La Petite Ferme, Franschhoek – the name translates simply as ‘the small farm’ – has over decades, grown and evolved into a memorable winelands destination that today includes a boutique hotel, an award-winning restaurant which serves country cuisine with a fresh contemporary touch, an acclaimed country restaurant and a celebrated winery that produces hand-crafted wines from its own small and intimate boutique style cellar, managed by La Petite Ferme’s talented winemaker, Wikus Pretorius.
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.
The portfolio currently includes four white wines- Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier and a pair of Chardonnays, alongside a rosé (from Grenache) and three varieties of reds consisting of (Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz). The two flagship wines of the range are the Bordeaux style blend, called Verdict and one of Pretorius’s evolutions, the Variation – a Rhône-style red.
Pretorius has specifically chosen three wines to share and profile that are indicative of the diversity of the range – Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2022, La Petite Ferme Grenache Rosé 2023 and Verdict 2018 Bordeaux Style Blend.
The Barrel Fermented Chardonnay 2022 and the La Petite Ferme Grenache Rosé 2023 are new vintage releases, and as the Verdict 2018 Bordeaux Style Blend, an original blend created by the previous owners, is now being sold (the previous vintage sold out), it is also essentially a new release.
According to Pretorius “While the blends aren’t exact every year, they do fall under the umbrella of a being a Rhône style blend and a Bordeaux style blend”.
- with a violet and cherry perfume that leads into a broad palate of lively cassis fruit and chalky tannins full of energy and flavour. Enjoy it now or cellar it up to 2028.
The Franschhoek area is well known for producing exceptional top quality wines. A terroir that is famous for the subtlety yet full flavour that it delivers through each different cultivar. La Petite Ferme prides itself on a cellar which produces a remarkably diverse range of wines working with small volumes and adopting a handcrafted approach.
Wine tastings are by appointment.
La Petite Wines are available at selected retail outlets on the high street as well as online through the La Petite Ferme website and prestigious Wine Club which is open to South Africans only at virtual cellar door prices (for registration click here).
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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 cuisine and wines, its accommodation comprises five beautifully appointed Vineyard suites, five recently renovated Manor House suites – each with spectacular views and comfort and on 1 December. 5 new Winery Suites will be added to the accommodation offering. It is home to an award-winning restaurant which serves country cuisine with a fresh contemporary touch. In addition, 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 and rosé. 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 holidays, weddings, special functions and events for the most discerning guest. 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.