We recently visited La Bourgogne along the Franschhoek Wine Valley for a Sunday lunch and wine tasting. To me, it's really one of those clichéd "hidden gem" spots as I usually pretty much only stick to the main roads in and out of Franschhoek, which is such a pity because I've been missing out on places like these. Anyway, we had recently visited GlenWood (another lovely "hidden gem" spot) and they recommended we pop in to La Bourgogne, so off we went.
When we arrived, we decided to do a wine tasting first (of course - have you met me?) and they have a really relaxing outside spot to taste the wines.
They have three wine tasting options: A Premium Tasting for R30 (Rosé and Unwooded Chardonnay), a Flagship White Tasting for R60 (Family Reserve White, Semillon and White Honey) and a Flagship Red Tasting for R60 (Labourgogne Red, Malbec and Syrah). There were four of us and so we opted for two Flagship White Tastings and two Flagship Red Tastings and sampled each other's.
I really enjoyed the Semillon, White Honey, Malbec and Syrah in particular. The White Honey is a sweet wine made from the Semillon grapes - I found it to be really well-balanced and delicious. The Malbec was good too, with hints of berries and eucalyptus which I find I am enjoying quite a bit. I'm also into Syrahs these days and this one was quite good - having spent about 18 months in new and old French oak. I like the spiciness and peppery notes to it.
They also have other, really interesting pairings, like a Wine and Caramel Tasting for R120 and a Cape Brandy and Chocolate Truffle Tasting for R200. I'd be keen to go back and try those out. They also have something called "Plodka" which is a bottle of plum spirit. You can have a taste of that too for R80 which includes an espresso and a truffle. (Perhaps a nice dessert option?)
(Side note: They also have a beautiful grass area and wooden benches where you can sit outside, but when we visited, they had just laid down new grass and so we could not sit there. But you can see how beautiful it is outside.)
After our wine tasting, we headed inside for lunch, but you can also eat outside if you want to. The inside area is really quaint as it also forms part of their farm shop. On the left, where we sat, there was a fireplace which is such a treat on a wintery day. On the right, are the display shelves of their range of products. (More pics of that down below.)
With our lunch, we decided to order two bottles of wine for the table - a white and a red. The white we had was the Unwooded Chardonnay - a light, citrus-like straightforward wine to have with our meal.
My sister and I decided to share a platter for our lunch. They have a few platters to choose from that can serve from 1 to 3 people.
We opted for the Sinful Platter for R250 which includes: corn nuggets, bacon croquettes, samosas and springrolls served with a variety of dipping sauces. It was delicious and the sauces were very tasty. I'd recommend ordering one of these to share while wine tasting as it's definitely worth it.
The red wine we tried out was the Red Blend - an easy-drinking medium-bodied wine perfect for a relaxed or informal lunch.
The guys ordered a burger each and were super impressed with it. It was topped with onion jam and bacon and served with potato wedges for R110. It was really tasty - with a decent-sized burger patty too!
After your lunch, you can have a look around their farm shop. They have loads of jars with their homemade products to choose from.
You can obviously also purchase their wines there - including their Plodka and brandy. They also sell olives and olive oils.
I'm sure you will like La Bourgogne even more if you are a dog person 🙂 Their dogs greet you at the gate when you arrive and roam free. They are very friendly and will follow you around if you let them.
We had a great time at La Bourgogne. It's a very relaxed and informal setting, but yet with professional and prompt service. I'd like to go back sometime and lounge about on the benches with another platter and some wine. It's definitely worth a visit the next time you are in the Franschhoek Wine Valley. You can stay over too - they have riverside cottages as well as a loft, but unfortunately I didn't check those out (maybe next time for a weekend treat) 🙂
Contact: +27 (0) 21 876 3245
Address: Excelsior Road, Franschhoek, 7690
Star Rating: ****
Note: This one was actually not a media event. We visited La Bourgogne on our own accord and thus they were not expecting us. So I can safely say that the service, wine, food was great and I would definitely recommend a visit.