La Petite Dauphine
La Petite Dauphine is a historical working fruit & wine farm with superior accommodation. Situated just two kilometers from the village of Franschhoek “The Gourmet Capital of South Africa” it is in the heart of the Cape Winelands and a playground for diverse interests.
There are 9 suites to choose from – all superbly decorated by our interior design studio. All bedrooms are en-suite with views over dams, sun kissed orchards, vineyards and the breathtaking Franschhoek mountains. Our suites are fully climate controlled, bathrooms have underfloor heating and bedrooms feature cosy fireplaces for those chilly winter nights. You will also find hairdryers, soft gowns, fluffy towels and all other amenities that will make your stay truly unforgettable.
At La Petite Dauphine it is all about astounding scenery, luxurious comfort and absolute convenience. Escape the urban jungle for a superb country break where plum trees line farm lanes and vineyards yield bountiful harvests.
Theunis and Linde
I had the opportunity to take some pictures to this beautiful couple Theunis and Linde for their engagement photo shoot at Holden Manz Wine Farm in the valley of Franschhoek surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breath-taking views of the undulating countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquility.
It was a surprise for Linde of course she was not aware of what Theunis had in mind and she didn’t know about the photographer taking pictures of this special moment! I was hiding in the picnic area of Holden Manz Wine Farm.
Arriving at our Franschhoek Kitchen Theunis and Linde collected their picnic baskets and after a short saunter through the vineyards the arrived at the gurgling river where all you hear are the birds singing and the sunlight melts the day into enchanting flavours and beautiful moments…
Photographer: Sandro Tasso
Olympus Brand Ambassador for South Africa
The Merino is an excellent forager and very adaptable. It is bred predominantly for its wool, and its carcass size is generally smaller than that of sheep bred for meat. South African Meat Merino (SAMM), American Rambouillet and German Merinofleischschaf have been bred to balance wool production and carcass quality.
Merino need to be shorn at least once a year because their wool does not stop growing. If the coat is allowed to grow, it can cause heat stress, mobility issues, and blindness.
The Phoenicians introduced sheep from Asia Minor into North Africa and the foundation flocks of the merino in Spain might have been introduced as late as the 12th century by the Marinids, a tribe of Berbers. although there were reports of the breed in the Iberian peninsula before the arrival of the Marinids; perhaps these came from the Merinos or tax collectors of the Kingdom of León, who charged the tenth in wool, beef jerky and cheese. In the 13th and 14th centuries, Spanish breeders introduced English breeds which they bred with local breeds to develop the merino; this influence was openly documented by Spanish writers at the time.
Spain became noted for its fine wool (spinning count between 60s and 64s) and built up a fine wool monopoly between the 12th and 16th centuries, with wool commerce to Flanders and England being a source of income for Castile in the Late Middle Ages.
Most of the flocks were owned by nobility or the church; the sheep grazed the Spanish southern plains in winter and the northern highlands in summer. The Mesta was an organisation of privileged sheep owners who developed the breed and controlled the migrations along cañadas reales suitable for grazing.
The three Merino strains that founded the world’s Merino flocks are the Royal Escurial flocks, the Negretti and the Paula. Among Merino bloodlines stemming from Vermont in the USA, three historical studs were highly important: Infantado, Montarcos and Aguires.
Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II
Zuiko 300mm f4 PRO
Photographer Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio
Franschhoek and Paarl
I had the opportunity to take some pictures to this beautiful couple Andy and Nina for their engagement photo shoot at La Residence Hotel in the valley of Franschhoek surrounded by vineyards and plum orchards, with a spectacular mountain backdrop, breath-taking views of the undulating countryside and an atmosphere of complete tranquility. Step into the Great Hall and be transported to a world of exquisite beauty, opulence and grandeur in this luxury Franschhoek hotel.
Congratulations to Andy and Nina and all the best for the future!
2017 Porcupine Ridge MTB Challenge
Brand new routes in an around the Berg River dam and Franschhoek Mountains, ridden by very few.
Long Route – 54 km
Single track, Rugged, Gnarly downhill’s, Steep climbs that stab you in the ribs, Water crossing, Hiker bike in the middle of the route.
Medium Route – 36 km
Jeep track, Single track, Still challenging, Not overly technical, Odd challenging downhill, Must be fit
Short Route – 12 km
Challenging for the whole family, Some single track, One steep’ish hill that may need some walking and whining.
Gear used Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II Zuiko 25mm f1.2 PRO (equiv. 50mm) Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO (equiv. 80-300mm f2.8)
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