Located in the top, southern-most corner of the Franschhoek Valley, in the embrace of its spectacular mountains, the 22 hectare Holden Manz Wine Estate is situated between the Franschhoek River and Stony Brook at 300 meters above sea level. An exclusive grower of red grapes, the Estate only cultivates its top 16 hectares under vineyards, notably Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Syrah and Merlot. Long, cold and wet winters allow the vines to rest well, while hot dry summers and a gentle autumn allows for slow ripening. Featuring a rich and diverse terroir influenced by its unique natural surroundings, with 3 different soil types and a marked seasonal climate, the estate’s vineyards are perfectly suited to our intention – the production of ultra-premium wines made for the discerning wine connoisseur.
Rated one of the leading restaurants in the Franschhoek Valley, already considered one of South Africa’s culinary hot spots, our Franschhoek Kitchen’s standards reflect an ethos based on the finest international cuisine – but our hearts are always drawn to the simplicity and pureness of the ingredients we use. This honest approach sees our guests enjoying authentic homemade dishes inspired by the country we live in and the farm we call ‘home’.
Seasonality heavily influences our cuisine in the same way it influences the vineyards, ourselves and everything else on the estate, which is emphasised even more by the fact that much of our fruit and vegetables are home-grown with the utmost care on the Holden Manz Wine Estate, arriving on your plate fresh, healthy and filled with the vibrance of the Franschhoek Valley.
Enjoy our range of award winning Holden Manz wines paired or on their own as you soak up the atmosphere inside the beautiful restaurant or outside on the veranda and in-and-amongst the vineyards it overlooks.
Lunch: Noon to 15:00
Dinner: 19:00 to 21:00
Closed: Wednesday Dinner and Thursday Lunch & Dinner (June, July, August)
We are a sustainable family farm, and we pride ourselves on the inclusion of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and delicacies at our Franschhoek Kitchen – hence, our menu changes regularly depending on availability and time of year. Please enquire in advance should you require information regarding current dishes.
Forget about time and relax with friends, good food and fine wines under ancient oaks by the idyllic Franschhoek River – sounds like a dream come true and it’s as simple as booking a picnic on the Holden Manz Wine Estate!
Arriving at our Franschhoek Kitchen, your picnic baskets will be ready for collection filled with freshly made delicious produce, with a selection of our award winning wines available to purchase. From here a short saunter through the vineyards brings you to the gurgling river where all you hear are the birds singing and the laughter of your friends as dappled sunlight melts the day into enchanting flavours and beautiful memories…
As we make our picnics to order it is essential to book at least 24 hours in advance please.
With guests’ comfort and relaxation as our main priority, the 5 star Holden Manz Country House caters in luxurious style.
Offering 5 spacious suites fitted with only the best and most lavish, alongside beautiful views of the rolling lawns, vineyards, upper-Franschhoek Valley and mountains beyond, a sense of tranquil prosperity greets guests on arrival. Our extensive collection of contemporary South African art will calm your soul and re-invigorate your senses.
An ample breakfast, incorporating fruits from the orchard and eggs from our flock of vineyard chickens, is cooked to order and served in a variety of indoor and outdoor settings depending upon the weather and time of year. With the Cape Winelands at their doorstep, guests can choose to make use of our knowledgeable staff’s advice on exciting places to visit, explore the area on horseback or choose to stay on the estate and lounge by the pool, meditate at the koi pond, picnic at the river or explore the vineyards and fruit orchards where delightful little monkeys chatter away – the options are endless.
Afternoon tea is served in the best English tradition with homemade delicacies, sandwiches, cakes and preserves – a relaxing treat to wrap up a day well spent in the countryside. Even lunch and dinner plans are taken care of for you, as our lauded Franschhoek Kitchen, with its dazzling menu, delicious wines and a standing reservation for all Country House guests, is just moments away.
Come change your understanding of true luxury and relaxation at our 5 star Country House – you won’t be disappointed!
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PRICES FROM: 1550 ZAR
per person per night sharing
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*Prices may vary according to season