Franschhoek Literature Festival 2019

Franschhoek Literature Festival 2019

Franschhoek Literature Festival 2019
Porcupine Ridge from Boekenhoutskloof in Franschhoek is proud to sponsor the Franschhoek Literary Festival.

Porcupine Ridge wines were launched in 1996 and have grown to be one of the most recognised wine brands in South Africa. Being located in the Franschhoek valley, Porcupine Ridge has always taken a keen interest in the development of the town, and so it made perfect sense to support the Franschhoek Literary Festival when the opportunity arose.

The Franschhoek Literary Festival (FLF) has gained a worldwide reputation as a respected celebration of books and writers, with a focus on promoting South African writing and reading, while exposing book lovers to some of their favourite international authors.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Wide Angle photo studio

Sony A7III Sony 16-35mm f2.8 GM and Sony 70-200mm f2.8 GM and Godox V860II for the opening evening shots.

Location: Franschhoek

Kevin and Stephen wedding

Kevin and Stephen wedding

Kevin and Stephen wedding

Some pictures taken during Kevin and Stephen wedding at Grand Provence Wine Estate in the beautiful valley of Franschhoek

Venue: Grand Provence Wine Estate

Grande Provence Wine Estate wears her 325-year history with dignity. Nestled in the beautiful Franschhoek Valley in South Africa’s Western Cape, her lush vines spread across 47 acres. Rolling vistas frame the valley floor and heighten the drama of the rugged mountains beyond. Barely a one-hour drive from Cape Town, this is heartland South African Wine Country at its very finest.

Gear: Olympus OM-D Em-1 mark II and Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 45mm f1.2 PRO

Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio

 

Matric Dance 2019

Matric Dance 2019

Matric Dance 2019

Some photos taken at Solms Delta Farm in Franschhoek.

Gear used Sony Alpha A7III Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Wide Angle photo studio Paarl

Family shoot

Family shoot

Family shoot

Portraits during a family shoot at Val de Vie Estate in Paarl

Wide Angle photo studio Paarl Franschhoek Stellenbosch

Camera: Sony A7III

Lens: Sony Zeiss 50mm f1.4 and Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art

Location: Val de Vie Estate Paarl

The Châteauneuf red

The Châteauneuf red

The Châteauneuf red

Cuvée da Capo is, we very much hope, nothing to do with the Mafia, rather it is a single foudre of no specific provenance, which is selected only in exceptional years (2009, amazingly, did not make the cut) and aged for significantly longer than the Reservée. The resulting wine is often seen as the very best in the appellation. The 2010 is tighter than the Reservée, unsurprisingly, but behind the brooding beast there is an impressive fruit character….,the sweet and the savoury are rehearsing their pas de deux which will be sure to impress even the strictest of judges.
The Châteauneuf red (a small quantity of white is also produced) is a blend of 75% Grenache, 20% Syrah, with the remaining 5% being made up of Mourvèdre, Counoise and other varieties. The grapes are hand harvested and are then fermented without being de-stemmed. The cuvaison lasts for 12-15 days and the wine is then aged for around 18 months in old oak foudres. No fining or filtration is carried out. The Cuvée Laurence is the same wine as the Cuvée Réservée but is kept in wooden cask for another 18-24 months before being bottled. These are rich, robust and concentrated wines, which tend to show at their best with 7-8 years of bottle age.
Very expensive wine

Camera: Sony A7III

Lens: Sony 85mm f1.4 G Master

Location: Wide Angle studio Paarl

Merel

Merel

Merel

Few photos of Merel on white background in the studio.

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar

Boekenhoutskloof underground cellar.
One of the oldest farms in the foothills of Franschhoek is Boekenhoutskloof, founded in 1776 and means ‘ravine of the Boekenhout’. Boekenhout is an indigenous Cape Beech tree and the figurehead of this farm is a lady who carries the dove of peace and hope and represents excellent quality which is prized by the winemaker, Marc Kent and the winery.
For more info on Boekenhoutskloof visit the web site click here
All photos taken in high resolution mode Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II
Lenses Zuiko 7-14mm f2.8 PRO | Zuiko 12-40mm f2.8 PRO
Photographer Sandro Tasso
Wideangle photo studio
Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2019

Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2019

Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge 2019

Make sure you are available on 26 January. The PORCUPINE RIDGE MTB CHALLENGE is now in it’s 20th year. 2019 promises to take you back to your MTB roots. Fun and exciting routes & trails in and around the Berg river Dam with spectacular views of the Franschhoek Mountains. These trails are ridden by very few with three routes on offer. We also welcome back our coach and race ambassador, Joanna Dobinson from Biking in the Bosch who will be in the mix and assisting all our riders.

Taking place at the Bridgehouse School on the 26th January 2019.

Long Route – 54kms | 7am |
Medium Route – 36kms | 7.45am |
Short Route – 12kms | 8am |

Don’t let the distances fool you! You will experience a mix of Single Track, Gnarly Down Hills, Steep Climbs and water crossings.

Main sponsor: Porcupine Ridge Wines from Boekenhoutskloof

 

 

Los Olivos at the Yard

Los Olivos at the Yard

Los Olivos at the Yard in the heart of the charming and historic village of Franschhoek, surrounded by majestic mountains and nestled amongst magnificent wine estates.

The penthouses are situated in the centre of Franschhoek at The Yard, an upmarket piazza surrounded by gently-flowing waterways offering the best location.The 4-star penthouses are uniquely decorated in a Colonial- African style, stylish and comfortable haven for your stay.
They are fully equipped for self-catering with secure off-street parking with local supermarkets nearby. In summer, have a leisurely breakfast, before taking a stroll through the village. The penthouses are air-conditioned and serviced on a daily basis.In winter, light a fire and spend a cozy evening curled up on one of the comfy sofas with a good book and a glass of excellent locally produced wine. Fleecy gowns and hot water bottles are provided. Los Olivos will provide you with a warm and welcoming haven from which to explore Franschhoek, so comfortable that it feels like a home from home.
Coco Africa

Coco Africa

Coco Africa

An innovative company designing and producing unique timber lifestyle products. Each item is skillfully crafted from wood, a priceless material, by gifted local craftsmen from the Franschhoek community. Coco Africa team focuses on the highest standards of manufacturing, joinery and finishing. This artistry results in the beautiful smooth finish, a trademark of Coco Africa’s products.

For wood care & other products visit cocoafrica.co.za all products are made in Franschhoek, South Africa for wood lovers…

All images taken with Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II and Zuiko pro lenses

Photographer: Sandro Tasso