Le Lude Franschhoek
– simply French in every way…
Nestled in the picturesque Franschhoek Valley of South Africa’s Western Cape, the Le Lude wine farm follows an ethos committed to its founding family and the crafting of naturally bottle-fermented sparkling wines, known as Cap Classique. Here the Barrow family have made their home, writing a new chapter in a premier wine region where French Huguenots, fleeing persecution for their religious beliefs, landed in the Cape and began making wines in Franschhoek as far back as 1693.
Today Le Lude builds on this important vinous tradition by specialising in Cap Classique, ensuring that grapes expressing site and terroir are coaxed into a premium product of unrivalled excellence. Innovation in the cellar and the restless, un-comprising pursuit of perfection in the bottle have made Le Lude one of the world’s most exciting new producers of Cap Classique, a wine becoming internationally renowned for finesse, elegance and refinement.
The pioneering approach of Le Lude is underscored by it being the first cellar to produce an Agrafe® (Tirage Liège) Cap Classique, paving the way for a sector of the South African wine industry on the road to greatness.
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.
Lilly Pond House
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.