85 of 800 – Grande Provence, Franschhoek


Wine farm 85 of 800 is Grande Provence in Franschhoek. Believe it or not, this modern estate is over 300 years old (1694)! Enjoy a nougat & Angel’s Tears Wine pairing or an Oysters & MCC pairing all whilst being surrounded by nature and art at its finest.


BOOKINGS & WINE TASTINGS: There are a whole bunch of tasting options available at Grande Provence Franschhoek ranging from R40 to R300 per person. I was surprised to also find out that they have a kiddies tasting and also a wine blending experience. I would definitely recommend the Oyster and MCC pairing, the canapé pairing or the Nougat and Angel’s Tears pairing. Grande Provence Wine Tasting options.
WHEN TO GO:  This wine farm is suitable for the summer or winter months but I would say better in the summer months (November – March).
LENGTH OF VISIT: Two to three hours or longer if you stay for lunch.
RESTAURANT: Yes but lunches should definitely be pre-booked.
OTHER AMENITIES: Art showroom & wine blending experiences. Note that this farm is part of the Franschhoek Wine Tram route.
ACCOMMODATION: Yes. Grande Provence Accommodation

CHILD/PET FRIENDLY? I would not recommend pets but there is definitely a kiddies tasting option.
LARGER OR SMALL GROUPS? Best for groups of 4 or 6 people but they can accommodate large groups of 20 too.
LOCATION: About a 45 minute drive from Cape Town in the Franschhoek wine region. The farm is easily accessible from the main road. Grande Provence Google Maps Directions. 
OTHER RATINGS: Find out what others have to say on the Grande Provence Trip Advisor Review Page.


Here is my experience:

The entrance to the farm is really beautiful and it feels like you have been transported to paradise.

This is the inside tasting room. Guests are encouraged to sit at the bar and mingle with fellow wine lovers – especially if you are on the Franschhoek wine tram.

Grande Provence Franschhoek Tasting room

As much as I would have loved to mingle with fellow wine lovers, I just had to venture into the garden – the birds and the trees were beckoning me!

I absolutely loved this setting! The garden is beautifully manicured and there’s plenty of art sculptures on display.

Service was excellent. The staff are all well trained and are able to answer any question you may have about the wine. I started off with the Nougat and Angel’s Tears Wine pairing for only R70.

Here are the pairings:

  1. Lemon & thyme nougat with Angels Tears Sauvignon Blanc.
  2. Mango & macadamia nougat with Angels Tears Muscato Chenin Blanc – my favourite pairing!
  3. Cherry & raspberry nougat with Angels Tears Natural Sweet Rosé.
  4. Cranberry & chocolate nougat with Angels Tears Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon

Overall, it’s rather a nutty and sweet pairing so if you have a sweet tooth, then you will absolutely enjoy this. I thought the wines went quite well with the nougat. If sweet treats aren’t your thing, try one of the Reserve or Heritage tastings.

It’s interesting to know that they produce a wooded Sauvignon Blanc (grapes sourced from Durbanville which has the perfect terroir for this grape). The Grande Provence Wooded Sauvignon Blanc 2015 won a Veritas Silver award. They have also added a Zinfandel to the mix. The region overall, is best for red wines but they have such a wide variety of wine on offer, you will probably find a wine that is best suited to your palate.

You might also be pleased to know that there are fresh oysters available! Why not try the MCC and Oyster pairing for R120.

Oh! And don’t forget to try the wine tram! 🙂

I’m exploring the Constantia Wine Route next so watch this space!



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