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Rose Cottages

Rose Cottages

Rose Cottages

Set amongst the vineyards and mountains of Franschhoek, this guest accommodation offers self-catering cottages with a private pool and barbecue facilities. Free private parking is also available on site Franschhoek Rose Cottages.

The property features spacious, elegantly decorated cottages with a seating area and a fully equipped kitchen. Each cottage has a fireplace, and opens onto a patio with loungers overlooking the mountains and the pool.

Guests can prepare their meals in the privacy of their cottage, or enjoy gourmet dishes in one of the nearby restaurants.

Fishing, hiking, horse riding, and golf are some of the activities offered in the surrounding area.

 

Family shoot

Family shoot

Family shoot

Beautiful winter Sunday morning at Kommetjie Cape Town

 

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Reuben’s Restaurant

Reuben’s Restaurant

The new Reuben’s Restaurant is situated just off the main street in Franschhoek,  2 Daniel Hugo Rd and  much of what guests have come to love about the Reuben’s experience remain, but it’s presented in new, fresh and personal packaging, with Reuben and Maryke’s personalities and tastes evident throughout. “The gap between maintaining the heart and soul of the Reuben’s experience, which our guests have come to know and trust over the years, and all of the potential and excitement of something new and completely ours, is where our creativity can really be let loose and flourish,” says Reuben Riffel. “It’s time for a new look and for pushing ourselves to constantly offer our customers a better experience, and we’re bursting with positive energy for everything to come!”

For reservations please email to reservations@reubens.co.za

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

 

 

Charlotte

Charlotte

Charlotte

I had the opportunity to take some pictures to this little princess in the beautiful location of La Bourgogne Wine farm in Franschhoek.

Fun fun fun!

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

 

 

Bastille Festival 2017

Bastille Festival 2017

Bastille Festival 2017 15th and 16th July, where locals and visitors will be celebrating the valley’s centuries-old French Huguenot heritage.
Berets in hand.Red white and blue outfit planned to perfection. Now you’re ready to celebrate this year’s Franschhoek Bastille Festival, 15th and 16th July, in style!
One of the main sponsor Boekenhoutskloof Wine with Porcupine and Wolftrap range of wines.

It was a wet weekend in Franschhoek due to rain… but we need the rain and most of all did not stop the fun!

Photographer Sandro Tasso Olympus Brand Ambassador in South Africa based in Paarl and in Franschhoek

 

Cassia Restaurant

Cassia Restaurant

Cassia Restaurant

With its beautiful natural setting, Cassia Restaurant is a wonderful country venue for a business conference, romantic wedding or a relaxing meal in the Cape Winelands.

Cassia Restaurant and function venue was recently added to the farms portfolio. Here eating is a stylish yet friendly experience with menus created to suit diverse appetites whims and pockets, highlighting local and seasonal ingredients.

Some pictures taken for one of the new menus.

For more information please visit their web site click here

All images taken with Olympus and Zuiko gear.

Photographer: Sandro Tasso

Franschhoek and Paarl

 

Andy and Nina

Andy and Nina

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!

 

 

Sean and Avril

Sean and Avril

Sean and Avril Wedding sneak peek

In the beautiful valley of Franschhoek at Cafe Bon Bon Sean and Avril said ” I do”

It was a pleasure to be part as a photographer at your wedding a couple full of life love and humor!

Location: Cafe’ BonBon Franschhoek http://www.lapetite.co.za for more info on the location please contact

Photographer: Sandro Tasso Wide Angle photo studio

Second Photographer: Toby Maggs

Great day great couple thank you for everything!

Sandro

 

Destemming

Destemming time at Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm Franschhoek

Destemming time at Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm Franschhoek

The harvesting of wine grapes is one of the most crucial steps in the process of winemaking. The time of harvest is determined primarily by the ripeness of the grape as measured by sugar, acid and tannin levels with winemakers basing their decision to pick based on the style of wine they wish to produce. The weather can also shape the timetable of harvesting with the threat of heat, rain, hail, and frost which can damage the grapes and bring about various vine diseases. In addition to determining the time of the harvest, winemakers and vineyard owners must also determine whether to use hand pickers or mechanical harvesters. The harvest season typically falls between August & October in the Northern Hemisphere and February & April in the Southern Hemisphere. With various climate conditions, grape varieties, and wine styles the harvesting of grapes could happen in every month of the calendar year somewhere in the world.

After the grapes are sorted, they are ready to be de-stemmed and crushed. For many years, men and women did this manually by stomping the grapes with their feet. Nowadays, most wine makers perform this mechanically. Mechanical presses stomp or trod the grapes into what is called must. Must is simply freshly pressed grape juice that contains the skins, seeds, and solids. Mechanical pressing has brought tremendous sanitary gain as well as increased the longevity and quality of the wine.

The destemmer, which is a piece of winemaking machinery that does exactly what it says, removes the stems from the clusters and lightly crushes the grapes.

Modern crushing and destemming machines consist of a large steel or aluminum trough with a screw in the bottom. As the screw turns the grapes are gently squeezed and pulled from the stems at the same time. Out one end pops the stem and out the other is your elixir of life (to be). 

For white wine, the wine maker will quickly crush and press the grapes in order to separate the juice from the skins, seeds, and solids. This is to prevent unwanted color and tannins from leaching into the wine. Red wine, on the other hand, is left in contact with the skins to acquire flavor, color, and additional tannins.

Shot in Franschhoek at Boekenhoutskloof Wine Farm

Gear: Olympus OM-D EM-1 mark II

Lenses: Zuiko 25mm f1.2 PRO | Zuiko 40-150mm f2.8 PRO