Franschhoek Wine Valley
Nic and Freda Barrow bought the Franschhoek farm in 2009 with the dream of producing the finest Cap Classique sparkling wine. Over the past years they have planted the 6,2ha farm with the classic champagne varieties of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The first harvest took place in 2012, with the maiden La Lude Brut and Rosé released in September 2015. Le Lude is also home to the Orangerie Restaurant that specialises in classic French cuisine with a contemporary twist.
White and Dessert Wines
Methode Cap Classique
Le Lude also offers visitors the opportunity to experience the ultimate in Cape Wineland hospitality with accommodation in a comfortable private guest house. Situated at the foot-end of the estate and overlooking the crystal clear river, Lilly Pond House is a spacious home with all the requirements for contemporary living and comfort. The interior finishes are of the highest specifications to meet the most exacting requirements in terms of functionality and amenable aesthetics. The house has two spacious en- suite double rooms, fully fitted open-plan kitchen and lounge area, as well as an outside entertaining area for all day al fresco occasions. The house is suitable for single couples or small families, giving guests absolute privacy as well as the experience of staying on a working wine estate.
Along with formal training in Europe, Chef Nicolene Barrow worked at the world-famous Le Gavroche Restaurant in London before setting-up Orangerie at Le Lude. Here classical French cuisine is presented with a contemporary twist; the purist, disciplined approach of the European masters combined with a hint of individual, modern creativity where what is on the plate is presented looking as good as it tastes.
A seasonal menu offers the finest, freshest ingredients found in the forests, meadows, mountains and seas of the Cape, resulting in a selection of dishes offered in an environment conducive to making permanent Franschhoek memories.