selected Grande Provence as an exclusive venue to display his sculptures. His abstract work uses mostly steel, metal, fiberglass and bronze. These sculptures evoke themes of suffering, reconciliation, glory and sublimation which adds to the tranquil feeling on the estate.
The Bistro at Grande Provence
A sculpture garden leads to the entrance of the all-new Bistro at Grande Provence. I was instantly in awe of the beautiful landscape, and overall ambiance of the Bistro. The space was previously used for weekly management meetings and then transformed into a Bistro in only 2 weeks. The inside the Bistro feels like an extension of the wine estate, beaming with natural light and open space. True to its nature, the ambiance of the Bistro is relaxed and tranquil. The vineyards and garden surround the Bistro, making it ideal for parents with young kids. Children can play in a safe area whilst the adults eat and drink merrily.
Hummus at Wine Pairing at Grande Provence
After a warm welcome, we started the media event with a hummus and wine pairing. Now before you exit my blog and think I’ve gone insane, the hummus and wine pairing worked really well together. Created by Chef Guy Bennett together with the winemaking team, the pairing consists of the following:
- Chardonnay paired with natural bean hummus
- Shiraz paired with spiced red lentil hummus
- Angel Tears Muscato paired with fig hummus
I especially enjoyed the Grande Provence Shiraz paired with the spiced red lentil hummus, the soft tannins of the Shiraz worked well with the spicy flavours of the hummus. The pairing cost R90 and is available daily from 12h00 to 17h00 at The Tasting Room.
Spring inspired lunch at Grande Provence
After the wine and hummus pairing, we were treated to lunch with cheese and (more) wine. The harvest style table consisted of fresh salads, home-baked breads and pie, a variety of artisanal cheeses, oysters, fresh fruits and sweet treats.
The home-made chicken pie, fresh salad and carrot cake was such a crowd pleaser. If you’re looking for simple, fresh food that leaves you with a nostalgic feeling, the Bistro is the perfect escape for lunch with your loved ones. Real simple food, made to perfection.
Grande Provence has so much to offer from great food and wine to art and beautiful landscapes. It’s the perfect getaway!
Love and light,